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Friday 18 October Updated Wednesday 18 February

Chambers pleased after tough test

Leo Chambers was pleased with the way the Development Squad acquitted themselves after overcoming a strong Cambridge United side at the R Costings Abbey Stadium.

Two goals from striker Elliot Lee saw the young Hammers claim a deserved win against the Skrill Premier outfit ,who named several first teamers among their starting XI.

It was a test un-akin to that presented to Chambers and his team-mates in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and the defender was pleased with how they met a physical challenge.

He told West Ham TV: "To win 2-1 against a team who are top of the Conference represents a very good win for us.

"Playing against men is a good experience for us physically and I think we coped well with that on Wednesday.

"It's good for our development, as I said, playing against men, physically it's a big challenge for us and we did ourselves justice."

Chambers and the defence saw out a rocky spell after a Cambridge equaliser with 15 minutes left had cancelled out Lee's strike in the 36th minute.

Lee's second strike of the game proved to be the winner in a match which the 18-year-old believes provided a good test for the team ahead of Monday's league encounter against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"When it got back to 1-1 they were on top of us but we coped with the pressure well which made us relax a bit and we saw the game out well once we'd got our second.

"Wolves will play a similar way to how Cambridge played, quite direct at times but also try to play out from the back when they can. That's what Cambridge did and it will be a good test for us on Monday."

Chambers played the full 90 minutes at right-back, a position he has found himself playing in on two occasions for the first team this season, although he is equally adept at playing centre-back.

Wherever he plays the composed defender is just happy to be in the team with competition for places rife amongst the Development Squad.

He said: "I've been playing right-back for a few weeks now and I'll always play wherever the gaffer wants me to play. Now that I'm playing right-back I'm enjoying it there and wherever the game takes me I'll be happy.

"The squad's quite strong at the moment. The gaffer, Nick Haycock, has got a big job on his hands with everyone fit. We've got Matthias coming back, Paul McCallum coming back as well so he's got a big squad to pick from. We're all fighting for a place and it's healthy for us."

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