Steve Potts hails under 21 success


Steve Potts hails under 21 success

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.

He said: “They are League opposition and senior pros, so they made it difficult for us, but I thought the boys worked it out really well.

“Every player has got to keep on pushing on because you can’t afford to stand still. You’ve got to keep on improving.

“It gives us another game in this competition and that’s the way we are viewing it. So, it’s great the boys, will get that chance to play hopefully in a senior EFL Stadium and against another senior side.”

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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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