The reserve game played Thursday was staged to give our long term absentees Dyer and Spector some long awaited action.
I can't help nourishing a naive hope that the return of Dyer will be the rebirth of the West Ham midfield.
However, the most important thing coming out of that game can very well be the return of Sears to the starting lineup.
Maybe not for the Chelsea game, I can't see Zola putting Cole on the bench for this one, but scoring two goals in front of the manager, when the focus was supposed to be on someone else, cannot be bad.
We are desperate for a player that has scored outside practice, even though they played an inexperienced American XI.
Sears and Bellamy had some pretty good things going on during Coles 3 match ban, and they deserve another shot at it.
Another positive is that Collison seems also to have had a good game, and it could be enough to force his way back into the team, again I think Zola will settle for Hayden's defensive style again against Chelsea, despite his shortcomings (but he had a decent first half against T-ham).
That reserve game can have been what was needed to persuade the manager that Sears and Collison are more than our future!