West Ham United's youth academy director Tony Carr is looking for his young side to bounce back against Charlton Athletic this Saturday, after being on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline at the weekend.
The Under-18s started off brightly against Ipswich Town at Little Heath as Anthony Edgar put them ahead after five minutes with a goal from the edge of the box following a well-worked move. The home side were dominant, but Ipswich found their way back in and equalised from the spot, when a late defensive clearance forced goalkeeper Peter Loveday to come out from his goal and, in the wet conditions, clash with an Ipswich forward. Another goal for the away side came along shortly afterwards.
Carr sent on England Under-15 striker Robert Hall, who made an immediate impact by helping to set up his side's second of the day. He jinked and dribbled his way into the box, cutting the ball back for Balint Bajner to head home.
At 3-2, West Ham United were playing with more urgency, but it would be Ipswich who were to score again, breaking away from their hosts' pressure to score following a free-kick which was deflected in off Bajner for an own goal.
After the game, Carr said: "We were all very disappointed, especially as we had done so well the week before, with the 6-1 win over Southampton. We thought that would be our springboard, but it wasn't to be and so we look to do better away at Charlton on Saturday."
West Ham United: Loveday, Brookes, Brown, McNaughton (Modelski), Fry, Okus (Hall), Kearns, Lee, Bajner, Edgar, Grasser (Abdulla).
Subs not used: Montano