PL2 Hammers turn attention to Cup

  • West Ham United PL2 face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League Cup this evening
  • The match at the Chigwell Construction Stadium is free to watch for season ticket holders
  • Manager Terry Westley thinks the game provides a perfect opportunity to bounce back after their defeat on Monday

West Ham United PL2 are back in Premier League Cup action this evening when they face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Chigwell Construction Stadium (7pm).

The Hammers have a faultless record in the competition so far, having won both their group fixtures over Leicester City and Nottingham Forest.

After the disappointment of their 4-1 Premier League 2 defeat at Fulham on Monday, manager Terry Westley is relishing the prospect of qualifying for the next phase of the Cup.

“We haven’t got a big break now, we play again on Thursday. If we can beat Brighton that’ll be three wins on the trot in the new format of the Cup,” said Westley, speaking on Monday.

“That’ll nearly guarantee we go through to the next stage so Thursday night’s another big game for us and we turn our attention to that.”

The Premier League Cup has brought the best out of the Hammers over the last two seasons. They won the competition last season with a penalty shootout win over Hull City and have carried on their Cup fever into this season.

They opened their campaign with a 2-0 victory at Leicester City on October 1 after a goal apiece for Marcus Browne and Domingos Quina, who scored that infamous 50-yard lob.

They followed it up with a battling display in freezing conditions against Nottingham Forest a month later. Goals from Jahmal Hector-Ingram and Browne again cancelled out Ben Brereton’s early strike.

Now for the visit of the Seagulls, who themselves have had a decent start to their Cup campaign, thrashing Forest 7-0. Their match with the Hammers will be their second of this year’s competition.

The two have met this season as they both play in Premier League 2 Division 2. The game finished 0-0 at the home of Dagenham and Redbridge at the end of September.

Tonight’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion kicks off at 7pm at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. Admission is free for season tickets holders – otherwise it’s £5 for adults and £3 for children.