West Ham United 1-2 Tottenham FT

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 23 August
Kick-off: 1.30pm
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Full time - West Ham United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

96 mins - Just a shade after the clock ticks past 95 minutes played, the referee brings proceedings to an end. West Ham will feel hard done-by after that. They played very well in patches without converting their chances. It is just 52 hours until kick-off against Millwall in the Carling Cup second round, so the Hammers will get the chance to put this defeat to the back of their minds very quickly.

94 mins - Defoe is the player replaced. Naughton comes on for his Spurs debut.

93 mins - I would think we're going to have a bit more than four minutes of added-time after all that messing about. Cole gives away a free-kick for a foul on King. We're into the fourth minute of time added on. How much more will Clattenburg add? Spurs are going to bring on summer signing Kyle Naughton the next time there is a stoppage.

91 mins - An off-the-ball incident involving Faubert and Defoe leaves the striker on the ground. Clattenburg takes his time before calling over the Frenchman for a talking to before showing him the yellow card.

90 mins - Cole holds off the challenge of Bassong and shoots from 30 yards, but the ball flies wide. West Ham have had their chances in this second half, that's for sure. Four minutes of added time will be played.

89 mins - Collison is off. Frank Nouble is on.

88 mins - Collison comes within a whisker of snatching a point for the Hammers, controlling the ball on his chest and bursting between King and Bassong, but he cannot get any power on his shot and Cudicini falls on the ball.

87 mins - Another effort from distance, this time from Kovac, sails high and wide. West Ham are running out of time...

86 mins - Spurs make a second substitution. Modric is replaced by Jamie O'Hara.

85 mins - Defoe tests Green with a low shot that the England goalkeeper can only turn aside. Green shows bravery to scramble across and block Crouch's follow-up effort out for a corner. Modric takes, but Assou-Ekotto's shot is a pea-roller,

84 mins - West Ham win a corner on the left. Noble runs across to take it. Meanwhile, Zavon Hines is ready to come on, with Scott Parker the man to be replaced.

83 mins - Noble lets fly from all of 30 yards, but the ball ends up about 20 rows back in the Bobby Moore Stand. Spurs break and Defoe plays in Lennon, but his cut-back is behind Crouch.

81 mins - Defoe and Crouch combine to find Lennon again, but this time Spector gets in a block and Green gathers the bouncing ball.

80 mins - Having gone ahead for the first time, Spurs make their first change, with Peter Crouch coming on for Keane. King has taken over as captain.

79 mins - GOAL! Spurs take the lead courtesy of Lennon, who took advantage of a slip from Spector before shooting low across Green and into the far corner.

78 mins - Jimenez is the man to make way, and Kovac is on.

77 mins - Kovac is stripped and ready to come on for his first appearance as a permanent West Ham player. A repeat of his 35-yard special at Everton in May would be very welcome.

75 mins - It looks like Kovac is going to be the first substitute to enter the fray. Zola has just called him back to the dugout. Jimenez could be the man to be replaced. The Chilean just received some running repairs on the touchline.

74 mins - It looks like I was wrong about Hutton. He's sat down again! Defoe skips past three challenges before shooting from 20 yards, but Spector blocks his effort.

72 mins - Superb from Cole again. He gathers Noble's pass and beats Assou-Ekotto before lashing a low, left-foot shot that fizzes past the far post with Cudicini beaten.

71 mins - No changes from either manager as yet. Spector concedes a needless corner with a weak header. Modric takes and Cole heads powerfully clear. It looks like Spurs are going to bring on Alan Hutton.

69 mins - Cole tries to out-muscle Bassong and forces the Frenchman into conceding a corner. Noble lofts the ball to the far post and Jimenez rises like a salmon to nod the ball goalwards, only for Cudicini to plunge to his right and push the ball around the post. The second corner is cleared.

68 mins - It's all gone a little bit quiet after the excitement of the two goals earlier. Both teams look a little bit edgy, desperate to avoid what would be their first defeat of the new season.

