Howes plotting Canaries win

West Ham United U18s goalkeeper Sam Howes is looking to get back to winning ways this Saturday against Norwich after the Academy lost their last two games 3-1.

The U18s have had a fantastic start to their league campaign, going eight games unbeaten before their recent blip, leaving them in third in the Barclays U18 Premier League South table.

The 16-year-old goalkeeper has had limited game time due to injuries but he returned to action for the U21s in a narrow 2-1 defeat to league leaders Manchester United, which included the likes of Michael Carrick and James Wilson.

"I was out for a few weeks with an injury which was frustrating but I'm glad to be back now. Clarke Bogard has done really well in goal for the U18s this season.

"Playing against Man United was a very tough game, they had a lot of Premier League experience but it was a good test for me and the rest of the boys."

Speaking ahead of the game with Norwich, Howes said: "It's been a good start to the season, all the boys have been working really hard in training. The results have been taking care of themselves and the performances have generally been good.

"After eight games unbeaten we're on a bit of a dip, but that happens in football. We're looking forward to getting back to winning ways this Saturday against Norwich. It's a good opportunity for us and hopefully we can get another unbeaten run going again."

Having beaten bottom of the league Norwich twice last season, Howes is hoping his side can repeat the feat.

"We beat them twice last season, but we know it will still be a hard game. With the players we've got available we should have enough to get the three points."

The highly rated goalkeeper is developing well, having made his first team debut during the Hammers' pre-season tour to New Zealand. However the shot stopper isn't getting carried away.

"Last year was a successful one for me so I hope to continue that. It's going to be a busy time but I just want to play as many games as I can for the U18s or the U21s."

West Ham United U18s travel to Norwich City on Saturday, with kick off at 12pm.