MANCHESTER CITY U21 v DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
BARCLAYS U21 PREMIER LEAGUE
AJ BELL STADIUM, SALFORD
SUNDAY 31 AUGUST 2014
REFEREE: SCOTT OLDHAM
Final score: Manchester City U21 1-1 Development Squad
FT: That's it. Honours even at the AJ Bell Stadium. It looked for so long that the Hammers would leave Salford with all three points, but Manchester City were rewarded for their late pressure as Olivier Ntcham fired home a late leveller to cancel out Kieran Sadlier's goal. It was only in the final ten minutes that City came to life and although they ended the game strongly, West Ham will be disappointed not to have picked up their first win of the season. They return to action on Friday 12 September, when Nick Haycock's men host Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground.
90+5: Spiegel has to stand up tall by his far post as Ambrose shoots for a winner. The Hammers were overloaded on the far post on that attack, but Spiegel keeps it out and two minutes of stoppage time remain.
90+2: City go close to stealing it as Jose Tasende gets his free-kick up and over the wall, but Spiegel dives down to his left to turn the ball to safety. Meanwhile, the Hammers make their final change, Moses Makasi replacing Sebastian Lletget.
90: There'll be seven minutes of additional time due to the injury suffered by Sam Westley earlier in the half.
89: Goal! City's late pressure proves to be just too much for the Hammers as City level at the death. Sub Olivier Ntcham is the goalscorer, drilling into the bottom left hand cornr from 18 yards after cutting inside from the left channel.
85: The Hammers are in danger of dropping too deep as they protect their lead and Tasande almost punishes them as Fofana rolls the ball to him in space in the left channel. He strikes for goal and a slight deflection takes it onto the top of the crossbar and away for a corner.
83: City winger Pozo does well to cut inside Oxford and give himself the chance to cross, but he lets the Hammers off the hook with his delivery, trying to find the back stick with an outside-of-the-foot effort but getting the power of the pass all wrong.
81: The dangerous Fofana has his third oppportunity of the half to run at the Hammers defence after getting past Bywater's challenge in midfield. He makes his way towards the edge of the area, but pulls his shot badly and it rolls harmlessly wide.
79: Elliot Lee has been a tricky customer for the City backline all day and he's at the heart of another attacking move from the Hammers, which ends with Dan Potts crossing from the left and Josh Cullen trying to turn a header home, only for the hosts to clear.
77: We're back underway following a slight delay as Kieran Bywater received treatment. He's fine to continue though as we head towards the closing stages.
73: Manchester City make their final change of the afternoon, as Thierry Ambrose comes on for Jordy Hiwula.
71: Reece Oxford wins a ball on the half-way line, flicks over the attackers head and strides forward to feed Kieran Sadlier on the edge of the box. He takes the shot on and finds the power, but not the direction as it flies over the top.
69: Gunn suffers a hairy moment as Bywater's left-wing corner slips through his grasp. Lletget tries to pick up the pieces, but City crowd him out and do their goalkeeper a favour.
67: Great stuff from Kieran Bywater, getting his body in the way when City sub Ntcham looks to get a break going from deep. He won both possession and a free-kick, but his delivery is plucked out of the air by goalkeeper Gunn.
62: The Hammers have to stop Fofana fro running at them. He makes another strong movement forward from a deep position, which isn't stopped until he is 12 yards from goal. Fortunately for West Ham his shooting radar is off and he misses the top left hand corner.
59: Both teams make a change. Amos Nasha is on for Danny Whitehead for the Hammers, while for Manchester City, Olivier Ntcham has replaced Jack Byrne.
58: City's Pablo Maffeo goes in the refeee's book for hauling back Lee as he got away from him in a dangerous area. He had no intention of going for the ball, so the official didn't really have a choice. Lee takes the free-kick himself and Gunn has to get across his goal to tip the ball away from the top left corner.
55: City midfielder Seko Fofana makes a strong burst from midfield and is a tricky customer when running at defenders. He gets past Burke, who can't resist but have a nibble as he tries to get back. It's a free-kick on the edge of the box, but Byrne doesn't trouble Spiegel with the shot, which has far too much loft on it.
53: Elliot Lee is frustrated by Angus Gunn in the City goal again! He plays a neat one-two with Seb Lletget on the edge of the box to earn the space for a shot, but Gunn closes down the angles well and blocks as the Hammers No9 tried to prod under him.
52: Westley is carried off to applause from the crowd at the AJ Bell Stadium and play gets back underway.
48: There's an early delay to the second period as Sam Westley goes down injured over on the far side. Unfortunately he will require a stretcher to leave the field and he'll be replaced by Lewis Page.
4.02pm Man City get us back underway here at the AJ Bell Stadium. It was a great first half for the Hammers so let's hope they can keep it up for the second 45 minutes.
HT: The referee brings the opening period to a close and it has been a very encouraging one for the Hammers, who lead thanks to Kieran Sadlier's 26th minute goal. City keeper Angus Gunn has certainly been the busier of the two keepers and Nick Haycock will certainly hope that continues to be the case after half time Join us in 15 minutes for the second period.
