The Development Squad lost a close encounter against Dagenham and Redbridge 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon, but there were certainly positives to take out of the game, most notably the performance of winger Blair Turgott.
The 17-year-old scored two fantastic goals at Victoria Road with both shots crashing into the top-corner of the net from 25 yards out. Reflecting on the match, Turgott said how his goals were bittersweet moments in the context of the final score.
"For the first one I think it took a ricochet off a few defenders and I looked up and thought why not have a go? Thankfully it went in the top corner which was nice," Turgott said.
"For the second goal the ball came to me on the edge and I flicked it round the defender instinctively and just hit it. When you hit the ball well you know and I knew I'd hit a clean one with that strike. It was nice to see it settle in top corner!"
Yet the midfielder was still disappointed his goals had not earned his side a win. Unusual defensive errors ultimately cost the young West Ham side against the Daggers.
"We weren't at the races and it was a poor game from us overall; we kept making silly defensive mistakes. The lads are a bit down after that performance as we know we are better than that and we didn't show it. I'm pleased with my goals but disappointed we lost overall."
Development Squad boss Ian Hendon was understandably pleased with how well he believes Turgott is playing at the moment.
"Blair worked hard today he was our biggest threat from an attacking point of view. He's doing well at the moment, he looks bright. He got his crosses in and scored two great goals. He's an up-and-coming player with a bright future ahead of him."