Southend United v West Ham United
Pre-season match
Roots Hall
Saturday 14 July 2012
Kick-off: 3pm

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Final score - Southend United 0-3 West Ham United

93 mins - The game is over. West Ham have their first win of the pre-season. Goals for Maynard, Spence and Baldock completed a very comfortable and deserved win for the Hammers. The only sour note was the late injury suffered by Dan Potts. Again, though, let's hope it is not as serious as it looked and the No33 is back on his feet before we know it. West Ham are back in action again on Tuesday evening at Oxford United. For ticket details, click here.

92 mins - Baldock races on to a pass inside the penalty area on the left-hand side. He pulls the cross back for Lee but the angle is against the No9 and his header is cleared off the line. Good move from the Hammers.

91 mins - Mavila is on. We'll have two minutes of added time.

89 mins - Potts is secured on a back board and put on to the orange stretcher. Let's hope it's not too serious. As I said, they always take every precaution when a player is involved in a clash of heads. I'll do my best to update you to young Dan's condition later on. He gets a good round of applause as he is carried down the tunnel.

87 mins - As with every clash of heads, they are taking every precaution with Potts. The paramedics are tending to the youngster on the pitch and he hasn't been moved off the turf just yet. He will be replaced by Nathan Mavila as and when he comes off.

84 mins - Phillips wins a header and West Ham clear. The ball comes over again and there is a nasty clash of heads involving Phillips and Potts. The physios come on straight away. The stretcher is on and it will be for the Hammers No33 as Phillips is up on his feet again.

83 mins - As usual, the substitute is involved straight away, but Nasha is quick and slides in to clear from in front of Eastwood for a corner. The first is cleared, but then another cross comes in and Spence slices behind.

82 mins - Former West Ham Academy boy Freddy Eastwood is on, much to the delight of the home fans. Yoffe is the substitute who is substituted.

81 mins - Potts gets forward again and wins another corner. Taylor crosses and Potts climbs, but is penalised for a foul.

79 mins - West Ham looking good for a clean sheet. Nasha looks good. I've not seen him before. He is not the biggest defender but he can't half play a bit with the ball at his feet. Two or three times he has carried the ball into midfield before picking out a team-mate.

75 mins - Nasha and Potts combine. The future? The left winger runs at Leonard and wins a throw over on the far side. The fans ask the No33 to give them a wave and he responds with one. Cue cheers all round! Southend replace Ferdinand with Alex Woodyard.

73 mins - Position-wise, West Ham have Demel, Spence, Nasha and Taylor across the back four, O'Neil, Bywater, Morrison and Potts across the midfield and Lee and Baldock in attack. Jaaskelainen, controversially, remains in goal.

71 mins - We've got a decent attendance here today. It's 7,135 in total, with 2,824 in the West Ham end. Not bad at all considering the weather conditions.

68 mins - Thankfully, the pitch doesn't seem to be deteriorating too much despite all the relentless heavy rain.

66 mins - Lee has looked really lively since his introduction. He is a strong, skilful striker who makes up for his lack of height with superb movement and a rasping shot. He is a real prospect.

64 mins - GOAL! Baldock has his third goal in three matches. It's a smart, dinked finish over Smith after the goalkeeper had fumbled Lee's low shot from distance. Good reactions from the striker and a neat finish high into the net.

63 mins - Demel gets down the right flank and is fouled. The free-kick comes over but is cleared.

60 mins - Southend win a corner but West Ham keep their concentration through all the substitutions and Reid clears the box.

59 mins - Loads of changes! Reid, Noble, Nolan, Vaz Te and McCartney are off. Demel, Nasha, Morrison, Bywater and Lee are on.

57 mins - Don't forget,you can view exclusive images like the one below on our official Facebook site here.

Nicky Maynard

Nicky Maynard scores the opening goal with a close-range header

56 mins - The game has petered out a bit in recent minutes. Spence gets forward but his shot is wayward this time and flies wide of the angle of near post and crossbar.

51 mins - O'Neil picks out the run of Potts. The left-back crosses and Prosser cannot control on his chest and the ball runs behind. The corner is headed away.

50 mins - The new Southend are an improvement on the old one. Right-back Leonard gets forward and runs on to a square pass. He shoots from about 22 yards, but too high.

48 mins - Half a chance again for the Shrimpers as Martin forces a wayward clearance from Spence. Hall cuts inside and shoots, but it's a slice and nearly turns into a cross for Yoffe, but the ball is just too far in front of the No19.

46 mins - Southend kick-off the second half... The Shrimpers come forward and Yoffe has a shot from about 25 yards. Jaaskelainen collects low down. That was on target.

West Ham are making a single change at the break. Maynard is off and Sam Baldock is on, keen to score his third goal in three pre-season halves of football.

Southend are fielding ten new players in the second half. Kane Ferdinand is the only player to remain on the pitch for the start of the closing 45 minutes.

Southend United: Smith, Leonard, Phillips, Coughlan, Prosser, Folly, Martin, Yoffe, Benyon, Ferdinand, Hall

Half-time score - Southend United 0-2 West Ham United

45 mins - Erm, we've only played 44 minutes and ten seconds but it's half-time!

