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CHELSEA : Premier League 2

Anang

Greenidge (Chesters)

Longelo

Ashley

Akinola

Cardoso

Dju

Rosa (Watson)

Adarkwa

Lewis

Afolayan

Kingsmeadow

0 - 1

14 September 2020

2020-21 Premier League 2 (Division One)

Manager: Dimitri Halajko

2019-20 Under-23 Season 2020-21

SOUTHEND UNITED : EFL Trophy (Southern Section : Group A)

Roots Hall

3 - 1 (Odubeko 2, Coventry)

8 September 2020

Anang

Baptiste

Afolayan (Rosa)

Ashley

Akinola

Dju (Cardosa)

Ashby

Coventry

Adarkwa

Longelo

Odubeko

 

 

Following last season's curtailment of the Academy Games Programme due to the ongoing global pandemic. West Ham United U23s were confirmed as the Premier League 2 Division 2 Champions for the 2019-20 season and will compete in the Premier League 2 (Division One) and the EFL Trophy. Home games are scheduled to be played at Rush Green Stadium.

20_09_08 Southend United v. WHU EFL 20_09_26 Southampton v. WHU 20_09_29 Colchester United v. WHU EFL

After three stunning strikes saw West Ham United U21s open their 2020-21 EFL Trophy campaign with three points against Southend United at Roots Hall.

The young Hammers’ season curtain-raiser, on the face of it, was a challenging one, with a trip to League Two side Southend who were looking to bounce back from the disappointment of relegation last season and sporting a new manager to impress in Mark Molesley.

The performance West Ham produced, however, was exciting, mature, and buoyed by three wondergoals – the opener coming from the boot of 17-year-old striker Ademipo Odubeko, who rocketed in a low shot from 30 yards after just two minutes played.

Ten minutes later, the Shrimpers drew level through a top-corner Stephen Humphrys strike from distance, and had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot prior for half-time. Joseph Anang produced a magnificent stop high to his right to keep the scores even at the interval.

West Ham pressed forwards in the second half but were denied by some last-ditch defending yet, with six minutes to go, it was Odubeko again with a moment of inspiration, smashing home the ball from the edge of the ‘D’ in a strike of real venom.

As the game ticked over into injury time, captain Conor Coventry – on his first game back with the Under-23s – lobbed the Southend ‘keeper on the volley to secure a 3-1 win and with it, all three points.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Premier League 2

Anang

Ashby

Longelo

Coventry

Baptiste

Alese (Cardoso)

Dju (Chesters)

Rosa (Ashley)

Adarkwa

Lewis

Afolayan

Tottenham Training Centre

0 - 3

18 September 2020

West Ham United Under-23s suffered a 3-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur U23s on Monday afternoon, but the end result arguably did not reflect the balance of play in the match.

 

Looking to bounce back from their opening-day defeat to last season’s champions Chelsea, the U23s made a bright start at their hosts’ training ground, almost going ahead inside the opening minutes through Harrison Ashby.

 

The Irons continued to create presentable opportunities but, after conceding from a quick free-kick early in the second half, were twice picked off in the closing stages as they committed bodies forward in search of an equaliser.

Dmitri Halajko was in ambivalent mood after his first-ever Premier League 2 loss as West Ham United Under-23s lead coach on Monday afternoon.

 

Having gone the season unbeaten on the way to winning last season’s Division 2 title, the Hammers faced the toughest possible test on the opening day of 2020/21: a trip to the home of Division 1 champions Chelsea, also unbeaten last year.

 

That Halajko’s side came away full value for a draw, and arguably a win, at Kingsmeadow was testament to the collective work rate and quality in their performance.

 

As it was, with West Ham having missed a number of presentable opportunities throughout the 90 minutes, Dion Rankine’s 76th-minute finish was enough to win Chelsea the three points on the day.

SOUTHAMPTON : Premier League 2

Anang

Akinola

Longelo

Coventry

Baptiste

Cardoso

Afolayan

Ashley

Adarkwa (Dju)

Lewis

Silva (Rosa)

 

Staplewood

2 - 2 (Afolayan, Coventry [pen])

26 September 2020

United Under-23s lead coach Dmitri Halajko has praised their reaction to adversity.

