Terry Westley praises West Ham United youngsters Elliot Lee and Reece Oxford

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West Ham United's academy side beat Derby County 3-2 in midweek.

West Ham United academy manager Terry Westley has told the club’s official site that Elliot Lee put in his best performance of the season against Derby County.

West Ham’s under-21 side ran out 3-2 winners over Derby in midweek, with Lee netting his side’s third goal of the contest.

And Westley says that he was delighted with the youngster’s performance in the contest, especially as he was just coming back from injury.

“The third goal was a peach of a goal where he ran, got in a good cross and Elliot did ever so well to get a good header on it," Westley said. "I’m pleased for because he’s on his way back, he’s had a few injuries and that’s as good as I’ve seen him all season.”

Westley also had praise for Reece Oxford, who helped to deal with Derby’s attacking threat.

"Their centre forward was as good as I’ve seen all season, he’s a young boy but he was a threat down the sides, Chambers and Oxford did well to keep him quite first half," the coach added. 

Oxford was a revelation in the West Ham first team earlier in the season, and he started in a win against Arsenal.

There a high hopes for the academy graduate’s future at Upton Park, but he has played much his football at development level more recently.

Oxford will hope that he can break back into West Ham’s senior squad as the season progresses, though, and more performances like the one he put in against Derby should help to grab Slaven Bilic’s attention.

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