West Ham United marksman Elliot Lee could hardly contain his joy after popping up with an all-important last-gasp leveller at Liverpool's Kirkby Academy.

Despite taking a fifth-minute lead courtesy of Dan Potts, Nick Haycock's Hammers found themselves 3-2 behind as the game entered a fourth minute of stoppage time.

But 18-year-old Lee slammed home from close range to earn West Ham's U21s a valuable point in their pursuit of a top-three Barclays Under-21 Premier League Elite Group finish.

"It was obviously great to get the equaliser with only seconds to go," he told West Ham TV. "We were told to just keep going and a few decisions went our way at the end. The [character we showed] is brilliant. The boys have got great team morale at the minute. Results haven't been going our way but we've got a great team spirit and we just keep believing.

"Liverpool put a great side out on Monday and we're still really young. We've got first-year scholars in our side and it just shows the character we've got in our team to get the equaliser with seconds to go.


"It was always going to be tough when they have players like Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling. They have got great Premier League experience, but it's a good experience for us as well to play against the top players. At the end of the day we got a great result, a 3-3 draw, it's good."

A beaming Lee reckoned his dramatic late volley ranks as one of the most memorable goals he has ever scored, while he was similarly delighted to share the plaudits with fellow frontman Wellington Paulista.

"It's up there, a last-second equaliser, it's right up there," he added. "I just want to carry on now and hopefully get a few more.

"To come to Kirkby and score three just shows the type of players we've got in this team. We've got goalscorers and we've got creative players. To score three goals puts us on a good track and hopefully against Arsenal on Friday we'll score some more.

"It was obviously in my head that it had been about four games since I last scored, so to get a goal right at the end was really good and I hope I can progress now.

"We seem to score together, me and Wellington. It was really good, I'm really happy that he got his goal. We got a great result against Liverpool, we've beaten Arsenal once this season, and I'm sure we can do it again on Friday."

The Development Squad are back in action at the Boleyn Ground on Friday 15 March when they play host to Arsenal. The game kicks off at 7pm and admission is free for season ticket holders, and just £3 for adults, £1 concessions.

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