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Tuesday 12 March Updated Thursday 19 February

Haycock hails goal-happy Hammers

Nick Haycock paid tribute to the Development Squad's impressive attacking exploits, as West Ham United struck three times in an absorbing 3-3 Barclays Under-21 Premier League draw at Liverpool's Kirkby Academy.

While Dan Potts, Wellington Paulista and Elliot Lee were each to profit from well-worked corners, Haycock felt his side looked dangerous each and every time they poured forward.

Though, ultimately, it would take Lee's last-gasp leveller to earn the Hammers a share of the spoils, the U21s boss was adamant his young charges might have bagged even more on the day.

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"At times, when we had the confidence, we showed what we are capable of as an attacking threat," Haycock told West Ham TV.

"With the team Liverpool put out, you're going to concede possession from time to time. At half-time we needed to be a little bit braver, take the game to them a little bit more and play the game higher up the pitch. You could see they were vulnerable at the back.

"Every time we got into the final third, I was expecting an opportunity for us and the more we did it in the second half, we looked a lot better. Obviously the three goals came from set pieces but that's part of the game and in terms of defending set pieces, we were better on the day.

"I actually said to the boys, it was fantastic to get the equaliser at the end, but I'm slightly disappointed. Had we shown a little more impetus in the final third, I felt there were goals to be scored."

Though Haycock was rightly thrilled with Lee's 94th minute leveller, the way his maturing side acquitted themselves against a comparatively experienced Reds outfit, was the source of even greater satisfaction.

"You have to bear in mind, we started with two 17-year-olds, and two 18-year-olds, which is fantastic and I thought they all put in solid performances," he added. "I was delighted for Elliot, I thought his work rate deserved a goal, so he will be made up with that. Frazer Shaw did well at left-back, Amos goes from strength to strength and Kieran, playing in his preferred role in the middle of the park, had a good game as well.

"I actually wanted to see Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling and Suso play. Because this is the standard and if our boys aren't playing against the best at this level, Sam Allardyce is not going to get players that can cope. It's the experience the boys are getting that counts and I'll stand by that."

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