SUNDERLAND v DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
BARCLAYS U21 PREMIER LEAGUE
ACADEMY OF LIGHT
THURSDAY 17 APRIL 2014
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Full-time: The second half, match and season are over for the Under-21s as a last minute own-goal hands them victory against Sunderland. The Hammers trailed at the break but an improved second half display saw Cullen equalise before McNamee put through his own net to ensure the visitors head home with all three points. Get in!
90 GOAL: GOAAAALLLLLLLLL! What an end to the season! Bywater whips a cross in from the right and there seems to be little West Ham presence, but none is required as McNamee glances a header past his keeper.
89: The game looks to be heading for a draw. A point suits the Hammers to secure their top-eleven spot while the Black Cats needed all three.
87: Mavila makes tracks down the left and digs a cross out which floats towards the back stick. Bywater has to backtrack and is unable to get his shot on-target as he stretches to reach the ball.
85: Howes does well to gather from a corner as the wind blows the ball around the penalty area. Safe hands from the young stopper.
83: Cullen does indeed make way as Makasi takes his place.
82: Cullen has worked his socks off and seems to be feeling the effects of his work. He might be going off, but Ledger is coming off as Robson replaces him.
80: Fanimo tries his luck again from distance. McNamee tracks him well and makes a super block.
78: Fanimo is adamant that the referee should have awarded the Hammers a penalty as his shot appears to strike an arm. Nothing given though as we head toward the last ten minutes.
76: Bywater wins a free-kick near the right-hand corner flag as Watson brings him down with a crude slide tackle. Fanimo's delivery is poor and easily cleared.
74: Cullen is down as Oliver treads on his ankle causing his boot to come off. The midfielder is far from happy with the referee, as has been the case for most of the match.
72: The visitors are now in the ascendency as they look to fashion a winner. It's certainly been a much improved second half performance.
70: Brown is replaced by Bywater as Nick Haycock makes his first change. The manager tells Fanimo to head up top and Bywater to take his place on the right.
68: Potts springs forward from defence and makes the keeper work with a well struck left-foot shot which looked to be creeping inside the post.
66: Mavila is the first Hammer into the book after bringing down Laidler on the left-hand side. From the set-piece, Cartwright tries his luck with a first time shot but sends it high and wide of the goal.
65: Sunderland make their first change. Robson jogs on to replace Gorrin.
62: Lletget breaks over the half-way line and feeds Fanimo on the right. The winger drives at his marker before seeing a deflected shot head straight to the keeper.
60: Howes makes a great save to deny Mandron a second. Gorrin finds the striker with a lovely through ball and he takes a touch before firing low at goal. Howes stands up before saving well with his feet.
58: Sunderland go back on the attack but miss the target as Oliver sends a header over from a free-kick.
56 GOAL: The Hammers have pulled themselves level! Cullen taps home after a lovely flowing move which ended with Fanimo providing the perfect cross for Cullen. Get in!
52: A loose pass by the Mackems goes unpunished as Brown opts to play it first time to Sadlier but can only knock the ball out of play.
50: Sunderland have settled straight back into their passing rhythm ftom the first half as they continue to probe for a way through the Hammers back-line.
48: Mavila has a chance to cross from the left after recieving the ball back from a throw-in. His cross however leaves a bit to be desired as it flies over Dixon's goal.
46: The second half has begun with the Hammers trailing by a goal to nil. The last 45 minutes of their season start now.
Half-time: The referee brings the first half to an end. The man in black is not the most popular with the Hammers players after awarding a questionable penalty as Potts appeared to take the ball from Mandron in the box. The ref saw it differently and the forward picked himself up to send Howes the wrong way. West Ham made a bright start, working several good openings but their best chance came a minute before the break when Lletget shot wide.
44: Close! The Hammers click into gear as Lletget fires just wide from inside the area after being picjed out by Cullen.
42: Lletget sprays a lovely pass wide to Fanimo. The winger cuts inside and crosses left-footed but there's no Claret and Blue shirt at the back post and the ball rolls out.
40: The wind causes havoc for Dixon as he rushes out to collect Whitehead's through ball but mis-judges it and is extremely lucky that the ball falls to a nearby defender.
38: Cullen looks up, spots Brown and floats a cross toward the striker. The big man's had little service and it continues as the cross flies over his head and into the keepers arms.
36: Sadlier looks to run in-behind the Sunderland defence but he goes a fraction too early and the linesman on the far side raises his flag.
34: After a slow start the home side are now in full control of proceedings. Exemplified superbly as they play their way out from the back under immense pressure from the Hammers.
32: The away side are up in arms again as McNamee loses the ball and crunches Cullen on the half-way line. The yellow card is out again and rightly so.
30: The Mackems apply some pressure with consecutive corners, but are also struggling with the wind. After the second one Gorrin sends a cross flying over the bar.
28: The Hammers are struggling to get anything going just now and the referee is bearing the brunt of their frustrations.
26: Cullen was hurt by that challenge from Mandron and limps away to the sideline. He looks like he'll be ok to continue however.
24: The ball breaks loose in midfield and Oliver strikes first time. His side-foot effort forces Howes to parry the ball wide for a corner. From the corner, a free-kick is awarded as Mandron commits another foul. He's surely on a final warning now.
22: The Hammers look to attack down the right with Fanimo attempting to break into the box. The winger beats two defenders smartly but the third nicks the ball away and the move breaks down.
20: Howes comes to the rescue to deny Mandron a second goal. The forward runs unchallenged toward goal and looks to find the bottom corner but Howes is there to make the save. The striker then picks up a booking for a late tackle on Driver.
18: Sunderland have grown in confidence since going ahead and are keeping the ball nicely with Oliver spraying the ball around.
16: It didn't look a penalty to me as Potts appeared to play the ball. The Hammers will have to use their sense of injustice to inspire a comeback now.
13 Goal: This time Sunderland do have a penalty as Potts appears to clip the ball before bringing down Mandron. The Hammers are rightly furious as Mandron picks himself up to send Howes the wrong way.
11: Controversy here as the linesman seems to have flagged for a penalty before the referee steps in to award a free-kick on the edge of the area following an alledged hand ball by Mavila.
9: Gus Poyet is in attendance to watch his young charges, fresh from leading the first team to a 2-2 draw against Manchester City last night.
6: Whitehead is desperately looking for a pass as he travels towards the penalty are. Nothing opens up for the midfielder and he opts to shoot, sending a low effort well wide.
4: Cullen dribbles towards the edge of the box before sliding a through ball for Brown to run onto. The striker takes aim and fires but his shot is deflected away for a throw-in.
3: The wind is already a factor as the Hammers, who are playing into the wind, launch several balls forward, all of which come floating back.
1 min: The final U21 game of the season is under-way. Three points to end the season please!
11:56am: The ref has blown his whistle to call the captains to the centre circle and we're nearly ready to get under-way here.
11:50am: There's no going back into the changing rooms here. The pitch is a fair distance from the changing rooms so as soon as the teams are ready to go we'll get straight into it here in Sunderland.
11:35am: After much scouting around I've found the Sunderland team for today's fixture. They line-up as follows:
Sunderland: Dixon, Cartwright, Watson, Gorrin, Beadling, McNamee, Greenwood, Oliver, Mandron, Laidler, T Robson
Substitutes: E Robson, Talbot, Ledger, Blinco, Sukar