West Ham U-21 forgot about their relegation from the U-21 first division with a fine 2-1 victory against Manchester City elite development squad at the Boleyn Ground on Friday night.
After conceding two late goals in their last outing against Norwich City which confirmed the Hammers relegation, Steve Potts’ men were now playing for pride against Patrick Vieira’s Manchester City.
Despite the U-21’s struggle, winger Djair Parfitt-Willimas teasing cross found Dan Potts – son of U-21 manager Steve – galloping from centre half to nod home the opener.
The visitors tried to break down a resilient West Ham backline as Tom Holland and Jorge Intima tried their luck at goal but the likes of goal scorer Dan Potts and Kyle Knoyle put their bodies on the line as Raphael Spiegel still hadn’t made a save.
As the half time whistle went, the Hammers headed into the dressing room 1-0 to the good and were on course to stop a four-game losing streak.
Dan Potts was a lick of paint away from doubling his, and West Ham’s, tally after his header rattled the crossbar before striker Jordan Brown’s cross was directed into his own net by Charlie Oliver.
However, with just over 10 minutes remaining City pulled a goal back with Oliver Ntcham making no mistake from six yards out.
Had it not been for City keeper Angus Gunn left boot the Hammers would have restored their two-goal cushion through Jordan Brown’s effort from 12 yards.
West Ham: Spiegel, Knoyle (Westley, 85), Page ©, Nasha (Mavila, 78), Pask, Potts, Ward (Pike, 73), Makasi, Brown, Diangana, Parfitt-Willimas.
Subs Not Used:, Bogard, Mavila, Hector-Ingram.
Manchester City: Gunn, Drury, Oliver, Smith-Brown, Horsfield, Holland (Fernandes, 88), Intima, Ntcham, Pozo, Glendon ©, Dilosun (Nuttal, 60).
Subs: Tattum, O’Brien, Bullock.