Reserves 2-0 Portsmouth FT

Barclays Premier Reserve League South
Tuesday 25 November
Referee: M Stewart

Final score - 2-0

90min - The full time whistle goes on what has been a solid performance by Dyer's team. It is the third home win in a row for the second string and a welcome 90 minutes for James Tomkins also stood out on a freezing night.

90min - So nearly a goal for Sears. Lopez had made it with a strong run down the left before squaring to the young striker. He took a touch and blasted it goalwards but the shot was blocked and then cleared.

88min - Boa Morte has a shot from distance that goes over. It is his last contribution before making way for Tom Harvey.

87min - Boa Morte lofts a lovely ball over the top for Lopez to chase. He just cannot keep the ball in play though.

85min - Stanislas capitalises on a weak clearance and works an opening on goal. He shoots but Begovic flings out a palm to push it to safety. From the corner, Stanislas again cuts in and then shoots wide.

83min - Nugent gets away from his markers for the first time. His free header is good but Lastuvka is equal to it. The Czech then shows quick thinking to claim an attempted chip from the same player, rushing out to close the angle.

82min - Junior Stanislas is on for Tristan.

82min - Lopez is cautioned for a late challenge. The Uruguayan has not shirked a tackle tonight but just mis-timed that one.

81min - Blackman tests Lastuvka with a low shot. The keeper was always confident though.

78min - The home team are passing the ball around in defence. Lopez then breaks forward with a surging run. We are into double figures now with passes, good football all round although Portsmouth regroup and eventually get the ball away just as it nears the penalty area.

76min - Lastuvka claims another corner. A quick counter finishes with Reid firing in on goal but Begovic saves.

75min - Nlundulu wins a corner for Marlon Pack to take but Lastuvka punches it clear with aplomb.

74min - Portsmouth make their final change with Callum Reynolds on for Navas.

73min - Lopez makes ground on the left before sliding the ball into Sears. The youngster makes space before having a go. His shot is deflected behind for a corner. Reid takes but the ball is comfortably claimed by Begovic.

71min - Lastuvka makes his first real save of the evening, parrying well from Pablo Navas.

69min - Tristan shoots for goal after fine play by Di Michele and Sears conjures an opening. The No9's effort was cleared for a corner. From that, Davenport flicks to the back post and Tristan again has a go, only to be frustrated again. Good play all round.

67min - Tristan is temporarily off the field for treatment on his lower back, clearly feeling the impact of the previous incident when he was clattered into by two defenders.

64min - Boa Morte chases Kilbey down but this time is penalised. Portsmouth try and get going again through Blackman. He surges forward but Reid tracks back and times his tackle well.

62min - Tristan feels the weight of two defenders in behind him. He shakes off the knock though and is involved in another attack.

60min - Sahar is coming off after a foul left him with a facial injury. Mark Smith is replacing him.

58min - A lovely break by Sears and Tristan ends with Reid getting a shot away. The ball is cleared for a corner that comes to nothing.

57min - Tomkins blocks a Tom Kilbey effort. The No8 had connected well and it was travelling.

56min - Tristan again peels off his defender and points to where he wants the ball played just behind the Portsmouth rearguard. Lopez just fails to squeeze the ball through.

54min - Good play by Di Michele and Sears nearly sets Tristan away but the ball to him is just too short. Portsmouth launch a counter but O'Neill brings it to an end with a foul. From the set-piece, Boa Morte bravely blocks Nugent's attempted effort.

51min - Tristan tries his luck with a shot on the turn. It goes straight into the grateful grasp of Begovic.

48min - Tomkins goes down after a strong tackle by David Nugent. The striker is cautioned by the referee and Tomkins is soon up and about again.

46min - The second half is under away. Portsmouth have replaced Lauren with Peter Gregory.

45min - Half-time.

45min - Tristan has done well on his first appearance at the Boleyn Ground. He has been a focal point for the attack and held the ball up well when needed.

43min - Davenport clears for a corner and Reid then gets the ball away.

