Terry Westley praised the way Nathan Trott and his Under 23 teammates turned their performance around to defeat Tottenham Hotspur having come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
The Academy Director was left mightily disappointed after Spurs put themselves in a comfortable position during the first half, outplaying the Hammers in every department.
But after some stern words at the break – which the boss declined to repeat – the visitors came out firing and scored three quick goals to turn the game on its head.
Dan Kemp halved the deficit just four minutes into the second period before Nathan Holland equalised with a screamer from long range.
Centre-back Josh Pask then stunned Tottenham, volleying home after Tunji Akinola’s knock-down to make it 3-2 and the Hammers held on to win their first Premier League 2 Division 1 three point-haul.
After the full-time whistle, Westley said: “We’re delighted with the second half performance and the character of the team, but if you’re talking about the first half performance, we were miles off.
“If you’re talking about Premier League players, we wouldn’t have been able to get back into the game. You’re not getting back in that game in a top flight match. Whether it was because it was a training ground game, we didn’t start aggressive enough and we didn’t run hard enough.