West Ham Under-23s coach Liam Manning comments after Derby County draw

Liam Manning of West Ham United awaits kick off prior to the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United U23 v Blackburn Rovers U23 at Chigwell Construction Stadium on March 4, 2019 in...

The Hammers' Premier League 2 - Division 1 fate is now out of their hands.

Liam Manning of West Ham United awaits kick off prior to the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United U23 v Blackburn Rovers U23 at Chigwell Construction Stadium on March 4, 2019 in...

West Ham United Under-23s coach Liam Manning has rallied round in support of his players after their Premier League 2 fate slipped out of their hands on Monday night.

The Hammers, who are battling against relegation, travelled to Pride Park for a game against Derby County and twice came from behind to leave the East Midlands with a point in a 2-2 draw.

Marcus Olsson, returning from injury, saw his low cross turned home by Jayden Mitchell-Lawson to put the Rams ahead in the first half, and so it stayed until the break.

 

Jahmal Hector-Ingram replied for the Hammers in the second half before Josh Shonibare edged Derby ahead once again, only for Nathan Holland to make sure of a share of the points.

However, Tottenham Hotspur’s win at relegated Swansea City means that whether the Hammers retain their Premier League 2 Division 1 status is now out of their hands.

Up next for West Ham is their final game of the campaign, at the London Stadium against Everton, no easy task as the Toffees have been crowned league champions, and Manning admitted his players need picking up.

Liam Manning of West Ham United watches his players during the Premier League International Cup match between West Ham United U23 and FC Porto U23 at Chigwell Construction Stadium on...

“It’s unfortunately out of our hands now,” he told the official West Ham website. “That was the challenge going into the game to keep it in our hands, in our control. It’s back on the lads now.

“It’s a great learning experience to go into the Everton game knowing it’s a must win game otherwise you’re relegated... there are some disappointed lads in there and rightly so. They need picking up and making sure they’re ready for Everton.”

General view of the players coming out for the inaugural U23's fixture at the London Stadium prior to the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United and Fulham at London Stadium on...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch