Dan Potts is looking to bounce back from defeat in the Development Squad's Barclays U21 Premier League opener as swiftly as possible.

The young Hammers have an opportunity to put things right quickly, with Southampton visiting the Boleyn Ground for a 7pm kick-off on Friday.

Potts, who skippered the side in their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, says that is just what they need to get over their disappointment.

He explained: "It's always good to have another game quickly after a defeat and we have one against Southampton at the Boleyn Ground on Friday.

"We'll be going all out to get the win in that one and hopefully there'll be a good crowd in to watch it.

"It's always nice to play in front of a decent crowd and it's a great experience to play there because, at the end of the day, that's where we want to be regularly.

"Even the build up to the game, being around the place and the changing rooms is part of it,"

Despite going down to defeat at Spurs, when goals from Daniel Akindayini and Cristian Ceballos meant Kieran Bywater's free-kick counted for little, Potts felt his side could leave with some plus points.

He added: "There were positives to take, although the overriding disappointment is not coming away with the win we wanted.

"It was an even game throughout. We went in at half-time, discussed what we wanted to do and tried to put the plan into practice. I thought it worked well off the ball.

"We just needed to take a bit more care when we got the ball and be a bit more clinical in the final third. The chances were there, but we couldn't get the ball in the back of the net."

The U21s host Southampton in their first home Barclays U21 Premier League game of the season at the Boleyn Ground on Friday night. Kick-off is at 7pm and admission is free of charge for Season Ticket Holders.

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