In-form Lee praises team spirit

Hat-trick hero Elliot Lee praised the Development Squad's team spirit after they produced a magnificent comeback to beat Newcastle 5-4.

Lee scored twice from the penalty spot, the first of which kick-started an amazing run of five unanswered goals after they had fallen 3-0 behind with only 13 minutes played. 

George Moncur and Dylan Tombides grabbed a goal each as the Hammers scored five times in an amazing 25 minute spell and Lee says the win shows just how good the squad's team spirit is.

He told West Ham TV: "To go 3-0 down in the first 15 minutes and to come back and win 5-4 shows what great character we've got in the squad.

"Going three down we could have let our heads drop and thought it was game over.

"But we've come here to Newcastle, a long seven hour trip and we've fought hard and in the end got the win that we wanted."

Two goals in the last five minutes of the first half may have gone some way to appeasing coach Nick Haycock following the nightmare start, but according to Lee the players still bore the brunt of their coach's frustrations.

"It's a terrible start from the boys to be honest and we had a telling off at half-time.

"First 15 minutes we go 3-0 down and I haven't touched the ball yet so it wasn't a great start.

"I didn't think things were right in the warm up but we move on to the next one, we got a good win at the end of the day and we'll learn from it."

The striker's hat-trick follows just two days after he made his Barclays Premier League debut as a second-half substitute against Stoke City.

With the first team currently without Andy Carroll there could be more opportunities in the near future and Lee is keen to make sure Sam Allardyce cannot ignore him.

"It's been a great week to say the least, it's always great to score as a striker and to score a hat-trick is the best thing you can do so I'm really happy.

"If I keep doing what I'm doing, keep scoring goals then hopefully the gaffer can't ignore me."

The international break comes at the wrong time for Lee and his teammates who are full of confidence after their astonishing win over Newcastle, but the marksman is already looking forward to their next game.

"We've got a little break now; we come back in two weeks' time to play Manchester City at Upton Park.

"We'll take great confidence from this win and hopefully we can keep winning."

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