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2014-15 Barclays under-21 Premier League

Development Coach : Nick Haycock - Steve Potts from January 2015

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Under-21 Premier League

The West Ham United Development Squad are competing in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League during the 2014/15 season.

The Hammers will compete in the competition's top division, playing home and away against eleven opponents.

 

Seven of West Ham's eleven home matches will be played at Rush Green Stadium, with the remaining four to be staged at the Boleyn Ground.

14_08_18 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Unofficial

Lamex Stadium

1 - 2 (Bywater)

18 Augut 2014

Spiegel

Westley

Potts

Poyet

Oxford

Burke

Turgott (Sadlier)

Cullen (Brown J.)

Lee

Bywater

Lletget (Fanimo)

West Ham United Development Squad started their Barclays U21 Premier League campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat away at rivals Tottenham Hostpur. Spurs striker Daniel Akindayini opened the scoring after 38 minutes as he ran onto Joshua Onomah’s through ball, flicking it beyond Raphael Spiegel. The hosts took the lead into the break, however it was not long before the Hammers levelled the proceedings when Kieran Bywater’s deep free kick evaded everyone in the box and nestled in the far corner.

However, midfielder Cristian Ceballos sealed the victory with just 15 minutes to go following a fine first touch and smart finish. Despite piling on the pressure in the final exchanges, the score remained 2-1.

U21s coach Nick Haycock said: “I thought it was a good advert for Under-21s football - there was a healthy crowd in and the game had a real good tempo to it.

"I'm disappointed with the result because I thought it could have gone either way. There were moments when they could have asserted their authority and there were moments when we got back in the game.

"We did excellently to get back in the game and then we had a couple of chances to go 2-1 up, so it might have been a different story.”

U21s captain Dan Potts, echoed Haycock’s sentiments, saying: “There were positives to take, although the overriding disappointment is not coming away with the win we wanted.

"It was an even game throughout. We went in at half-time, discussed what we wanted to do and tried to put the plan into practice. I thought it worked well off the ball.

"We just needed to take a bit more care when we got the ball and be a bit more clinical in the final third. The chances were there, but we couldn't get the ball in the back of the net."

SOUTHAMPTON : Under-21 Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Wojcik Kosela)

22 Augut 2014

Spiegel

Westley

Page

Cullen

Onariase

Oxford

Turgott (Sadlier)

Bywater

Lee

Lletget

Fanimo (Wojcik Kosela)

 

West Ham United U21 slipped to a second league defeat of the season as they lost 2-1 to Southampton U21 at the Boleyn Ground. The Saints surged into a first-half two-goal lead, thanks to the excellent Omar Rowe who broke the deadlock, finishing tidily past Raphael Spiegel early on, before Ryan Seager blasted high into the Hammers net from a corner with ten first-half minutes still to play. The Hammers, however, were transformed after the interval with substitute Adrian Wojcik Kosela had rattling the woodwork and firing over from eight yards before finally halving the deficit in added time.

It was scant reward for a dominant second-half display and having lost by the odd goal in three against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday as well, coach Haycock was understandably aggrieved.

"I'm disappointed with the result and that's now two games and two narrow defeats, though I didn't think we were fully at it first half, I thought we were unlucky not to take the lead and we've had two cleared off the line. On another day they go in.

"We regrouped at half-time and we asked for more intensity, more individual responsibility, better care of the football and said the chances would come. We were proved right.

"When Adrian came on and hit the bar midway through the second half - that might have been the turning point. We needed to get that first goal early and then it would have given us a bit more of a chance, even though we still had the opportunities to get back in the game late on.

MANCHESTER CITY : Under-21 Premier League

AJ Bell Stadium

1 - 1 (Sadlier)

31 August 2014

Spiegel

Westley (Page)

Potts

Bywater

Burke

Oxford

Lletget (Makasi)

Cullen

Lee

Whitehead (Nasha)

Sadlier

LIVERPOOL : Under-21 Premier League

Upton Park

0 - 4

12 September 2014

Spiegel

Westley

Potts (Page)

Bywater

Oxford (Pask)

Burke

Lletget

Cullen

Lee

Whitehead (Maguire)

Sadlier

FULHAM : Under-21 Premier League

Motspur Park

1 - 1 (Lee)

