WEST HAM UNITED v DONCASTER ROVERS
SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2012
Final score - West Ham United 1-1 Doncaster Rovers
94 mins - The game is over. It's another home draw for West Ham - their third in succession. They are still second in the table, but now only on goal difference from Reading. Southampton's win over Barnsley puts them three points clear at the top.
93 mins - Noble lofts the ball to the far post and it's headed back into the danger zone before being flicked on to Collison about 14 yards out in the centre of the goal. He takes a touch and shoots wide.
92 mins - Baldock is blocked as he tries to get on the end of Tomkins' pass. Free-kick to West Ham about 35 yards out. Taylor wants to take it initially but Noble stands over the ball.
91 mins - We will have at least four added minutes. Cole starts them by lofting a through ball for Baldock that is behind the No7 and through to Ikeme.
90 mins - Time is running out to find a winner but West Ham do have a corner conceded by Chimbonda on the slide. Noble to take... Tomkins wins it at the far post but his header is caught by Ikeme.
88 mins - Tomkins is voted Man of the Match by Renault Retail Group.
87 mins - It's not happening. Tomkins' diagonal is too strong for Taylor. Goal kick.
85 mins - There are 34,650 fans in the ground today and a lot of them will be really frustrated at present. Cole spins and shoots but it's blocked.
84 mins - This is not enjoyable to watch. Chimbonda has acres of space on the right and he crosses low for Diouf. He shoots first-time but Green makes a fantastic save. Diouf's corner is high and Green makes the catch.
83 mins - Another home draw is definitely not what the doctor ordered. There is still time for West Ham to find a winner, but they haven't worked Ikeme since half-time.
80 mins - Nolan is replaced by Collins. Collins will go to left-back, with Taylor moving forward. It's 4-4-2 with Baldock partnering Cole in attack.
78 mins - Noble's corner is too deep and West Ham can only concede a goal kick. Collins is called back and will come on shortly. Faye is penalised for a foul.
77 mins - McCartney crosses left-footed but the ball goes past Cole via a deflection. Baldock elects to keep it in but Taylor can only head wide.
76 mins - West Ham are all over the place. Green makes a save from Coppinger, but thankfully he is offside.
75 mins - This is a ridiculous. Diouf is injured celebrating the goal! After two minutes of messing about, Martis is replaced by Sam Hird.
73 mins - GOAL! A loose ball goes backwards off a West Ham boot and Doncaster have three-on-two. The cross is deep and eludes Tomkins and Green. Gillett gets a boot to it and the ball stays inside the six-yard box long enough for Coppinger to finish from close-range.
73 mins - This is on a knife-edge. Diouf and Coppinger combine down the right and the captain gets into the box. Nolan shields the ball back to Green.
71 mins - Taylor sweeps the ball down the left and Cole chases. Beye can only head behind for a corner. Noble's corner is to the near post and cleared. Tomkins receives a pass and finds O'Neil. He plays the ball left for Baldock 20 yards from goal, but his attempted one-two is cut out.
69 mins - Say what you will about Diouf but he is still a good player. Coppinger crosses after another prompting run and pass from the Rovers captain. Diouf is there himself, but his header bounces well wide from the penalty spot.
66 mins - A moment of panic as Coppinger's cross is allowed to bounce. Green wants to collect but Tomkins takes control of the situation, heading clear of the six-yard box before clearing down the line.
65 mins - West Ham have some possession and the crowd respond positively. A second goal would kill this off, but it's a question of opening up a determined Doncaster rearguard.
63 mins - O'Neil tries a difficult through ball for Nolan but it's too strong. It is a bit frustrating to watch at present as the Hammers try to find some tempo. Meanwhile, at 1-0, Doncaster still know they can get back into this.
61 mins - Oster replaces Bagayoko. Diouf goes up front.
59 mins - Doncaster are going to bring on John Oster shortly.
58 mins - Southampton are 2-0 up... Back here, Taylor has space down the left to come forward. He crosses but Ikeme makes a decent catch at the far post. Doncaster break and Bagayoko has a heading chance of his own from Bennett's cross, but he makes a mess of it and the ball loops well wide.
57 mins - Nolan is fouled. Noble lofts the free-kick in from near halfway and Cole's looping header clears the bar by a yard. O'Neil replaces Lansbury.
56 mins - Cole wins the header from Green's goal kick but it eludes Nolan and is through to Ikeme. West Ham need a spell of pressure to get their confidence back. The crowd urge them on. O'Neil is coming on shortly.
53 mins - West Ham are rocking. Barnes' volley is blocked before Beye gets in behind Taylor. Green saves with his legs at the near post and the ball goes behind for another corner. Diouf works it well and crosses but Cole is there to head clear. Worrying times...
52 mins - It's not happening for West Ham since the break. Doncaster attack again and Noble stabs the ball behind for a corner. Diouf will take it.
49 mins - Rovers come forward down their right and Diouf. He is taken out by a sliding Noble. Diouf crosses the free-kick and Barnes wins it again, but he glances the header wide.
47 mins - No changes from either manager at the break. McCartney collects a pass from Noble and makes 30 yards before finding Collison. He cuts inside but his cross is behind Cole and Rovers clear through Chimbonda.
