TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR U21 v DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
MONDAY 18 AUGUST 2014
REFEREE: ALAN YOUNG
Latest score: Tottenham Hotspur U21 2-1 Development Squad
FT: Spurs see out the added time to ensure it's a losing start to the new Barclays U21 Premier League for the Hammers. They drew themselves level after Daniel Akindayini's opener thanks to Kieran Bywater's free-kick, but Spurs came again to claim all three points with Cristian Ceballos' fine control and finish. We'll have reaction from Dev Squad coach Nick Haycock shortly. Remember the young Hammers have a swift chance to bounce back, as they host Southampton at the Boleyn Ground on Friday night. Admission for Season Ticket Holders is free and kick-off is at 7pm.
90: It might not be as four minutes of added time have been signalled!
90: Corner for the Hammers and Bywater's delivery is a deep one. Sadlier looks to get on the end of it, but is eased away as the ball drops out for a goal kick. Is that the final opportunity?
87: Elliot Lee judges a bouncing ball better than McQueen and finds himself up against last man Veljkovic. The No9 looks to drop his shoulder and buy half a yard for a shot, but the Spurs skipper is wise to it and sticks a well-judged leg out to make the block.
84: Dev Squad coach Nick Haycock plays his final hand as striker Jordan Brown replaces midfielder Josh Cullen. The Hammers have a little over five minutes to find a second equaliser.
83: The diminunitive Miller streaks away in midfield and it looks as though Spurs have the chance to seal it, but Akindayini has strayed offside. Spiegel saved in any case.
78: The man on the PA has announced tonight's attendance as 794 - a decent turnout for a U21 game on a Monday night.
75: The Hammers respond by introducing Kieran Sadlier from the bench. He's on for Blair Turgott. Spurs use the opportunity to make their final substitution too, with William Miller replacing goalscorer Cristian Ceballos.
74: Goal! Spurs are back in front. The Hammers think they have cleared the danger after a corner comes all the way back to centre half Veljkovic on half-way, but his clipped diagonal ball cuts out the defence and picks out Ceballos' run. His instant control makes the finish a simple one, and Spiegel has no chance. 2-1 Spurs.
71: The Hammers nick possession high up the pitch thanks to a sliding intervention from Turgott. He shovels the ball to Lee, who opts to take the shot on early and from range, but he doesn't get hold of it as he drags wide.
69: Spurs make another change, with Filip Lesniak coming on for Joshua Onomah.
68: Just as I say that, Onomah shows lightning pace to work a low crossing opportunity from the right. Ceballos is racing in to try and convert and he gets his studs on the ball, but it's not enough as it squirms wide.
67: West Ham are looking the more threatening now and Bywater's left wing corner finds Burke, but he had to run across the near post to make contact and he can't turn his neck quickly enough to divert the ball on target.
65: Fanimo almost makes an immediate impact, sending over a teasing cross from the left which finds Lee on the six-yard line. Lee looks sure to score, but Voss shows great reflexes to deny the No9 and keep his team level.
64: West Ham make their first change, as Matthias Fanimo replaces Seb Lletget out on the left wing.
62: Down to the other end and Elliot Lee shows good pace to get around the outside of his man and fire in a low angled shot, which Voss has to parry after getting down sharply.
59: Spurs have upped it again since the Hammers leveller and Ceballos' low cross from the left forces some sharp work from Spiegel, who gets down quickly to block with his left hand and gather before it can squirm clear.
56: Parity should only have lasted three minutes and the Hammers can breathe a huge sigh of relief after Akindayini beats the offside trap. All the composure of his opener goes missing as he slices wide with Spiegel half appealing in vain for a flag which never came as he went down.
53: GOAL! West Ham are level thanks to Kieran Bywater. Seb Lletget did superbly to protect possession down by the left-hand corner flag and eventually draw a foul from the home defence. It looks to be a crossing position, and if we're truthful, Bywater's effort probably was a cross, but it dips viciously towards the far post and goalkeeper Voss is helpless as the ball loops over him and in. 1-1.
52: Another Hammers corner as Potts' cross is blocked behind. Bywater delivers and Burke climbs well, but his marker does well to pressurise him and he can't head towards goal.
50: Good play from the Hammers involving Cullen, Lletget and Turgott ends with the latter crossing from the right. Spurs clear for a corner, which the Hammers cannot turn into anything more fruitful.
47: Tom Carroll looks to set goalscorer Akindayini clear with a slide-rule pass, but Burke gets across well to slide in and cut the pass out with the Spurs man threatening to run in behind.
7.59pm We're back underway at the Lamex Stadium. Spurs make one change, Nathan Oduwa replacing Emnanuel Sonupe.
HT: The referee's whistle goes to signify half-time and the Hammers trail at the break. A fairly even half but the hosts were just starting to get the upper hand before Daniel Akindayini's opener. Join us in 15 minutes for the second period.
45: More impressive play from Fredericks as he gives and goes to get into a crossing position. Spiegel sees his delivery coming and bats the ball down before gathering.
