ALBION suffered late heartbreak as they were defeated 1-0 by West Ham United in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League this evening.
The Baggies went into the Rush Green Stadium clash with the top-of-the-league Hammers buoyed by their 4-0 victory over Norwich on Sunday.
But Paul McCallum’s strike four minutes from time ended Albion’s hopes of picking up points at the Premier League pace-setters.
And development coach David Oldfield was pleased with his side’s display despite the disappointing nature of conceding so late in the game.
“It’s certainly disappointing as the lads worked very hard and deserved something out of the game,” said Oldfield.
“The game was finely balanced and on occasions we just lacked a little bit of quality.
“We created opportunities and came very close so the nature of the defeat is disappointing.
“It’s very important for us to understand the work that is needed and to continue learning.
“There are many positives to take from the game and we need to continue to progress and continue to learn.
“The defeat hurts but we’ll go again.”
ALBION: Lewis; Atkinson, D Daniels, Gayle, Garmston; O’Neill, Thorne; O’Sullivan, Roofe, A Nabi; Sawyers. Subs not used: Palmer (gk); Birch, A Jones, C Jones, Wedderburn.