Dyer targeting Sevens success

Alex Dyer is hoping his West Ham United side will do the club proud at this weekend's Hong Kong FC IP Global Soccer Sevens.

Reserve team coach Dyer and his squad jetted out to the Far East earlier this week ahead of the 16-team tournament, which will be held in Happy Valley between Friday and Sunday.

West Ham will not be in action on the opening day of competition but will begin their challenge with a Group B fixture against Hong Kong FC Captain's Select on Saturday morning. Further games against Sheffield FC and the Australian Institute of Sport Under-18s will follow, with cup and plate competitions to follow on Sunday.

With clubs of the stature of Glasgow Rangers, Glasgow Celtic, Aston Villa and Birmingham City also involved, Dyer knows his side will face a tough task to win the tournament, but he is aiming high.

"We're hoping to go out there and win the tournament and see how the lads adapt to a differing style of play in a different tournament," said Dyer.

"It's seven-a-side, so it's going to be a lot of work but they're only on the pitch for seven-and-a-half minutes each half. It's going to be frantic with the weather and the humidity and they're going to encounter all of the conditions they've not had before in their careers. I'm going out there and hoping to do well and go as far as we can go.

"You've got Celtic and Rangers, Birmingham City and Sheffield FC, the oldest club in the world. We've then got the Hong Kong Select and an Australian Under-18s so it's going to be a good tournament.

"Hopefully the boys will go out there and give it their all as it's not just a jolly up. It's a good opportunity to see the world as there are not many times in their life they will get to see Hong Kong and I'm hoping that they take it on board and enjoy the sights and respect the people and culture of Hong Kong and hopefully we can come back with the trophy."

Dyer revealed that West Ham, who took part in the tournament last summer, will field a young squad in Hong Kong, with first-teamers Marek Stech, Junior Stanislas, Josh Payne and Freddie Sears being withdrawn in order to ensure the best preparation for next season.

However, with the likes of the promising Under-18 captain Matthew Fry, Oliver Lee, Daniel Kearns, Anthony Edgar and Georg Grasser at his disposal, the coach is confident of success.

"I've got a good squad. Matty Fry and Olly Lee, who have stepped up and given great account of themselves in the reserve team," said Dyer. "We've also got one of the lads we did release, Ashley Miller, who has played well this year so we though it would be nice to get him to come out with us as well. I'm hoping that we've got a bit of experience and enough talent to go out there and win the tournament."

To taste success Dyer will need to prepare his players, who are used to the eleven-a-side game, to seven-a-side football. To do so, he will speak to the likes of Edgar, who took part in the tournament 12 months ago.

"A lot of the young lads have got their own opinions on how we should play as a few of them were out there last year and I will take that on board," he added.

"Then I will sit down and work out which is the best way that suits the players I have. We want to go out there and do the best and not make up the numbers. We're representing West Ham United Football Club and we want to do well."