Three West Ham players were in action for their loan clubs on Tuesday night. One day after West Ham drew 0-0 with Aston Villa, the attention turned to three young Hammers in action.
Grady Diangana, Josh Cullen, Jordan Hugill, Martin Samuelsen and Sead Haksabanovic were not playing. But three other West Ham loanees had games. Here is a summary of how they all fared.
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It was late agony for Nathan Trott as AFC Wimbledon continue to stutter. The Wombles have not won a league game this season and they were beaten by Coventry City at St Andrew’s on Tuesday night.
Trott played his part as he so often has done this season. The 20-year-old made some decent saves but Liam Walsh’s injury-time winner consigned Wally Downes’ men to another defeat.
Wimbledon took the lead early on through Marcus Forss’ penalty but missed a handful of chances to go ahead. Coventry equalised in the first-half as Jordy Hiwula rounded Trott and scored from a tight angle.
The young Hammers goalkeeper then produced several decent saves to keep Coventry at bay. But the pressure eventually told. Walsh scored with just seconds remaining to send Coventry top. Wimbledon remain without a win this season and they are third from bottom on three points.
Oladapo Afolayan came off the bench for a 20-minute cameo in Mansfield Town’s 1-0 loss last weekend. But he was an unused substitute again for the Stags as they crashed to another defeat.
Mansfield hosted Cambridge United in the League Two fixture and were level at half-time. But Matt Preston was sent-off after 49 minutes and Mansfield imploded. Jack Roles opened the scoring for Cambridge United on 74 minutes. Then, a late flurry of goals (from Sam Smith, George Maris and Reggie Lambe) confirmed the win.
Afolayan’s side conceded three goals in the last four minutes to dent their goal difference. Afolayan could only watch on as Mansfield slipped to 18th – six points above the drop zone and six points below the play-offs.
Aji Alese was also snubbed after making his debut last weekend. The England U19 defender was a second-half substitute against Sunderland last weekend in the 3-1 loss. But despite firming things up and not conceding while on the field, Alese was not included in the starting line-up for Accrington Stanley this time.
Accrington played Wycombe Wanderers in an away game in League One. Dion Charles opened the scoring before half-time but Nick Freeman levelled from the spot in the 1-1 draw.
Alese could only watch on from the sidelines as Accrington blew a chance to move away from the drop zone. The 18-year-old will be hoping to break into the team soon. Accrington now sit 20th – three points and one place above Trott’s Wimbledon in the table.