West Ham reserves continued their good form in the newly-formed Barclays Premier Under-21 League last night, as they saw off a lacklustre Blackburn side. The Irons triumphed 2-0 in the finish, with goals from Paul McCallum and Matthias Fanimo. The latter was rewarded for his excellent form for the reserves with a first team debut against Crewe in the Capital One Cup at the end of August, and boss Sam Allardyce is sure to be keeping an eye on his performances as the season goes on and the depth of the squad is tested.
The Hammers have been in excellent form this season in the Under-21 league, picking up five wins and a draw from their first seven games, a 2-0 home defeat to Bolton at the start of September the only aberration, and currently are leading the table. Under the new Under-21 league format, the league stops after 30 November and all teams go into a 'second group stage,' from where a high placing can put a team in contention for the end of season play offs- so the scintillating start the Irons have made to the new season is particularly pleasing as they look to gain some momentum for the second group stage.