Dyer delighted with victory

Alex Dyer has hailed each and every one of his eleven players and his support staff after the reserves picked up a tremendous victory at Liverpool.

The Hammers made it three wins from three in the Barclays Premier Reserve League - all with clean sheets - with the 1-0 success on Tuesday, which Dyer described as the finest of the campaign to date. Only Benni McCarthy and Freddie Sears in attack had any real first-team experience, but Dyer's young side put on a professional display.

"The boys worked their socks off, every one of them was different class," Dyer said. "It was everything I had hoped for and more. To the last man, they all worked hard and worked for the team.

"Liverpool created a few chances and so did we. We defended well when we had to and got the goal we needed. I said before the game that it was good for us to come to different places and get new experiences. It was a long journey here on the coach but they all upped their game and did what we asked of them."

Dyer has worked hard to instill a squad mentality in his reserves, and is also determined to ensure his team goes out to win every match they play. "They are putting into practice what we do in training. They have taken things on board, and of course it looks good when it works. They have to step up to this level and show what they can do."

While the coach had praise for his inexperienced back four - only the impressive Jordan Spence has been in the first-team picture - and his young midfield, he reserved special mention for goalscorer McCarthy. It was his second strike in quick succession after he found the net in the 2-0 home win against Wigan Athletic last week.

"He has worked really hard. He wants to get fitter and get back in the first team where he belongs. He has put in a shift and set a good example. He is getting stronger and he and Freddie Sears both looked sharp.

"Whatever the level and however it comes, it is another goal for him and it will make him feel better. He will score goals in the first team all day long. It is all good news for the club. Even the young players on the bench that never got on will have taken a lot from this, they will see what is required and know they aren't too far away themselves."

Dyer was delighted to continue the feelgood factor at the club, and stressed the atmosphere around the camp was positive.

"All of this is a big team effort," said Dyer, who praised all of the travelling staff including first-team goalkeeping coach David Coles and kit man Pete Williams. "It is all just a big team effort. It ain't about the boys and it ain't just about me. We all do our little bit to make it come together. Nights like this are a joy."