Dev Squad’s “nearly night”


The Hammers Dev Squad went down 2-0 to Liverpool at Rush Green last night (Fri)  but could consider themselves extremely unfortunate.

The team were dominant during the first half and were desperately unfortunate when an acrobatic  Elliot Lee’s effort rebounded off the post before rolling clear of danger.

Liverpool went ahead when Kristoff Peterson’s shot struck Jack Dunn and hit the corner of the net with Dunn scoring the second 13 minutes from time.

Boss Nick Haycock told West Ham TV: “I enjoyed the game, I’ve just said to the boys in there that it was a nearly night.

“We were unlucky not to go 1-0 up with Elliot’s chance and Sebby follows up but it just shaves the post. When Elliot hit the post they’re the ones that can hit the post and go in or hit the post and come out for someone else to tap in, on this occasion it went clear of danger.

“The goal before half-time was a mistake, it’s a deflection, but it’s a mistake. We had to live with that and try to raise ourselves at half-time because we felt that the minimum we deserved at half-time was to be level.

“On chances I thought we deserved to be in front, in terms of possession you expect a Liverpool team to have a lot, but again I thought we had some good passing moments ourselves at times.

“We’re working on building a new team, with young players in there, and they’ll only learn from playing in games like that.”

West Ham United: Spiegel, Knoyle, Potts, Chambers, Page, Whitehead, Cullen, Lletget, Fanimo, Turgott, Lee
Subs: Burke, Nemrava (GK), Sadlier, Nasha, Brown

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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