Ipswich Town v West Ham United
Saturday 4 August 2012
Final score - Ipswich Town 3-1 West Ham United
92 mins - Loach stands firm to stop West Ham halving the deficit. Maynard streaks forward before releasing Vaz Te with a through ball, but the goalkeeper dives to his left to push the ball away. Corner. It comes to nothing and moments later the final whistle is blown. We'll have highlights and reaction from today's game on West Ham TV soon.
90 mins - Into the final minute and a Noble free-kick comes to nothing inside the box. It's going to be a defeat for Big Sam's men, but they have improved after the break. They will need to eradicate the individual mistakes when the Barclays Premier League season starts, though. We're going to have two added minutes.
88 mins - Noble's delivery is low and cleared at the near post. Ipswich break after a Fanimo mis-kick but thankfully Henderson is there to gather the cross when it comes over.
87 mins - West Ham have a corner now. Taylor drives it across but it's too high for Collins to direct his header goalwards. Collins does win a throw, though, and from it Vaz Te wins a free-kick. Noble takes and Carson heads behind for a corner.
85 mins - Collins gives the ball away and then is beaten by the pass to Carson. The No7 shoots and the ball takes a deflection as it flashes past the upright. Before the corner, Whight replaces Cresswell. The ball comes over and breaks to Kourouma, who leans back and shoots too high.
83 mins - GOAL! Moncur slides but fails to keep control of the ball. Instead, Scotland takes possession and runs towards the box before cutting onto his right foot and curling the shot past Noble and Henderson and into the far corner. Great strike.
82 mins - Taylor has the chance. Demel lifts a cross to the far post and Loach doesn't come. Taylor rises and heads back across the face of goal and behind. So close!
81 mins - Into the final ten minutes and both young substitutes have been involved. Can they help West Ham to secure a second two-goal comeback in the space of a week?
79 mins - West Ham replace Jaaskelainen with Henderson in goal, while Murray comes on for Hyam for the home side.
78 mins - It's 4-2 to the Development Squad now! Blair Turgott has scored. That is some scoreline for the youngsters against the AFC Wimbledon first team.
77 mins - That's O'Neil's last contribution as he is replaced by George Moncur, an England Under-19 midfielder. Moments later, Noble lifts a cross over and Collins heads well wide.
76 mins - West Ham have a decent chance to draw level. Vaz Te collects and runs at the Ipswich back four before squaring for O'Neil. Unfortunately, the midfielder does not quite connect and shoots straight at Loach. The away fans are making a bit more noise as their team tries to get back in it.
74 mins - Cole is replaced by Fanimo before the game restarts. The No23 is an England Under-18 international winger with a sweet left foot.
73 mins - GOAL! Almost out of nowhere West Ham are right back in it. Taylor has the ball 25 yards out and is given time and space to pick his spot. A swing of the trusty left boot and the ball bounces in off the base of the right-hand post! Pinpoint finish from the No14.
71 mins - Ipswich replace Luongo with Kourouma. The little Italian gets an ovation from the Ipswich fans. He did play well today. The crowd today is 7,682 with more than 2,000 of them from West Ham.
69 mins - Collins rakes the ball out 50 yards wide left for O'Brien, who heads on for Vaz Te. He has Cole and Maynard running into the box, but slices his left-foot cross behind the goal and it bounces into the stand.
67 mins - O'Neil runs forward but his pass finds Cole offside inside the penalty area. The break in play sees Emmanuel-Thomas replaced by Byron Lawrence.
66 mins - Amazing news from Kingsmeadow where the Development Squad are now 3-2 up! I am told Piquionne may have scored a hat-trick, but that is not confirmed.
64 mins - Scotland barrels forward through the midfield before laying the ball wide right for Carson. He cuts inside on to his left foot and shoots, but drags the effort wide of the near post. Jaaskelainen had it covered.
61 mins - Changes from both managers. Edwards and Smith are replaced by Ainsley and Delaney for Ipswich, while Maynard is on for Maiga for the Hammers.
59 mins - An update from the Development Squad where Luke Moore had put AFC Wimbledon 2-0 up before half-time. However, Frederic Piquionne has pulled a goal back.
56 mins - Maiga and Cole combine before Taylor crosses low, but Smith clears. West Ham come again and Taylor cushions the pass down to Vaz Te. He loses his man and shoots hard and low. Loach dives to his left and makes the save before plunging on to the ball before it can get too far away from him.
55 mins - Ipswich attack through substitutes Scotland and Stevenson before the latter shoots from 22 yards - too high.
53 mins - Maiga loses the ball to Hyam before winning it back and being felled by the Ipswich No6. There have been glimpses from the Mali man and he will get better as he spends more time getting to know his new team-mates.
52 mins - Demel initially does well before passing straight to Edwards. He comes forward before shooting from 25 yards, but it is too high.
