Reserves 0-2 Fulham FT

Barclays Premier Reserve League South
West Ham United v Fulham
Boleyn Ground
Tuesday 20 December

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Full-time: West Ham United 0 Fulham 2


94 min - The referee blows for full-time on what has been a disappointing night for Alex Dyer and his players. Fulham, in contrast, will be more than happy with their evening's work.

93 min - Drama at the end. Jeffery forces a late corner after tenacious work from Boa Morte. The ball is cleared to Mullins, who hooks it back into the penalty area. Spector controls before going down under a challenge, but the referee turns down the home side's penalty claims.

92 min - Tomkins is still urging his team-mates forward.

91 min - Lopez powers through the midfield but his shot is tame and rolls wide.

90 min - There will be four minutes of added-time.

89 min - Another strong run from the impressive Saunders ends with a shot that flies high and wide.

87 min - West Ham United have worked hard during the second half, but they have not really tested Fulham goalkeeper Stockdale.

85 min - Andranik leads a counter attack that ends with Smith firing a low shot straight into the arms of Stech.

84 min - Fulham look content to knock the ball around and play out time.

82 min - The game seems to be meandering towards an inevitable Fulham win before Sears brings the crowd to life with a run and shot that is blocked behind for a corner. Sears himself takes the flag-kick, but Spector can only hook the ball wide of the far post.

77 min - The Hammers are huffing and puffing but they cannot blow the visitors' house - or should that be Cottage? - down. Meanwhile, Saunders sends a rasping left-foot shot just wide of the target.

75 min - The Fulham physiotherapist is earning his crust tonight. He is back on again, this time to administer treatment to Smith, who appears to have hurt his leg.

73 min - The game is held up for a while as Brown receives treatment after colliding with the post. He had just headed a great chance wide, too.

71 min - Boa Morte's neat turn creates a shooting chance for Sears inside the box, but the ball just will not run for the England Under-19 striker. Seconds later, Sears has a shot blocked by Smalling following more good work from the former Fulham man.

70 min - I wish the goals were flowing like the substitutions in this game. Holmar Eyjolfsson is replaced by Bondz 'Gala to complete tonight's replacement fun. The fourth official can have a rest for the next 20 minutes...

68 min - The home side will breathe a sigh of relief. The ever-dangerous Gera is replaced by Joe Anderson. Maybe Fulham are saving the Hungarian to take on Kettering in the FA Cup on Saturday?

66 min - Mullins gives the ball away to Gera. He cuts inside but Tomkins does brilliantly to block his shot out for a corner, which he then clears with a header.

64 min - Stoor is replaced by Lewis Cumber as Fulham make their second change of the night. West Ham United have struggled to keep possession for long enough periods in the Fulham half tonight. The Cottagers are, it would be fair to say, full value for their lead. There is still time for things to change around, however.

63 min - Saunders drags a low shot well wide from 20 yards. It did not remotely threaten Stech's goal.

62 min - It is good to see Hines back in action. He was in red hot goalscoring form in pre-season. We could do with a few more of his goals tonight.

61 min - A bold move by Alex Dyer. Central midfielder Tom Harvey comes off. Striker Zavon Hines, who has recovered from a knee injury, has gone up front with Sears and Jeffery. It's a gamble, but the Hammers have nothing to lose.

59 min - Fulham make their first change. Matthew Saunders replaces Andreasen in central midfield.

58 min - GOAL! The ball is given away in midfield. A long diagonal ball into the West Ham United penalty area is controlled on the chest by Brown, who duly converts smartly with a low right-foot shot. The home side are up against it now. Their 100 per cent home record is in real danger, to state the obvious.

55 min - Jeffery intially does well to nip in and latch on to Stockdale's loose clearance, but his subsequent cross bisects Sears and Boa Morte and the ball is cleared. Half a chance went begging there.

52 min - West Ham United are making an attempt to get back on level terms, but Fulham's central defenders are standing firm.

50 min - Fredrik Stoor's cross is half-blocked. Lewis Smith tries to acrobatically volley the loose ball into the net, but the ball only hits team-mate Andranik in the head before being cleared.

48 min - Kallio and Brown combine down the left. His cross finds Andranik, but he can only fire a half-volley high into the Centenary Stand.

46 min - We are back underway at the Boleyn Ground. Neither side has made any changes at the break.


47 min - The referee blows for half-time with Fulham a goal to the good. Back soon.

46 min - Boa Morte sets Lopez free. He crosses to the back post where Kallio is on hand to head the ball over his own crossbar. Boa Morte's corner is cleared to Spector. He crosses, but Stockdale is out smartly to claim the high ball.

45 min - Gera finds Wayne Brown on the edge of the box, but his touch badly lets him down and the chance is lost.

