Steve Potts’ Under 18s side were beaten by a strong Tottenham side in last night’s FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Upton Park.
A catastrophic start to the game did the damage as the visitors went three up inside half an hour- two of them, courtesy of West Ham players. The Hammers edged it back to 3-2 in the second half with strikes on target from Elliot Lee and Kieran Bywater, but Spurs were able to capitalise on a weak defence to seal a comfortable 5-2 victory.
Whilst Potts admits that the defeat was disappointing, he was pleased with the nature of the two West Ham goals (the ones scored at the right end) and he knows that the youngsters will learn from their errors.
He said: “I said to the lads afterwards that they are going up a level now and if you make mistakes you will get punished and you don't get as many chances to score at the other end. That's how it goes as you get older and that's what they have got to get their heads around."
The side can now focus on the league, which will see them face West Bromwich Albion at Upton Park on February 2nd, sp let’s hope it will see a positive step forward from this defeat.
By Lucy Woolford