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13 September 2021

"Winning breeds confidence, no matter what tournament it is."

Sone Aluko said he is keen to be involved when West Ham U21 visit Portman Road on Tuesday evening for a Papa John's Trophy affair.

Town host the young Hammers looking for a first win of the season in all competitions, and the Blues winger believes the fixture presents another opportunity for the squad to build a rapport with one another.

"It's not been the start we wanted so these games are important," Sone said.

"I'm a player that wants to play every game. Whatever tournament it is I just want to play football. If I’m selected then I’ll be delighted.

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"It’s another game and it gives us a chance to get that first win as well. Winning breeds confidence no matter what tournament it is. Repetition is key in football and we need to learn to do the right things consistently.

"Even on Saturday, there were definitely moments of quality. It’s tough to be scoring two goals in games and losing so each match gives us another chance to develop.

"There are lads here that we might not have seen much of recently, and they'll be hungry to play and show what they can do."

An extended interview with Sone features in tomorrow's matchday programme.

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