Mixed feelings for Carr

Academy Director Tony Carr will take his Under-18s to Arsenal on Wednesday on the back of a comprehensive 4-0 win in the FA Premier Academy League at MK Dons.

While Carr was pleased to see his West Ham United youngsters extend their unbeaten run to six matches on Saturday, he was disappointed to see Dominic Vose sent off and Blair Turgott forced off with an ankle injury.


Following a goalless opening 45 minutes, Danny Subuola, Matthias Fanimo, Dylan Tombides and Vose all found the target after half-time to complete a comprehensive success. However, the day was soured late on when Vose was given his marching orders for spitting, leaving Carr perplexed.

"Dominic got sent-off for an off-the-ball confrontation when he spat in the other boy's face. It was totally unacceptable and he deserved to be sent-off. We were 4-0 up at the time and it was totally unnecessary. The game was not played that way - it was not a dirty game. It was just a moment of madness and he will now be banned for three matches."

Earlier, Carr had been pleased with how his team had broken down the hosts' stubborn resistance. "We went in 0-0 at half-time, but we had the best chance of the first half when Dylan got on the end of a low cross from Matthias, but the goalkeeper somehow got in the way of it.

"We had a lot of the ball in the first half, but they also created a couple of half-chances and could have gone ahead just before the break. They played a one-two on the edge of our penalty area, but their player took an extra touch and the ball got away from him. After that, we dominated.

"Danny scored the first goal on 55 minutes following good work from Dominic, who squared the ball for Danny to make it 1-0. A short time later, we scored again in similar fashion when Matthias finished George Moncur's low cross.

"Dylan put us 3-0 up before Dominic scored a good individual goal, cutting in from the left and firing the ball in off the inside of the far post.

"It was a very comprehensive victory in the end. MK Dons had a young side out too on what was a difficult pitch, but our own young players did well and it was obviously good for us to win the game."