44 mins - Potts gets forward again from left-back. He's played well so far. He swaps passes with O'Neil and wins another corner. Near post delivery from Noble, flicked on by Vaz Te and scrambled behind for another corner. This one is deeper but headed away.

43 mins - A cross comes in from the Southend left and Harris cannot control. His touch turns into a sort of shot and Jaaskelainen dives to his right to claim the ball. It might well have been going wide, that.

40 mins - McCartney slips over and Harris benefits. The cross comes over from Sealy and Spence clears with a header. Moments later, the right-back concedes a free-kick, but West Ham deal with the danger comfortably enough.

38 mins - The rain has got heavier. It's difficult to know what to make of this game. Southend have only been back in pre-season for a few days and it looks like it. They also have a number of trialists on show. Saying that, West Ham have played some nice football in difficult conditions so far and thoroughly deserve their lead.

34 mins - GOAL! Jordan Spence scores! The right-back collects a pass from Vaz Te and runs from halfway. Nobody thinks to challenge him and Spence simply looks up and lets fly with a shot that beats Taylor and nestles inside the far post.

33 mins - Rob Hall is coming off. He's not injured - he played 120 minutes on Thursday for England in their UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi-final defeat by Greece in Estonia! Hall is replaced by Gary O'Neil.

27 mins - Superb football as Taylor finds Maynard with a ball down the left touchline that curls into the box. The ball is laid back to Hall, whose shot hits Barker and flies over. Corner. It's taken short and Noble gets the cross in but is cleared again. Finally, Noble plays Vaz Te in on the byline, but his cross is too high and hard for Reid to control his header. Goal kick.

26 mins - You can see Vaz Te really fancies getting a goal today. He runs forward again and it takes three defenders to stop him as his shot is blocked. Moments later, Nolan heads Taylor's cross back and it hits an arm. You can hear Nolan's appeal for a penalty from here, but nothing is given.

24 mins - Noble loses out in the tackle and Sealy has a chance to cross from the right. He does, but Jaaskelainen dives out to claim ahead of Harris. If you remember, the Southend No9 scored for Millwall against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground back in 2009.

22 mins - GOAL! Maynard makes the pressure count by heading in Taylor's dipping right-wing corner. The No8 couldn't really miss from about six yards. That was all about the delivery. It was a wicked ball in and very difficult to defend. West Ham thoroughly deserve it.

21 mins - Another West Ham corner as Potts, McCartney and Taylor combine before the former's cross hits a defender. It comes to nothing until Taylor cushions the ball wide for Noble, whose cross is headed behind. It's taken short and West Ham win another corner through Hall. Taylor to take...

18 mins - Hurst gifts possession to Vaz Te. He cuts inside and threatens to shoot at least twice before finding Taylor on the right corner of the penalty area. The No14 looks up and shoots right-footed across his namesake, but the keeper makes another decent stop and holds on low to his right. The weather and conditions are making for a decent, exciting game, with a few errors and some quick passing on the slick surface.

15 mins - Hurst takes advantage of a wayward header from Spence. He looks up and crosses towards Sealy at the far post. Potts does well to get his body in the way and head the ball clear. Jaaskelainen collects.

14 mins - Potts overlaps and crosses deep. Vaz Te wins the header and tries to find Maynard, but he can only find the hands of goalkeeper Taylor. This is very one-sided.

12 mins - Maynard nearly gets through again on to a Noble through-ball, but centre-back Cresswell is stronger and eases the striker aside. Taylor out quickly to claim on the slide. Moments later Vaz Te has a shot that clears the South Stand!

10 mins - West Ham have another chance. Taylor shoots from distance and the ball skips off the turf but his namesake makes another good save low to his right. He parries and then gets up quickly to pounce on the loose ball.

9 mins - Another chance. Vaz Te drives forward and pokes a pass through for Maynard. He tries to round Taylor but loses his footing slightly as he shoots. It's either Taylor or a defender who deflects the ball over for another corner. The flag-kick comes to nothing initially.

7 mins - It is all West Ham. Hall skips past one man before finding Potts. He lays the ball to Taylor, whose near-post cross is headed away. Spence retrieves and jinks past two players before crossing, but again it's cleared. A third cross comes over and Nolan's header hits Barker and then Vaz Te before bouncing wide.

5 mins - The Hammers fans are in superb voice away to my left. They are filling the North Stand and the corners. It's like being back at Wembley...except for the weather!

3 mins - The second corner comes over and Reid attacks it, but the Shrimpers manage to clear their lines. Another cross comes over from the right, but Taylor is there to make the catch. It's really wet out there - the ball is holding up in the water on some parts of the pitch already.

2 mins - Bright start in the gloom as West Ham win a corner. Taylor whips it over low and Vaz Te flicks the ball goalwards with his right foot. Taylor makes another fine stop, this time low to his left, to push the ball around the post.

