Lletget makes good on promise
Sebastian Lletget was thrilled to repay West Ham United's continued faith in him, as he celebrated a new two-year contract with his first goal of the season for the Development Squad.
It was, however, to end a bitter-sweet evening for the American, as his first-half strike could not prevent the Hammers from falling to defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Last time out, Lletget had vowed to break his goalscoring duck this term, and now that he has, he is planning to make sure he has plenty more to celebrate between now and the season's end.
"I was just very happy to give back to the club what they've given me through the past couple of years so hopefully I can keep moving on and getting some goals," Lletget told West Ham TV.
"It was particularly pleasing to score. With Nick being the new Dev Squad manager he has pushed me forward a bit and has really got on to me to score more goals.
"We've worked on it in training and it's working out, so I'm happy. It worked out well, thank you to my teammates. It was good build up as well, they set me up and I was just glad to finish it off."
Positive though he is, Lletget couldn't fail to be somewhat deflated after surrendering a lead so late in the day against Wolves. But far from being all doom and gloom, he believed West Ham should have had something to show for their efforts.
"We played our hearts out," he added. "It's unfortunate that the last ten minutes didn't go our way but we did our best. We were hanging in there. I thought we were going to win it. I think we were good enough to win it. The referee made a call and even though we disagree with it, it happens so we can't take it back.
"There are a couple of young ones in there and I think it's a good lesson for them. For our experienced players in the squad, like myself, there are always lessons to be learned out of these games especially."
Casting his mind to Friday's showdown with Manchester United, Lletget is relishing the prospect of showcasing his talents at the Boleyn Ground, in the hope the Hammers can topple the heavyweights.
"It's going to be a big stage for a lot of us and managers will be watching and a lot of scouts, so it will be a good opportunity. Manchester United will have a lot of good players but we have a lot of good players as well and we're well up for the challenge. Every season that's our aim, to play the best and beat the best."
Entry for Friday night's 7pm kick-off is free for Season Ticket Holders, while all other adult tickets are just £3 and under-16s £1. The main car park and Stadium Store will also be open to supporters.