Arsenal up next for youths

West Ham United youth academy director Tony Carr is looking for his team to get back on track on Saturday in their second London derby in a week.

The Under-18s play host to Arsenal at Little Heath determined to make amends for a 1-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic last weekend. Carr described that surprise first defeat in seven as "just one of those games" and is expecting a good response from his players, including the always lively Junior Stanislas.

After scoring 17 goals in three games and going unbeaten for six matches, the Hammers youngsters saw their south London neighbours take all the points with a solitary strike. For Carr, it was simply a case of an "off day" and they will be looking to put it right against league leaders Arsenal.

He said: "Our performance was a bit below-par and that's going to happen every now and then. I think we were more disappointed that we didn't play that well or create any real chances for ourselves after scoring so freely and being on top of our game over the last few weeks.

"But sometimes you need a game like this to get you on track again. When you are winning and playing well, you think it will just go on. But sometimes there will be a game when you have to change the way you have been doing things and it was like that at Charlton."

The lack of goals last time out was not for the want of trying with both Bondz 'Gala and Stanislas going close in the first half, before Oliver Lee's header hit the post. Charlton went ahead ten minutes after the interval through Danny Uchechi and were then able to hang on.

Rather than dwell on the defeat, Carr quickly turned his players' attentions to the next capital contest. "Arsenal are a good side and at the top of the league, but we gave them a good run-in last season and I am looking for the boys to raise their game against them," he said. "But as I have said, we have been in very good form ourselves of late and there's no reason why we can't get back to that."