Purdy at the double

Republic of Ireland Under-18 international Daniel Purdy scored twice as West Ham United scored a 3-0 FA Premier Academy League victory over MK Dons on Saturday.

The Dublin-born forward netted twice before half-time, as did England U17 winger Matthias Fanimo, as the Hammers brushed aside their visitors at Little Heath.

Academy Director Tony Carr had demanded an improvement defensively following the 2-0 defeat at Birmingham City a week ago and was rewarded with a convincing display.

Midfielders Declan Hunt and Jack Powell and Australian forward Dylan Tombides were all handed their first starts of the season, while Purdy marked his second start with two well-taken goals.

"We were 3-0 up at half-time and should have gone on to get more goals," said Carr. "However, it is our first clean sheet of the season and another three points and a good performance, so let's see if we can go on and build on it at Coventry City next weekend.

"We freshened things up a bit and have a few youngsters a chance to start the game. With respect to MK Dons, we thought this was a game in which we could give them some experience and they took advantage of their chances and produced a good all-round performance.

"We have got a reasonably big squad and the reserves will be basically playing every week, so I will have to rotate things quite a bit this season.

"We were all disappointed with how we played against Birmingham last week and the challenge was to win the game and keep a clean sheet and that's what we did. Let's hope we can maintain this when we go to Coventry next week.

West Ham United U18: Cowler, Driver, Potts, Craig, Sanchez, Hunt, Powell (Hurley 80), Vose, Fanimo, Purdy, Tombides (Subuola 65)