U18s ready for QPR

West Ham United's U18 players cannot wait to take on Queens Park Rangers in the FA Youth Cup fourth round.

The Hammers' youngsters host the R's at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday, having trained at the stadium on Monday morning.

Tony Carr's side go into the game in good form, having lost just two of their last eleven matches in all competitions, and on the back of a 3-1 FA Premier Academy League victory over Fulham on Saturday.

Four of the squad - midfielder Nicky Barrett and forwards Cristian Montanoand Robert Hall and defender Callum McNaughton  - spoke of their confidence ahead of one the biggest games of their young careers so far.

"It's been good over the last few weeks," said Barrett. "We've been training well and had a good game on Saturday, so I think we should win on Tuesday. We've got a good chance. They'll come and try and play their football, too."

Montano, who locked horns with Arsenal's Sol Campbell at reserve-team level a week ago, said team spirit was high going into Tuesday's match.

"We're confident," said the Colombia-born forward. "It's a team thing. We've kept together and we're up for the game, which has helped us. Tony Carr has helped us, as well, as he's encouraged us and told us we can do well.

"We don't really get the chance to play at the Boleyn Ground every game. It's more a once a year thing, so if we stay in the FA Youth Cup, we get another chance. Everyone is buzzing about it."

Still only 16, Hall has already turned out for England at U17 level this season. The prolific forward has scored five goals in eight games for Carr's team this term, and is looking forward to showing what he can do against QPR.

"I think club football is more exciting. Obviously pulling on the national shirt is very exciting, but I always get a buzz [when I play for West Ham] and this is where I want to play. This is where our careers will start, so this is our most exciting game of the season.

"It's been good recently. The team helps me and my strike partner Cristian and [fellow forward] Danny Purdy all work together. Whoever scores the goals, we all deserve it."

Second-year scholar McNaughton has recently returned from injury and is eager to play his part on Tuesday, with a fifth-round tie at home to Newcastle United the reward for the winners.

"The last eleven games, we've only lost two, so we've put in some good performances and everyone is playing well," said the 18-year-old. "There's good confidence in the dressing room. There's a lot of banter and there's no arguments. Everyone is getting along with each other.

"Newcastle would be another exciting tie, but we've got to make sure we get this one out of the way first. Another home game would be very exciting."

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