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Wednesday 6 February Updated Thursday 19 February

Lee targets more first-team action

Elliot Lee made it two goals in two against Tottenham Hotspur this season, but the 18-year-old reckons he should have bagged a hat-trick in Monday's 3-2 Barclays U21 Premier League defeat.

Lee drew the sides level with a typically classy finish in the 43rd minute, before repeatedly going close in the second half. After being denied by the post, he saw a header fly over the bar, while an attempted lob nestled on the roof of the net.

Though it was to prove, in part, a frustrating day for the striker, Lee was pleased to lay on a goal for fellow frontman Wellington Paulista, with whom he is fast developing a potent partnership.

"It's brilliant at the minute [playing with Paulista]," Lee told West Ham TV. "I've moved out to the left so that he can play down the middle but at the minute I'm linking up well with him and scoring goals, seeing as we both scored, so it's good.

"On another day I think could have a hat-trick. I've got my goal, I've hit the post, I should have scored the last one really, where I've gone to lob the keeper but I just got a bit too much on it. But on another day it goes in."

Lee also hit the target in West Ham United U18s' FA Youth Cup defeat to Spurs and he bemoaned his side's ill-fortune as they lost out again at the hands of the north Londoners.

"We're disappointed to be defeated but we played well second half," he added. "We dominated the second half, we were just unlucky.

"First half we weren't as good as we can be and second half we came out dominated the game, got the early goal and I thought 'hang on', we could go on here and win it. But unfortunately we conceded a sloppy goal from a set piece, which is unlucky and it has cost us the game."

Meanwhile, with his first-team debut at Manchester United still fresh in the memory, Lee is already contemplating another senior outing before too long.

"Obviously I've had a little taster of the first team already. I just want to keep starting for the Development Squad, hopefully scoring goals. And towards the end of the season, maybe push my way into the first team on the bench and hopefully get a run out.

"Once you've had a taste of first-team action you just want more and more, hopefully I'll put the performances in, the gaffer will see me and I'll get my chance."

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