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How the U23s performed v Swindon -man by man

Nathan Holland - great vision and defence splitting runs

Nathan Holland – great vision and defence splitting runs

Trott – Not called upon for anything spectacular but solid when needed to be and great save at end to keep 3-2. 8

Pike – Fairly solid throughout, probably our best defender of the four. 6

Akinola – Couldn’t defend crosses, specially aerially but good playing the ball out from the back. 5

Pask – Sometimes spent a bit too long on the ball and riskily drifted forwards. Did his job but could defend crosses a bit better.5

Neufville – Handled their right-winger well all game but could have litting runs cost us at the end when gave away free kick in a dangerous area  got himself sent off. 6

Makasi – One of the best players on the pitch, controlled the midfield, great goal. Played very similar to Obiang. Good captain. 8

Quina – Probably the worst player on the pitch as did lose the ball very often. Out of character though & probably lacking match fitness. 4

Samuelsen – Man of the Match. Created endless chances but sometimes too greedy, a threat going forward and  great goal. 9

Holland – Another very noteworthy performance, some brilliant defence-splitting runs and great vision to spot a pass.8

Haksabanovic – Very impressive debut especially in the first-half but fell away a bit second half. Takes a brilliant corner, quick and made some amazing runs off the ball. 8

Martinez – Nightmare for defenders. Unlucky not to score once or twice 7

SUBS: Kemp – 8/10 Shame he didn’t play all game as was the best player on the pitch after his introduction, great instinct for his goal & very lively going forward.

Diangana – 6/10 Did alright playing out of position and made a couple of good runs when drifting out wide. Very quick

Coventry – 6/10 Not really on long enough to have much of an impact.

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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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  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    Thanks for this, Hugh. It’s great to have an insight on how the boys are doing. If you had to put one of these lads in the West Ham first team for the Southampton game, which would it be?

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