Allardyce praises his West Ham youngsters for Cup win

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce was delighted with his youngsters in their Capital One Cup win over Burnley.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce was delighted with his youngsters in their Capital One Cup win over Burnley.

The manager is keen to see that a club with such a proud tradition of developing players continues that ethos.

"The Capital One Cup is a very, very good competition for us playing players, ones that are desperate to get in the first team," he said.

"When I have a team of youngsters in the under-21s and my coach comes in week on week and marks them down and gives me a report saying seven, eight, nine, nine, eight, eight, nine and they're top of the under-21 league, winning every week, I have to do something about it. I have to give them a chance.

"This was their big chance. Three players, all defenders, Pelly Ruddock, Dan Potts and Leo Chambers, can feel very proud of themselves, what they've done. They were three of our back four in the last 15, 20 minutes or so."

 
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