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2013-02-07T15:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:20:15

Driver banking on home comforts

Callum Driver is setting his sights on Friday's return to 'fortress' Rush Green, after the Development Squad suffered a first defeat in the Barclays U21 Premier League Elite Group at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammers won all but one of their six contests at Rush Green in the competition's first group phase and entertain West Bromwich Albion on Friday night.

It will be a first home fixture for the U21s since 30 November 2012, which the hosts lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers, having already been crowned Group 1 champions.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old skipper Driver, who spent two months last term on loan at npower League Two side Burton Albion, is hopeful the modest surroundings will play in to their hands.

"We've had good results at Rush Green, I think we've only lost there once all season," Driver told West Ham TV. "It's not the greatest place to come to if you're an away team but we enjoy playing there. I haven't been there [for some time], so I don't know what the pitch is like, but it'll be good to get back to the fortress."

Driver, the only ever present in this season's Development Squad, revealed that manager Nick Haycock had some stern words for the players at half-time in Monday's 3-2 defeat . It had the desired effect, however, as West Ham piled on the pressure after the break.

"Nick was a little bit disappointed with us," Driver added. "Obviously conceding the goals that we did, he gave us a kick up the backside to get us going again, and I think it worked. It showed in the second half which we dominated.

"The second-half performance was a lot better than the first. We started slowly, and then had a good period in the first half, where our confidence grew and we started playing. We were unlucky not to get the result.

"Conceding just before half-time didn't help. It's not the greatest time to concede. It's something that we've tried to avoid in games before, but a lapse of concentration has not helped us.

"We had plenty of chances that on another day we'd probably have taken and won by three or four. But we were unlucky not to get them, we've hit the post, George Moncur has had one that's hit the keeper, so we're unfortunate not to get the result."

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