Kieran Sadlier urged his team-mates to take their chances at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, as the Development Squad bid to make it three wins out of three on their travels this term.

Following last Friday's 1-1 stalemate with Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground, Nick Haycock's men head to the Potteries to take on a Stoke City side with five points from their five outings to date.

The Hammers, who sit fourth in the Barclays U21 Premier League, were unfortunate not to take all three points last time out, with Sean Maguire's late strike harshly adjudged offside.

Even so, Sadlier was impressed with the young Hammers' performance at the Boleyn Ground.

He told whufc.com: "Everyone was really happy with a point, although we did feel as though we deserved to win the game.

"We missed a lot of chances that we felt like normally we would take but we could take a lot of pleasure in the knowledge that they struggled to break us down and, in the first half, I don't think they got into our penalty box at all.

"We slipped for a small period in the second half and conceded a poor goal, but overall we should have gone on and won the game."

The linesman's flag latterly denied Irish striker Maguire his first Barclays U21 Premier League goal of the season and Sadlier, who rooms with Maguire, revealed just how frustrating the decision was for him.

"It's the second time it's happened to Sean," he explained. "He had a goal ruled out against Southend United as well when he was onside, so that was obviously frustrating for him.

"He's my room-mate and he was up all night thinking about it, but there's not much he can do when the officials make a bad decision."

Haycock's men were cheered on by nearly 600 fans, who turned out at the Boleyn Ground to support the Club's youth in spite of the pouring rain.

The chance to play at the Club's home was something the 19-year-old relished and is again looking forward to playing in grand surroundings when the team travel to Stoke on Saturday.

He continued: "It was a good experience to play at Upton Park and the fans who came along created a great atmosphere despite the torrential rain.

"The pitch is bigger than you expect when you're out there and at this level it's great when you get to play at stadiums like this one, it's a brilliant experience.

"Playing at the Britannia will be another good experience for the whole squad and I know we're looking forward to putting in a good performance."

The team head to the Britannia Stadium having won three of their opening five matches and Sadlier is hopeful come Saturday the team will have another win to celebrate.

"Everything is going well at the moment after the good start we've made having lost only once.

"We set ourselves a target of attaining ten points from the first five games which we've now got after the City game, now we're looking ahead to Stoke on Saturday and picking up another three points."

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