West Ham United 0-3 Southampton
Mark Phillips hailed a marked improvement in the performance of his West Ham United side, despite seeing them suffer a 3-0 U18 Premier League South loss to Southampton at Little Heath.
The Hammers endured their second defeat of the campaign, having also fallen to Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 this season.
The U18s found themselves 2-0 down at half-time as a lucky deflection inside the Irons’ penalty area and a defensive slip allowed the Saints a healthy advantage.
And West Ham’s defeat was confirmed late in the contest as Southampton caught the Hammers on the counter-attack, earning a penalty which they subsequently converted.
Despite the harshness of the score-line Phillips believes the West Ham U18s deserve praise for offering more spirit and a higher tempo than seen in the Brighton defeat.
The U18s coach told whufc.com: “I think there was an improvement from the week before, although the score-line doesn’t show it. There was however a marked improvement in performance.
“We’ve just got to find a way of turning our possession into more goals. We seem to be having a problem with that at the moment.”
Phillips also reserved high praise for youngster Will Greenidge, who made his first showing for the U18s in this contest at right-back. The defender was promoted from the U16s for this contest and Greenidge impressed Phillips with his performance.
“Will Greenidge had a really good showing,” Phillips added: “He came up for this game from the U16s and it was the first time he’s played in the U18s. The lad did really well.”
West Ham United: Matrevics, Greenidge, Mingi (Watson 51), Wells, Hannam, Belic, Henry, Hamilton (Adarkwa 46), Rosa, R.Longelo (El Mhassani 74), E.Longelo
Subs not used: Forde, Dalipi