The Development Squad are looking forward to Friday evening's Barclays U21 Premier League Group 1 clash with West Bromwich Albion at Rush Green.

Kick-off at Rush Green is at 7pm, with admission just £3 for Adults, £1 for Under-16s and free for Season Ticket Holders. West Ham United are going great guns in the Barclays U21 Premier League, having won eight of their eleven league matches, while they drew 1-1 with the Baggies in the reverse fixture in September.

Striker Paul McCallum (pictured) netted a vital 87th-minute winner to secure a 2-1 victory at Arsenal last time out to all but ensure the Hammers' qualification for the post-Christmas Elite Group Stage. The result put Ian Hendon's side five points clear at the top of the Group 1 table and leaves them knowing a win over the Baggies would seal their qualification.

"It was great to win against Arsenal at their home ground because they had the majority of possession," said McCallum, who has netted five goals in ten appearances for the leaders. "That said, we took our chances and were more creative so I think we deserved the win.

"We worked very hard and we limited them to very few chances so credit to our two lines of four because they were very hard to break down."

McCallum also believes bouncing back from a 3-0 defeat to Reading to beat the Gunners was of paramount importance to the squad's belief.

"Confidence would have been low if we had not won against Arsenal because none of us turned up against Reading and it was a very poor performance. To win against one of the best teams in the country is great and it says a lot about the level of our Academy and Under-21s."

McCallum also believes the close bond built up within the side over a number of years will stand them in good stead in the future.

"Some of the boys have been at the club since they were seven, so for over a decade, and they know each others' games like the back of their hands. It provides a massive boost and hopefully it can continue to help us against West Brom and beyond."

Having been included in Sam Allardyce's squad for the Capital One Cup ties with Crewe Alexandra and Wigan Athletic, McCallum also revealed that he hopes to break into the first-team set-up on a regular basis.

"Hopefully I can break into the first-team but there are Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole in front of me and I still have a lot to learn until I get to their level. When I go and watch the first team and train with them, I always keep an eye on what they do and how they do it because I know it can help me improve."

Concentrating on his Development Squad role, McCallum wants to make his mark in the Elite Group stage against the best Under-21 sides in the country.

"Hopefully we can win our league and progress into the Elite Group Stage, but as long as the first team are playing well, which is the important thing, I cannot really argue about not getting a chance. All I can do I keep scoring goals for the Development Squad and, if I continue to perform, hopefully my chance will come."

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