U18s relishing Cup clash

 West Ham United's U18 players Jerry Amoo and Kieran Bailey are relishing their FA Youth Cup tie away at Southampton on Tuesday evening at the Saints' St. Mary's Stadium.

The Hammers go into the match with confidence having come back from a goal down to beat West Bromwich Albion 4-2 in their most recent fixture. Goals from Djair Parfitt-Williams, Manny Onariase, Bailey and Decarrey Sherriff sealed the win which took the Hammers to fourth in the U18s Premier League table South.

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Speaking ahead of the game, Bailey, who has netted three times in five starts this season said: "I'm really looking forward to facing Southampton. The FA Youth Cup, it's one of the biggest competitions.

"It's a big thing at my age to have played in the Youth Cup. There's tough competition for places but hopefully I'll start.

"It was important that we got the victory against West Brom because we've lost a couple of games recently. With Manny and Reece back in defence we are a lot more solid so that should help us too."

The Hammers have faced Southampton once already this season, winning their league fixture 3-2. Bailey opened his account for the season as he volleyed home the winner with just five minutes left to play.

"We know it will be a tough game, like the last one was. I think a lot of their players play in the U21s. They usually pass the ball well but with the team we've got we can beat them.

"It's my first time playing in the Youth Cup so I'm excited about the opportunity. I was injured last year so I missed out, I'm ready to go and can't wait to get started."

Like Bailey, teammate Jerry Amoo is also looking forward to the match: "It's a big game especially if you compare it to last season when we went to Accrington Stanley and lost. Tuesday night is going to be a tough game but I think we can do well.

"It should be a good occasion. Playing in a stadium is always good, hopefully there will be a decent turnout and I think we'll cope well with the pressure."

The U18s play Southampton on Tuesday 9 December at St. Mary's Stadium, kick off is 7pm.