Sam Allardyce hopes Tuesday night's thrashing at the hands of Wigan will stun some of his young players in to realising how much they need to improve to play regular first-team football for West Ham.

Teenagers Dylan Tombides, Daniel Potts, Robert Hall and Matt Fanimo were all given a chance to impress Allardyce in the Capital One Cup clash against Wigan, but they all left Upton Park in disappointment after a 4-1 defeat.

All four have helped West Ham climb to the top of National Group One of the newly-formed Barclays Under-21 Premier League, but Allardyce said: "With a result like that it can help them find out that they have to make massive leaps and strides to play consistently at this level. They do have ability and that will develop over the future hopefully."

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