Charlton 1-0 Development Squad FT




Final score - Charlton Athletic XI 1-0 West Ham United XI

91 mins - That's it. The Hammers are edged out, but they certainly gave their all this afternoon and were unfortunate to lose out to a strong Charlton side.

90 mins - Charlton have the ball as we go into the final few seconds. The referee has already looked at his watches...

88 mins - Vose does well again to lose his man and find Moncur, but his shot is blocked. West Ham finishing strongly. Can they find an equaliser?

87 mins - Hendon brings on Taylor Miles for Fanimo for the final few moments.

87 mins - Another chance! Vose does well to spin away in central midfield after Hurley wins a crunching tackle. Hurley continues his run and is onside and in, but his touch just lets him down and the ball squirts away to goalkeeper Sullivan.

86 mins - Time might be running out for the Hammers to fashion an equaliser, but they haven't given up the search. Wearen goes in hard and has hurt himself. The physio comes on to treat the centre-back.

83 mins - That might be the chance. Sears gets in behind Doherty and shoots. Sullivan parries and Sears gets there at the same time as the centre-back. The ball squirms agonisingly behind for a goal kick.

82 mins - West Ham need a quick response and they win a free-kick 30 yards out. Moncur takes, but it;s charged down. The ball rebounds to Moncur, whose second effort is also blocked.

80 mins - GOAL! Charlton might have stolen it. The Hammers don't clear their lines and when Hughes sends the ball forward, substitute Fox is there to slot the ball between Stech and his left-hand post.

78 mins - A really superb spell of possession there for the Hammers prompted by Vose. Moncur, Ilunga, Hurley and Shaw are also involved before Sears cuts inside from the left and shoots. It is blocked. Charlton break and Stech flaps at a cross, but thankfully the home side can't take advantage.

76 mins - Vose loses out and Charlton have some pressure. Moncur then pokes the ball behind for a corner. Jordan gets his head to it, but the ball loops high into the hands of Stech.

75 mins - Sears gets in behind left-back Ajayi and wins a corner of Doherty. Francis volleys clear.

74 mins - A little glimpse of the ability possessed by Fanimo as the England U17 winger spins away with a drag-back before powering a 25-yard shot a yard or two over the tpo.

71 mins - Sears nicks the ball off centre-back Jordan but when he tries to pull a pass back for Shaw, it is cut out.

69 mins - Doherty picks out Francis' run with a fine diagonal ball. The right-back takes a touch and slams a low cross into the six-yard box. Driver does just enough to put off Fox and the ball squirms wide of the target.

68 mins - The game is getting increasingly stretched, with a lot less patient build-up play in the midfield area from either team.

67 mins - Smith has another go, this time from distance. Again he cannot find the target as the ball catches on the wind and flies past the post.

65 mins - West Ham break through Hurley. Vose picks up possession and works a shooting chance, but it's blocked. Charlton break and Popo crosses deep, where Jordan's volley flies high and wide.

64 mins - Nearly three-quarters of the way through the game and the raft of substitutions has affected the flow of the game a bit. There are a lot of young players out there who will want to prove something, so we could still be in for an entertaining final 25 minutes.

63 mins - Hurley releases Fanimo down the inside-right channel. The No11 retrieves and tries to pick out Shaw with his cross. Francis rises with the first-year scholar and the ball clears both before bouncing behind for a goal kick.

61 mins - Evina, Cort and Bover are replaced by the home side, with Jordan, Ajayi and Fox coming on to replace them.

58 mins - A couple more changes as Vose and Shaw come on for Turgott and Lee. Fanimo goes up front with Sears. Immediately, West Ham keep the ball well and attack, with all three subs involved.

56 mins - A loose header from Sears falls to Warren. He runs into the West Ham half before trying to chip Stech from 45 yards. I think the goalkeeper would have had it covered, but it matters not as the ball slides over the top.

