Sam Allardyce has given his post-match thoughts to West Ham TV after a superb night's work away to FC Copenhagen.
The Hammers more than matched the UEFA Champions League hopefuls in the first hour and then saw the youngsters who entered the fray in the closing stages secure a 1-0 victory with a well-worked team goal. Jordan Spence and Cristian Montano were involved before Freddie Sears produced a clinical finish.
The manager was delighted with the attitude and application of his players as he fielded Scott Parker and Kevin Nolan in midfield for the first time, while Robert Green got his first summer minutes under his belt in goal. James Tomkins, Mark Noble and Luis Boa Morte were also worthy of mention.
Speaking to West Ham TV, which had live coverage from the Parken Stadium, Allardyce said the performance and the result vindicated the decision to take the team away from England for a second time this summer.
He said: "It was well worth a journey. We had only just come back from Switzerland but the quality of this game at this stage was better than any training session we could have put on.
"Freddie scored a very good goal. He was composed, had a look to see what the keeper was doing and then slotted it in the bottom corner and it gave the 1,000 or so travelling fans something to cheer about. All in all it was a good work-out."