Having made the Premier League matchday squad four times earlier this season, Ashby was finally handed his league debut for the Hammers on Wednesday in their 2-0 loss away at Arsenal.

 

The 20-year-old is a product of West Ham’s youth set-up and came off the bench late in the second half at the Emirates Stadium, having played the full 90 minutes against Dynamo Zagreb in the Europa League last week.

 

 

Ashby admitted he was on tenterhooks initially when he got on the pitch against the Gunners but revealed the support from senior team-mates especially skipper Noble and experience playing in Europe helped him with his confidence.

 

“When you get on the pitch, obviously you’re a bit nervous, but I think after the Europa League the other day and you’ve got 50,000 inside London Stadium and the majority are home fans, you just get that buzz and I think I took that into today”, Ashby told West Ham TV following Wednesday’s game.

 

 

“The Europa League game helped me out a lot with my confidence and I think I took that into today.

 

“The boys in the changing room gave me all the support that I need, especially Nobes, he’s proper good with the young boys.”

 

 

With Ben Johnson along with Ryan Fredericks injured and Vladimir Coufal suspended, Ashby could be handed more top flight minutes and he is hoping David Moyes has seen enough of him in training and in games to play him in the upcoming games.

 

“It’s just when of them that you hope your opportunity comes along”, Harrison added while discussing earning more minutes in the Premier League.

 

“Hopefully I’ve done enough in the games and in training that the boss has his trust in me and if the trust is there and I get in the squad then I hope I can perform, do my best and help get a win for the team.”

 

West Ham will look to bounce back with a win at the weekend when they host relegation candidates Norwich City in the top flight and it remains to be seen whether Moyes will deploy Ashby in the right-back role.