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U23 players make their first team debut

A young West Ham side lost to Dinamo Zagreb in their final Europa League group game.

Having already qualified for the last 16, David Moyes was able to rest some first-teamers with a busy month ahead.

In doing so he gave first starts to five youth players: Jamal Baptiste, Emmanuel Longelo, Aji Alese, Ashby and Sonny Perkins. Plus late on, Moyes was able to bring on Keenan Forson and Freddie Potts, whose defender father Steve played more than 500 times for the club.

Their lack of experience showed as they went behind to the Croatian Champions after only three minutes when Mislav Orsic curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

There is a three month break before the next stage in the Europa League. In other news the FA Cup Third Round tie between West Ham and Leeds has been picked as a live TV game, and will be shown on ITV on Sunday 9th January.

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