Carr targets win

Academy Director Tony Carr is looking forward to taking his young team to Plymouth Argyle in the FA Youth Cup third round.

Carr said he was looking forward to the prospect of travelling to Devon and coaching a side against the Pilgrims for the first time in his 36-year career.

"It's an interesting draw. I cannot remember a team of mine playing against Plymouth at youth level before in all the time I have been at the club.

"I remember, as a player, going down there and playing a reserve match and coming back on the overnight sleeper train, but I've never managed a team against them."

With Plymouth competing in the Puma Youth Alliance South Western Conference, Carr admitted he would have to do plenty of research ahead of the meeting, which must take place before Saturday 12 December.

"I don't know anything about them to be honest, as we don't get to see their games, so we will have to do a bit of homework."

West Ham have failed to get past the third round in each of the past two seasons, losing to Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest, so Carr is eager to improve on that showing this term.

"We will treat them with the utmost respect, but we can go down there and secure the victory, which is what we all want to do after not doing so well in the competition in recent years."

Further details regarding the date and ticket arrangements will be published on soon.

For the full third round draw, click here.