45: City are growing in stature as the half comes to a close and Hiwula tries his luck with a rising drive from 20 yards which Spiegel bats down before holding on to. Meanwhile, one additional minute has been signalled.
43: Spiegel is called into action for the first time in a while as sub Barker looks to make an impact from midfield, taking the ball inside and onto his right foot before shooting. It's directed straight at Spiegel though and he saves comfortably.
42: Elliot Lee is proving hard to handle for the hosts and he shakes off Fofana's challenge in midfield before driving towards the box. He's faced with defender Bryan but shifts it and shoots, bringing a low stop from Gunn by the left-hand post.
39: Lovely 360 degree turn from Danny Whitehead to get out of a tight spot in the City half and build another attack. He passes to Lee, who loops in a cross which Gunn holds onto well when under pressure.
36: Reece Burke and Josh Cullen win a couple of meaty tackles in quick succession, certainly showing the City players that they are there. It has been an impressive 20 minutes from the Hammers, who are building nicely following their goal.
33: Manchester City make an early change, as Brandon Barker replaces Sinan Bytyqi
27: West Ham look for a quickfire second as Lee wriggles out of a challenge and makes a bee-line for goal, cutting in from the right hand side. He shoots low, but Gunn is equal to his effort and blocks with his feet by the near post.
26: GOAL! West Ham have been getting more of a handle on the game and they are rewarded with the opening goal. Sadlier is Johnny on the spot to poke into the top right hand corner after Dan Potts' cross is only partially cleared out to the No11, who was perfectly positioned 12 yards from goal. His finish left keeper Angus Gunn with no chance.
25: Pozo gets clear down the left flank for City and runs to the by-line before smashing a left-footed low cross into the six yard box. Striker Hiwula has taken up a good position in the centre, but Burke throws himself at the cross to get an excellent clearance in.
21: The Hammers are starting to create chances now and Seb Lletget spots Lee making a run off Maffeo's shoulder at the far post, sending the ball in his direction. Lee controls on his chest, and turns away from his marker again, but fires over the bar with his left foot.
18: Sam Westley battles well to win the ball in an attacking position and between himself and Seb Lletget work a crossing opportunity. The delivery is cleared, but West Ham recycle possession and Kieran Sadlier comes across from his left wing position to collect the ball on the right hand side of the six-yard box and hook across goal, with Elliot Lee waiting at the back stick. The pass may well have been on, but the ball ends up going behind for a goal kick and Lee has his head in his hands.
15: The quarter-hour mark passes without much incident to report in the opening exchanges, save for that flurry in the first couple of minutes. The game has settled down since then but who can take the upper hand as it develops?
9: Seb Lletget is presented with possession 30 yards out. He flicks over the top to give Lee space to drive into in the right channel. He turns away from his man and fires across goal, forcing City skipper Glendon to slide in to clear when facing his own goal. It could have gone anywhere, but he does well to knock over the top and only concede a corner.
6: After that early flurry Manchester City are seeing more of the ball in these opening minutes, winning a couple of corners in the process. They came to nothing though and the Hammers will look to settle their play down now.
2: City move up the pitch and make it a chance apiece in the opening minutes as Reece Oxford cannot cut out a through ball from midfield and Jordy Hiwula runs in behind. He's in on goal, but a poor touch takes him wide and forces a low cross rather than shot, which flies through the six-yard box and to safety.
1: The Hammers press from the off, winning possession high up the pitch and Kieran Sadlier curls over a cross-shot from the left which initially eludes keeper Angus Gunn's grasp. However, he quickly recovers to cling on.
3pm: Referee Scott Oldham gets the game underway.
2.57pm Hammers captain Dan Potts leads his team out onto the pitch. Kick-off is nearly upon us at the AJ Bell Stadium.
2.30pm A very good afternoon to you and welcome to our live coverage of today's Barclays U21 Premier League match at Manchester City.
The Hammers are looking for their first points of the season following 2-1 defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton in their opening games, so will be hoping for more fortune in front of goal today.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have a single point from their two games to date, having drawn 1-1 with Sunderland last time out. Chelsea triumphed 2-1 in their season opener.
The team sheets are in and we'll line up as follows...
Manchester City: Angus Gunn, Mathias Bossaerts, Jose Tasende, Pablo Maffeo, Kean Bryan, George Glendon (c), Sinan Bytyqi (Brandon Barker 33), Seko Fofana, Jordy Hiwula, Jack Byrne (Olivier Ntcham 59), Jose Pozo
Subs: Ian Lawlor, James Horsfield, Thierry Ambrose
West Ham United: Raphael Spiegel, Sam Westley (Lewis Page 52), Dan Potts (c), Kieran Bywater, Reece Burke, Reece Oxford, Sebastian Lletget (Moses Makasi 90+2), Josh Cullen, Elliot Lee, Danny Whitehead (Amos Nasha 59), Kieran Sadlier
Subs: Tim Brown, Adrian Wojcik Kosela