West Ham United scholar Amos Nasha urged the Development Squad to continue where they left off at Southend United, as they travel to AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.

While the Hammers ultimately succumbed to a slender 1-0 defeat, there was much to be proud of at Roots Hall, as Nick Haycock's men held the upper hand for much of the contest against the Sky Bet League Two side.

Though Nasha and his colleagues would ultimately draw a blank in front of goal, the 17-year-old knows that playing the right brand of patient football will eventually yield results.

He told whufc.com: "We played some good football at Southend and had a lot of chances, we just need to take them this time.

"Football-wise we played really well, got the ball moving and we were opening them up. But on the day, it just wouldn't go in for us. It still gave us confidence and Nick thought we did well. We've just got to be more clinical."

This weekend's contest at Ryman Premier outfit AFC Hornchurch will inevitably present a rather different challenge, with Nasha under no illusions of what awaits them.

But whatever the surroundings, Nasha insists the Hammers' second string must show the confidence to stick to their guns and continue passing the ball.

"We're expecting a good test physically and we're planning to move the ball quickly because we know they'll be on us straight away," he continued.  

"We might have to adapt our game slightly on Saturday, but we'll still play the right way. Even though it might be a bobbly pitch against tough opposition, we've still got to be brave enough to do it. We're getting a good mix into our game, long ball and playing on the ground as well.

"Nick has been saying that in Development Squad football we've got to start getting the results, but it's all a learning curve. To be fair, the results always matter, but we're trying to produce players so playing the right way will bring those results."

All ticket information for Saturday's 3pm kick-off at the Hornchurch Stadium is available here. The Hammers have received an allocation of 1,000 standing tickets, priced at just £10 for Adults and £5 for both Under-16s and Over-65s.  

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