Makasi - We're full of confidence

Moses Makasi was delighted to play the full ninety minutes in the 3-2 win over Derby
Twenty year old midfielder Moses Makasi put in a dominant performance against Derby County during his first full ninety minutes of the season.

Playing alongside Josh Cullen and Marcus Browne, during the 3-2 victory over the league leaders, the trio formed a solid partnership that broke down Rams’ attacking moves while creating a host of chances for the Hammers.

Reflecting on a good evening for the Dev Squad, which saw Elliot Lee net a brace and Cullen score his second in as many games, Makasi, who also made his first start said: “It’s been a long time since I played a full 90 minutes so it felt good to be part of the team again, and of course good to win. The main thing was a good team performance all round.

“To beat the team that are top of the league shows we are developing. We’re winning games regularly which is also good.

“It was a tough game tonight, there were some big challenges. At half time Terry told us to keep our cool and make sure we don’t make any rash decisions. We’re winning the game so there’s no need to rise to it.”

The victory over the Rams takes the Hammers to ninth in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two.

The Dev Squad’s recent run of form has seen Terry Westley’s side accumulate nine points from a possible twelve.  

Makasi continued: “Compared to other games, in terms of keeping the ball it wasn’t the best. The main thing was to get three points and climb up the table, we did that and we’re looking forward to getting back into training and preparing for the next game.

“Personally, I thought for my first full 90 minutes, it was a steady performance, I could’ve done a bit better on the ball but overall I’m happy, it’s always good to win!”

Up next for the Hammers is a stern test of a different nature as they face two tough away games in the space of just three days.

First up, the Hammers travel to South Wales to play Swansea City in the League before facing Exeter City in the Barclays U21 Premier League Cup just two days later.

The energetic midfielder continued to say that it was a challenge the Dev Squad are relishing: “Two games in three days will be tough, but that’s what we will have to get used to as first team players so it’s good preparation.

“These recent wins have been very good for confidence, as long as we keep winning, that always gives you confidence for the next game. Hopefully we’ll keep pushing and got those points we need.”