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West Ham No2 Pearce delighted with Johnson progress

West Ham United assistant coach Stuart Pearce has been delighted with Ben Johnson's development.

The 21-year-old academy graduate delivered another assured performance at right-back against Manchester City on Wednesday.

West Ham won the match on penalties to book their spot in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

Asked about Johnson after the game, Pearce told reporters: "Well, the most important thing about Ben is whenever you pass him or meet him first thing in the morning, he's got a smile on his face. He takes in all the knowledge you can pass on to him.

"He's a wonderful professional to deal with and work with. We're very proud to have him out of our academy system as well, which is a real plus for us. Especially with the connection to this club with the Academy.

"And I think he's just developing and getting better and better and like with all young players, the more game time they have, the better they'll get so I am delighted for the boy."


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