Positives from reserves display

A youthful West Ham United side were beaten 3-0 in a behind closed doors game away to Ipswich Town that saw a notable first appearance for Terry Dixon.

The 19-year-old striker got his first match action for more than two years and played 45 minutes before being taken off in a planned substitution at half-time. The former Ireland Under-17 player of the year, signed for the club back in February after extensive rehabilitation work on a knee injury. He had previously been released by Tottenham Hotspur.

Alex Dyer took charge of the young Hammers up against a vastly more experienced Ipswich side boasting several first-teamers. That extra know-how showed with the hosts racing into a 3-0 lead at half-time.

The visitors were better after the break, though, and a spirited display saw them lay siege to the Tractor Boys' goal for the last quarter of an hour. The consolation was not to come, though, and the half finished as it had started.

Aside from Dixon, who remains a way off full match fitness, Canadian Under-20 goalkeeper Adam Street impressed with a two reaction saves in either half, while Josh Payne, one of only two with any first-team experience, excelled in a holding midfield role.