Sunday 21 Jul
Updated Monday 22 Jul 12:06
Premier League 2

Potts: Humenne win was a fantastic end to our Slovakia trip


West Ham United U23s head coach Steve Potts has hailed his side’s 3-1 win over FC Humenne as a great way to end the team’s trip to Slovakia. 

Marcus Browne, Ajibola Alese and Jordan Hugill grabbed three excellent goals for the Irons in Saturday’s victory, making it two wins from two for the young Hammers. 

Head coach Potts was delighted with the class his team showed in the victory and feels his side added a sprinkling of quality to the showing. 

I just feel we added a bit more quality today. We were good on the ball and were nice and solid defensively. Attacking-wise, we added that little bit extra today.

Steve Potts

“It was a very good performance to end our trip to Slovakia,” Potts told “We started the game okay and it just got better from there. I thought the second half was excellent. We totally dominated it and got a few more goals. We were unfortunate at the end in conceding but on the whole, it was fantastic. 

“The first goal was some real good build-up play, a good lay off, and the through-ball, and Marcus got into the box to finish it off. It was a really good goal, and all three had quality about them. 

“When you compare this result with Tuesday, I just feel we added a bit more quality today. We were good on the ball and were nice and solid defensively. As a team, we worked well. Attacking-wise, we added that little bit extra today.”

Saturday’s victory means the U23s come away from Slovakia with wins in both their games, having beaten FC Kosice 2-1 earlier in the week, and Potts feels the entire week of pre-season has been hugely beneficial for the squad. 

The former defender hailed the hard work and team spirit shown by the squad as they trained hard on and off the pitch in Slovakia. 

Steve Potts


He continued: “It’s nice to get away as a group. The boys have trained really well. In pre-season, you’re not really preparing in the way you normally would for a game, but it’s also been a lot of hard work. 

“Two days before today’s game, the lads did a triple session with two pitch sessions and then going into the gym. Even this morning, they did a gym session before the game. It’s pre-season and the lads have got on it with, and they are seeing the rewards, like today. 

“There’s a mixture of young lads and a few seniors as well, and they’ve all got on with it really well. It’s not so easy for the senior lads at times, having been away with the first team last week, but they’ve got on with their football and gelled as a group.”

Reflecting on the week as a whole, Potts was happy with his team’s commitment to improving both their fitness and their technical ability during their time in Slovakia and is looking forward to seeing the outcomes during the new season.

Potts added: “The fitness has been a major factor for the week, but you try to get a bit of everything. The team spirit has been great and they’re getting more and more of the ball, so technically the boys are improving. 

“It’s been an all-round progression for the boys, and they’ve done well.”