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Posted on 3 April 2006  - 12:00

Two goals from Radwan Hamed and one from Leigh Mills secured a 3-2 victory for our Under-18 side over West Ham United on Saturday.

Two goals from Radwan Hamed and one from Leigh Mills secured a 3-2 victory for our Under-18 side over West Ham United on Saturday.

It signalled a return to winning ways for our Academy group and coach Pat Holland takes up the story...

"They played very well and I was really pleased for them. It was five defeats in a row for us and we let ourselves down in one or two of them, but played some good stuff in others.

"Basically it was a case of getting our defensive side of the game tightened up. We started well on Saturday, had good possession and created chances. We hit the bar, Jake Livermore hit the post and we eventually scored through an excellent three-man movement down the right wing. The ball was played into the area and Radwan scored after about 25 minutes.

"We shot ourselves in the foot with a soft goal at the other end five minutes later through poor defending. The boys then showed a lot of charcter and scored again right from the kick-off, again with excellent movement down the right, a near post ball and Radwan was there again to slot into the centre of the goal.

"We weathered it for a little while and then again, we failed to pick up a corner from West Ham and they scored. It felt like an injustice to me.

"We had the wind with us in the second half and I expected us to get our tails up and really go at them. It worked in reverse and we were scrappy.

"A free-kick played in by Jamie Davis came up trumps for us when Leigh Mills came in and shot the ball home with the inside of his left foot.

"It was a great result for the kids and obviously a nice one for me going back to West Ham - to get a victory there made it a pleasing day all round."

Team: Forecast, Hughton, Martin, Lewis, Mills, Peprah, Davis, Livermore, Hamed, Wells, Hutchins (Asajile, 60). Subs not used: Lake, Mtandari.