19 September 2014

Spiegel

Knoyle

Page

Whitehead

Oxford

Burke

Bywater

Cullen (Nasha)

Lee

Morrison

Lletget

SUNDERLAND : Under-21 Premier League

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Lee 2)

29 September 2014

Spiegel

Knoyle

Page

Nolan

Oxford

Burke

Jarvis (Brown)

Bywater

Lee

Whitehead

Vaz Te (Mavila)

ATHLETIC BILBAO : International Cup

Upton Park

3 - 5 (Bywater, Lee, [og])

15 October 2014

Spiegel

Knoyle

Page

Whitehead

Onariase

Pask

Fanimo (Makasi)

Lletget

Brown J. (Bywater)

Lee

Parfitt-Williams

NORWICH CITY : Under-21 Premier League

Colney Training Ground

0 - 1

6 November 2014

Howes

Pike

Page

Makasi

Pask

Oxford

Bywater

Nasha

Gordon

Lletget

Sadlier

JONG PSV (Netherlands) : International Cup

Upton Park

2 -1 (Bywater, Sadlier)

10 November 2014

Spiegel

Westley (Pike)

Fanimo

Makasi

Pask

Oxford

Bywater

Marlow

Lletget

Whitehead (Nasha)

Sadlier (Mavila)

MILLWALL : Premier League Cup

Rush Green

1 - 1 aet (Gordon)  West Ham win 8-7 on pens

25 November 2014

Howes, Westley, Fanimo, Makasi (Mavila), Pask, Onariase, Bywater, Marlow (Nasha), Lletget, Whitehead, Sadlier (Gordon)

FULHAM : International Cup

Rush Green

2 - 3 (McCallum 2)

8 December 2014

Brown T.

Westley

Fanimo

Whitehead

Page

Akinola

Bywater

Lletget (Gordon)

McCallum (Nasha)

Poyet

Sadlier (Turgott)

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Premier League Cup

Whitley Park

1 - 4 (McCallum)

22 December 2014

Howes

Westley

Page

Whitehead

Potts

Burke

Bywater

Lletget

McCallum

Poyet

Sadlier

14_08_31 Manchester City v. WHU TS 14_09_19 Fulham v. WHU Unofficial

The Development Squad opened their Barclays U21 Premier League points account for the season with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City. Kieran Sadlier's 26th minute goal gave the Hammers a lead which lasted until the very last minute of the contest, when City's Olivier Ntcham rifled a shot in from the edge of the box to ensure the spoils were shared.

West Ham created several chances to add to their advantage before City came on strongly in the game's final quarter to level, and U21s coach Nick Haycock said his team needs to keep improving in the final third.

"You don't want to harp on about games in the past but I think we've been unlucky not to have taken seven points from the first three games," he explained.

"They work hard every day in training, there are certain things you ask of them and the more they play together the better they look. I thought the first half was a solid performance, we got the goal and it wouldn't have flattered us if we had come in two or three to the good.

"We knew we had to take our chances because otherwise something will fall for them in the game. We were hoping that we could see it out at 1-0, but they got the goal and all credit to them because in the last 15 minutes they looked the likely winners in a game that we were the better team for 75 minutes.”

Liverpool continued their good start to the season as goals from Ryan Kent, Samed Yesil and two for Sheyi Ojo sealed a 4-0 victory for the visitors. The win takes Liverpool top of the Barclays U21 Premier League table, having taken seven points from their opening three games.

Meanwhile, Nick Haycock's Dev Squad are still searching for their first win of the season after four games. Despite the heavy scoreline, the Hammers had several chances to notch, but through a combination of poor finishing and smart goalkeeping by Lawrence Vigouroux, they somehow failed to find the back of the net.

It took the Reds just thirteen minutes to break the deadlock as Ryan Kent ran onto a defence-splitting pass and finished coolly. The visitors then doubled their lead shortly after as Sheyi Ojo curled a long range effort into the far corner.

With seven minutes to go before half time Kent scored his second of the evening after beating the offside trap. Despite a much improved second half, the Hammers could not break the Reds down and they extended their lead in second half injury time when Ojo ran onto a through-ball.  

 

The Development Squad secured their second point of the season as they drew 1-1 away at Fulham. After an even first half with little to separate the two sides, the game burst into life just after the interval with two goals in as many minutes. The Cottagers took the lead on 52 minutes as towering Striker Marcello Trotta headed the Cottagers in front before Elliot Lee scored his first goal of the season, slotting home Sebastian Lletget’s near post cross. Despite their best efforts, the Development Squad could not find a way past Marek Rodak, as the score remained 1-1.

