Nathan Trott and his West Ham United Under 23 teammates welcomed Sunderland’s Under 23 team at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, but they would fall 1 - 0.
In the 4th minute of the match there was an outstanding save from Trott, Sunderland really should have scored, but with Hackett alone in front of goal, however his shot from six yards was not only saved, but Trott cleared it away from the goal area too.
Ten minutes later the visitors took the lead, which was scored by Lee Connelly, who bent his shot into the near corner from around 20 yards.
Academy Director Terry Westley believes poor decision-making played a crucial role in the U23s’ 1-0 defeat to Sunderland.
A 14th minute finish from Lee Connelly was the difference between the two sides on Monday evening, as West Ham United fell to a second straight defeat in the league.
Westley feels his side came close to leveling the game in the second period, after two substitutions at half-time, but acknowledges the match was lost in the first half.
“I thought we started really poorly which gave them the initiative to get in the game,” Westley told whufc.com. “Their goal was quite a classic of that. It ends up with our ‘keeper, who makes a bad decision, and the next thing it ends up in our net.
“I just thought our decision-making, overall, wasn’t good enough in the first half. We shook things up at half-time and I have to say I think that made a difference in the second half, but we just couldn’t get an equalizer. We came really close.”