Victorious Under-18s captain Jordan Brown told WHUTV of his delight at reaching the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.
Tony Carr's side eventually overcame Queens Park Rangers 3-0, but the game was not as straightforward as the scoreline might suggest.
"We were lucky as it took us a little while to get going," Brown said. "Even when we were 2-0 up, we weren't really passing the ball and moving it. Even in the changing room Tony said we didn't play that well."
Luckily for the Hammers, they could call on two in-form strikers in the shape of Robert Hall and Cristian Montano to see them through their tricky spot. Montano's brace sandwiched a superb Hall free-kick right on the stroke of half-time.
"That's why they're in the team because they can score goals and Cristian did it again at the end when we needed them.
"They are both good. They prefer the ball to feet or in behind and there was a few times it went in the air and that is no good for them but when the ball is on the floor they can do damage."
The win sets up another Boleyn Ground tie for the youngsters in the last 16, with Newcastle this time providing the opposition. whufc.com will have fixture and ticketing information for the tie in due course.
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