44 min - Lopez does well to cut out Gera's low cross.

43 min - The set piece flies over everybody. Spence curls the ball back into the danger zone, but Stockdale grabs it ahead of Sears.

42 min - Sears forces a corner down the left. Boa Morte swings the ball over and Andreasen clears. The Portuguese winger works hard to win another corner seconds later.

38 min - West Ham United make a change. Dyer has been replaced by England Under-19 international defender Jordan Spence. He slots in at right-back, with Spector moving into central midfield alongside Mullins.

36 min - GOAL! Gera smashes the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards out. Where did that come from?

35 min - Stech is full of chat tonight. He is constantly ordering his defenders around, like any good goalkeeper should.

33 min - I for one am glad it's not too cold this evening. The football, unlike Saturday's Premier League match between the two sides, has not been of the most thrilling variety. Having said that, West Ham United's defence looks good. Spector, in particular, is in resolute mood, while young Holmar Eyjolfsson looks composed alongside skipper Tomkins.

31 min - Stech does well again. Andreasen finds Kallio wide on the left but his driven cross is securely held by the young goalkeeper.

30 min - Just as the visitors looked set to take over, West Ham United have come back into the game strongly. Boa Morte has launched a couple of dangerous crosses into the penalty area, but both were cleared.

28 min - Fulham force another corner. They are definitely on top here. Marek Stech is out to claim the corner well.

27 min - Leon Andreason hits Wayne Brown's lay-off first time, but his shot is deflected wide by Hayden Mullins.

25 min - Andranik is down near the left touchline. He is up and at it again following a short period of treatment.

22 min - Sears causes Kallio to send a high backpass towards Stockdale. The goalkeeper completely misjudges the bounce and the ball loops over his head where Jeffery appears to have the easiest of tap-ins, only for Smalling to make a fantastic saving tackle. The ball flies to the edge of the penalty area where Boa Morte heads it goalwards, only for Smalling to nod it clear again. Great action!

21 min - Toni Kallio's cross finds Zoltan Gera in acres of space 12 yards out, but his left-foot volley flies literally miles over the crossbar.

20 min - Kieron Dyer has come to the sidelines for some running repairs to his footwear. After a short break, he is back in the action.

17 min - Walter Lopez sets Luis Boa Morte clear down the left. He cuts inside and gets to the byline but his attempted cross to Sears is cut out by Smalling.

16 min  - Chris Baird's attempted clearance hits Jonathan Spector but loops harmlessly into the arms of David Stockdale.

15 min - Aside from Gray's shot, not much has really happened so far...

12 min - West Ham United are coming back into the game. The front pair of Sears and Jack Jeffery are looking particularly lively.

9 min -  Gray's cross is headed behind by the alert Tomkins. From the resulting corner, Spector heads clear.

7 min - Freddie Sears fails to control the ball on the edge of the Fulham penalty area and the chance goes begging.

4 min - Julian Gray lets fly from just over 20 yards out. Marek Stech goes down low to his left to divert the ball out for a corner, which the home side eventually clear.

2 min - West Ham United are employing a 4-4-2 formation, with Walter Lopez at left-back, Jonathan Spector at right-back and Kieron Dyer and Hayden Mullins in central midfield. Neither side has settled as yet.

Good evening and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for what promises to be a highly competitive Barclays Premier Reserve League South fixture between West Ham United and Fulham.
It is a still, clear evening in east London. The pitch looks in fine condition.
Both sides have left for the dressing rooms following their warm-ups.

Both managers have strong sides at their disposal tonight. Alex Dyer has four full internationals in his West Ham United team.
Fulham's Billy McKinlay - himself a former Scotland midfielder - has Finland's Toni Kallio, Sweden's Fredrik Stoor, Hungary midfielder Zoltan Gera, Northern Ireland's Chris Baird, Denmark's Leon Andreasen and Iranian Andranik in a cosmopolitan lineup.

Here come the two teams. They are met with a generous round of applause from the small, hardy band of supporters who have turned out to support the Hammers.
James Tomkins has been given the honour of captaining the side tonight. He shakes hands with the officials and Fulham skipper Chris Smalling. The visitors win the toss and West Ham kick off towards the Centenary Stand.

West Ham United: Stech, Spector, Lopez, Eyjolfsson ('Gala 70), Tomkins, Dyer (Spence 38), Mullins, Harvey (Hines 61), Jeffrey, Sears, Boa Morte
Subs not used: Loveday, Miller

Fulham: Stockdale, Stoor (Cumber 64), Kallio, Baird, Smalling, Andranik, Gera (Anderson 68), Andreasen (Saunders 59), Smith, Brown, Gray
Subs: Foderingham, Cumber, Anderson, Uwezu