The Hammers went into their third Premier League 2 game of the season determined to build on some strong displays and make their chances count, a factor which Halajko had identified as critical in their two losses thus far.

They made a slow start, however, at Staplewood Training Ground, and fell behind when Dan N’Lundulu evaded several challenges to fire Southampton in front after just ten minutes played.

The home team continued to fashion openings as West Ham toiled, and doubled their advantage just after the interval when N’Lundulu slotted home from the penalty spot after Josh Sims was felled close to goal.

Yet Halajko’s development squad rallied and hit back almost immediately through Oladapo Afolayan, who took his chance clinically from a long ball, before pulling back onto level terms with just three minutes remaining when the ball struck a Southampton hand inside the area – skipper Conor Coventry converting the penalty.

The result ensured the Hammers recorded their first Premier League 2 Division 1 point of the season, with three tough away fixtures played to open the campaign.

COLCHESTER UNITED : EFL Trophy (Southern Section : Group A)

Jobserve Community Stadium

1 - 0 (Coventry)

29 September 2020

Anang

Akinola

Baptiste

Cardoso (Ashley)

Longelo

Coventry

Lewis

Rose

Chesters (Adarkwa)

Dju

Afolayan

 

 

 

20_09_14 Chelsea v. WHU 20_09_29 Colchester United v. WHU EFL TS

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Premier League 2

Anang

Ashby

Longelo

Coventry

Baptiste

Alese

Chesters

Rose (Ashley)

Dju (Adarkwa)

Lewis

Afolayan

 

 

Rush Green

2 - 3 (Coventry [pen], Dju)

3 October 2020

20_09_18 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

West Ham United Under-21s lead coach Dmitri Halajko was impressed by the maturity his side showed on the ball during the young Hammers’ 1-0 win over Colchester United. The development squad stand on the verge of qualification from the EFL Trophy group stages for the first time since 2017-18 after a display of real maturity at the JobServe Community Stadium. Racking up 54 per cent possession on the road, while limiting their League Two hosts to just a single shot on target, the young Hammers played some intricate football to cut through on numerous occasions. When the killer final ball did arrive, it did so in some style, captain Conor Coventry enjoying time to take aim and blast the ball into the top corner from 30 yards.

West Ham United Under-23s lead coach Dmitri Halajko admitted his players were ‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ to see another Premier League 2 game slip by, but backs them to turn around their league form.

The Irons’ display against Brighton & Hove Albion was once again largely encouraging, which Halajko praised, but a late lapse in concentration allowed visiting winger Jose Izquierdo to plunder an 87th-minute winner.

Prior to that, the Hammers had enjoyed much the better of the chances, recovering from an early goal to lead 2-1 in the first half via a tap-in from Mesaque Dju and a penalty converted by Conor Coventry.

A freak West Ham own goal left the scorelines level at half-time, but Halajko’s team continued to improve in the second half, attacking with intent and coming close on numerous occasions, only to slip to defeat via Izquiero’s late lob.

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Premier League 2

Anang

Ashby

Johnson

Coventry

Baptiste

Alese (Greenidge)

Ashley (Simon-Swyer)

Rosa

Adarkwa

Lewis

Afolayan

Rush Green

0 - 0

23 October 2020

20_10_03 WHU v. Brighton 20_10_23 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers

DERBY COUNTY : Premier League 2

Anang

Ashby

Greenidge (Corbett)

Coventry

Okotcha

Baptiste

Chesters (Dju)

Lewis

Adarkwa

Simon-Swyer

Afolayan

 

Loughborough University Stadium

2 - 3 (Afolayan, Coventry)

2 November 2020

20_11_02 Derby County v. WHU

West Ham United Under-23s played out a rare goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers at Rush Green Stadium.

 

Chances were well and truly at a premium prior to the interval, with minimal openings in a stop-start half which saw three enforced substitutions and no fewer than 12 minutes of added time before the break.

 

Disruptions continued in the second half as both teams picked up knocks in a combative encounter, but despite creating two clear openings for Sean Adarkwa and U23s debutant Kamarai Swyer, the Hammers were forced to settle for a point against well-drilled visitors.

 

The 0-0 draw saw lead coach Dmitri Halajko’s side record their first clean sheet of the Premier League 2 season, a positive aspect from a fairly toothless match offensively for both teams.

