Makasi eyes more wins

Moses Makasi is eager to help keep the Under-18s' unbeaten run going when they play Southampton at on Saturday.

Steve Potts' team have gone an incredible ten Barclays U18 Premier League games without defeat, a run which has included eight victories.

The unbeaten run has catapulted the Hammers up to third in the table ahead of their trip to play the Saints and the midfielder is expecting a tough game after a 1-1 draw with the south coast side earlier in the season.

He told West Ham TV: "It's going to be another close game. The last time we played them it was a good, close game but I reckon we should have got the three points.

"This time we're going to go down there with a lot of confidence and hopefully we can get the three points."

Makasi and his teammates were also boosted by their showing for the Development Squad, albeit in a losing cause, against Chelsea in the U21 Premier League Cup.

A team made up entirely of the Club's U18s and U16s battled hard against an experienced Chelsea side in a 2-1 defeat and Makasi feels they did themselves justice.

"We're proud of the performance. We weren't really expected to get a result when we went down to Chelsea U21s because of some of the players they have.

"They've got players like Lewis Baker, Nathan Ake, who's got first team and Europa League experience, so we went down there with the mindset that it would be a good experience for us and a chance to get U21 football under our belts.

"I think on the whole we stepped up and showed we were ready for the challenge."

During the match, held at Aldershot's Electrical Services Stadium, the young Hammers recovered from going a goal down after just six minutes to equalise through Jerry Amoo and then battle hard in search of a leveller.

Makasi believes the team's performance showed the kind of team spirit which has helped them compile their unbeaten run.

"There was a big difference. The game was a lot quicker [than U18s], the movements were a lot sharper so we had to be on our game for the team to do well.

"It says a lot about the team. We're near the top of the league right now so we've developed that winning mentality and when we concede a goal we believe we can get a goal back quickly and we don't let our heads drop.

"Everyone works hard for each other and if someone's out of position then there's always someone to cover them so the team spirit has been very important."

The team haven't tasted defeat in the league since September 2013 and Makasi is hoping their form can act as a springboard for greater success in 2014.

"I know that we've got a strong team and we've got a good group of coaches behind the team. We went up to play for the U21s, now that we're back in the U18s we've got to play well and who knows, we could go on and win the league."

The U18s match with Southampton will be held at the Saints' training ground, Staplewood, and kicks off at 11am.

*Goalkeeper Sam Howes has been included in the England U18 squad for an international friendly double-header with Belgium on Tuesday 28 January and Thursday 30 January at St George's Park.