65 mins - Lennon twists and turns as he tries to get a cross in, but Parker snuffs out the danger. Corluka takes the throw-in, but is flagged for a foul-throw! How often do you see that in the Barclays Premier League?

63 mins - Faubert flies in to win a challenge with Assou-Ekotto. The Frenchman has done a decent job at right-back again today. Spurs have a corner, but the Hammers clear the ball with ease. Collison bursts clear but is brought down by Huddlestone, who is booked.

60 mins - Jimenez loses Assou-Ekotto with a neat drop of the shoulder and gets into the penalty area before going down. Referee Clattenburg emphatically waves away the home fans' protests. Jimenez is not finished though and dribbles past two challenges before finding Collison, but the Welshman's shot hits Bassong.

58 mins - A quick throw-in from Huddlestone finds Keane, who lofts the ball out wide to Lennon. The winger beats Spector and flashes in a cross that Green can only help on its way. Moments later, Lennon gets past the American again and lifts the ball to the back post, where Modric can only head into the side-netting.

57 mins - Defoe is on white-hot form this season. He's scored six goals in his last four matches. Meanwhile, Noble comes close, but his poked shot hits Bassong.

54 mins - GOAL! Maybe not. Cole turns from hero to villain, inexplicably passing the ball to Defoe on the edge of the West Ham penalty area. The in-form striker turns and bangs the ball past Green before anyone can blink. Spurs are level and Cole has his hands on his head.

54 mins - Harry Redknapp has never managed a losing side against West Ham since his departure from the Boleyn Ground. Could that record be about to change this afternoon?

52 mins - Spurs try to hit back immediately, but West Ham stand firm. First, Spector clears from Modric, then Collins does well to block Palacios' shot with his head.

49 mins - GOAL! Cole scores an absolute belter. Spurs failed to clear the ball and the England man nipped in with his back to goal, controlled the ball and belted an unstoppable left-foot half-volley past Cudicini from just outside the penalty area. That was an outstanding strike.

48 mins - A loose pass from Huddlestone hands West Ham a throw-in deep in Spurs territory. The ball is worked back to Faubert, who whips in a superb cross that curls and bounces and eludes absolutely everyone.

46 mins - Spurs get us underway. West Ham win possession and Noble's lofted pass sends Parker clear. Stanislas is unmarked in the centre, but the midfielder cannot find him with a pass and Tottenham clear.

Both teams are back out on the pitch in the east London sunshine. Who is going to nick the three points in front of the 33,095 fans inside the Boleyn Ground?

Half-time - West Ham United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

47 mins - West Ham are finishing the half by far the stronger of the two sides, but the whistle is blown before they can turn that ascendancy into goals.

45 mins - Spurs nearly pay for playing with ten men. Collins finds Stanislas with a wonderful cross-field pass. The winger skips past Corluka and races into the box, rolling the ball past Cudicini and seemingly into the path of Cole, but the striker cannot apply the finishing touch and the ball rolls across the six-yard box to safety. We're going to have two added minutes. Assou-Ekotto is finally back in the action.

44 mins - Assou-Ekotto has three physios working on him on the sideline. Palacios has dropped in at left-back, with Keane in central midfield.

42 mins - Parker and Assou-Ekotto collide in the midfield, leaving both players clutching their left legs. Parker stays on his feet, while the Spurs full-back is rolling around on the turf. The Cameroon international heads off to the touchline after a period of treatment. I'm not sure he's going to be able to carry on.

40 mins - Aside from a couple of long-range efforts, neither goalkeeper has had a huge amount of work to do. King's header was the closest either side has come to breaking the deadlock as we enter the closing stages of the first half.

38 mins - The Hammers are working their way back into the game. Faubert crosses from the right and Jimenez goes up with Corluka. The Chilean wins the ball, but his header flies wide of the far post.

