West Ham didn't deserve 3-1 lead, says Cheltenham boss

Dan Kemp of West Ham United celebrates scoring an equalising goal during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United U23 v Blackburn Rovers U23 at Chigwell Construction Stadium on...

West Ham were beaten in the EFL Trophy.

Dan Kemp of West Ham United celebrates scoring an equalising goal during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United U23 v Blackburn Rovers U23 at Chigwell Construction Stadium on...

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.

Nathan Holland of West Ham United celebrates scoring during the Premier League International match between West Ham United U23 and Valencia U23 at Chigwell Construction Stadium on...

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