West Ham V Leeds Live!

Tonight Upton Park plays host to Leeds United, and there's sure to be an electric atmosphere under the lights as we look to build upon the excellent results of the last two games.

Live commentary will start in Hammers Vision at around 7.40pm.

Team news will appear just before kick off, followed by half- and full-time match reports.


AT the end of a closely fought first-half at Upton Park West Ham United and Leeds United are deadlocked at 0-0.

Despite the return of senior players Hayden Mullins Nigel Reo-Coker and Malky Mackay, Alan Pardew kept the same team that won 2-0 at Sunderland. On loan goalkeeper Robert Burch replaced the injured Jimmy Walker on the bench.

Roared on by a passionate Upton Park crowd, Alan Pardew's men took the game to Leeds right from the kick-off.
Just two minutes had passed when Sergei Rebrov tested Neil Sullivan with a stinging drive, and less than a minute later Darren Powell had the ball rebounding off the Leeds crossbar. But the big defender was adjudged to have used his hand instead of his head.

Five minutes later Darren was involved in action at the other end when his short back-pass allowed former Hammers striker Brian Deane a route to goal, but his shot skimmed off the crossbar on its way over.

Alan Pardew's men continued to press forward. Hesitancy in the Leeds defence, which included former Hammers loanee Matthew Kilgallon, let Sergei Rebrov in, but West Ham's penalty appeal was waved away after the diminutive Ukraine striker was bundled over in the box.

With the teams trading chances, David Healey almost put Leeds ahead just five minutes later when his shot deflected off Anton Ferdinand and looped over Bywater only to drop wide of the post.

Luke Chadwick was at the heart of most of West Ham's good work in the first-half and on 35 minutes he danced his way into the Leeds penalty area and cut the ball back only to see his cross smothered by Sullivan before it could reach Marlon Harewood.

With two minutes to go until half-time Leeds had a hopeful penalty appeal turned down when Ferdinand collided with midfielder Danny Pugh on the edge of the box.

Despite forcing their way forward in the closing stages, Alan Pardew's men could not penetrate the miserly Leeds defence and the team's went off with the scores goalless at half-time.