Nathan Trott would have been delighted as his West Ham United Under 23 teammates recorded a final day victory against league winners Everton but it was not enough throughout the campaign as they were relegated from Premier League 2 Division 1 despite the win 2 – 1.
The Hammers went into the London Stadium fixture knowing nothing but a win would do in order to steer clear of the bottom two on the last day, however they were relying on Tottenham Hotspur to drop points in their home encounter with Derby County.
And though the east Londoners did their bit, beating the Toffees – who were crowned champions a fortnight ago – Spurs’ Jack Roles scored a hat-trick to down the Rams and secure safety for the north Londoners.
Manager Steve Potts praised his team’s performance but explained why the side should have never been in the position they were on the final day.
He said: “It was a good performance and a good result, but unfortunately it’s not enough. Deep down, it wasn’t about tonight’s game, it was other games throughout the season that put us in this position to try and scrape our way out of it, relying on other results tonight. That’s the main reason.
“It was a positive one tonight. But we had good positions in previous games that we let go. Chelsea home and away, we should have got points from. We were 2-0 up at Chelsea and were beaten, we were 1-0 up at Brighton with ten minutes to go and got beaten, so it was just about being more ruthless overall during the season.