54 mins - Another great chance for Smith, but again he can't take it. A cross from the right is cushioned down by Popo into the No15's path. He is about 12 yards out, but screws his shot high over the crossbar.

53 mins - Hendon replaces Powell with Hurley in central midfield.

52 mins - Great chance for Smith from Francis's cross. He volleys, but the ball thuds into the turf before sitting up nicely for Stech to collect.

51 mins - We're going to see a West Ham substitute soon. It's Lamarr Hurley who is being readied.

50 mins - The substitutes have livened things up for the Addicks. Davisson's cross finds Smith, who wins a corner off Ilunga. Wearen heads clear from inside his own six-yard box.

48 mins - Fanimo breaks on to a loose ball and makes 30 yards inside the Charlton half. He tries to pick out Lee to his right, but Doherty cuts it out.

46 mins - We are back underway here. Charlton have made three changes - Davisson, Smith and Warren are on for Alonso, Kermorgant and Green. Warren has a shot a minute into the second period, but it's too high.

Half-time score - Charlton Athletic XI 0-0 West Ham United XI

46 mins - Just seconds over the 45 minutes and the whistle blows for half-time.

44 mins - Hendon has three subs out warming up. Will he make some changes at the break? Charlton have a four-on-four but Wearen is there again to block Green's well-struck shot.

43 mins - Turgott and Sears combine down the right before the former wins a corner off Evina. Powell takes, but his delivery is too deep. Fanimo gets there first, but his cross is easily headed clear.

42 mins - Sears picks the ball up 40 yards out and drives forward with Lee to his left. He instead chooses to shoot and Doherty makes a very painful-sounding block.

41 mins - Cort picks out Kermorgant with a long ball. The Frenchman controls on his chest before volleying first-time from 25 yards. Stech is in the right place to make the save. Seconds later, Bover has a chance at the far post, but his shot is too high.

39 mins - Good stuff again from the Irishman to hack Green's low cross away. Fanimo tries to get past Francis to the byline, but the former England U21 right-back has too much strength for the youngster.

37 mins - Outstanding defending from Wearen. Francis curls over a cross and Stech cannot get there. Two Charlton players look set to strike until Wearen dives to head behind from a yard in front of his far post. The corner comes over and Fanimo clears.

36 mins - Bover again, this time from the left. He controls and beats Driver, but is slightly off-balance as he hits a left-foot shot. It flies well over.

34 mins - Charlton attack down their right through Francis. Wearen clears initially but the Addicks come again through Bover. He crosses dangerously from the right, but the ball bounces through the six-yard box and out for a throw on the far side. For a 0-0, this has been a very watchable game so far.

29 mins - A chance at the other end! Green's cross bounces over Driver to Bover, whose shot is parried by Stech. Wearen gets there first, just, and is fouled by Popo inside the six-yard box. West Ham escape.

28 mins - Controversy?! Sears runs forward again and cuts across in front of Green before shooting from 25 yards. The ball flicks off the head of Doherty and loops over Sullivan. It hits the underside of the bar and looks as if it might have gone over the line before bouncing out. Sullivan recovers to make the catch. The assistant referee was at least 20 yards from the goal line.

27 mins - A chance for Lee, but a difficult one. Sears finds Turgott, whose head-high cross is behind Lee. He twists, but his header is straight up into the air and Charlton clear. Good football in the build-up, though.

26 mins - Lee is penalised for blocking off Cort. The centre-back is about a foot taller than the striker!

24 mins - Charlton are being forced to play in front of West Ham and shooting from distance. Alonso has a go from at least 25 yards, but it is well over the top. The Addicks come again down the right, but Scott is there to clear for a throw.

22 mins - Wearen again, sliding in hard but fair on Kermorgant. Alongside him, trialist Scott has also done well so far. When you consider they have never played together before, the young pair have forged a decent partnership.

