Dobson delighted with Dev Squad form

George Dobson is hoping the Hammers continue their winning run against the Gunners
Young midfielder George Dobson praised the Development Squad’s level of performance in recent games following a fifth consecutive win after a 2-1 triumph over West Bromwich Albion.

The young Hammers have been in superb form for the majority of the season and recently their performances are being rewarded with victories.

The latest victory, over the previously unbeaten Baggies, came courtesy of excellent strikes from Jaanai Gordon and Martin Samuelsen.

Reflecting on a good well done, Dobson said: “Everyone is very happy at the moment, we’re playing some great stuff, and we kept going and going right to the end. We conceded what I’d call a sloppy goal but we didn’t let our heads go and it was a great finish at the end to win the game. We’re all buzzing in the changing room.

“It was definitely a deserved win, particularly in the first half we really dominated. Second half it was a tighter game; they came out stronger and pressed us a little bit more. But we overcame that and played the way we want to play.”

Up next for the Dev Squad is Dobson’s former side Arsenal who earlier in the season despatched the Hammers 5-0 at the Emirates.

Four months on, the Dev Squad are a much more resilient side, and more clinical, both in front of goal and defensively.

He continued: “We went into the game very confident, obviously with the way we’ve been playing, even when we saw their line-up we still didn’t doubt ourselves. We believed we had the players to beat them, and that’s what we did. On the night, we were the better team and we deserved the result.

“Last time against Arsenal didn’t quite go to plan, but we’re looking to show how we’ve improved since then and I’m sure we’ll give a better performance next Monday. Hopefully we’ll get another good result, we’re playing good football, it’s all about improving really, the results are lovely at the moment, but the way we are playing individually and as a team, is working really well. We just want to keep it up.

For Dobson, known affectionately among his teammates as ‘Dobbo’, next Monday’s game is particularly poignant. The combative midfielder, a diehard West Ham fan, has settled in life at Rush Green remarkable well.

He continued: “I felt that I was clicking into place; I think I did my job much better than in previous games so I was happy with that. We all have an important, and different role to play in the side, we all pulled our weight.

“We started the season a little bit sloppy but now we’re really pulling together, we’ve won six out of seven now which is brilliant, we’re all playing well but also improving, that what matters really.”