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2013-09-15T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:00:40

Haycock rues disallowed 'goal'

Development Squad coach Nick Haycock expressed his disappointment after watching his team fight back to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Friday night.

Around 600 fans turned out at the Boleyn Ground to see George Moncur score a late equaliser for the Hammers after Leo Chambers had earlier put through his own net.

But it could have been so much better for the home side who saw a Sean Maguire goal wrongly disallowed for offside in the final minute of the match.

Haycock, whilst not happy with the decision, felt his side should have come out victorious.

He told West Ham TV: "It's definitely two points dropped tonight.

"We were pleased that we got back in it but I thought the lads deserved to win the game. I've just said to them in there that we set them a target of 10+ points out of the first five games and obviously we've now got that now.

"Leo's unlucky and scores the own goal and we died for ten minutes but I thought we lifted again and at the end we score what we think is a perfectly good winner from Sean so we're disappointed."

The game also marked the return of Matthias Fanimo, who has recently recovered from a long term injury.

The winger was a second half substitute as the home side took the game to their opponents, and his coach was pleased that Fanimo will add to the competition not only for the Development Squad but also the first team.

"Matty's had a long time out and he's been a bit unfortunate, he's keen as mustard now to show his worth, I know he's well thought of at the club and it's pleasing to have him back.

"There's good competition in there now, Macca's [Neil McDonald] just said to them in the changing rooms that there in a competition amongst themselves but also for who's going to get into the first team.

"We want to start seeing players pushing each other to the next level now."

Several of Haycock's squad were returning to Development Squad action having been involved in the first team's friendly win over Espanyol last week.

Pelly Ruddock played the full 90 minutes whilst Fanimo, Elliot Lee, Moncur, Callum Driver and Sebastian Lletget were involved from the bench.

Haycock believes their experiences with Sam Allardyce's squad can only serve them well.

"The majority of them were on the pitch for the last 30 minutes when they were winning 1-0 and the first team staff said that they were pleased they saw the game out against good opposition.

"Speaking to the boys as I do every day, it was a great experience for them and they can see what it's like to be part of the first team.

"The young players are at one of the best places to be nurtured into the first team and hopefully now we can forget about the past and look at the next generation coming through."

Moncur was the outstanding player against Manchester City and Haycock believes it may be time for him to move on loan to further his development despite changes being made to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Relegation and promotion will be introduced next season in order to encourage meaningful competition, but the Development Squad coach believes the time is right for some players to go on loan to the Football League.

"I think the Under-21 league is a fantastic thing but I've got players that I think need league experience.

"We'll try and win the league by nurturing players into this team from the under-18s as that's their next step.

"I looked at George Moncur out there tonight and I'm surprised clubs haven't come asking to take him on loan, whilst he's looking good out there and in my opinion was the best player on the park tonight, his next step might be a loan and then we've got some good under-18 midfield players ready to come into the team and then they get that next bit of experience."

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