20 mins - Wearen has been solid as a rock so far, while his voice has been heard regularly as he organises the back four. The Irish U19 man is there again to block Green's shot with his head. The ball loops high into the air and Stech collects.

17 mins - Good stuff. Ilunga bursts down the left and feeds Fanimo. He beats one man and then squares for Lee. The striker shoots first-time, but drags it low and wide of the far post. He shouts in frustration - Lee has been used to scoring goals this season!

16 mins - Sullivan's long clearance catches on the wind, forcing Ilunga to challenge Francis and concede a corner. Kermorgant takes it short to Green before crossing first-time. Stech gets a hand to the ball before Ilunga completes the clearance.

12 mins - Alonso picks out a pass his brother Xabi would be proud of to find Evina in space down the left. He pulls the ball back for Kermorgant, whose first-time shot flies well off-target.

10 mins - Driver does well there against Kermorgant - the player whose missed chipped penalty cost Leicester City dear in the 2009/10 Championship Play-Offs - but the throw is worked to Bover, who works Stech with a well-struck shot. Wearen completes the clearance.

8 mins - This has been a really good start by Hendon's men. Sears does well again to hold up play and find Ilunga. Lee drops into space and picks up possession before finding Powell. Sears tries to release Turgott down the right, but the ball is just too strong.

6 mins - West Ham are set up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Driver and Ilunga in the full-back positions and Wearen and Scott in the centre. In midfielder, Turgott and Fanimo are in the wide areas, with Powell and Moncur in the middle. On the pitch, Sears releases Turgott, whose cross is headed clear by Cort to Moncur. He shoots from 25 yards, but it's too high.

4 mins - Sears has another chance to run at the Charlton defence but this time he tries to release Lee, but Cort is there. Charlton break, but Olumide Scott is there to tidy up with a pass back to Stech. Lively start.

3 mins - The Hammers are lined up in a 4-4-2 formation. Sears is up front with Lee and he should have just put West Ham in front, skipping past one defender and then the goalkeeper with his trademark direct and lightning pace. Unfortunately, his final touch takes him towards the byline and the angle is so narrow that his shot is into the side-netting.

2 mins - Not much pattern to the game so far, but plenty of famous faces in the small crowd. Julian Dicks, Pat Holland and Micky Adams are all here, as is former Charlton boss Steve Gritt, who is now scouting for Bournemouth.

1pm - We're off and running at a chilly and windy Sparrows Lane, with Charlton kicking-off...

Good afternoon and welcome to Sparrows Lane here in south east London for today's development squad fixture between Charlton Athletic and West Ham United.

Today's match will see Ian Hendon name a young side, with only Herita Ilunga, Freddie Sears and goalkeeper Marek Stech possessing first-team experience among his squad.

Alongside the experienced trio will be a host of young professionals - George Moncur, Eoin Wearen and Callum Driver - and scholars, including in-form Elliot Lee, Blair Turgott, Jack Powell amd Lamarr Hurley.

Charlton, of course, are going great guns in League One under two former Hammers in manager Chris Powell and assistant and former West Ham reserve-team manager Alex Dyer.

The Addicks have named a very strong lineup, with no fewer than nine senior players alongside teenagers Tosan Popo and Ruben Bover. Among the Charlton starting XI are former Tottenham defender Gary Doherty, ex-Hull City centre-back Leon Cort, former Reading and Norwich City midfielder Andy Hughes and former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mikel Alonso.

Charlton Athletic XI: Sullivan, Francis, Evina (Ajayi 61), Cort (Jordan 61), Doherty, Hughes, Green (Smith 46), Alonso (Davisson 46), Bover (Fox 61), Kermorgant (Warren 46), Popo
Subs not used: Pope, Azeez

West Ham United XI: Stech, Driver, Ilunga, Wearen, Scott, Moncur, Turgott (Shaw 58), Powell (Hurley 53), Fanimo (Miles 87), Sears, E.Lee (Vose 58)
Sub not used: Cowler