West Ham’s young guns came to the fore as Manuel Pellegrini’s men saw off Macclesfield 8-0.
Grady Diangana was handed a start and picked up two goals on his Hammers debut to top off the romp.
Elsewhere, starlets Conor Coventry and Joe Powell also took their first-team bows off the bench.
Overall, it was an evening to enjoy for the fans. A free-scoring game, a good performance and a glimpse at the future with the youngsters shining.
Pellegrini’s mini-revival continued; this is the kind of result that can boost the confidence of everyone connected to a football club.
Nobody understands the fans quite like Mark Noble; and he took to Twitter with a message that captured the mood.
Been there and done that, what a photo to inspire the young academy players, well done to all the @WestHamUtd coaches that worked with these boys great night for them aswell! ⚒ pic.twitter.com/BpCTsfwQ6q
— MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) September 27, 2018
The supporters absolutely loved it; they want to see more players like Noble coming through the ranks to become first-team regulars.
We’ve looked at some of the best reaction…
Be nice to see more of this over the season . It’s what West Ham is all about
— ⚒ ian ⚒ (@IANL80s) September 27, 2018
💪💪 all did superb. Cannot wait to beat United I feel it Mark. Passion energy and United. C O Y I
— JB (@BurchettJason) September 27, 2018
Great pic, boys done so well, really pleased for them. Macclesfield or not to win 8-0 in a competitive game is still some achievement. 👍🏻
— Luke Chapman (@Moonchindotcom) September 27, 2018
Absolutely Nobes. You have given them inspiration I'm sure. Hoping that sky is the limit now they have had a taster.
— Glennyboy (@GlenWorrell) September 27, 2018
You'd make a great academy coach Nobes, any thoughts when you're planning to do this?
— Adam Leatherbarrow (@Adam_atLDESIGN) September 27, 2018
The future is bright. The future is C&B. COYI !!
— Tony Pezzolesi (@TonyHammer61) September 27, 2018