Spurs 2-2 Development Squad FT



Final score - Tottenham Hotspur XI 2-2 West Ham United XI

92 mins - Wearen does well again after the substitute had got past Driver. He steps in and wins the ball before finding Piquionne on halfway. The Frenchman wins a throw, but we won't have time for it as the final whistle is blown. West Ham TV and whufc.com will have exclusive post-match reaction and highlights from today's game.

91 mins - Lee has been very lively since he came on. Juca and Moncur combine to find the Academy striker, who takes a touch before working the goalkeeper from 20 yards. Good stuff.

91 mins - Spurs finally make a change, with the No9 being replaced by the No12.

90 mins - The No9 loses Driver and runs into the box, only for Wearen to make an inch-perfect block tackle. Good work by the young Irishman.

89 mins - Spurs work the ball down their right before the No7 unleashes a shot from 25 yards. Boffin watches it closely and makes the save. West Ham break, but Lee's attempted through ball for Piquionne is too strong.

87 mins - Unlucky. Lee turns and releases Montenegro. He crosses from the byline, but it's just too high for Piquionne and in front of Turgott.

86 mins - Lee finds Turgott with a neat turn and pass. Turgott is fouled 30 yards out. Juca curls the free-kick over and the home side scramble the ball away.

85 mins - Nouble and Sears are replaced by Turgott and Eliott Lee. Turgott wide right with Lee up front and Montenegro going out wide on the left.

84 mins - Driver gets forward well again and wins a corner. Juca takes and the goalkeeper punches clear. Carney collects, but his cross is too strong.

82 mins - Still chances galore here. Sears gets on to Piquionne's flick-on and dinks the ball to Moncur, whose well-struck volley is blocked.

81 mins - The miss normally proves costly as Tottenham's No8 shoots from 25 yards and Boffin makes an outstanding finger-tip save to divert the ball around the post. The corner is too strong and goes behind.

81 mins - Juca's corner is too high, but Nouble retrieves and puts in a superb cross that lands on Piquionne's head. He should score, but instead the ball bounces off the turf and into the hands of the goalkeeper.

80 mins - One thing I've just noticed. The referee from the first half is now running the line! Never seen that before.

78 mins - That goal is no more than West Ham deserve. They have dominated the second half. Now they need to fashion a winner...

76 mins - GOAL! They are level again now. Driver collects a square pass from Moncur following good work down the left from Nouble. The right-back clips a ball over the centre-back, Piquionne controls on his chest, draws the goalkeeper and calmly passes the ball into the net.

74 mins - West Ham could equalise immediately. Piquionne cuts the ball back for Sears. He takes a touch and shoots across the face of goal, with the ball narrowly avoiding the boot of Montenegro.

73 mins - GOAL! That's come out of nothing. Piquionne's pass to Moncur is short and Spurs break. The No8 breaks past one player and then outpaces Wearen before clipping the ball over the advancing Boffin and into the net.

72 mins - Nouble's deep cross is laid back to Driver by Piquionne. Driver drives into the box and wins a corner. It is cleared...

71 mins - Good play again from Carney, reacting quickly to a through ball to cover in behind Wearen and Diop and calmly bring the ball clear.

70 mins - Carney reacts quickly to a loose touch and makes 20 yards before releasing Nouble. He crosses left-footed and the goalkeeper only just manages to fling one hand out to catch it. If he hadn't, Montenegro would have had a simple task to nod into the empty net.

68 mins - Diop's cross flicks off a Spurs head to Montenegro. He controls and tests the goalkeeper with his second touch. The stopper is equal to it and plunges on the ball low to his left.

67 mins - Wearen and Montenegro replace Faye and Carew.

66 mins - We're going to see Eoin Wearen and Brian Montenegro shortly, but not before the No7 shoots from 25 yards and forces a diving stop from Boffin.

65 mins - It's been an interesting game so far. Juca looks like a decent player, not afraid to stick his foot in and work hard for the team. Carney has improved as the game has gone on and also caught the eye at the attacking end of the field. He's a strong player and experienced and composed in possession.

