Portsmouth 3-0 Reserves FT

Barclays Premier Reserve League South
Portsmouth reserves v West Ham United reserves
Westleigh Park
Tuesday 29 September
Referee: Chris Powell


90 min - Fierce drive from Smith forces Kurucz to show some safe hands as he catches the ball to his chest.

89 min - We lose our final ball as Piquionne's attempt at getting his hat-trick from a free-kick clears not only the stand but probably the car park I would guess. It is a shame he did not do that when he had his two chances earlier!

88 min - We are entering the final stages here now. Although the result is not going to go their way, West Ham's youngsters have not let their heads drop and continue to give it their all. Just as I write that Kearns tries a little too hard and fouls Bopp and picks up a caution.

85 min - Final change for Pompey is Finnan for Pete Gregory.

80 min - We lose another ball as a cross is deflected off 'Gala and out of the stadium.

77 min - The boys in claret and blue are still giving it their all out there but are not getting much joy. Payne has just hit a ball over the top for Nouble but the Pompey defenders shepherd it out for a corner.

74 min - A clever run and shot from Edgar looks like it has pulled one back but sadly it is the side netting that is bulging and not the back of the net.

71 min - A long-range effort from Payne causes Niemi a few problems but he eventually smothers it after diving to his left.

69 min - GOAL! Samba feeds Piquionne with a through-ball and the forward makes no mistake by sliding it under Kurucz. That could be it for West Ham's chances of getting a result here tonight.

66 min - Second change for the home side sees Webber make way for Cerno Samba.

64 min - Mahoto has picked up a knock from that Payne challenge and Mark Smith comes on in his place.

63 min - The final change for West Ham sees Danny Kearns come on for Quashie.

62 min - Nouble comes even closer to grabbing one back. He shows some real speed to make a through-ball before Niemi, and with a clever touch takes it round the stopper. He cannot quite get his angles right on the shot, though, and his effort flies wide. 

61 min - Edgar gets close to getting one back straight away but he is inches away from charging down Niemi's clearance.

59 min - GOAL! The home side double their lead as Piquionne plants a firm header past Kurucz from a Finnan cross. West Ham have their work cut out now.

58 min - Payne's name is taken for a sliding tackle on Mahoto.

55 min - Dyer is out on the edge of his technical area to get some instructions out to his players. The tactic seems to work as Nouble wins a free-kick just inside the Portsmouth half. It is played short to Payne, who drills a shot against the back of Edgar.

52 min - Quashie goes into the book for a strong tackle on Cowan-Hall.

51 min - The Hammers even up the shot count for the half soon after though as Grasser tries one from distance. He probably would not like me to tell this but it clears the stand behind the goal and leaves the stadium.

49 min - Pompey have the first shot of the second half as a Mahoto shot is just too high.

46 min - Portsmouth kick us off. Dyer has used the break to make one change. Ferrari comes on to replace Brookes. It looks like Eyjolsson will move to right-back, Daprela in the centre with the new arrival slotting in on the left of the back four.

The players are back out and the second half is about to start.

46 min - Piquionne has a great chance double the home side's lead with the last kick of the half. The French forward lept highest to meet a right-wing cross but put his header the wrong side of Kurucz's goal from four yards.

45 min - They have one more minute to do that as the fourth official signals that amount of time should be added on at the end.

44 min - We are in the last few minutes of the half and West Ham are going to have to hurry if they are to get level before the break.

41 min - More good goalkeeping from Kurucz there as he races from this goal to save at the feet of Webber. The home side are finishing this half as they began it.

38 min - We are back playing again and Danny Webber forces a smart save from Kurucz. The Portsmouth No10's strong shot required two hands to turn it around the post.

35 min - We have got a break in play now as Eugen Bopp is down with a knock.

32 min - Good burst forward from Daprela there helps West Ham force a corner. After a bit of head tennis, 'Gala's looping header forces Niemi into a smart tip over the bar. The visitors' best chance so far that.

30 min - I have just been told we have 324 people inside Westleigh Park tonight. Among them are a group of Hammers fans just in front of me who are giving the team some good vocal backing.

28 min - A late tackle from Edgar earns him the first booking of the game. The tackle was on Cowan-Hall, who did not take to it too kindly and is also carded by Mr Powell, who is, by the way, not the Chris Powell!

26 min - West Ham are forced to make a change as it looks like Lee picked up a knock when taking that shot a minute ago. He leaves the field and Georg Grasser comes on.

