Djair Parfitt-Williams and his West Ham United Premier League 2 teammates need to understand that teams will not just roll over against them, according to manager Terry Westley.
Parfitt-Williams and West Ham were defeated 2-0 by Aston Villa, in a performance that didn’t quite match the high standards they set in the Premier League Cup victory over Leicester City two weeks ago.
West ham were still were without Bermudian goalkeeper Nathan Trott as he recovers from a hand injury, however a plus for Westley’s men was a return to action for defenders Kyle Knoyle and Reece Burke who both continued their rehabilitation from injuries suffered on loan at Wigan Athletic. There was also starts for Ashley Fletcher, Domingos Quina and Raphael Spiegel.
“It was a poor performance all round, we never quite got going and didn’t play with the intensity we have been. But that’s what happens when you work with young players,” said Westley.
“We played very well at Leicester and you think it’s just going to happen again. We have to understand you have to earn the right to get on the ball and make things happen – teams aren’t just going to roll over. We never quite got to that level at any stage of the game.”
Parfitt-Williams came on in the 54th minute with his team already down 2 - 0. The 78th minute saw intricate football by West Ham in the area but Parfitt-Williams was penalised by the referee for pulling a defender back.