Dyer ready for action

West Ham United reserve-team manager Alex Dyer and his players are looking forward to getting back on the pitch when Arsenal visit the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday evening.

The Hammers second-string were left frustrated after last week's Barclays Premier Reserve League South trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers was postponed due to the bad weather.

The Hammers were just two hours from boarding their coach to Molineux when the call came in from the West Midlands that the game had been called-off.

"It's a shame that the game was cancelled, though, because I had a good, strong squad and we were confident of going up there and doing well and getting the win," Dyer said.

"The boys have had a little break over Christmas, while those who have been training with the first-team squad were keen to get back on the pitch after a while without a game.

"Freddie Sears was set to play after coming back from his loan at Crystal Palace, and I also had Manuel da Costa, Josh Payne, Bondz 'Gala and Jordan Spence available."

Sears, Payne, 'Gala and Spence are all expected to be available once more for the visit of the Gunners, while the postponement also allowed the reserve-team manager to put his players through their paces in the sports hall at Chadwell Heath in a hastily-arranged training session.

"We got the boys in that afternoon and we put them through a hard session to make up for them not playing a match," Dyer explained.

"They all worked really hard, which was good for them, and I was pleased with the attitude they all showed to the session. I think they enjoyed it, which is important."

While Dyer and his squad were itching to return to competitive action after a month away from league commitments, the manager admitted the right decision had been made.

"It was a good call in the end to call the game off because the weather got really nasty up there as the day went on, and we didn't want to get stuck up there!" said Dyer.

"Wolves made the right decision and, although we all wanted to play, we can go back up there when conditions are slightly better.

Kick-off at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday is at 7pm. Admission to the West Stand is free to season ticket holders, £3 for adults and £1 for children. whufc.com will, as usual, have live text updates of the game.