46 mins - West Ham kick-off. Taylor launches the ball long down the left but it skips off the turf ahead of Nolan and behind for a goal kick.
Half-time score - West Ham United 1-0 Doncaster Rovers
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47 mins - The half-time whistle is blown and the home side are applauded off. Nolan's early goal put the Hammers in charge, but they have yet to build on a fast start. Doncaster have threatened sporadically, but West Ham will feel a second goal would end the Rovers challenge.
46 mins - Into the two added minutes and West Ham have a throw inside the Doncaster half. It's wasted, though.
45 mins - Adam Lallana has put Southampton in front against Barnsley as Nolan wins a corner off Chimbonda. Noble takes the corner short to Collison. He crosses and the ball flicks off a Doncaster head. As Tomkins challenges at the far post, the ball appears to hit an arm. Appeals for a penalty are turned down. Instead, Mr D'Urso gives a goal kick.
43 mins - Faye controls Noble's corner and lays it back to Collison. He shoots first-time but he is off-target with the effort.
42 mins - Faye picks out Baldock's run with a superb 50-yard pass. He chests down and is in behind Chimbonda, but the full-back recovers to deflect the cross behind for a corner.
41 mins - Martis fouls Cole from Green's goal kick. Taylor lines it up from all of 35 yards and catches it well, but the ball swerves and dips a couple of yards over the top.
39 mins - Nolan and Diouf involved again as the goalscorer brings down the Rovers forward on halfway. Diouf takes and Cole clears but Doncaster come again. Diouf checks and beats Collison. He crosses from the left and Barnes heads high and over the top.
37 mins - Diouf challenges Nolan and forces his opposite number to concede a corner. Diouf's initial delivery is cleared. He crosses again and Nolan heads out for a throw on the far side. The Rovers fans are singing, but Green makes a catch from a flick-on.
36 mins - Elsewhere, Reading lead Leicester City 1-0, but Southampton are being held goalless by Barnsley.
33 mins - West Ham have gone off the boil a bit and Rovers sense they can get back into this. Gillett shoots from 25 yards and Green has to dive to his left to push the ball around the post for a corner. Diouf takes and Green catches.
29 mins - The initial Noble corner is headed clear to Collison. He lofts the ball in left-footed and Tomkins wins the header. Nolan challenges Chimbonda and is penalised for a foul.
28 mins - Nolan is caught in the head by a stray boot by Gillett. No foul given by Mr D'Urso, but Nolan needs the physio on. He is soon back on and will be in the box as Baldock wins a corner from Chimbonda.
26 mins - Morrison goes out to warm-up and gets a round of applause from the fans in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower. He responds with a clap of his own for the supporters.
25 mins - Doncaster have some possession and work the ball left and right before Gillett collects. He shoots from 25 yards but it's too high. Goal kick. Baldock comes on.
23 mins - Vaz Te's race is run. It won't be O'Neil who is coming on. Sam Baldock has got the nod and sprints back to the bench to get ready. Vaz Te goes straight down the tunnel and West Ham are down to ten for the moment.
22 mins - Vaz Te has done something to his hamstring. He goes down and signals to the bench. Gary O'Neil is walking back to the bench so it may be him who would come on if the winger cannot continue.
21 mins - Vaz Te might have picked up a knock. Meanwhile, Lansbury feeds Tomkins and the centre-back strides forward before letting fly from 30 yards, but he slices his effort into the stand and falls over.
19 mins - Lansbury does well against Bennett and brings the ball forward before lofting it left for Cole. He lays it back to Vaz Te. The No12 comes forward and ignores the run of Collison before shooting from 30 yards. It is blocked.
17 mins - Diouf attacks down the Rovers right before playing to the overlapping Chimbonda. He crosses for Bagayoko to attack, but Green makes a fine high catch.
16 mins - So, Kevin Nolan has scored home and away against Doncaster this season, opening the scoring in both games. That finish was the captain's ninth of the season and second in three games since his return from a three-match ban.
14 mins - Vaz Te does well again, spinning away from his marker and slotting a diagonal ball inside for Noble. He holds on to the ball just too long and Cole is caught offside. A first-time pass and Cole could have been through.
12 mins - West Ham are controlling the game almost completely. If they can get a second goal, the match could be all but over. Vaz Te is having loads of joy down the West Ham left against Chimbonda.
9 mins - GOAL! It had to come. Lansbury's shot is blocked and the ball spins to the left edge of the box for Vaz Te. He delivers a fantastic cross and Tomkins heads down. Ikeme saves but the ball squirms along the line. Cole tries to apply the finish but the ball is blocked sideways to Nolan, who converts from about a yard.
8 mins - Another chance. This time Vaz Te does well wide right and then slots the ball back for Lansbury, who dummies. Cole collects and spins away from Martis, only to mis-hit his shot from ten yards.
6 mins - How is that not a foul? Vaz Te beats a man in midfield and is then surely taken out by Martis, but nothing is given by Mr D'Urso. Ikeme collects.
