Westley hails dominant performance

Terry Westley was delighted with the manner of the victory over Brighton & HA
Terry Westley described his side’s performance in a 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion as one of the most complete in his time at the Club.

The young Hammers were value for their win, with a goal either side of half-time, both headers from Djair Parfitt-Williams and Reece Oxford.

Speaking after the win, their sixth in seven games, Westley said: “Tonight was a good start to 2016 and nice to continue from where we left off at the end of last year.

“To extend our unbeaten is good of course, I think tonight was the first time in my short tender that we really dominated a team.

“They came here and tried to make it difficult, got men behind the ball and showed our team some real respect. We kept probing away and tried to break them down; we moved the ball nicely and have come away deservedly winning 2-0.”

Despite the likes of likes of Dev Squad regulars Martin Samuelsen and Lewis Page missing out since signing for Peterborough United and Cambridge United on loan respectively, Westley’s side put in an assured team performance, aided by the presence of midfielder Alex Song.

The Cameroonian international provided the crucial ball for both goals, while missing a great chance of his own, before being substituted after 85 minutes.

The win takes the Dev Squad to fourth in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two table, with 20 points from 14 games.

Westley continued: “The win is nice but it’s all about playing and preparing in a way that will get them ready for the first team and tonight that type of performance will do that. We really moved the ball around well and got into the right positions.

“Our concentration levels were really high tonight which was also pleasing. With 35 scouts there tonight they’ll have been impressed and there could well be more players going out on loan.
“Overall we are really developing a group of players who know what to do, and when to do it.”

Up next for the Hammers is an U21 Premier League Round of 16 cup tie with Fulham on Wednesday 13 January at Rush Green.

Looking ahead to the tie, Westley finished off by saying: “The Fulham game will be a tough one, they usually use a couple of first team players which will give them some strength.

“Next week is a different test, but one we’re all looking for. We’d all love to get into the quarter-finals of the cup.”