LIVERPOOL : Premier League 2

Anang

Ashby (Okotcha)

Longelo

Coventry

Greenidge

Baptiste

Dju (Adarkwa) (Jinadu)

Forson

Afolayan

Lewis

Simon-Swyer

Rush Green

2 - 4 (Afolayan, Dju)

6 November 2020

West Ham United U23s lead coach Dmitri Halajko was disappointed that a slow start cost his side in their 3-2 loss to Derby County U23s.

Going into the game seeking their first Premier League 2 win of the campaign, the Hammers’ development squad did their cause no favours after barely two minutes had been played at Loughborough University Stadium, Jack Stretton profiting from loose passing at the back to fire home the opening goal.

An end-to-end first half saw both teams exchange chances before Stretton burst in behind the West Ham backline to double Derby’s advantage with a low finish prior to half-time.

West Ham came out after the break with a renewed intensity and vigour to their play, creating several presentable opportunities, but were unable to prevent Stretton from completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot with just under quarter-of-an-hour to play.

They did, however, ultimately get the goals their chances deserved, the first arriving moments later when captain Conor Coventry’s curling cross nestled into the far corner.

Despite the renewed hope that Oladapo Afolayan’s 85th-minute poacher’s goal then gave the Hammers, they could not muster up the equaliser required to prevent a fourth defeat from six league games thus far.

20_11_06 WHU v. Liverpool

LIVERPOOL : Premier League 2

Anang

Ashby (Okotcha)

Longelo

Coventry

Greenidge

Baptiste

Dju (Adarkwa) (Jinadu)

Forson

Afolayan

Lewis

Simon-Swyer

Rush Green

2 - 4 (Afolayan, Dju)

6 November 2020

West Ham United Under-23s defender Josh Okotcha and his teammates performed with no shortage of application against Liverpool Under-23s on Friday afternoon, but still came away from Rush Green Stadium with a 4-2 loss against the Reds.

 

Having recovered from an early concession to deservedly lead 2-1 at half-time through Oladapo Afolyan and Mesaque Dju, the Hammers had hoped to kick on in the second half, but conceded twice in the early stages of the half before Liverpool wrapped the points up in injury time.

 

A red card to goalkeeper Joseph Anang was a further blow to the young Hammers, who still went to create a number of presentable opportunities to equalise, only to come up against at Liverpool goalkeeper in fine form in Caoimhín Kelleher.

20_11_06 WHU v. Liverpool

PORTSMOUTH : Papa John's Trophy

Trott

Johnson

Okotcha

Greenidge

Longelo (Chesters)

Rosa (Forbes)

Appiah-Forson

Lewis

Corbett

Afolayan

Simon-Swyer (Adarkwa)

 

Fratton Park

1 - 0 (Corbett)

10 November 2020

20_11_10 Portsmouth v. WHU

28 October 2020

The English Football League has agreed a three-year deal with pizza takeaway firm Papa John's to sponsor the EFL Trophy.

 

The competition, which will now be known as the Papa John's Trophy

West Ham United Under-21s secured a memorable Papa John’s Trophy group stage victory, defeating Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park.

 

Pompey went into the game having won the last two editions of the tournament and having not lost a game in the competition within 90 minutes in 1,036 days; with last season’s final still to be played, the last team to defeat them were Chelsea U21s in January 2018.

 

With both sides having already secured progression to the knockout stages, both teas had the opportunity at Fratton Park to secure top spot in Group A of the southern section and therefore guarantee a seeded home draw in the first knockout round.

 

It didn’t take long for West Ham U21s to pull ahead, however. After just four minutes, Kai Corbett sweeped in Emmanuel Longelo’s excellent pull-back to put the Hammers in the lead.

 

What followed was a composed, mature and resolute cup performance, with West Ham restricting a Portsmouth side of various experiences to just two clear chances; the first requiring a fine Nathan Trott save with his feet, the second a hooked volley which narrowly cleared the bar.