64 mins - Close call. The No9 gets behind Driver before the full-back forces him back onto his right foot. He slips the ball in for the No7, who flashes a shot across the face of goal and behind. Tottenham coming back into things.

61 mins - Sherwood is being assisted on the touchline by Les Ferdinand, but the former West Ham, Spurs and England striker won't have been impressed by the No9's finish there as he lofts the ball over Boffin but also about 20 yards over the crossbar.

59 mins - Spurs just remind the Hammers they are in this game too, with the No8 unleashing a 30-yard shot that bounces and is an easy catch for Boffin.

58 mins - Unbelievable! Sears is normally the money from that range. He picks up the ball and runs through the D, draws the goalkeeper and slips his left foot shot wide!

57 mins - That should be 2-1 to the visitors. Nouble retrieves a deep cross and plays a nice delayed reverse pass for Carney, whose cross finds Carew's forehead. He glances the ball wide.

56 mins - The wind has picked up a bit, making conditions even more difficult once the ball leaves the turf. West Ham are shading things since the break.

52 mins - Great chance for West Ham. Driver slides the ball down the line for Piquionne. He flicks it inside to Sears, who runs and cuts the ball square. Moncur's shot is blocked and spins wide left for Nouble. The home goalkeeper is out quickly to block Nouble's shot and the ball loops up kindly into his hands.

50 mins - It's all action again here as the No8 is released and runs at Faye. He cuts on to his right foot and shoots powerfully past Boffin, but also past the far post. That looked to be close.

50 mins - Driver releases Sears down the right wing. He rolls his marker before crossing for Carew, but a centre-back gets his head to the ball and Spurs scramble it away.

48 mins - That's a warning for West Ham as the No9 picks up possession and runs at the back four. He takes on Faye and shoots, but Boffin shows good handling to catch low down.

47 mins - Spurs have the wind at their backs now and a through ball for the No9 skips off the turf and is blown behind for a goal kick.

46 mins - West Ham get things going again through Carew and Piquionne.

Half-time score - Tottenham Hotspur XI 1-1 West Ham United XI

West Ham have had the chances to be out of sight already. Hendon gathers his players together in the dugout for a quick chat. I am told the half-time break will be a short one.

46 mins - Boffin clears upfield and the half-time whistle goes.

46 mins - Into added-time and I would think the whistle will go soon...

42 mins - Diop does well in midfield to stop a Spurs break. Moncur finds Piquionne, who wins a corner. Juca whips it in, but a Tottenham defender climbs high and shrieks as he heads powerfully clear. Driver lifts the ball back in from deep, but Diop is offside.

39 mins - That is surely a penalty?! Piquionne gets to the ball first and prods the ball past the goalkeeper before being taken out! Nothing given, and Carew is the only West Ham player to appeal. That sort of decision is never given and I have no idea why. In the middle of the pitch, it's a foul.

38 mins - Spurs enjoy some possession inside the West Ham half, but Juca is there to stick a foot in and break up the attack. To be honest, Spurs' threat has subsided considerably as the half has gone on.

33 mins - Piquionne should have a hat-trick already. He beats his man in midfield then out-strips another and is clean through. He bears down on the goalkeeper and side-foots past his left hand...and the post. Hands on heads all round.

32 mins - Carney crosses first time following good work from Nouble. The ball bounces and it looks like Piquionne may be able to unleash a shot on goal, but the left-back gets a toe in.

31 mins - The Norwegian blasts his shot through the wall and the goalkeeper pushes it aside. Juca picks up and crosses, but the ball skims off the head of Piquiionne and is cleared.

30 mins - Good from John Carew, turning away from a tight situation in midfield and making 20 yards before being tripped in shooting range. Carew himself wants this one.

27 mins - Juca is having more and more of an influence on the game. His technique is good, as you would expect, and he is combining well with Moncur. Both are seeing plenty of the ball.

23 mins - Tottenham's No7 takes a free-kick from 30 yards out wide on the left. He shoots low, but it's easy for Boffin to gather.

