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The kids do alright

Pablo Fornals scored twice as a youthful Hammers side thumped FCSB 3-0 on Thursday.

The Hammers were in control from the first minute and dominated their final game in the Europa Conference League group stage.

It means the Irons have won six from six in Europe, a superb achievement that guarantees European football after Christmas.

The Spaniard scored the first goal of the game after 40 minutes, as he got on the end of a superb pass from Ben Johnson and finished stylishly.

Divin Mubama, making his debut for the Hammers, scored the second.

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The 18-year-old reached Vlad Coufal’s cross and headed towards goal at the back post; it took a deflection and found its way into the back of the net; the teenager’s celebrations were superb, as he appeared genuinely disbelieving.

Fornals scored his second on 65 minutes, smashing home after Ollie Scarles’ cross was palmed away.

An excellent victory for the Irons, and with a team made up of kids.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

3 comments on “The kids do alright

  1. At last we give some young players a chance and they do us proud. Before anyone says the opposition was weak, well you can only beat what’s in front of you. Over many decades I’ve seen top teams beaten by minnows in cup games so it’s no foregone conclusion. Happily we also had some experience in there at the back stretching their match-legs. Well played you Irons!

  2. I thought we had alot of positives tonight. I would agree it was a kids team, only 2 started but they were hugely impressive. Ashby is also a terrific prospect. I also thought Aguerd and Coufal did very well but for me Lanzini and Fornsks made us tick. Fornals was outstanding how he is not starting in the league is just hard to phantom. I really enjoyed the performance and gor once Moyes picked the tight team. What a difference having technical players in the engine room.

  3. Just curious, but did FCSB field a “strong” team? Or did they give some fringe players a run out?
    Great to see 16 to 18 year olds getting a game.

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