Head coach Steve Potts has hailed the Hammers under 21 success against Colchester United. This appears to be a remarkable bunch of youngsters who have created two historic scenarios over the last few months. The victory by four goals against Colchester in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy is the first time a Hammers under 21 squad has reached the last 16 of the competition and it follows the FA Youth Cup victory over Arsenal last season – the first time an academy team had won the Final in 24 years.
Potts had told his players to be brave ahead of the game and they were certainly that as they took a 1-0 half time lead before going on to add three more in the second 45 minutes. Amazingly they have now scored 12 goals in their four games in the competition and conceded just once. And afterwards he said the team had played some really good football although it was maybe not as fluent as they have been in previous games.