West Ham's youngsters beat Liverpool 3-2 on Wednesday night.
West Ham United's development squad enjoyed a stunning night at Rush Green, as they beat Liverpool 3-2 to reach the Under-21 Premier League Cup final - and coach Terry Westley had words of praise for many players on the club's official website.
Pedro Chirivella gave the Reds the lead before Doneil Henry's equaliser, and 1-1 is how it stayed as the game went into a dramatic extra time period.
Marcus Browne hit West Ham in front, and even though Sheyi Ojo quickly made it 2-2, Stephen Hendrie scored a stunning winner for the Hammers in the dying seconds to send West Ham through into the final.
The Liverpool side contained some big players, as internationals like Adam Bogdan and Martin Skrtel started, as well as promising youngsters like Joao Teixeira, Jerome Sinclair, Ryan Kent and the aforementioned Ojo, so West Ham's win is quite the achievement for coach Terry Westley.
After the final whistle, coach Westley spoke to the West Ham official website, and felt that four fringe first-team youngsters - Doneil Henry, Reece Oxford, Stephen Hendry and Raphael Spiegel - were all superb during West Ham's win.
Westley also raved about 18-year-old attacking midfielder Marcus Browne, hailing him for terrorising the defence and in particular, Liverpool's veteran defender Martin Skrtel, who got sent off - before Browne himself saw red, with Westley hoping that the youngster will learn in time.
"Doneil really committed himself, as did Oxford who’s has had an small injury recently," said Westley. "Added to that Hendrie and Spiegel, were excellent, they’ve all done superbly."
"Marcus absolutely terrorised them tonight, that’s his second red card so he has to curb that but overall he was magnificent. He was so good that he got under Skrtel’s skin, so that says a lot. He has that ability that not many people have, of breaking down lines, and running past people, it’s a skill that is getting rarer and rarer," he added.
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