48 mins - Ipswich are first to show again as Cresswell overlaps and slams a cross in low to the near post. Collins stretches out his right leg to concede the corner. Emmanuel-Thomas tries to dribble into the box but Maiga slows him down and the Hammers clear.
46 mins - The home side get the second half underway. West Ham look like they are now employing a 4-3-3 formation, with Maiga and Vaz Te either side of Cole.
Ipswich are making some changes - Jason Scotland and Ryan Stevenson are on for Chopra and Martin. O'Brien on for Potts for West Ham.
Judging by the rigorous warm-up he is undertaking at the moment, I think Joey O'Brien could be on after the break. He is already stripped down to his match kit.
46 mins - Half-time. West Ham will have to improve after the break if they are to avoid defeat here. Two set-plays led to two Ipswich goals and the hosts have been the better team. I know it's a cliche, but it's only pre-season!
45 mins - Another decent passing move from the home side ends with Martin making room for a shot on his left foot, but Collins is out quickly to charge it down. Ipswich have certainly moved the ball well through the midfield. They have been fluent at times.
44 mins - On the plus side, an Ipswich staff member has just brought a kettle and some mugs up the steps to the Press Box. A half-time cuppa will help!
41 mins - Vaz Te and Taylor have swapped wings. Cole has the ball in the midfield, turns and looks up and then lifts a pass through to Loach.
39 mins - The wonders of social media tell me that the Development Squad are trailing 1-0 at AFC Wimbledon through Luke Moore's goal. Emmanuel Thomas has another go here and again the shot is deflected wide. Cole heads the corner clear at the near post.
36 mins - Reid has a few words to say to Martin after a coming together near the byline. The referee has a chat with both players, but takes no further action. Reid was trying to hold off the Ipswich midfielder and took exception to the robust nature of Martin's challenge.
34 mins - A few moments of calm as both teams struggle to maintain possession. Just to remind you that the Development Squad are also in action this afternoon at AFC Wimbledon. We'll have a report from that fixture later today.
31 mins - Taylor wins the ball back inside the Ipswich half and it breaks to Maiga. He pushes the ball in front of him and then shoots from 25 yards, but it flies well over the top.
30 mins - Ipswich have a corner as Edwards' low shot takes a deflection off Taylor. Martin deilvers and Jaaskelainen makes the catch high above his head.
28 mins - Ipswich shout for another penalty but this time Potts gets his body in the way and shields the ball from Chopra. Good defending from the 18-year-old. West Ham then go up the other end and Loach's clearance is headed into the centre by Taylor, but Cole cannot benefit.
26 mins - This time Smith challenges Cole in the air and the foul is given. The initial free-kick is cleared to Noble, whose follow-up header is also hacked away. West Ham are having a spell of pressure, however.
24 mins - Some patient build-up from West Ham ends with Noble clipping a cross towards Cole. He flicks-on for Maiga, but the assistant referee flags for a foul by Cole on Smith.
23 mins - Hmmm... Emmanuel-Thomas jinks past Collins and has a sight of goal from 18 yards. He sidefoots low and the ball just dribbles past the right-hand post. That could have been 3-0 with a slightly better aim from the former Arsenal youngster.
21 mins - West Ham try to break down their right through Demel and Vaz Te, but Cresswell gets a toe in to prevent the Ivorian's pass sending the No12 away. West Ham do win a throw, but they can do nothing with it.
19 mins - GOAL! Not a great start. Martin curls the free-kick over to the far post and Chambers is unmarked. He cranes his neck and sends the header back past Jaaskelainen and into the corner of the net. West Ham will need to stop conceding set pieces in and around their box.
18 mins - Ipswich have another chance to put a ball into the box as Potts clips the heels of Martin. Free-kick three yards outside the penalty area.
17 mins - The Hammers try to respond and win a free-kick down their left. Taylor and Potts work a crossing chance, but again it's too close to Loach and the goalkeeper makes a smart catch low down.
15 mins - GOAL! Emmanuel-Thomas runs at Taylor before passing square to Martin inside the penalty area. O'Neil brings him down with a clumsy challenge and referee Pat Miller blows his whistle and points to the spot. Chopra strolls up and sends Jaaskelainen the wrong way. Ipswich lead.
14 mins - Vaz Te seeks out Taylor with a raking 40-yard pass. The No14 controls and then tries to find Cole in the middle, but his cross bounces too close to Loach, who collects. It's been an open game so far.
11 mins - Cole wins a flick-on to himself before finding Maiga. He gets past Edwards and crosses low, but Chambers clears for a throw. From it, Cole finds Potts, who wins a corner as his cross flicks off Edwards. It comes to nothing initially as Noble's cross is headed clear. Maiga keeps the ball alive and Taylor finds Potts in space. He crosses high towards Maiga, but Smith glances the ball away.
10 mins - Vaz Te shows no ill-effects as he pushes the ball into space behind Cresswell and races forward. Carson tracks his run and makes the sliding challenge to concede a throw. West Ham try to force an opening, but concede a free-kick for a foul instead...
