Hendrie - The boys were brilliant

Stephen Hendrie praised his teammates' work ethic during Seagulls' victory
Scottish left-back Stephen Hendrie praised his teammates’ work ethic in their 2-0 victory over Brighton & HA.

The visiting Seagulls started brightly however the Hammers possession based football saw them take the initiative and they were worthy 2-0 winner by the end.

Reflecting on a job well done, Hendrie said: “Our performance couldn’t really get much better, a clean sheet to boot, I thought the boys were brilliant. The game plan worked really well and we executed it like we usually do.

“We got the ball down and played it around really well, I think we scored some good goals so overall, really happy.

“Credit to the boys for the way we passed it because they couldn’t get near us when we pass it like that, that’s the standard we have to reach every game.”

Headed goals from Djair Pariftt-Williams and Reece Oxford secured the comfortable victory which sees the Dev Squad maintain their superb run of form toward the end of 2015 into the New Year.  

Now seven games unbeaten, the Hammers have climbed to fourth in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two table: “That’s seven games unbeaten now; it’s all going well, we just need to keep on going and getting the victories. If we keep unbeaten we’ll just have to see where that takes us in the league.

“Fulham next week is a big game for us, we all really want to get the win and the boys deserve it so they do, fingers crossed we’ll get the win and progress to the quarter finals.”

Having joined the Hammers in the summer, Hendrie has established himself as a mainstay in the Dev Squad, not just at his familiar left-back position but also in central defence and further forward on the left-wing.

More recently, Hendrie has been on the first team bench on three occasions across the festive period.

While fellow left-back Aaron Cresswell is in superb form, Hendrie said he would keep on working hard to put pressure on his English counterpart: “I just need to be playing football and play as much possible, I need to get my fitness back up to 100% and see where that takes me.”