It was mission achieved for West Ham soon after their UEFA Europa League win over Lusitanos on Thursday.
West Ham academy manager Terry Westley praised his group following they safely reached the UEFA Europa League qualifying second round.
A first-half objective from Elliot Lee helped the Premier League club to a 1-0 win at Lusitanos, finishing a 4-0 aggregate victory over the Andorrans.
Westley, who was joined within the dugout by new West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, was pleased with his how side performed all through the tie.
“Mission achieved, you’d say, over the two legs,” Westley said.
“We asked a group of players to return to perform on 22 June along with the cohesion among the senior and younger players was totally first-class.
“I’ve got total respect for the senior players and how they went about it in both games. We kept two clean sheets and also the way the two centre-halves dealt with everything they threw at us, they have been determined to help keep the ball out on the net.
“The second leg was created quite diverse right after ten minutes and we ended up having to play with 10 guys.”
A 14th-minute red card to Diafra Sakho made things difficult for West Ham, but Lee’s target ensured the tie was secure.
Westley stated Bilic was also happy with his players, with his team to meet Maltese club Birkirkara inside the second round.
“Slaven thanked the players because it’s not straightforward,” he said.
“It’s been a mastering curve and this Europa League is giving the young players an chance and some thing to play for. We require to keep operating difficult and becoming far better with the ball.
“We all come back collectively on Monday when the boys from Cork come back and absolutely everyone is back at Chadwell. They’ll integrate and we’re all hunting forward to it.”