9 mins - Vaz Te is felled inside the centre circle. He has the physio on for a while but is back on again after some treatment.
8 mins - Close again. Emmanuel-Thomas runs at Potts before clipping the pass back to the supporting Edwards. The Trinidad and Tobago man again crosses low and Chopra dummies. The ball hits Collins before the Welshman boots the ball clear.
7 mins - Ipswich come again and this time Collins' tackle is ill-timed. Free-kick. Emmanuel-Thomas fancies this one from just over 25 yards. He steps up and curls his shot a few yards over the top. West Ham have not settled yet.
6 mins - James Collins is back! Ginge wins a header but nods it straight to Luongo. The home fans encourage the Tottenham loanee to shoot. He does, but Collins makes a thunderous block to clear.
4 mins - Ipswich having the majority of possession so far and they work an opening well down their right. Full-back Edwards is a former winger and shows his quality by whipping in a low cross that Chopra meets at the near post. He shoots first-time and the ball flies wide. Decent chance.
2 mins - Maiga is up front with Cole. Vaz Te is playing wide right in a 4-4-2 formation. Taylor is on the left. The rest are set out as you would expect. Reid is playing on the left of the two centre-backs.
3.02pm - O'Neil and Vaz Te get the game underway. The ball goes back to Potts, whose clearance is helped back into the West Ham half by Chopra. Reid heads out for a throw. Low-key start!
3pm - There is a decent crowd inside Portman Road for today's game and they are making some noise as the team lineups are read out. I'm afraid the low stand roof in front of me means I can't see how many West Ham supporters are here!
2.58pm - Here they come. West Ham are in claret and blue shirts, sky blue shorts and claret socks and are captained this afternoon by Mark Noble. Noble is sporting lime green boots, while Gary O'Neil has yellow footwear on. Very flash, but perhaps not as flash as Matt Taylor and Ricardo Vaz Te's PINK boots!
2.55pm - OK, the sun is out after a recent cloudburst and the two teams should be with us soon. I'm looking forward to seeing Maiga in action this afternoon, and of course to seeing the Reid/Collins combination at the heart of the back four. Big Sam will want West Ham to put on a show today, with just a fortnight to go until the big kick-off.
2.50pm - OK, we have the Ipswich lineup and substitutes...
Ipswich Town: Loach, Edwards, Cresswell, Chambers, Smith, Hyam, Carson, Luongo, Emmanuel-Thomas, Martin, Chopra
Subs: Lee-Barrett, Murray, Ainsley, Delaney, Kourouma, Lawrence, Whight
2.15pm - Just to clarify, Kevin Nolan is missing today as he continues his treatment for a minor toe injury, while George McCartney has a slight back problem. Jack Collison is back in full training, but this game has come just too soon for him. James Tomkins and Mohamed Diame are both on Olympic Games duty.
1.55pm - OK, we have the West Ham team news. Modibo Maiga starts, as does James Collins, while there are places on the bench for George Moncur, Sebastian Lletget and Matthias Fanimo. Raphael Spiegel has travelled with the squad for experience, but Stephen Henderson is the substitute goalkeeper.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, Potts, O'Neil, Noble, Taylor, Vaz Te, Maiga, Cole
Subs: Henderson, O'Brien, Moncur, Lletget, Fanimo, Maynard
Good afternoon and welcome to Suffolk for today's pre-season match between npower Championship side Ipswich Town and West Ham United.
The Hammers have ventured up the A12 for their penultimate pre-season fixture ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season, which begins with the visit of Aston Villa to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday 18 August. Don't forget that tickets are selling fast for the season opener - to make sure of your seat, buy a Season Ticket or match ticket today!
Manager Sam Allardyce and his players will be determined to get one over the Tractor Boys after suffering home and away defeats by Paul Jewell's team last season - including a shock 5-1 reverse here at Portman Road in January.
Big Sam has a squad combining youth and experience at his disposal, with new signings Modibo Maiga and Raphael Spiegel hoping to make their maiden first-team appearances on UK soil. The manager has also included young professionals Dan Potts, George Moncur and Sebastian Lletget in his squad in the absence of the injured George McCartney and Kevin Nolan and Jack Collison, who has only recently returned to full training.
For the hosts, former West Ham Academy player Jimmy Bullard needs no introduction to Hammers fans, while Ipswich will also have new signings Scott Loach and Luke Chambers on duty.Chambers, you might remember, scored an own-goal for West Ham in their 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest last August!
The team news should be in at around 2pm and will be announced first on the club's official twitter account.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen (Henderson 79), Demel, Reid, Collins, Potts (O'Brien 46), O'Neil (Moncur 77), Noble, Taylor, Vaz Te, Maiga (Maynard 61), Cole (Fanimo 74)
Sub not used: Lletget