Potts suggests three areas West Ham youngsters need to improve

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West Ham United youth coach Steve Potts says there's plenty to work on after the under-21 side's latest defeat.

West Ham United Development Squad coach Steve Potts has suggested three areas on the club’s website where he wants the club’s younger players to improve.

Potts was left frustrated after his team lost 3-0 away at Sunderland, with a performance he’s explained needs to be better.

“I was disappointed all round really. We huffed and puffed but we didn't do enough with the ball or without the ball,” he said.

“We need to use the ball better and maintain possession better. When we don't have the ball we need to be more resilient.”

Potts is in a difficult position because confidence will already be low within the West Ham squad.

The side is bottom of division one in the under-21 Premier League table and has been struggling.

If he lays into the younger players too harshly, it only adds to the dip in confidence and lack of belief, which is already evident around the side.

However, there are areas which need to be improved ahead of further important games and there is a chance to salvage a good finish to a difficult season.

West Ham have a very strong record in terms of supplying the first team with home grown players, but they are going through a difficult patch and need to respond positively.

Potts doesn’t seem to be frustrated by the effort of his team, just the refined areas which make the difference over the course of 90 minutes.

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