 

The West Ham United Development Squad secured their first win of the season thanks to an Elliot Lee brace as the Hammer beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Boleyn Ground. In a highly entertaining, end-to-end game, the score line somehow remained goalless at half time despite a handful of chances for both teams.

Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore proved to be a constant threat while Reece Burke and Ricardo Vaz Te both went close.

The deadlock was eventually broken on 70 minutes when Elliot Lee rose highest to head home Matt Jarvis’s inch perfect cross.

Lee then doubled the Hammers’ lead, his third of the season, as he curled a wonderful shot from the edge of the box into the far corner.

A positive from Monday night's game was securing the Devevelopment Squad's first clean sheet of the season.

14_08_22 WHU v. Southampton 14_09_29 WHU v. Sunderland 14_11_25 WHU v. Millwall PL Cup 14_09_12 WHU v Liverpool 14_10_15 WHU v. Athletico Bilbao Int Cup

The Development Squad kicked off their Barclays U21 Premier League International Cup campaign with a 5-3 defeat in what was a thrilling game at the Boleyn Ground.

Defensive errors cost the Dev Squad dearly, particularly in the first half as they fell 3-1 behind at half-time.

The Hammers got off to a slow start when Jorge Luis Garcia scored after just two minutes following a defensive mix up. However, the Dev Squad drew level following good work work from Matthias Fanimo whose cross was diverted goal ward and in by a Bilbao defender.

The match was not level for long as Seguin’s corner free kick evaded everyone and crept in at the far corner. The Spanish side extended their lead before the break as Iriondo’s shot took a big deflection off Manny Onariase.

The Hammers rallied in the second half with a goal from Elliot Lee who pounced on Josh Pask’s knock down. With ten minutes remaining, the Dev Squad went all out for an equaliser, sparking a frantic finish as three goals were scored in stoppage time.

Garcia scored his second of the evening from a free kick before Kieran Bywater rifled in a shot from outside the area. With just seconds left, Bilbao attacked from the restart which ended with Barco heading their fifth goal, sealing the victory in the process.

MANCHESTER UNITED : Under-21 Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Lee)

24 October 2014

Howes

Westley

Page

Makasi (Mavila)

Onariase

Pask (Knoyle)

Bywater

Nasha

Lee

Lletget

Gordon (Fanimo)

14_10_24 WHU v. Manchester United

The Dev Squad narrowly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in a much improved performance by the Hammers at Rush Green.

The visitors took the lead in the first half through the highly rated James Wilson who arrowed a shot

into the corner from the edge of the box.

Elliot Lee equalised on 38 minutes with his fifth goal in four matches for the Hammers as he outmuscled Tyler Blackett before firing past Anders Lindegaard.

However, the Red Devils claimed the three points late on in the second half after Will Keane finished from close range.

Speaking after the game, U21 coach Nick Haycock said: "When I saw their team sheet before the game I knew it was going to be a tough ask. They had a lot of Premier league experience in there. I think their quality showed tonight, they had a higher calibre of player out there.

"I thought we did well in the first half to contain them well. We limited them to only few chances. All week we worked on being more resilient because against Bilbao we conceded too many sloppy goals.

"In the second half it was slightly disappointing because we wanted the team to pass the ball. We don't set up a team just to defend, we didn't keep the ball well enough which put us under pressure."

Unofficial Teamsheet

14_11_06 Norwich City v. WHU 14_11_19 WHU v. Jong PSV PLI Cup

West Ham United's U21s lost away to Norwich City 1-0 as Jamie Eaton-Collins scored the only goal of the game late into the second half. The Hammers faced an uphill struggle when defender Lewis Page was sent off after only 15 minutes. Page was dismissed when the referee deemed the defender to have been the last man after fouling Jamar Loza on the edge of the box. Shortly after the dismissal, the Hammers' task was made even harder when captain Kieran Bywater suffered concussion from a collision at a corner and was replaced by Matthias Fanimo. As the first half wore on, Norwich started to enjoy more possession as they forced Hammers goalkeeper Sam Howes into two excellent saves.

