West Ham were beaten in the EFL Trophy.

West Ham’s under-21 side surrendered a 3-1 half-time lead to Cheltenham Town to lose 4-3 in the EFL Trophy.

The Hammers have been an entertaining watch in the competition, beating Newport 5-4 in the previous game

Cheltenham’s boss told their club website that he believes West Ham did not deserve their 3-1 half-time lead as he felt it flattered them.

Michael Duff’s side were able to overcome the deficit regardless.

He said: “The first goal was offside and we had quite a few chances so I think 3-1 wasn’t quite the right score-line anyway.”

He added: “We knew we’d get opportunities if we did things properly and we could have gone and scored quite a few more in the second half.”

West Ham’s goals came from Dan Kemp, via a brace, and Bernardo Rosa.

Nathan Holland was the real star, providing three assists.

These matches are a good test for the Hammers, who are performing well at under-23 level.

The side top the Premier League division 2 ahead of Manchester United, and the fact they are playing senior teams so hard is a further sign of positive progress.

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