Hines returns for reserves

Alex Dyer has urged his West Ham United reserve team to emulate Aston Villa, who they face in the Barclays Premier Reserve League on Monday evening .

The Hammers - with Zavon Hines back in contention for the first time in a year - travel to Hinckley United FC's De Montfort Park stadium on Monday evening to face Villa, who have won the South division title in each of the last three seasons.

Meanwhile, a host of the club's youngsters have graduated to the first team in recent months, including winger Marc Albrighton, midifleder Barry Bannan and defenders Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj and Jonathan Hogg.

Such success and progress is exactly what Dyer is aiming for.

"They have a good reputation and set about things in the right way and have won the reserve league for the last three seasons, so it will be a good test for our boys, whatever side they put out," he said.

"They have invested in their reserve team and it's coming to fruition now because a lot of those young boys are getting into the first team. You can see what happens when you put it all in in the reserves. If you do well, then all of a sudden people start looking and they move on to the first team."

While Villa have done well in the recent past, Dyer's side have also impressed, winning on their travels at Everton and Liverpool already this term.

With the likes of Jordan Brown, Ahmed Abdulla and Cristian Montano eager to make their mark, Dyer is hoping his side can add to that list of victories on Monday.

"We've been good this year. The last couple of games have been disappointing because we've been beaten by Arsenal and Manchester City, but I'm now looking to go to Villa, give a good account of ourselves and return to winning ways."

One player who could assist Dyer in his aim is  Hines, who looks set to return to action at Hinckley after eleven months out with a knee injury. The England Under-21 forward has been in full training for the past few weeks and could be given a run out off the bench against Villa.

Kick-off at De Montfort Park is at 7pm. For directions, click here.