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Debut goal rescues point

Filed: Friday, 10th February 2017
By: Staff Writer

New signing Nathan Holland scored his first goal for West Ham's Under 23s last night as they came from behind to secure a point with Leicester in the Premier League Cup.

espite missing the likes of Marcus Browne, Kyle Knoyle and Martin Samuelsen, just three of several currently out on loan, Terry Westley's side managed to eke out a draw courtesy of Holland's equaliser three minute from the end of normal time at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

The Foxes - who West Ham beat earlier in the season in the same competition - took an early lead on six minutes when Josh Pask was robbed of possession on the edge of the penalty area, allowing Admiral Muskwe to finish beyond Raphael Spiegel.

However West Ham were back on level terms four minutes later as captain Declan Rice converted a corner from an acure angle, with City 'keeper Daniel Iverson rooted to the spot.

Leicester restored their advantage on the cusp of half time when Muskwe added a second after racing on to a through ball which he slotted beyond the advancing Spiegel. The lead was to last until the final few minutes when Holland secured a point for the Hammers.

What is the PL2?

The competition replaced the Under 21 Premier League at the beginning of this season, with the age limit raised to Under 23. Comprised of 2x12-team divisions, there is one automatic promotion place and a second available via play-offs.

Each team may field an overage goalkeeper and up to three over-age outfield players, and must play at the club's main ground at least three times every season.

West Ham Utd: Spiegel, Knoyle, Pask, Rice, Neufville, Makasi, Sylvestre (Kemp 69), Diangana (Parfitt-Williams 82), Quina, Holland, Powell (Johnson 65).

Subs Not Used: Akinola, Trott.

Goals: Rice (10), Holland (86).

Leicester City: Iversen, Johnson, Knight, Moore, Pascanu, Choudhury (Watts 32), Miles, Debayo, Ndukwu (Wood 89), Muskwe, Mitchell.

Subs Not Used: Bolkiah, Yates, Kipre.

Goals: Muskwe 6, 46.

Referee: Adrian Quelch.

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