Matthias Fanimo was left with a sense of déjà vu after Chelsea equalised in the last minute to deny the Hammers all three points in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Friday.

West Ham were the visitors to Aldershot's EBB Stadium but received great backing from a large crowd as they built up a two-goal cushion in the space of three first half minutes.

Pelly Ruddock slotted home the first after 25 minutes before Fanimo scored a screamer just three minutes later, rounding off a brisk counter-attack with a thunderous strike.

Blair Turgott also got on the scoresheet with a long-range goal of his own to put the Hammers 3-2 up with ten minutes to play but they couldn't hold on, leaving Fanimo with the feeling he'd seen it all before.

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He told West Ham TV: "It was very disappointing; we worked really hard throughout the whole game and deserved to win the match.

"I've got a feeling of déjà vu as the same thing happened a few years ago in the FA Youth Cup so it's very unlucky for us."

The game the wide man was referring to was an FA Youth Cup defeat for West Ham United U18s against the Blues when the game again ended in a 3-3 draw, with Nathaniel Chalobah scoring a last minute equaliser as Chelsea went onto win 5-4 on penalties.


Fanimo, whose goal was his first of the season, believed the Hammers should have also been awarded a penalty moments before Nathan Ake struck the 94th minute equaliser.

Dylan Tombides was through on goal when a Chelsea defender clearly clipped his heels and sent the striker tumbling. The referee waved play on, despite the protestations of the visitors, and moments later Chelsea had the ball in the back of Raphael Spiegel's net.

"Definitely, it was 100 per cent a definite penalty. He clipped him on the way past and there's no doubt about that.

"We deserved to be in front, their goal wasn't one of their best goals and we were playing very well at the time so it was important for us to stay in front."

Nick Haycock made five changes as he showed the strength in depth of his squad which included a league debut for Under-18s centre-back Reece Burke, and midfield trio Josh Cullen, Moses Makasi and Amos Nasha.

Fanimo was delighted with the impact the young quartet made in the absence of regular starters Sebastian Lletget, George Moncur and Elliot Lee.

He said: "All three of them [Lletget, Moncur and Lee] were our main starters. They always bought something to the team every week and tried really hard so they were definitely missed but the boys who played tonight were excellent.

"The young lads did really well, especially Reece Burke at the back. I thought he dealt with all their threat really well for a young centre-back and he's doing really well at the moment."

Whilst Fanimo's stunning strike left most people short of words, the man himself had two to describe it when asked what he made of his goal.

"Wonder goal" he exclaimed, with the beaming smile of a player who is getting back to his best after injury delayed his start to the season.