Young winger Sullay Kaikai has hailed on-loan striker Patrick Bamford's clinical performance in the 6-0 win away to Bromley FC.
The 19-year-old, who has impressed manager Alan Pardew with his performances with the first team this summer, was named Man of the Match on Thursday night, having opened the scoring early on and plagued the Ravens' backline throughout his time on the pitch.
At full-time, Kaikai spoke highly of Bamford, who hit a 20 minute hat-trick to sink Bromley before the break.
"He looked really good today, he worked hard and looked sharp," said Kaikai. "He's good to work off, he's got a great first touch and he supplies the wide men."
Kaikai has spent all pre-season training with the senior squad and was involved on the trips abroad to Berlin and Cape Town, experiences which he says have been very helpful in his development into a formidable wide man.
"It's been an excellent pre-season so far and the team worked well today," he said. "We've managed to get a really good result and I think that was due to the quick start. Once we got one, the confidence was flowing and we took it on from there.
"Everyday in training I'm learning from [playing alongside] these players and even just from watching them I'm learning a lot. Now I just want to continue to progress and continue to be with the first team.
"It was a great experience, to play in South Africa and test myself against those players," he added.
The video interview with Sullay Kaikai is available to watch HERE.