Dan Chesters: It’s a great feeling to be at the top of Premier League 2


It might not have been the performance West Ham United U23s were looking for on Friday night, but the result remained in their favor.

After a relentless 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers U23 at Rush Green Stadium – a close game settled by Kamarai Swyer’s goal in the 17th minute, but in which the visitors hit the woodwork twice and missed several clear chances to equalize – the Hammers took a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League 2 Division 1.

And winger Dan Chesters, one of four Under-23 players to return from the European first-team adventure in Vienna and make the development team on Friday, was delighted to play his part. .

The 19-year-old collected his fifth assist of the campaign by crossing with precision for Swyer to come home, and while the performance brought in points his team were working on, Chesters was still thrilled to get a victory. important in east London. .

“It’s a great feeling,” he told whufc.com. “It was a great job, hard work, from the guys today.

“Obviously we didn’t run the game the way we wanted, but at least we got the result and the three points, which was good enough for us to become the top of the league.

“Looking back, I think we could have finished it earlier. We had a few good chances at the start of the second half, but the boys dug deep and kept the clean sheet as well. “

The 1-0 win saw the West Ham U23s record a fourth straight clean sheet at home – and a fifth in the last six games in all competitions – with no goals conceded in the last 381 minutes of football played at Rush. Green.

Such a strong defense provides a great platform on which to build, Chesters acknowledged.

He noted: “Our defense is top notch – really solid – and that number just proves the quality we have at the back. It was a good job from the boys.

“For me, I run really hard behind, trying to help people and get goals. I didn’t manage to score a goal tonight, but at least I got an assist, so that’s positive.

West Ham United U23 celebrate

With a new head coach in the person of Mark Robson to impress, nine wins in their last eleven games in all competitions means confidence is high within this Under-23 group.

“The locker room is so good right now,” Chesters smiles. “The atmosphere is amazing and the guys are at the top of their game so we just want to keep moving forward and keep taking points.

“The new gaffer is awesome. He likes us to move the ball quickly and I think that suits our team so we all enjoy our football.

That the victory came at the end of a week that Chesters – along with defenders Ajibola Alese and Jamal Baptiste, and most notably 17-year-old forward Sonny Perkins – will never forget, was all the more relevant to the winger.

After making his West Ham United first-team debut in the UEFA Europa League earlier this season, Chesters was keen to congratulate Perkins on his own in Vienna.

Chesters concluded: “It’s good that the manager of the first team includes the young boys in the matches of the Europa League. This gives us the experience and the minutes of the first team.

“I’m glad Sonny came on – and he almost scored too, so fair play for him!”

“I hope we have more Academy rookies and can get more minutes for the first team.”


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