Dmitri Halajko was pleased with the traits show by West Ham United U23s of their 2-1 win over Chelsea U23s on Sunday afternoon.
Keen to make up for a disappointing defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion final trip, the younger Irons made a speedy begin at Rush Green Stadium courtesy of Will Greenidge’s first-ever objective at PDP (U18s and U23s) degree.
The centre-back’s sweeping end from a spilt nook kick was typical of the nature of his aspect’s efficiency in the first half-an-hour: half-a-yard faster to the ball than their opponents.
Chelsea equalised earlier than half-time via Brian Fiabema’s crisp low strike, nevertheless, earlier than an damage to West Ham captain Aji Alese in the early phases of the second half led to a major stoppage in play.
With 16 minutes added on, the Hammers wanted solely eight of them to discover a successful objective, Harrison Ashby exchanging fast passes with Emmanuel Longelo earlier than making use of a low end for his first of the season.
“We’re actually pleased about what we have been all about in the present day,” Halajko informed whufc.com.
“I felt we had a extremely good mixture of defensive stability, working actually laborious for one another, being robust when we wanted to be and aggressive with our press, but additionally having the high quality, when it opened up and we had our possibilities to play, to provide good moments.
“I believe the second objective was an instance of that. We had possibilities to play good soccer and we managed to get the ball down and try this. We’re actually blissful with our model, depth and what we have been about.
“We’ve had a very long time – 9 days – to stew on the Brighton sport, and we weren’t blissful with our second-half efficiency then. We’ve had time to consider it, mirror on it, and work laborious on the coaching floor.
“The lads have been determined to place it proper and so they actually did that in the present day.”
Harrison Ashby scores the successful objective in the ninth minute of damage timeA fiercely aggressive London derby, two dedicated Academy groups put in loads of challenges as the tempo of the sport lessened in the second half, comprehensible given the prolonged stoppage.
Nevertheless, whilst the temperature threatened to rise at Rush Green, Halajko was pleased with the manner his gamers saved their heads and targeted on the most vital factor: the sport’s consequence.
“There was a great deal of professionalism,” he stated. “I assumed it was a extremely mature efficiency and we didn’t allow them to get again into the sport.
“We had the momentum in our favour and we continued to maintain it. We didn’t throw it away and provides it to them, which we’ve been responsible of earlier than.
“I assumed it was a extremely skilled and mature efficiency from that standpoint.”
Wins against Arsenal and Chelsea at Rush Green Stadium – two opponents the younger Hammers drew with at the similar venue in the spring – characterize development from final season, with the growth squad now third in the Premier League 2 Division 1 desk.
Halajko continued: “Those two performances – these two video games we’ve gained – are actually enhancements on final season, which exhibits they’re studying, creating and getting higher. Hopefully that continues for the remainder of the yr.”
As for the damage to Alese, Halajko stated of his captain: “Aji’s first-half efficiency in the present day was sensational. He’s a high, high participant.
“He’s our captain and he impressed us. He does earlier than the sport, he does in coaching, and he did throughout the sport. Him getting the damage didn’t falter the lads – if something, it gave them extra fireplace to go and do it for him actually.”