42min - Stokes lets fly from 30 yards but the shot zips over the crossbar. It was a rare foray forward for the holding midfielder.

40min - Andre Blackman comes forward from the left-back and has a shot from the edge of the area. It sails wide of Lastuvka's left-hand post.

38min - Lastuvka comes and claims a Nlundulu corner. He sets the team away on a quick counter that ends with Di Michele being flagged for offside.

37min - Tomkins steps out and clears a potential Portsmouth attack. He has not been too troubled tonight.

33min - Alex Dyer's team have looked menacing every time they go forward. The front three are up against an experienced back four featuring three internationals in Lauren, Richard Duffy and Traore.

31min - GOAL! Boa Morte takes the corner and the ball eventually falls to Reid, who fires into the corner  from the edge of the area beyond Begovic's despairing dive.

31min - Di Michele sends Lopez away on the left before the No3 earns a corner.

29min - The front three combine well before Di Michele and then Sears both get opportunities to shoot. Di Michele is looking particularly lively.

28min -Nlundulu crosses but it is too deep. O'Neill shepherds the ball away.

26min - Sears picks out Di Michele with a lofted left-wing cross. The Italian striker shows great control to kill the ball with one touch but is then unable to get the shot away in time.

23min - Di Michele almost scores again but is just foiled by Champions League winner Traore. Di Michele had played a neat one-two with Sears to work the opening.

20min - A superb tackle by Boa Morte tracking back dispossesses Israeli international Sahar. The referee was right on the spot.

18min - Great play by the home side ends with a tame cross by Lopez. The midfield three of Reid, Stokes and Boa Morte are working hard.

17min - Davenport does well to head away a cross into the home area.

15min - Tristan has a go from the halfway line after seeing Asmir Begovic off his line. His effort goes ten yards wide.

14min - GOAL! - Di Michele scores from an almost identical range to his previous effort. Reid had done well on the left with a tackle before teeing up Tristan to cross into the area. Freddie Sears executed a delightful stepover and Di Michele was on hand to smash the ball into the corner of the net.

13min - Di Michele shoots over from ten yards after good work by Diego Tristan, who is making his second appearance at reserve-team level after 45 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

12min - Kyel Reid does well on the left before crossing into the box. Portsmouth get the ball away and break quickly. Lauren crosses but Jan Lastuvka claims well.

9min - Ryan O'Neill, playing at right-back, does well to block Ben Sahar's shot after he had cut in from the left wing. O'Neill is the only home player on view without senior team experience.

8min - Djimi Traore fails to connect with the ball from seven yards out after David Nugent's shot fell into his path. West Ham United clear.

7min - Lopez clears for a corner. Nlundulu takes it but Lopez is there to clear.  Within seconds the Uruguayan is penalised for a foul. Portsmouth play the ball into the area but David Di Michele had tracked back well.

5min - Neither team has settled into their stride yet. It is a cold night. Tony Stokes is captaining the team and he shows some neat footwork in the holding midfield role to start an attack. Portsmouth regroup well though.

4min - It is a welcome first run-out this season for James Tomkins. He is partnering Calum Davenport at centre-back. 

2min - Lopez is soon defending in the full-back position and fouls Gael Nlundulu.  The Portsmouth No7 takes it but Luis Boa Morte is able to clear.

1min - West Ham United get us under way, kicking towards the Centenary Stand. Walter Lopez wins a corner after just 18 seconds with a run down the left. The corner comes to nothing.


West Ham United: Lastuvka, O'Neill, Davenport, Tomkins, Lopez, Stokes, Boa Morte (Harvey 88), Reid, Di Michele, Tristan (Stanislas 82), Sears
Subs not used: Loveday, Widdowson, Bajner

Portsmouth: Begovic, Lauren (Gregory 45), Blackman, Duffy, Traore, Pack, Nlundulu, Kilbey, Nugent, Sahar (Smith 60), Navas (Reynolds 74)
Subs not used: Stewart, Mantyla