West Ham United defender Jordan Spence says that the youngsters who played a part in the 4-1 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night will become better players as a result, according to the club’s official website.
Despite being part of a defence that conceded four, the 22-year-old, who has enjoyed loan spells with Leyton Orient, Scunthorpe United and Bristol City in the past, was the stand-out performer in the Hammers’ Capital One Cup elimination and was announced as man-of-the-match by the club’s match day sponsor.
The West Ham academy graduate says that he was delighted to get some first-team football, “To be honest I am just happy to play. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and everybody knows that whenever I pull on the claret and blue shirt I will give my all.”
Despite this, Spence admits that he is still hurting from Tuesday’s display, “When I get a chance in the first team I just want to show everybody what I can do, it was nice to do that in a winning side against Crewe but to lose this game leaves an extremely bitter taste in my mouth.”
Spence also fears that the younger players at the club have now spurned their opportunity to play more regularly in the first-team, “It was a good opportunity for us younger lads to come in and gain experience and show that we are still pushing for a place in the first team, unfortunately we didn’t do that.”