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Tuesday 27 August Updated Thursday 19 February

Rav is ready to shine

Ravel Morrison is determined to build on his Barclays Premier League debut by showing what he can do in Tuesday's Capital One Cup second-round meeting with Cheltenham Town.

West Ham United's No15 caught the eye during a 15-minute cameo at Newcastle United, coming close to chalking up an assist on two occasions.

Morrison chested one ball down for Joe Cole, who drove narrowly wide, before laying on a chance for Modibo Maiga, who saw his 'goal' correctly ruled out for offside.

"It was good to be on the pitch and I really enjoyed it," said Morrison, who also netted six goals in ten impressive pre-season appearances. "I thought we played well and defended solidly and I'm glad we got a point away from home as well.

"With the Maiga chance I really should have put it in myself, but the ball was behind me so I snapped at it a bit. I thought Van [Maiga] had scored but unfortunately he was offside."

While Morrison's offensive skills have been talked about since his time as a youngster at Manchester United, the midfielder also put in a defensive shift for the team at Newcastle.

"I'm a defensive player too, now!" he joked. "I feel good that the manager had the confidence to send me on for the final 15 minutes of the game when it was still in the balance.

"I feel I can contribute to the team going forward and defensively. I hope I can do so again when I'm given another chance."

Morrison could be handed his first start in a West Ham shirt when Cheltenham Town visit the Boleyn Ground for a Capital One Cup second-round fixture on Tuesday evening.

The 20-year-old made his Manchester United debut at the age of 17 in a 3-2 League Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on 26 October 2010 and made two subsequent substitute appearances for the Red Devils in League Cup ties against Aldershot Town and Crystal Palace during the autumn of 2011.

On Tuesday, he could be one of a number of younger players given a chance to impress, while summer signings Romania captain Razvan Rat and Spanish goalkeeper Adrian could make their first-team debuts for the Hammers.

Tickets will be available on the night priced £15 Adults and £8 Under-16s, with cash turnstiles in all four stands from 6.15pm. Cheltenham fans can also buy tickets on the night through Turnstile No73 in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand Lower Tier.

The Stadium Store will also be open before and after Tuesday's tie for fans to pick up their favourite claret and blue merchandise, including adidas replica kit and trainingwear.

Cheltenham Town

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