Into the second half and the Hammers continued their impressive work rate as they contained Norwich who were growing increasingly frustrated. However, the hosts eventually made use of the lion's share of possession when substitute Jamie Eaton-Collins converted a drilled cross from the right-wing, giving Howes no chance of saving the shot. The goal deflated the Hammers who had run themselves into the ground trying to preserve a valuable point.

The Dev Squad recorded their win in Europe having come from a goal down to beat Jong PSV 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground.

The Dutch outfit got off to a terrific start as striker Andrija Lukovic layed it off for Andjelo Rudovic to slot home after just three minutes.

Despite the earlier setback, the Dev Squad rallied well and their efforts were rewarded when Kieran Bywater smashed a fierce shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Buoyed by Bywater’s fantastic shot, the Hammers continued to a press for a winner and it came just after half time courtesy of Kieran Sadlier after he slotted past Jesse Bertrams in the PSV goal following a terrific through ball from Sebastian Lletget.

Speaking after scoring the winner, Sadlier said: "It was good to score, I haven't had many goals this season. I'd like to give Ben Marlow and Seb Lletget credit for getting in there. Ben did well in his first game back to get in there and force a mistake and then Seb's played a lovely ball through, I just had to finish it.

"It was good to win because we haven't had the greatest results recently. I think in some cases we've been hard done by so it was nice to go out there and get a win against a team who beat us convincingly last time."

The West Ham United Development Squad progressed to the quarter final of the Premier League Cup with a dramatic penalty shootout win against rivals Millwall.

In a scrappy game there was little to separate either side as the match finished 0-0 after 90 minutes. With eight minutes left of extra time, the visitors Millwall looked like they had secured a shock away win when Fred Onyedinma finished from close range.

However, the Dev Squad responded almost immediately as Jaanai Gordon scored his first goal of the season, rising high to head Sebastian Lletget’s cross home.

With the score all even at 1-1 after 120 minutes, the match went to a penalty shootout. Just like the match, the penalties were even as 15 consecutive spot-kicks were scored, Hammers goalkeeper Sam Howes saved Dylan Casey’s effort.

 

14_12_22 Newcastle United v. WHU PLC 14_12_08 WHU v. Fulham PL Cup

The Development Squad’s hopes of progressing to the knock out stages of the Premier League International Cup were cut short as Fulham beat the Hammers 3-2 at Rush Green. The Cottagers got off to a good start as Thomas Eisfeld picked up a loose ball and fired past Tim Brown.

The Hammers were soon level as Paul McCallum scored on his return to action after a lengthy absence due to a back injury. The powerful striker demonstrated his poachers instsinct as he pounced on a loose ball in the area after Sebastian Lletget had been fouled.

McCallum then netted his second of the evening in a memorable return with a second close range finish. The Hammers were looking good value for their lead however they were pegged back on the stroke of half time as striker Ange-Freddy Plumain rose highest to head home from a corner. The Cottagers went ahead on 67 minutes after substitute Tiago Casasola prodded home from inside the six yard box.

16-year-old defender Tunji Akinola made his U21 debut in the narrow defeat, after the game the highly related defender said: “It was a tough game because they were a good side. I thought we did well, and we got better towards the end. It was a good experience and I think I'll learnt a lot from the game."

The Development Squad's U21 Premier League Cup run was ended at the Round of 16 stage by Newcastle United. Paul McCallum scored his third goal since returning from a stress fracture to give the Hammers hope at 2-1, but Newcastle would ultimately prove too strong.

The Hammers started the game the stronger and they almost broke the deadlock through Paul McCallum's header only for goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to pull off a magnificent save.

The hosts, captained by Jonas Gutierrez in his first game back after recovering from cancer, took the lead through midfielder Gael Bigirimana on 15 minutes with a powerful drive past goalkeeper Sam Howes.

After the break, Adam Campbell doubled the host's advantage with a neat finish. This seemed to spark the Hammers into life as they created a number of chances. Their pressure was eventually rewarded when Paul McCallum headed converted substitute Matthias Fanimo's cross to half the defecit.

With the wind in their sails it looked as though the Hammers would equalise. Danny Whitehead fired just wide before Sebastien Lletget hit the post. However it was the hosts that sealed the victory when livewire Callum Roberts tucked away the Magpies' third before Liam Gibson's solo effort punished a tired Development Squad.

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