Reserves go to Wolves

Alex Dyer is hoping to celebrate a happy New Year when his reserve team return to action at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

The second-string manager and his players enjoyed a short break over the festive season before returning to training on Tuesday 29 December.

With a week of hard work behind them, Dyer and his players cannot wait to get back on the pitch at Wolves, having secured a goalless draw in the reverse Barclays Premier Reserve League South fixture in September.

"It will be great to get back into action, as the reserve lads have had a bit of a break over Christmas, so they will be raring to go and get themselves back into the groove.

"We've had a good week of training after coming back in on Tuesday, so we're all ready for the game and ready to get back into action.

"We were lucky to hold them to a 0-0 first time around. They had a strong side out and we were very young, but we dug in and worked hard and fortunately they missed a few chances and we got a result out of it.

"The lads grew up that night and hopefully the same young players can take that experience there on Tuesday and do as well, if not better," Dyer said.

Dyer will have a youthful squad at his disposal, including the likes of winger Anthony Edgar, who made his first-team debut as a subsitute in Sunday's FA Cup third-round defeat by Arsenal.

Captain Bondz 'Gala and former England Under-19 defender Jordan Spence are also available, having both recently returned from loan spells at Coca-Cola Championship outfit Scunthorpe United.

Goalkeeper Marek Stech and midfielder Olly Lee, who were among the unused substitutes against the Gunners at the weekend, are also included in Dyer's squad.

Victory over bottom-side Wolves could lift West Ham to fourth in the nine-team league table, providing Fulham and Birmingham City draw in one of Tuesday's other two fixtures. Leaders Aston Villa travel to third-placed Portsmouth in the evening's third match.