IPSWICH TOWN v WEST HAM UNITD
WEDNESDAY 16 JULY 2014
REFEREE: DARREN DEADMAN
Full time: Ipswich Town 0-0 West Ham United
FT: Not a second of added time is played as referee Darren Deadman ends proceedings with the scoresheet still blank. The first half provided chances for both sides, and the Hammers went as close as possible without scoring when Cresswell struck the woodwork. In truth, the game lost a bit of its sparkle after the break, but another useful run-out for the Hammers, against a higher class of opposition from Saturday.
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83: Vaz Te is in the thick of the action again and he has a wonderful chance to notch from 10 yards as McCallum does well to get around the back and pull across, but he can't get the right direction on his shot and it passes wide of the right hand post.
82: Sub Lletget is fouled 30 yards out, but Vaz Te is not put off by the distance from goal as he sends a searing, dipping effort just over the bar and brushing the roof ot the net as it flies past a relieved Bialkowski's fingertips.
78: Mauro Zarate's first run-out in a Hammers shirt has come to an end, as he makes way for Paul McCallum up front.
77: The crowd had just been announced as 8,976 with 1,920 having made their way up from east London for this one. Great support once again from the claret and blue army!
75: Kevin Nolan provokes the ire of the home crowd by chasing down a backpass to Bialkowski, sliding in and catching the keeper as he slams clear. He's up quickly and it's all forgotten over a handshake. Might have been a booking in a competitive game, that.
72: What a smart stop that is from Ipswich keeper Bialkowski. It looks for all the world that Lletget is about to give the Hammers the lead when his swings his left foot at a shot from 15 yards, but the home glovesman sticks up an arm and diverts the ball away with a strong wrist. Still, but can we build on that over the last 15 minutes or so?
69: As I say that, Cullen gives the ball away in midfield, allowing Murphy to break on the Hammers backline. The Academy player does a great job of atoning for his error by sprinting back into his own box to clear the eventual cross behind with an expertly-timed diving header.
68: Halfway through the second period now and it's fair to say this half hasn't matched the first for entertainment value. Little in the way of goalmouth action since the interval, but the Hammers defence, which includes a couple of youngsters has remained untroubled.
66: That breakthrough almost came straight away though as O'Brien dinks a cross into the area and Lletget arches his back and stretches his neck muscles to forces a header towards goal. It slides a foot wide of the mark though as Bialkowski watches it wide.
65: A good spell of possession from the Hammers ends with O'Brien overlapping around Vaz Te and sending in a cross which is blocked away for a corner. Vaz Te's flag kick fizzes through the area, but Ipswich clear and we still await the breakthrough.
62: The corner comes in from the right hand side and Luke Chambers finds himself in a pocket of space, but he can't keep his header under the crossbar and West Ham escape. The Ipswich man should have done better there really.
61: Play swings to the other end and Chambers is required to head over his own bar after a testing cross comes over from the right hand side.
60: Neat interplay on the edge of the box gives Seb Lletget a shooting chance as he clips the ball over the defender's foot before shooting goalwards. The effort lacks real purchase though and Ipswich stopper Bialkowski gets right behind it.
55: That's a corner for Ipswich down the right hand side and although the Hammers head clear, Veseli is there 25 yards out to control and volley towards goal. The shot has some dip on it, but it comes too late and the ball flies over the top.
54: Not a great deal to report so far in the second period as this set of 22 players get used to the pace of the game. The Hammers have a few youngsters on show now. Leo Chambers and Seb Lletget featured in cup games for the Hammers last term, but this is a relatively new experience for both Lewis Page and Josh Cullen, who have never played a competitive game for the first team.
51: It's the hosts who have the first sight of goal of the second period as Murphy bursts towards the box and fires for goal, but Chambers is there to make the block.
49: Ipswich have also made wholesale changes and their second half line-up is Bialkowski, Parr, Chambers, Smith, Wyatt, Anderson. Hyam, Veseli, Tabb, Murphy, Taylor
46: We're back underway here at Portman Road and it's a totally different line-up for the Hammers. Now we have Adrian in goal, O'Brien, Chambers, Reid and Page across the back. Cullen, Nolan and Poyet are across the middle, with Vaz Te and Lletget wide to suport Zarate up top.
HT: The whistle goes for the break and it remains 0-0 at Portman Road. Both sides have had chances though, with Cresswell striking the bar and Diame having a shot deflected just wide for the Hammers. At the other end Marriott dragged a shot just past the post with Nouble lurking at the far post. Neither keeper has been beaten yet, so hopefully we can break the deadlock soon! Join us in 15 minutes for the second period, with a host of changes expected.
43: Ipswich think they have a chance to break as the ball is cleared out of their box, but James Tomkins steps in to win possession back for the visitors. He gives the ball to Noble, whose lofted through ball picks out Jarvis. He looks to bend the ball into the far corner, but can't get the whip on his shot and it rolls tamely into keeper Gerken's hands.
40: The tempo has dropped slightly as half-time approaches, but there's been plenty to entertain so far. The only thing we're lacking right now is a goal!
36: Neat passing from the Hammers on the edge of the area between Noble, Kouyate and Jarvis. However it gets a bit crowded as Jarvis tries to work it back into Cole and Ipswich manage to get the ball clear.
34: Left back to left back as Cresswell crosses teasingly from the left, and with Carlton Cole bearing down on the delivery, Ipswich defender Mings dives in to head behind. A top clearance from the home man. West Ham then work the corner short and Noble curls wide from 20 yards.