37 mins - A fantastic block from King is the only thing between Jack Collison and the opening goal of the game. Cole fashioned the chance, holding off King and Bassong after the pair had left Green's long clearance to each other.

34 mins - Bassong rises highest at the far post, but can only glance Huddlestone's free-kick wide. Spurs are right on top here. West Ham just cannot keep the ball for any length of time.

33 mins - Another good chance for Modric after Huddlestone had robbed Noble inside the centre circle, but the Croatian's shot is too close to Green.

32 mins - Scott Parker gets a loud cheer of approval after tracking back and blocking Lennon's attempted cross. Spurs win the ball back and Keane finds Modric, whose low shot bounces narrowly wide of the far post.

30 mins - Luis Jimenez is the first player to see yellow. He is booked for blocking off the run of Assou-Ekotto wide on the left touchline. Modric crosses and King flicks the ball on and over Green's head, only for it to bounce back off the crossbar before Stanislas completes the clearance.

28 mins - Faubert concedes another corner by challenging Modric, but Cole heads the resulting set piece clear. Spurs work the ball back into the box and Bassong has a shooting chance, but he can only stab the ball harmlessly wide.

26 mins - Another corner for Spurs. Assou-Ekotto sees his cross blocked behind by Faubert. Modric finds Huddlestone, but his shot is blocked. The ball rebounds to Keane, but he is rightly flagged offside before shooting wide.

25 mins - This is a decent game now. First, King blocks Cole's shot, then Jimenez launches a shot on the turn into the Spurs fans gathered behind the goal.

24 mins - Lennon gets into the box and finds Keane. His pass ricochets to Huddlestone, who catches the ball sweetly on the volley, but it hits Upson. Seconds later, Huddlestone works Green with a skimming effort.

23 mins - Big chance for Cole. Spector's through-ball puts the England striker clear behind Bassong, but he cannot divert the ball past Cudicini and the chance is lost.

22 mins - Huddlestone's quickly-taken free-kick finds Modric, but he screws his shot miles wide of the target. Robert Green, complete with a new crewcut, boots the ball clear from the resulting goal-kick.

21 mins - Lennon and Palacios work well to fashion a shooting chance for Defoe, but it is blocked by Upson. The game is really heating up, with tackles flying in on both sides.

19 mins - Jermain Defoe is given a ticking off after catching Spector as he attempts to clear the ball.

18 mins - Scott Parker has the first shot on target, picking up King's clearance 40 yards from goal, trotting forward ten and letting fly with a dipping shot that Cudicini can only gather at the second attempt.

16 mins - Both sets of fans are trying to inspire their teams with some tuneful singing, but as yet we've not seen either goalkeeper worked. As I type, Cole lashes a shot over after muscling his way clear of King.

13 mins - Corluka's back header is a little short and the crowd get excited as Jimenez closes on Cudicini, but the Italian clutches the bouncing ball safely to his chest.

11 mins - Carlton Cole gets a cheer after jumping into Cudicini as he claims Corluka's defensive header. Moments earlier, Modric had seen another shot blocked on the edge of the West Ham area. The game has yet to settle down, but West Ham are definitely coming into it more and more.

9 mins - FInally a chance for West Ham to get the ball into the box as Huddlestone fouls Spector. Stanislas crosses and Palacios heads out for a throw-in.

7 mins - Modric's corner is flicked on by Spector and hits Clattenburg. Spector clears to Jimenez, who dummies cleverly before colliding heavily with Palacios. Both players need treatment from their respective physios.

6 mins - Lennon beats Spector and whips the ball in. Upson meets it, but can only slice it behind for another corner.

5 mins - Modric's second corner appears to hit Collins on the right arm, but referee Clattenburg immediately waves away any penalty claims. Assou-Ekotto works the ball wide to Modric, whose cross is hacked clear by a diving Upson.

3 mins - Julien Faubert bursts past Luka Modric down the right flank, but his cross is too close to Carlo Cudicini. Moments later, the Frenchman fouls Modric wide on the left. The Croatian floats over a free-kick and Collins heads out for a corner. Modric crosses, and Collins heads out for another flag-kick.

