Westley looking to repeat 4-0 win

Terry Westley is looking for another dominant performance on Monday evening
Academy manager Terry Westley is looking to build on the 4-0 win over Wolves U21 last Monday when they host Fulham at the Boleyn Ground on Monday 26 October.

Following a convincing victory last time out, Westley is hoping to put a string of run results together.
The experienced coach said: “We’re always setting staff and players new challenges whatever the circumstances but now we’re trying to win two games in a row.  

“Every team at this level is tough to break down and can hurt you very quickly. Fulham have a very good reputation at giving young players the opportunities to succeed. You at Patrick Roberts, who signed for Manchester City in the summer for a lot of money, he’s an outstanding talent.

“We play Fulham fairly regularly at all age groups, and they are always good, competitive games. Monday should certainly be no different.”

Reflecting on the Wolves’ result, Westley praised his side’s commitment and work rate.

“It was good to get that first win for sure. Seven games without a win would have been very tough. We had a strong team with Enner Valencia and Pedro Obiang coming down from the first team. Credit to them with the way they played the game, they took it seriously and properly committed to it.

“I also thought our younger players equipped themselves very well. Marcus Browne and George Dobson came on at 1-0 and it finished 4-0 so credit to them.  It was nice for Marcus to get his first goal for the U21s. Not just his goal but he was really driving at the defence. He’s a very talented boy, and if he applies himself every week, he’s got a real chance.”

Following a big turnout at the young Hammers’ last game at the Boleyn, a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United U21, Westley is hoping for an even bigger turnout come Monday evening.

 “There’s a very different mind-set to playing in front of an audience, some players thrive on it while others shrink away. It’s a vital step in every player’s development and thankfully we’ve fared pretty well in stadiums.”

 “I certainly hope so because our players will have to get used to playing in packed out stadiums week in, week out.”

The U21s host Fulham on Monday 26 October at the Boleyn Ground, kick off is 7pm and admission is FREE for all fans.