32: Ipswich have looked slightly more threatening in the last five minutes and they win a corner down he right, which Stewart delivers. However, Demel is there to head both his initial corner, and follow up cross away. Strong stuff in the air from the Ivorian.
29: West Ham respond with a great chance of their own as Noble gets into a fantastic position down the right and cuts back low. Diame's shot looks destined for the net, but a defender gets a telling touch on it to divert just past the post.
26: The chance of the game so far and it falls to Ipswich. Kouyate comes back towards his own goal to tackle Skuse, but in doing so he diverts the ball into Marriott's path. He runs and and beats Collins, allowing him to advance into the area and shoot for goal. He opts to go across Jaaskelainen, but drags his effort slightly, missing both the far post and Nouble, who dived in trying to convert. Still 0-0.
22: The opening chapter to this game has been an entertaining one, despite the lack goals. Ipswich have got into promising positions on a couple of occasions, but it is the Hammers who are creating the better opportunities, with the left hand side providing a particularly fruitful source of ammunition at present.
21: It's Ipswich's turn to attack and a low ball from the left finds Stewart in a really good position, but his attempt at a sidefooted shot only cannons into his teammate Nouble and bounces away.
20: Downing feeds the ball into Cole's feet and goes for the return to shoot with his right foot from outside the box. His effort is not on target though and Gerken can watch it wide.
17: More joy down that left hand side as Jarvis spreads the ball out to Diame on the touchline. He slows his pace down before speeding up to get past Hewitt, but his cross is a shade too deep and Downing can't get the ball under his spell. Ipswich can't really cope with the Hammers down this nearside flank at present.
14: Now even closer from Cresswell! Once more the Hammers threat comes down the left hand side as Jarvis tricks his way inside and past his man. He then passes to Cresswell, whose audacious chip beats home keeper Gerken but crashes off the face of the crossbar. So close to a goal on his old home pitch.
12: A whisker away from Downing at the other end now as this game has a real ebb-and-flow about it early on. Diame looked to take his man on at the edge of the area, and although he was held up, he managed to shift the ball onto Downing, who created the yard he needed to shoot, but just a touch over the bar.
10: Demel sells Noble just a touch short with his pass allowing Ipswich's Bishop to nip in and take possession. Skuse takes up the running and drives towards the edge of he box but doesn't catch his shot correctly and it dribbles wide.
7: The chances are flowing for West Ham at the moment, and again it comes down the left as Cresswell passes into Cole, who lays into Jarvis' path. The No7 has to stretch to make connection with his shot and the ball flies just over the top.
6: Kouyate has another go as a left-wing Hammers corner is only half cleared by the home defence. This time a defender gets in the way to prevent the Senegal midfielder's shot from troubling
4: Jarvis, who scored at Stevenage on Saturday, is picking up where he left off and he stands an excellent cross up to the far post, where Kouyate is charging in to meet. However, he can't get over the ball and the home side escape.
2: The Hammers make inroads for the first time as Demel sweeps a pass out to Jarvis on the far side. His first touch takes him inside his man and he looks to feed Cole inside the area, but he is crowded out as he looks to bring the ball under control.
1: There's an early opportunity for Ipswich right back Elliott Hewitt to advance down his flank and cross, but Guy Demel is there at the far post to bring under control and clear away from danger. First moment of danger dealt with calmly.
7.49pm We're off and underway, the Hammers clad in their new home kit, which is available from Club Stores tomorrow remember!
7.47pm Aaron Cresswell gets a warm round of applause as his name is read out. The new Hammers left back spent three years here before making the move to the Boleyn Ground this summer.
7.46pm And here they come! The Hammers led by Mark Noble, who is captaining the first half XI. Bubbles rings out from the large Hammers contingent which has gathered over on the far side to us.
7.45pm We're still awaiting the players' arrival here on the pitch Portman Road. Hopefully they'll be out shortly!
7.37pm Kick-off is approaching here at Portman Road. Last time we were here was for a pre-season fixture on 4 August 2012. The Hammers were beaten 3-1 through goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Luke Chambers and Jason Scotland, with Matt Taylor netting the visitors' consolation. The game saw Aaron Cresswell line up against his future employers, while Mark Noble started against the club where he spent a period on loan as a youngster.
Will we fare better this evening? We're about to find out.
7.10pm We have team news for the Hammers, with Big Sam set to field different sides in both 45 minutes.
Our first half XI is: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Diame, Jarvis, C.Cole, Downing.
With Adrian, O'Brien, Reid, Chambers, Page, Lletget, Poyet, Nolan, Cullen, Vaz Te, Zarate, McCallum, Sadlier, Harney and Spiegel on the bench too, the boss will be giving a run-out to most of his squad.
Meanwhile, Ipswich include former Hammer Frank Nouble in their team, with their first half XI comprising: Gerken, Hewitt, Berra, Clarke, Mings, Stewart, Skuse, Bishop, Henshall, Marriott, Nouble
A very good evening to you all from Portman Road, Ipswich!
West Ham United contest their second pre-season fixture with tonight's fixture at the Championship side.
The Hammers opened their preparations for 2014/15 with a 2-2 draw with Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, where late goals from Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing saw them recover from two goals down to share the spoils.
Manager Sam Allardyce will take a strong squad to Suffolk, with new boy Mauro Zarate and fellow forwards Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole hoping to make their first appearances after missing Saturday's game.
Ipswich also kicked-off their own pre-season fixture list on Saturday, when they ran out 4-0 winners at League of Ireland First Division side Shelbourne in Dublin.
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