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2013-05-07T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:45:01

Driver demands response

Callum Driver called upon his Development Squad colleagues to go out in style, as West Ham United today end their Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign at West Bromwich Albion.

The Hammers, who lie sixth in the Elite Group, can leapfrog Arsenal into fifth with victory at the Baggies' training ground, but skipper Driver is more interested in righting the wrongs of last Thursday's defeat at Southampton.

Despite twice forging ahead, West Ham ended up crashing to a 5-2 defeat on the south coast and Driver is determined to round off the season in more memorable fashion.

He told West Ham TV: "It was just individual errors, everyone makes them but unfortunately on Thursday we've made more than one in the game and that's obviously shown in the result.

"It's frustrating but you just have to put your hands up, hope you react as a team and get the result at West Brom. We've got a few good characters, so hopefully we'll bounce back. It's all part of the learning curve. Everyone makes mistakes but it's just about how you respond to them.

"We've got the end-of-season Player Awards on Wednesday, so it would be nice to go to that on the back of a winning result and end the season on a high."

Thursday's reverse at Southampton put paid to the Hammers' hopes of bagging a top three finish, and, on reflection, Driver reckons the club's second string can feel hard done by not to be involved in the competition's semi-finals.

He continued: "We're very disappointed, particularly after the great game we had against Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground. To go from one extreme to another doesn't make for happy faces in the dressing room.

"Overall I think we made a good start to the season and just haven't quite got the results we wanted and needed in the Elite Group. I think we've been unlucky. We've had a few draws where we could have taken chances to turn them into three points and that would have pushed us up the table.

"We were scrapping for results in the last few games to keep the pressure on Liverpool but unfortunately weren't able to get the result at Southampton."

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