WEST HAM UNITED
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Manager: Dimitri Halajko
ARSENAL : Premier League 2
6 - 1 (Oko-Flex 3, Coventry, Nevers, Odubeko)
16 August 2021
Lead coach Dmitri Halajko cut a proud figure at full-time following West Ham United U23s’ magnificent opening-day win over Arsenal in Premier League 2 Division 1.
In front of over a thousand supporters present at London Stadium – the development squad's first home crowd since March of last year – the young Hammers took an early lead in the first half thanks to Mipo Odubeko’s thumping finish, before turning on the style in the second half.
A hat-trick from Armstrong Okoflex on his competitive U23s debut was added to by strikes from Conor Coventry and fellow debutant Thierry Nevers in a crushing 6-1 win – every goal one of really high quality.
Even an injury-time penalty from Arsenal's Miguel Azeez could not dampen the Hammers’ spirits, as they got off their 2021/22 Premier League 2 campaign in a wholly enjoyable and promising fashion.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Premier League 2
Brighton Training Centre
2 - 4 (Nevers, Odubeko)
20 August 2021
CHELSEA : Premier League 2
2 - 1 (Ashby, Greenidge)
29 August 2021
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Premier League 2
0 - 1
3 September 2021
LEEDS UNITED : Premier League 2
Thorp Arch Training Ground
2 - 2 (Ashby, Baptiste)
11 September 2021