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David Moyes makes Sonny Perkins admission after West Ham debut

West Ham United boss David Moyes has spoken about Sonny Perkins following his debut for the Hammers on Thursday night.

The 17-year-old was handed his first senior start in claret and blue in the Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna.

Perkins came on with 13 minutes remaining in Austria and gave a good account of himself in his cameo.

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Indeed, the teenager almost capped off his debut with an opening goal, his header drawing a fine save from the opposition keeper.

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Moyes, speaking after the game, revealed how Perkins is “really disappointed” with himself for not scoring on that occasion.

However, the West Ham boss sought to reassure the youngster, saying he and his fellow academy players will keep getting chances if they keep impressing.

“He is really disappointed he did not score the header,” quotes Moyes as saying.

“But I have given a few 17-year-olds and some 16-year-olds their debut before and if he and the other young players keep going as well as they have in the U23 I will keep giving them chances.”

West Ham won 2-0 in Vienna, with Andriy Yarmolenko’s 39th-minute opener and Mark Noble’s 45th-minute penalty sealing top spot in Group H.

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