Assistant boss Neil McDonald is delighted with the balance of the West Ham playing squad
With players like Kevin Nolan and Robert Green in the side, and home-grown talent Jack Collison and Mark Noble, the Hammers boast the perfect blend.
Collison scored both goals in Thursday night’s Championship play-off semi-final first leg victory over Cardiff as Sam Allardyce’s men bid to return to the top-flight.
“It’s good to have that balance,” McDonald said.
“We’ve got a lot of experience in the team, we’ve got a lot of players who have come through the ranks as well so it’s just trying to find that mixture in the dynamics between the squad.
“I think we’ve got that perfect mixture at the moment. We’ve got two players (Collison and Noble) who identify with the club the whole way through and that’s fantastic.”
Despite a enjoying a healthy first-leg advantage, the Hammers are not taking anything for granted.
McDonald added: “We’ve kept a clean sheet, which is an extra bonus, and we’ve scored two really, really good goals.
“We’re happy with the first game but we’ve still got a game or two to come and it will still be very, very difficult.
“We’ll have to be on our guard, just like we were (Thursday night), to finish the job off.”