Kieran Bywater reckons West Ham United's Development Squad have a score to settle as they prepare to entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League at Rush Green on Friday night.

When the two sides met at Telford United on 26 February, the Hammers conceded twice in the final throes of the contest to see a 1-0 lead disappear in the most uncomfortable fashion.

It is an experience that 17-year-old Bywater is keen to forget and he fully expects to make amends come this evening's reverse fixture.

"I think that disappointment does [spur us on]," he told West Ham TV. "No one likes losing, especially the way we did at Wolves last time.

"A few decisions went against us and a few lapses of concentration cost us the game in the end. I think we were unlucky in some ways. After a good start in the game we conceded two late goals, but hopefully we can turn that around on Friday with a good performance and a good result.

"With four games left we're keen to get as many wins as possible. We do have quite a young side in comparison to some of the other sides, so we're hopeful of putting in good displays and the results will follow."

Friday's Elite Group fixture also sees the Hammers return to their Rush Green base, after playing each of their previous three home fixtures at the Boleyn Ground. While the surroundings are, inevitably, not quite as plush, Nick Haycock's men are perfectly content to be back at what has proved a happy hunting ground thus far this season.

Bywater continued: "People have been saying that Rush Green's a good place for us to play and we've had a few good wins there. There's a different surface there to the Boleyn Ground, that we've been playing on in recent weeks, but hopefully it should sway in our favour.

"I think a lot of the lads are confident there. It's a tough place to go for opposition sides when they come down. It's a different environment to what a lot of players are used to and hopefully we can use that to our advantage."

For first-year scholar Bywater, just being involved in the Under-21 setup is a considerable accomplishment in itself. But far from just making up the numbers, the versatile midfielder has already clocked up nine appearances for the Development Squad this term.

What's more, having played out wide, in central midfield and, albeit briefly, as a full-back, Bywater is fast becoming something of a utility man, a role that he is only too glad to embrace.

"It's been a good experience playing with the older players and training with them day in, day out, can only be good for my development. So it's all good for me really.

"I'm happy to play anywhere as long as I'm playing. I'm enjoying my football and just trying to put in good performances for the team. If I'm needed to provide cover in games, as a younger player it's all good experience for me to be able in a number of different positions should help my selection prospects.

"I'm obviously keen to impress as a younger member of the squad and just work as hard as I can. And if that means playing out of position. I'm happy to do that."

Kick-off is set for 7pm at Rush Green on Friday, where admission is £3 for Adults and £1 for Under-16s, while Season Ticket Holders will be admitted free of charge.

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