Kevin Keen saw his men put in another strong performance in the 3-0 win at Thurrock at the weekend and said the display bodes well for the season ahead.
A Zavon Hines penalty, a strike from Freddie Sears and a Thurrock own goal saw a West Ham United XI run out winners at Ship Lane. "It was a really good work-out," said Keen. "It was very hot out there but we played some good stuff, especially in the second half. The lads are getting stronger all the time and it proved to be another very important step in building up fitness levels as the new season approaches."
Keen was pleased to see both Matthew Upson and Sears get through their first match back in action since the summer. No one who went on the North American tour featured while Freddie Ljungberg is also absent following his exertions at the European Championship.
The coach was delighted with the team display overall, including a strong performance from central defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson on his debut. "Matt and Freddie needed a game - Freddie got through the 90 minutes and Matt got 75 minutes. Both have come through with no effects and that will hold them in good stead for the first team," he said.
"Holmar made his first appearance and showed some good things, especially in the second half. Marek worked very hard and Zavon has started to put things together very well now to give himself a chance." Keen added: "The most important thing was we came away with no injuries - Zavon got a slight knock but he will be OK - everyone came through, there were some good performances out there, the lads are getting stronger all the time and that bodes well for the reserves this year."