West Ham United U18s left-back Lewis Page says a trip to a theme park has helped end the Hammers' rollercoaster start to the season.
The Academy youngsters enjoyed a day out at Thorpe Park recently - a trip that has coincided with a six-match unbeaten run culminating in Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Newcastle United.
Page, who has started ten of West Ham's eleven Barclays U18 Premier League matches so far, said the good relationship between the players has fostered a positive atmosphere on and off the pitch.
Read a full match report from the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United
"We have a really good team chemistry at the club," said the 17-year-old. "We all socialise together. For example we all went to Thorpe Park, which was a nice group day out.
"Around the training ground it's nice to see everyone get along and that shows on the pitch when we work hard for each other."
On Saturday, the Hammers continued their unbeaten run by drawing with a Newcastle side reduced to ten men before half-time. While Page and company were disappointed not to win, the defender said it was important that they did not suffer a first defeat since going down 1-0 at Sunderland on 21 September.
"The result [against Newcastle] wasn't bad because, at the end of the day, we didn't lose. The early sending off killed the game because they just sat off and made it hard for us to break through. At times we did it well and at times we didn't.
"Perhaps there were a few chances where we could have done a better job in front of goal and won the game, but overall, I think we were unlucky to come away with just a draw."
U18s manager Steve Potts reflects on the 1-1 draw with the Magpies
A number of U18s have already tasted Development Squad action this season, including Saturday's goalscorer Amos Nasha, and Page is hoping to graduate to the U21s himself. However, with Dan Potts and Frazer Shaw ahead of him, the left-back may have to be patient.
"Personally, I think I've improved since the start of the season. I've been trying to improve on my attacking game like crossing and finishing. I'd like to start scoring more goals. I've already got one this season but I'd like to add to that.
"Of course I'm always looking up at the Development Squad. There are not many players in my position who are out on loan at the minute, so they are playing really well here and it's hard to break into the team. I'd love to push on if I can.
"I'm looking towards Christmas or just after that to try and make it onto the bench or perhaps even come on. It's the whole experience of being part of the Development Squad, not just how long you play on the pitch."
The U18s will be looking to continue their impressive run of form when they host Aston Villa at Little Heath on Saturday 9 November, with kick off at 1pm. Parking and admission are both free of charge.