22 mins - Sears is in and has a shooting chance from the edge of the box, but he leans back and his effort flies well over the top. In the break in play, Demel is replaced by Driver. I would think we'll have rolling substitutes as this is not a competitive fixture.

21 mins - Piquionne tries to loft the ball over the top for the diagonal run of Sears, but it's too strong and the goalkeeper collects.

18 mins - As if by magic! Spurs miss an absolute sitter. The No10 gets in behind and rolls the ball across the box to the unmarked No9. He has all day to finish from eight yards but skies his shot over the top.

17 mins - This game is really open. I expect there could be a fair few more goals here.

16 mins - West Ham could be ahead there. Carney overlaps Nouble and crosses first time. The ball is half-cleared to Juca, who shoots from 22 yards...just wide.

15 mins - GOAL! Piquionne has his goal this time, getting on the end of a long clearance before calmly lifting the bouncing ball over the Spurs goalkeeper from about 16 yards. Good finish, and Boffin also gets some applause for his assist!

12 mins - That should have been 1-1. Carney, Juca and Sears combine superbly to release Demel into acres of space down the right. He takes a touch and picks out the unmarked Piquionne ten yards from goal. He leaps and heads wide of the target.

11 mins - Spurs look really threatening here. The diminutive No7 threads a ball through for the No9 to chase again, but it's just too strong and Boffin is out smartly to smother.

9 mins - GOAL! The hosts take the lead through their No9, who gets in behind Faye and calmly slots the ball to the left of Boffin and into the bottom corner.

8 mins - A long ball over the top finds Tottenham's No8 goal-side of Faye. He goes down, but the referee gives nothing.

6 mins - Nouble gets free down the left and finds Nouble, but his cross is blocked. Juca wins the ball back but Carney's dribble is stopped just outside the box.

4 mins - Carney loses possession inside the West Ham half and the No10 runs at Faye. He checks and then goes down under a challenge from Juca. Free-kick. The same player takes the free-kick but curls it miles over the top.

3 mins - West Ham are playing with the wind at their backs and are taking advantage already. Piquionne shows quick feet before releasing Demel down the touchline. He wins a throw near the corner flag, but it comes to nothing.

2 mins - Lineup-wise, Demel, Faye, Diop and Carney are the back four, Sears, Juca, Moncur and Nouble are across the midfield, with Carew and Piquionne up front. Boffin, of course, is in goal!

1 min - West Ham create a chance within the opening 20 seconds. Carew controls Juca's header on his chest before lofting a ball over the centre-backs for Piquionne to chase, but a defender gets across to clear.

12noon - Spurs are going to kick-off shooting from left to right...

11.59pm - We're almost ready for kick-off. I'm told seven of Tottenham's starters featured in a 7-1 Under-19 NextGen Series victory over Internazionale recently, so this should be a very competitive game. George Moncur is captaining the West Ham side this afternoon. Big honour for the youngster, who was of course with Spurs as a schoolboy.

11.55pm - Here come the two teams from the dressing rooms. Both teams are in their home kits. Spurs have a few recognisable names in their side, but no first-team players as they have a UEFA Europa League game in Greece on Thursday evening.

Good morning and welcome to Spurs Lodge for today's Development Squad fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

The high winds that have caused the cancellation of today's stage of cycling's Tour of Britain have made their way to Chigwell, too. Conditions are not ideal for a game that sees Guy Demel make his first appearance for the Hammers.

The Ivorian is one of a host of first-team players involved this afternoon, with Abdulaye Faye, Papa Bouba Diop, Freddie Sears, Frederic Piquionne and John Carew joined by trialists Juca and David Carney.

Juca is a Brazilian who has played most recently for Partizan Belgrade and Deportivo La Coruna, while David Carney is an Australia international who featured for Blackpool in the Premier League last season.

West Ham United XI: Boffin, Demel (Driver 22), Carney, Faye (Wearen 67), Diop, Moncur, Sears (E.Lee 85), Juca, Nouble (Turgott 85), Piquionne, Carew (Montenegro 67)
Sub not used: Cowler