5 mins - The ball bounces wide to the West Ham left and then the cross is delivered but it's too high. Great start from the Hammers, but they'll want a goal to reward their domination.
4 mins - McCartney wins a powerful header and is felled by Bennett. The free-kick is down the right touchline and Collison gets a foot to it and guides the ball back inside for Cole. He shoots first-time with his left foot and the ball cannons back off the crossbar!
3 mins - Good work from Nolan down the left as he challenges Chimbonda, but the ball rolls behind for a goal kick. 4-3-3 from Big Sam with Collison and Vaz Te supporting Cole.
2 mins - That was a cracking finish past Ikeme by Vaz Te. So far, Doncaster have been reduced to punting the ball clear.
10 seconds - West Ham have the ball in the net through Vaz Te after the winger had latched on to Nolan's superb through ball, but referee Andy D'Urso blows for a foul on Chimbonda by the No12. There was contact, but was it a foul?
3.02pm - Doncaster kick-off...
3pm - The captains shake hands and we're going to swap ends. West Ham will attack the Bobby Moore Stand end of the stadium. Doncaster, as is the fashion these days, have a huddle.
2.59pm - There is a very, very good-sized crowd inside the stadium this afternoon, complemented by 700 travelling Doncaster fans. The last time Doncaster played here, Harold MacMillan was Prime Minister!
2.57pm - 'Bubbles' starts and we're nearly ready to go as the two teams emerge from the tunnel led by captains Nolan and Diouf. Needless to say, West Ham need to win this afternoon.
2.56pm - Nice to see Morrison, Maynard and Baldock signing autographs for supporters before taking their seats on the bench.
2.53pm - The atmosphere is building inside the stadium on what has turned into a very pleasant day in the East End. The sun is shining and it's warm enough to dispense with jackets this afternoon. The bubble machines are on and the sprinklers are giving the pitch a late dusting of water before kick-off.
2.50pm - It is Kids for a Quid here at the Boleyn this afternoon and the cheers as the team is read out are decidedly high-pitched! Mark Noble and new boy Ravel Morrison both get a particularly loud cheer.
2.45pm - Elsewhere this afternoon, a number of loanees are either ill or injured so will not feature for their respective clubs - Marek Stech, Peter Kurucz, Cristian Montano and George Moncur are all out. However, Olly Lee starts for Gillingham against Crewe Alexandra in npower League Two, while Freddie Sears is on the bench for Colchester United in League One.
2.30pm - Good news from elsewhere as Coventry City have held Birmingham City to a 1-1 draw at the Ricoh Arena. After their FA Cup replay in midweek, Birmingham's have a game in-hand on the Hammers, but they are now nine points behind West Ham having played the same number of points as things stand.
2.10pm - Matthias Fanimo scored the only goal of the game as the Under-18s scored a 1-0 FA Premier Academy League inter-group win at Cardiff City earlier today. The result keeps the Hammers in with an outside chance of winning the Group A title.
2.05pm - The team news is in. Big Sam has made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Watford on Wednesday. Henri Lansbury, Jack Collison and Ricardo Vaz Te return, with Joey O'Brien, Julien Faubert and Nicky Maynard missing out. George McCartney will play at right-back. New signing Danny Collins is on the bench, as is Ravel Morrison for the first time. Doncaster include former Hammer Herita Ilunga among their substitutes.
West Ham United: Green, McCartney, Tomkins, Faye, Taylor, Noble, Lansbury, Nolan, Collison, Vaz Te, Cole
Subs: Collins, O'Neil, Morrison, Baldock, Maynard
Doncaster Rovers: Ikeme, Chimbonda, Beye, Martis, Spurr, Coppinger, Bennett, Barnes, Gillett, Diouf, Bagayoko
Subs; Hird, Ilunga, Oster, Robert, Hayter
Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for the npower Championship visit of Doncaster Rovers.
If you are nearby, tickets are still available for this afternoon's game! The Alpari Stand Ticket Office is open now, while the Trinity Road Ticket Office will be open at 1.30pm. It's Kids for a Quid, so get yourself down to the stadium now!
West Ham United can go top of the table if they better Southampton's result at home to Barnsley, while three points could also open up a welcome gap on third-place Reading, who host Leicester City.
Doncaster are making their first visit to east London for more than 44 years. Rovers last came to the Boleyn Ground on 19 October 1957, when a Vic Keeble goal earned West Ham a 1-1 Division Two draw in front of 20,000 spectators. The Hammers ended the 1957/58 by being promoted to the top-flight as champions.
West Ham tasted victory in the reverse fixture this season, with captain Kevin Nolan scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at the Keepmoat Stadium back on 13 August 2011.
Today, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has a few injury concerns to deal with. Winston Reid (head) is definitely out, as are Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Guy Demel (thigh). John Carew and Rob Hall returned to full training this week, while loan signing from Stoke City Danny Collins is in line for his debut.
For Doncaster, left-back Tommy Spurr was forced off injured at Nottingham Forest in midweek and could be replaced by former West Ham man Herita Ilunga, who rejoined Rovers on Friday. However, on-loan West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne is ineligible.
The team news will be confirmed at 2pm and posted first on the club's official twitter feed.o