Kieran Bywater is fast establishing himself in West Ham United's Development Squad and more than proved his worth with two assists in the Hammers' 3-3 Barclays Under-21 Premier League draw at Liverpool.

While Liverpool's set-piece specialists struggled with the blustery conditions at Kirkby Academy, Bywater had no such problems, floating in two pinpoint deliveries for Dan Potts and Wellington Paulista to nod home.

Though the 17-year-old had departed the scene by the time Elliot Lee volleyed home in injury time, Bywater was rightly thrilled to have made his mark in a memorable away day.

"It was a great feeling," Bywater told West Ham TV. "Last-minute goals are always the best, if you're on the right side! So it was great that Elliot managed to finish it.

"Set pieces are a part of the plans before a game and at Liverpool it worked really well for us. Dan Potts has attacked the ball really well twice and Wellington got a good header on the second as well.

"They had a few corners early on and played them straight out of play due to the wind. So, as the corner taker, I just had to take that into account really.

"With players like Dan Potts and Jordan Spence attacking the ball, you know if you put it in the right area, there's going to be someone on the end of it. I'm just glad I was able to do that."

Despite making only his third start at this level on Monday, Bywater looked every bit at home in the company of Jonjo Shelvey and co, an experience that he expects will stand him in good stead.

"Myself and Amos Nasha are the two youngest players in the squad, as first-year scholars," he added. "It's a great experience playing against those players. It's the next step for us.

"Taking on players like Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield is helping us to progress, improve and learn as players. Obviously they have played in the Premier League and that's what we aspire to. So I was happy with it."

Up next for Bywater and his teammates is the visit of Arsenal to the Boleyn Ground on Friday night. The Hammers have already sunk the Gunners' U21s on three occasions this term and Bywater fully expects to make it four.

"After our loss against Manchester United on Wednesday, we had to make sure we got some points on the board again and this puts us in good stead for Friday."

"We all love playing at the Boleyn Ground, hopefully we can get another good result against Arsenal, like previous games we've had against them this season."

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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