First half goals from Charlie Lee, Dorian Dorian Dervite - both headers - and another just before the break from Jacques Maghoma effectively settled the contest, although West Ham managed a single reply in the second half.
"It was a very good night's work and I think the first half performance was as good as we've given for a long time," reflected Clive after the game. "The tempo and the way we created chances was excellent, while we never gave them a moment to find any sort of shape or pattern for themselves.
"My only disappointment was that we didn't come out with maybe four or five goals on the board.
"In saying that, the second half again is something we've got to learn from because the nature of the game changes and there is no doubt that they would have addressed the problems we were causing them.
"I just felt we didn't keep the ball in the manner we can," added Clive, who was particularly happy with the set piece routines that led to the two fine headed goals.
"I thought both Charlie and Dorian were a real threat from set pieces and the delivery from Reto was of quality. We scored two excellent goals from our first two and that was very pleasing, while every time we put good quality into the area we caused them big problems."
Clive Allen described the 3-1 reserve victory over West Ham United as a 'good night's work'.