48 seconds - West Ham could easily be ahead! Hall loses his marker and crosses from the right. Taylor gets in front of his defender and heads goalwards. Rhys Taylor makes a smart save diving to his right and pushes the ball aside. Nolan taps home, but he is offside. Exciting start!

3.02pm - Slightly late, we're off and running. West Ham are attacking the South Stand end of Roots Hall.

2.57pm - Here come the two teams!

2.50pm - Just to give you more information about the Academy youngsters in the West Ham squad. Gines Guzman is a Spanish goalkeeper who has been with Peterborough United, Rob Girdlestone and Amos Nasha are centre-backs, Nathan Mavila joined the Hammers from Wycombe Wanderers this summer, Josh Cullen is an England Under-16 midfielder and Kieran Bywater is an attacking midfielder. Speaking of Academy products, Tony Cottee has just taken his seat in the Directors Box in front of me.

2.30pm - Southend United's team news is in. Former Hammer Freddy Eastwood is among the substitutes. Left-back Anthony Straker has just joined the Blues, having helped Aldershot Town to beat West Ham in the Carling Cup last season. The full Southend lineup is as follows:

Southend United: Taylor, Clohessy, Straker, Gbirsson, Cresswell, Barker, Hurst, Ferdinand, Sealy, Harris, Tomlin
Subs: Smith, Leonard, Phillips, Coughlan, Prosser, Folly, Martin, Yoffe, Benyon, Woodyard, Hall, Eastwood, Bentley

2pm - News flash! I think the rain has stopped and the sun is trying to come out. Big Sam has been out to survey the surroundings, signing autographs for fans and chatting with former Hammers striker Brian Dear, who is no part of the corporate hospitality team here at Roots Hall.

1.55pm - As usual, we have a gallery of exclusive images from today's game fir you to view and comment about on the official Facebook site!

1.50pm - A few unfamiliar names on the squad list today. Rob Girdlestone, Nathan Mavilla, Amos Nasha and Kieran Bywater are all first-year scholars who have joined the Academy on a full-time basis this season. Elliot Lee is a second-year scholar and was top scorer in the Under-18s last term.

1.45pm - OK, well the Hammers are here and the weather appears to be relenting, which is good news. I also have the West Ham team news for you! Here you go:

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Spence, Reid, McCartney, Potts, Noble, Nolan, Taylor, Hall, Vaz Te, Maynard
Subs: Guzman, Demel, O'Neil, Morrison, Baldock, Girdlestone, Mavilla, Cullen, Nasha, Bywater, E.Lee

1.25pm - Well, I can safely say that this is not the most glorious of days to be beside the seaside! It is absolutely bucketing it down with rain here in Southend. The skies are a little brighter to the west so I'm crossing my fingers that it will clear up before kick-off at 3pm. The Shrimpers are expecting a bumper crowd of around 8,000 for their first pre-season friendly, so let's hope the weather doesn't put too many people off.

Good afternoon and welcome to Roots Hall for today's pre-season fixture between Southend United and West Ham United.

The Hammers have been regular visitors to the Essex resort in recent seasons, with their most-recent trip down the A13 taking place in August 2010, when recent EURO 2012 runner-up Alessandro Diamanti scored in a 1-1 draw.

In competitive matches, despite the close geographical proximity of the two clubs, Southend and West Ham have met just once in the past 17 years - Marlon Harewood scoring both goals in a 2-0 League Cup second-round win at the Boleyn Ground in August 2004 in a game that Mark Noble appeared in as a substitute.

The pair's most-recent competitive meeting at Roots Hall was way back in April 1993, when the Shrimpers ran out 1-0 winners in the old Division One.

Today's game marks the Hammers' third pre-season outing following a 3-1 defeat at FK Austria Wien a week ago and a 1-1 draw at Blue Square Bet South side Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening. For Southend, this is their first match since being eliminated from the npower League Two Play-Offs by Crewe Alexandra back in May.

Sam Allardyce has brought a 22-man squad to Roots Hall, with a mixture of youth and experience included. Alongside established senior players, Big Sam has also selected a number of young professionals, who will no doubt benefit from the experience of preparing alongside the likes of Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble.

The team news should be available by 2pm, with live text commentary on the game itselt to start at 3pm.

Finally, if you haven't made it down to Roots Hall today but want to buy a Season Ticket for the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign, click here for full details.

Southend United: Taylor (Smith 46), Clohessy (Leonard 46), Straker (Prosser 46), Gbirsson (Phillips 46), Cresswell (Coughlan 46), Barker (Folly 46), Hurst (Martin 46), Ferdinand (Woodyard 75), Sealy (Yoffe 46, Eastwood 82), Harris (Benyon 46), Tomlin (Hall 46)
Sub not used: Bentley

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Spence, Reid (Demel 59), McCartney (Nasha 59), Potts (Mavila 90), Noble (Bywater 59), Nolan (Morrison 59), Taylor, Hall (O'Neil 33), Vaz Te (E.Lee 59), Maynard (Baldock 46)
Subs: Guzman, Girdlestone, Cullen

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