2 mins - Spurs have the first attempt on goal, but Robbie Keane's shot is blocked before it can reach the penalty area.

1.29pm - The mascots line up for their traditional pre-match photographs with the two captains and referee Mark Clattenburg. An announcement is made that positive news has been received about the condition of Calum Davenport, who was seriously injured on Friday night. The announcement is met with spontaneous applause from both sets of supporters. Calum, of course, also played for Spurs. West Ham are going to kick off attacking the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand.

1.26pm - The substitutes are taking their places in the rather comfortable dugout seats. 'Bubbles' rings out around the ground and here come the two teams. The Boleyn Ground is alive with noise ahead of the first home match of the new Barclays Premier League season.

1.23pm - Both teams have headed back to their respective dressing rooms for their final pre-match instructions from their managers. The stewards are erecting the Barclays Premier League sign on the pitch, which means kick-off is rapidly approaching. I know I'm going on about it, but it really is a gorgeous day here.

1.15pm - Academy goalkeeping coach Jerome John is filling in for Ludek Miklosko this afternoon after the big Czech slipped a disc in his back in pre-season. John also warmed up the two goalkeepers at Molineux eight days ago, with Robert Green going on to keep a clean sheet, so West Ham fans have nothing to worry about. A huge ESPN inflatable blimp is making its way around the pitch carrying the slogan 'It's great to be here'. I agree. It's a beautiful day for a London derby. 15 minutes to kick-off...

1.10pm - A couple of former Hammers favourites are back at the Boleyn Ground this afternoon. Alvin Martin is part of the talkSPORT commentary team, while Shaka Hislop is on a visit to London from his home in the US. Hislop works as an analyst for ESPN in the States and, of course, the American broadcaster is showing live coverage of today's game after signing a deal to show 46 Barclays Premier League matches in the UK this season. West Ham are already chalked in for two more live games, with the visit of Liverpool and trip to Manchester City in September both being shown.

1.05pm - It looks like someone has told West Ham's players to wear white boots this afternoon. No fewer than seven of the 16 outfield players involved are sporting them. Julien Faubert, James Collins, Danny Gabbidon, James Tomkins, Radoslav Kovac, Carlton Cole and Jack Collison are the guilty parties. Incidentally, Scott Parker always insists on wearing completely black boots when he plays. Very old school. The players break off from their stretching to get involved in a game of keep-ball. On the big screens, Mark Noble talks about last Saturday's 2-0 win at Wolves.

1pm - Half-an-hour to go until kick-off on a beautiful, sunny late summer day in east London. Both teams are out on the pitch going through their pre-match warm-ups. Sensibly, West Ham fitness coach Antonio Pintus is putting the Hammers through their paces in the shade. Both teams go into this afternoon's game with perfect league records. West Ham won their only match at Wolves, while Spurs have swept aside the challenge of Liverpool and Hull City. A win for the visitors would take them three points clear at the top of the table, while a two-goal success for the Hammers would take them into the top-four.

West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola made two enforced changes to the side that opened the new Barclays Premier League season with a 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers eight days ago.

At the back, Herita Ilunga, who suffered a fractured jaw at Molineux, was replaced by US international Jonathan Spector. Further forward, muscle injury victim Kieron Dyer was ruled out, with Junior Stanislas taking his place.

For Spurs, Ledley King was passed fit to play, with Scotland defender Alan Hutton dropping to the substitutes bench and Vedran Corluka switching to right-back.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert. Collins, Upson, Spector, Parker (Hines 84), Collison (Nouble 89), Noble, Jimenez (Kovac 78), Stanislas, Cole
Subs: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Payne

Tottenham Hotspur: Cudicini, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Huddlestone, Modric (O'Hara 86), Keane (Crouch 80), Defoe (Naughton 90)
Subs: Button, Hutton, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko