Dev Squad targeting Toffees victory

West Ham United’s Development Squad face Everton in their last home game of the 2014/15 season at Rush Green on Friday 8 May. 

The Hammers host the Toffees in a bottom of the table clash as both clubs have struggled to pick up points that their performances deserve. 

Having said that, however, Steve Potts men go into Friday night’s game full of confidence following their 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground last time out. 

Speaking after the deserved win, in what was arguably their best performance of the campaign, the U21’s coach said: “I’m delighted. I thought the lads did very well. The effort they put in was fantastic, we got what we deserved really after a couple of games where I thought we did some good stuff but lost by the odd goal. 

“We could have had a few more, we had some good chances. They had a lot of possession and I think you have to respect when you’re playing good teams. We had some opportunities to finish the game off, but didn’t. At 2-1 you do wonder whether it’ll be your night and thankfully it was. The boys stuck to their jobs and they were in the right place at the right time.”

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, the Blues ran out 2-0 winners with second half goals from Conor McAleny and Callum Connolly. 

Looking ahead to the game with the Merseysiders, Potts continued: “The win is great for our confidence because we haven’t won in a while. Everton will be a tough game. We’ll need to rise to it, but we know that we’re capable of winning and we’re looking forward to it.”   

As for the visitors currently in eleventh place in the Barclays U21 Premier League table, Everton will be looking to end a run of eight games without a win, their last victory coming against Sunderland in a 1-0 win on 5 March. 

While results have not gone their way, each match has been a tight affair, more often than not decided by the odd goal. 

The Hammers take on Alan Stubbs’ Everton on Friday 8 May, kick off from Rush Green is 7pm. Admission is free for all Season Ticket Holders and U16s, and just £3 for adults. Live updates and reaction will be available on and @whufc_official