24 min - Portsmouth break out and Quashie is forced to concede a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Mahoto takes it but smashes it straight into the wall. That looked like it could have hurt!

23 min - Another free-kick. This time from the right-hand side. Edgar takes it once more but it is cleared for a throw-in.

20 min - More positive play from West Ham sees a 20-pass move create a shooting chance for Lee. Sadly the young midfielder drags his shot well wide. A good spell this for Londoners.

18 min - Corner to West Ham after Edgar's shot it deflected wide. The winger takes the flag-kick himself but Niemi is there to claim it.

17 min - Portsmouth are awarded a free-kick on the right after Daprela tangles with Paris Cowan-Hall. Gautier Mahoto curls it in but Peter Krucz is there to take an easy catch.

12 min - Although there is quite a young team out there, West Ham still have four players with first-team experience. 'Gala's debut at Bolton a week ago helped him join Nigel Quashie, Josh Payne and Frank Nouble in that club.

9 min - It is Edgar that takes it but his curling effort flies inches over.

7 min - Aside from the goal West Ham really have not started too badly here at all. They are zipping the ball about on the floor to good effect. Just as write that, another slick move sees Oliver Lee felled on the edge of the penalty area. Edgar and Nouble are standing over it.

5 min - As usual, Dyer's side are using a 4-3-3 formation. Nouble is once again the central striker, with Edgar and Montano supporting him.

4 min - Well I am sure that is not the start the visitors would have wanted but they have not let it affect them. Fabio Daprela takes a tumble in the Pompey area but Mr. Powell waves away the calls for a penalty.

2 min - GOAL! The home side take the lead with the first attack of the game as Gael Nlundulu's looping shot from the edge of the area flies into the top corner.

1 min - We are underway.

7.04pm - The players are out now and captain 'Gala goes forward for the coin toss. He wins it and West Ham will kick-off.

7pm - Well it looks like kick-off may be slightly delayed as we are still awaiting the teams. Think we should be underway by five past, though.

6.55pm - The floodlights are on and the players leave the pitch to make their final preparations before kick-off, which is now just five minutes away. It looks like we will have a decent turnout tonight. The Hammers have certainly got some support here as there are a couple of claret and blue shirts in the crowd.

6.45pm - Just to give you the background, Dyer's side are third in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South with four points from their first three games and a goal difference of plus five. Pompey are a point and three places behind with a minus four goal difference.

6.40pm - We are going to need the floodlights on soon as darkness is rapidly falling. Luckily a kind man from Havant and Waterlooville has come and turned a light on in the press box so we can all see what we are doing.

6.35pm  - Some rather smartly dressed ladies have just taken their seats in front of me. If I was a betting man I would say that that may be the wives or girlfriends of one of the Portsmouth players as they seem to be paying them a lot of attention. Meanwhile, on the far side Dyer and his team are doing some one-touch passing drills to get the players ready.

6.30pm - The rest of the players have joined the 'keepers on the pitch and the atmosphere is starting to build with to music blaring through the PA system.

Hello and good evening from Westleigh Park.

It is a glorious evening down on the south coast and the goalkeepers are just starting their warm-ups in the last of the sunshine. Alex Dyer has just been out to take a look at the pitch but has gone back in to give some further instructions to his players. The reserve-team manager has named a youthful side for tonight's match, a side that sees three changes from the goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers two weeks ago.

Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson starts in place of Manuel Da Costa, 19-year-old Tony Brookes comes in at right-back with Davide Ferrari dropping to the bench. In attack, Cristian Montano replaces Daniel Kearns.

Portsmouth look to have slightly more experience in their side with UEFA Champions League winner Steve Finnan returning from injury to take his place at right-back. He will be playing just in front of 67-capped Finnish international goalkpeeper Antii Niemi, while in attack Frederic Piquionne has had considerable experience in the French league.

West Ham United: Kurucz, Brookes (Ferrari 46), 'Gala, Eyjolfsson, Daprela, Quashie (Kearns 63), Payne, Lee (Grasser 26), Edgar, Montano, Nouble
Subs: Cowler, Abdulla

Portsmouth: Niemi, Finnan (Gregory 85), Sowah, Bopp, Williamson, Kilbey, Cowan-Hall, Mahoto (Smith 63), Piquionne, Webber (Samba 66), Nlundulu
Subs: Ryan, O'Brien