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Academy gets off to poor start in new division


West Ham’s development Academy side suffered a 3-0 loss to Spurs yesterday recording back to back opening defeats in the Premier League 2 Division 1

Under 23’s lead coach Dmitri Halajko made four changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Kingsmeadow in Surrey.

The West Ham U23s were promoted as Premier League 2 Division 2 Champions for the 2019/20 season.

At the time of football’s suspension, the U23s were three points clear of their closest rivals with a superior goal difference and boasted an unbeaten league campaign in which they had scored 58 goals in just 18 games. All member clubs agreed on a PPG (points per game) system to determine the final rankings, which ensured the Hammers clinched the title.

The Hammers development squad were unbeaten in pre-season friendlies beating Cambridge 3-2, Leyton Orient 3-1, QPR 5-0, Maidenhead United 3-2 and Southend United 3-1.

West Ham U23 Team that faced Spurs: Anang, Ashby, Baptiste, Alese (Cardoso 61), Longelo, Coventry (c), Rosa (Ashley 77), Lewis, Dju (Chesters 46), Adarkwa, Afolayan. Substitutes (not used): Greenidge, Knightbridge

West Ham U23’s face Southampton youngsters next Saturday hoping to register their first win of the season.

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