Westley - It is a great opportunity

  • Terry Westley says the U23s' first game at London Stadium is a great opportunity for his young players
  • West Ham United PL2 are in action against Fulham at London Stadium on Monday (7pm)
  • Tickets are on general sale now!

Terry Westley believes the U23s’ first match at London Stadium is a great opportunity for his young players to showcase their talents in a “wonderful stadium”. 

The PL2 Hammers make their first appearance at the Club’s new home on Monday against Fulham (7pm) and Westley says everyone is looking forward to the clash.

The young Irons have played every home game at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Chigwell Construction Stadium so far this season, and make the switch to London Stadium for their final three home league matches.

“Everyone is looking forward to the game and the occasion,” declared Westley. “It’s going to be difficult to pick an eleven, because there is an awful lot of players that want to play in it, so we’ll have to get our heads together now to see what the team is going to look like.

“But what an opportunity for the players to play in that wonderful stadium. It’s a big pitch and it’s got lovely grass, so it’s a little different to what we’re used to at Dagenham and Redbridge! But, of course, we look forward to the match.”

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The Hammers cruised to a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League Cup last week and go into their match with Fulham on a high.

Westley hopes that the victory can kickstart a positive run, as their attention now turns to Premier League 2 and the aim of finishing in the play-offs.

“Aston Villa and West Brom are on our tails now so we really want to try and get something from the game,” added Westley. “Fulham themselves have ideas of trying to win the league, and they’re now close to Swansea and the only real threat Swansea have got at the top.

“So, it’s sure to be a tough match for us. The first team are away on their warm weather camp, so we’re not going to get any players from them, and therefore we’ll have to be on our very best with the very good set of youngsters we have got.

“It’s a London derby as well, the first one there against Fulham, and we want to try and finish in the top five of Premier League 2 and get in the play-offs.”

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