Positive progress for loan trio

Alex Dyer is expecting all three West Ham United youngsters out on loan to League One clubs to reap the benefits of the experience and eventually push on at the Boleyn Ground.

The 18-year-old defender Jordan Spence was the latest to head out, being an unused substitute for Leyton Orient in their goalless draw away to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night. On the same evening, midfielder Josh Payne, also 18, began his third month with Martin Allen's Cheltenham Town by playing the final 19 minutes of their 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town as a substitute.

Bondz 'Gala had a winning feeling for the second time in four days as he came off the bench for MK Dons with 23 minutes played at Hereford United. Playing at right-back, he was impressive in a 3-0 victory with all the goals coming after his arrival. His debut on Saturday had seen him play in similar circumstances, being called off the bench on 24 minutes for his league debut in what proved a 3-0 win at Walsall.

Reserve-team coach Dyer explained why the latest loan involving Spence would be so beneficial to the youngster, particularly when considering the positive progress made by Payne and 'Gala. "I am hoping it will help him a great deal. He is chomping at the bit. He is at the age now where he wants to play. He has represented his country, he has captained his country.

"At this present time he isn't going to get in the first team here and he needs to play first-team football or be around the first time squad. Hopefully that will serve him well and he will come back a better and stronger player.

"Josh has been away now for his third month at Cheltenham. He is doing well. He is a young lad and this experience for him will be good. When he comes back hopefully he will feature in the reserves and push on to the first team.

"Bondz played 70 minutes on Saturday and again on Tuesday. He is doing well. He is a big lad, he is strong and he can handle that division. Hopefully he will come back a better player for West Ham United."

Nigel Quashie is the fourth West Ham United player out on loan and he began the second month of his stay at Championship high-fliers with a return to the starting eleven for their 2-1 home win against Ipswich Town on Tuesday night. Quashie, who had been suspended at the weekend, played 65 minutes before going off with an injury suffered during a challenge with an opponent.