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2012-09-01T12:14:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:57:59

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The West Ham United Develpoment Squad will be looking to carry on their superb start to the season when they play host to Bolton Wanderers at the Boleyn Ground at 7pm.

The Hammers up-and-coming stars have won both of their opening games in some style - beating Reading 3-1 and Everton 5-1. Season Ticket holders can get in to the ground for free with general admission tickets available for just £3 and Under-16s just £1. Tickets will be available from 6pm on Monday through turnstiles 13-15 in the Alpari Lower and the club shop will be open from 7pm to enable fans to pick up some bargains ahead of kick-off.

One player who is set to feature is winger Matthias Fanimo, who has spoken of his excitement and determination after featuring the first-team's 2-0 Capital One Cup second-round win over Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday. Although he enjoyed that taste of what may follow more frequently one day, the England Under-18 international is first aiming to help the Development Squad keep up their perfect start to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign.

"We have the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and we still want to do well in that. We face Bolton on Monday and hopefully we can get another positive result.

"It definitely helps playing in a competitive league. We are playing for points, we have matches to win and it makes all the players work very hard like you saw at Everton last Sunday."

Development Squad manager Ian Hendon is likely to field a mixture of youth and first-team players against The Trotters, meaning some of the senior pros who did not feature against Fulham on Saturday may get a chance to impress Sam Allardyce and his staff.

Fanimo replaced Matt Taylor on the hour-mark against Crewe and had an instant impact, playing a delicious ball into Modibo Maiga, who was unfortunately unable to direct his shot on target. He was delighted with his Boleyn Ground bow, while paying tribute to an excellent start from the Development Squad, who have provided him with the perfect platform.

"It was brilliant," stated Fanimo. "I have been working incredibly hard during pre-season and with the Development Squad so I couldn't think of anything better than playing for the first team.

"Everyone is very happy after a terrific start to the season. We had a big win against Everton on Sunday and a very good, strong performance against Reading the previous weekend."

Fanimo almost grabbed an assist with his first touch in professional football, but the youngster insisted he enjoyed his time on the pitch regardless of the impact he made.

"Before I came on the manager wished me luck and told me to go out there and enjoy myself, so that is exactly what I did.

"I think my first touch allowed me to get into the game quickly, but credit to Modibo because he got into a good position and was unlucky not to score."

The 18-year-old also offers versatility having grown up playing on the wing. The 2012/13 season has seen him move to left-back and into a role he increasingly enjoys.

"It doesn't make a difference to me where I play as long as I am on the pitch. I don't mind playing left-back. I have played a few games in that position and I am really starting to enjoy it.

"I am still able to get forward and help the team out in an attacking sense, but now I also get to help out defensively which is good."

After seeing 17-year-old Raheem Sterling start for Liverpool against Manchester City last weekend, Fanimo hopes that a Premier League debut is on the horizon for himself, but would settle for another Capital One Cup appearance in the third round.

"Hopefully another opportunity won't be too far away. We will just have to see what the third round draw brings. I will just carry on working hard and then I am sure I will get the chance to play in the first team again.

"The more games I play the happier I will be. Like I said, I will continue to work hard in training and we will see what happens."

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