41: The Hammers think they have the chance to get back into it immediately as Turgott gets around the back and squares from the by-line for Lee to knock home from close range. However, the lineman's flag is raised as Turgott was judged to have beaten McQueen unfairly. Free-kick Spurs.
38: Goal! Spurs lead. It's a simple goal for the hosts too as Joshua Onomah's through ball cuts out the Hammers defence and lets Daniel Akindayini race clear to deftly flick over an exposed Spiegel and into the net. 1-0 Tottenham.
36: The overlapping full-back Fredericks causes the Hammers a problem as he gets around the back down the right and fizzes over a promising cross which Burke has to flick clear to prevent it from causing more trouble.
33: Having survived that scare, the Hammers almost make full use of it, as Turgott is fouled by McQueen down the left, allowing Bywater to whip over a dangerous free-kick. Lee gets across his man to head at goal, but the direction isn't quite there as it drops wide of the far post.
30: Spiegel is called into action in the Hammers goal, diving to his right to shovel behind a long range shot from Sonupe. From the corner, Ceballos picks up the ball on the edge of the box and curls a left footed shot towards goal, which takes a nick and Spiegel can only push out. Akindayini looks set to profit, but Burke gets his foot in to force another corner. The Spurs man wanted a penalty and it looked a tight call, but referee Alan Young judges Burke to have got enough of a foot on the ball.
26: First sight of goal for Elliot Lee, but it's only a glimpse after he brings Turgott's right wing cross under control. He has to take the shot on early, and his poked effort drops wide of the right hand post.
22: Spurs keeper Voss is forced into his first save of the evening, but it's a comfortable one from Turgott after the Hammers winger weaved his way through a couple of challenges on half-way to give him the space to drive towards the box. His shot was a daisy-cutter though and lacked the power to test Voss.
20: Corner for Spurs after a sweeping move down the right ends with Oxford diving across to head Fredericks' cross behind. The Hammers stand up to it though and get the ball clear. Still 0-0.
17: Spurs produce their first shot on anger as the ball runs under Ceballos' foot, allowing Akindayini to take a touch inside and fire goalwards from 20 yards. It takes a touch off Burke and flies behind for a corner, which Cullen hacks clear at the near post.
13: The grey clouds overhead are unloading some fine rain over the Lamex Stadium as both sides contiue to cancel each other out in the opening stages here.
9: Tottenham force their first penalty box entry after some neat interplay between Ceballos and McQueen. It ends with left-back McQueen cutting back from the by-line, but his cross misses everybody and West Ham survive that moment of danger.
7: Elliot Lee gets his first chance to turn and run at the home defence. He lays off to Lletget, whose cross is blocked behind for a corner which comes to nothing.
3: Ryan Fredericks gives Sebastian Lletget an early reminder that he's there, going through the back of the Hammers man after Josh Cullen fed the ball wide to him. Free-kick West Ham on half-way.
2: The opening couple of minutes have been played out in midfield, with both sides looking measured in their build-up.
6.59pm: Elliot Lee and Josh Cullen get us underway. The U21s' season is up and running!
6.56pm The teams make their way out onto the pitch, the Hammers in claret and blue and led out by skipper Dan Potts.
6.45pm Two of the Hammers' starters were on the bench for the first team on Saturday, and both Diego Poyet and Reece Burke will be looking to make their mark for the Development Squad tonight.
For Tottenham, Tom Carroll has returned from a season-long loan at Queens Park Rangers, who he helped gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season, while the likes of Ryan Fredericks and Milos Veljkovic also have first team experience with Spurs.
6.35pm The teamsheets have arrived in the press box. Here's how tonight's teams will line-up.
West Ham United U21: Raphael Spiegel, Sam Westley, Dan Potts (c), Diego Poyet, Reece Oxford, Reece Burke, Blair Turgott, Josh Cullen, Elliot Lee, Kieran Bywater, Sebastian Lletget
Subs: Matthias Fanimo, Tim Brown (GK), Lewis Page, Kieran Sadlier, Jordan Brown
Tottenham Hotspur U21: Harry Voss, Ryan Fredericks, Alex McQueen, Tom Carroll, Dominic Ball, Milos Veljkovic (c), Emmanuel Sonupe, Harry Winks, Daniel Akindayini, Joshua Onomah, Cristian Ceballos
Subs: Nathan Oduwa, Thomas Glover, Filip Lesniak, William Miller, Souleymane Coulibaly
Welcome to live coverage of the Development Squad's opening Barclays U21 Premier League game of the season.
Just as the first team, Nick Haycock's side start by taking on Tottenham Hotspur, so let's hope we can right some of Saturday's wrongs tonight!
The young Hammers will compete in Division One of the U21 Premier League this season after finishing ninth last term, and the Lamex Stadium clash gives us another chance to see some of the stars of pre-season in action.
Reece Burke, who netted the first team's winner over Sampdoria, is in the squad, as is Elliot Lee, who notched an astonishing nine goals over the summer.
We'll have full team news very shortly.