LEICESTER CITY : Premier League 2

Trott

Rosa

Longelo

Appiah-Forson (Adarkwa)

Baptiste

Cardosa (Okotcha)

Chesters

Lewis

Afolayan

Simon-Swyer (Fevrier)

Corbett

 

King Power Stadium

1 - 2 (Afolayan [pen])

23 November 2020

MANCHESTER UNITED : Premier League 2

Trott

Rosa

Longelo

Appiah-Forson

Baptiste

Cardosa

Fevrier

Lewis

Corbett

Afolayan

Chesters

Rush Green

2 - 0 (Afolayan [pen], Fish [og])

27 November 2020

20_11_23 Leicester City v. WHU

Despite slipping to a late 2-1 defeat, West Ham United Under-23s will have taken plenty away from the match against Leicester City.

 

The match – elevated in occasion by its location at the King Power Stadium – proved a dramatic one from the off, with Leicester having a man sent off for a thunderous tackle when just ten minutes were on the clock.

 

The Foxes fielded an experienced line-up, however, and it was a bonafide first-team player – Demarai Gray – whose individual quality put them ahead after 22 minutes with an incisive run and cool finish.

 

The Hammers largely dominated the second half, drawing level through Oladapo Afolayan’s penalty kick and twice striking the woodwork, but Gray settled the match late on as another solo run and powerful shot tipped the balance in Leicester’s favour.

 

Despite the loss, one positive came in the form of promising Academy of Football prospect Fevrier, for whom a second-half appearance was his first at Premier League 2 level for just over two years.

PETERBOROUGH UNITED : Papa John's Trophy

Trott

Rosa (Chesters)

Longelo

Appiah-Forson

Baptiste

Cardosa

Dawson

Lewis

Yarmolenko

Afolayan

Holland (Fevrier)

Weston Homes Stadium

0 - 3

8 December 2020

20_11_27 WHU v. Manchester United

A spirited effort, that, from the young Hammers, who fought tooth and nail during that match and can be proud of leaving everything out on the pitch. The first half was largely even, but the hosts' senior Football League experience told in the second period as they proved more clinical with the chances they had, progressing into the third round.

West Ham can look back on their 2020-21 Papa John's Trophy campaign with a degree of pride, however - they recorded three brilliant results in the group stages and pushed a League One team hard tonight. It's all valuable development experience which will benefit the youngsters hugely in their future careers ahead.

20_12_08 Peterborough United v. WHU s-l500

West Ham United Under-23s secured their first win of the Premier League 2 season, defending resolutely and counter-attacking with purpose to see off Manchester United Under-23s by two goals to nil.

The young Hammers have forced into having some harsh lessons in the division to this point, but applied the benefit of all those experiences to see off the Red Devils in east London.

The U23s took the lead with 32 minutes gone when forward Oladapo Afolayan pressured Manchester United defender Will Fish into inadvertently turning Dan Chesters’ pull-back into his own net.

If that intervention had denied Afolayan a goal, he was not dissuaded; Chesters’ slaloming run just 20 seconds after the second half had kicked off saw the winger brought down, and Afolayan coolly stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to double his side’s advantage.

West Ham had to dig in at times to contend with waves of visiting attackers, but stuck to their tasks admirably and closed out the remaining minutes with a degree of comfort.

Jubilant celebrations at full-time reflected not just the importance of the result but the wider collective graft which lay behind it, and the No10 was keen to reassert that this first league win of the season was just the beginning for West Ham’s U23s in 2020-21.

EVERTON : Premier League 2

Trott

Chesters

Fevrier

Appiah-Forson

Okotcha

Baptiste

Corbett

Ashley (Simon-Swyer)

Adarkwa

Lewis

Holland (Caiger)

Pure Stadium, Southport FC

1 - 2 (Appiah-Forson)

14 December 2020

20_12_14 Everton v. WHU

The Hammers can consider themselves hugely unfortunate to have left the Pure Stadium without at least a point, having created sufficient opportunities to even claim a significant victory.

 

Despite enjoying the better chances inside the opening 20 minutes, individual errors proved costly in allowing the Toffees to establish a 2-0 lead.

 

West Ham pulled one back shortly after when Keenan Forson slammed home from Kai Corbett’s lay-off inside the box, but despite dominating the ball and the flow of chances from thereon out, luck ultimately evaded the team in Claret and Blue. Good saves from Everton’s goalkeeper, good shouts for penalty kicks

 

Such was their dominance of the match, were it not for that opening spell, the Hammers would almost certainly have departed the North-West with a second Premier League 2 win of the season.

MANCHESTER CITY : Premier League 2

T

City Football Academy

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21 December 2020