DEVELOPMENT SQUAD v MIDDLESBROUGH
BARCLAYS U21 PREMIER LEAGUE
FRIDAY 28 MARCH 2014
Final score: West Ham United 2-1 Middlesbrough
FT: That's it and the Hammers see out the three minutes of injury time to seal their victory. Jordan Brown had a hand in both goals, scoring the first and then setting up the second after Lewis Sirrell had levelled for the visitors as they came into the game after half-time.
We'll have reaction from Nick Haycock to follow on whufc.com. Thanks for joining us this evening and we'll see you again on Monday when the first team take on Sunderland.
90: Boro win a corner down the right as the clock ticks over 90, but Tim Brown comes off his line to claim and relieve the pressure.
87: Just three minutes to go here and the Hammers have done well to come again after that strong period for Middlesbrough.
84: Before Boro can kick-off the Hammers make their second substitution of the evening, with Callum Driver coming on for Kyle Knoyle at right back. Meanwhile, the visitors replace Priestley Griffiths with Josef Wheatley.
83: GOAL! West Ham retake the lead. Jordan Brown shows good strength to receive the ball into his feet, turn, hold off his man and fire across goal for Kieran Sadlier to knock home from close range.
80: Ten to go here, the Hammers seem to have weathered the Boro storm. Can they push on and force a winner now?
79: Time for the visitors to make a change now as Junior Mondal enters the fray in place of Jordan Jones.
77: Nocerino's work for the evening is done as Danny Whitehead comes on to replace the Italy international.
75: It's all action now and Sirrell has another go, aiming for the top left corner with his shot from 20 yards, but Tim Brown reads it and gets across to pat down and gather.
74: Chance for the Hammers as the break and Jordan Brown finds himself through on goal all of a sudden. However, his final touch is too heavy and Leutwiler can race from his line to smother at the striker's feet as he enters the area.
73: Goalscorer Sirrell is on the hunt for a second and after his cross is headed clear by Potts, he collects the second ball and brings a save from Tim Brown with his right footed shot.
72: Middlesbrough have found another level of intensity to their game as they continue their search for a second. It looks as though space is opening up for Jordan Jones outside the box, but Harney reacts in time to charge down his shot.
67: The visitors are a whisker away from scoring an immediate second as they catch the Hammers dozing at a corner and Weledji can collect, turn and shoot. Fortunately for the Hammers, he can only hammer over the top. West Ham need to switch on.
66: Goal. Middlesbrough level it up as a free-kick comes in from the left and Lewis Sirrell gets across his man to flick a header home. 1-1.
64: That's not too far away for the visitors as Sirrell cuts in from the wing and unleashes a shot from 25 yards which takes a deflection and loops up and over the Hammers' bar. Tim Brown gets a little lost as the corner comes over, but it doesn't matter as his defence helps him out to clear.
62: Nocerino spreads play out to Sadlier in acres of space down the left flank. He takes on Halliday and beats the right back to give himself the opportunity to cross low. It's a teasing ball, but Brown isn't quite on the same wavelength as he pulls back to the six yard line and the ball travels through the six yard box.
60: Meling wins possession at left back and immediately passes into Jones' feet in the centre circle. He looks up and spots striker Fewster making the run, but he doesn't get the pass right and the ball runs through to Tim Brown in the Hammers goal.
58: Fanimo looks to have overrun it, but wins a free-kick from Meling. He delivers himself, but has definitely overdone it this time as the ball travels out for a goal kick.
54: Mix-up in the Boro defence and the Hammers almost profit. Meling nods over his goalkeeper Leutwiler, who had come off his line in a bid to deal with the danger. The keeper recovers however to prevent the ball from running out for a corner and the Hammers have to settle for a throw-in.
50: Close! Dan Potts wins a header on the edge of the box and the ball drops to Sadlier. He sees Harney steaming in to the left and lays off to the centre half who cracks an effort against the crossbar. Still 1-0 to West Ham.
47: Here's a pic of the moment Jordan Brown fired the Hammers into their lead. Let's hope they can build on it after the break.
46: We're back underway for the second period. No changes for either team.
HT: The referee whistles for half-time and the Hammers take their lead into the break. Jordan Brown scored the only goal so far, a neat finish into the bottom right hand corner to notch his third goal of the week for the Dev Squad. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half.
44: But the visitors maintain their pressure and Sirrell wins a corner off Makasi. It's a good delivery too, but Burke is vigilant to flick the ball away from Weledji, who made a decent run towards the back stick.
43: Boro enjoy their best spell of possession to date but Cullen nips in on the right to win the ball back and ensure a dangerous move comes to nought.
38: There's a break in play as Boro defender Burn receives treatment. I think he was clattered by his own keeper as he punched out a Nocerino free kick. He's ok to continue though and we're back underway.
37: Nocerino and Brown combine once more to feed the ball to Sadlier down the left. He looks set to take on Halliday, but take a heavy touch at the wrong moment and the Boro man can slide in to tackle.
35: More incisive play from the Hammers as Potts knocks the ball forward and Sadlier pokes through to Brown, who flashes a shot wide of the far post.
34: The Hammers keep the pressure on by winning a couple of corners down the Boro left and from the second Harney rises well to meet Fanimo's delivery, but heads wide of the mark as he stretches for it.
32: Nocerino gets it right on this occasion though and his delightful clipped ball picks out Brown who nips in front of Leutwiler to loft the ball over him, but Burn is in place to head clear before the ball can threaten the goal.
31: Nocerino nicks possession on the half-way line and looks for an immediate pass to release Jordan Brown. The Italian's radar is slightly off on this occassion though and centre back Weledji steps across to intercept.
28: A mistake from Halliday lets Sadlier collect possession and threaten to run in behind. The away right back does well to jockey and force the Hammers man to pass back to Nocerino, whose fierce effort is beaten away by Leutwiler.
27: Middlesbrough break and after Makasi and Maloney slide in for a 50-50, Kitching tries to slide in Fewster. Burke does well to cut out the pass and centre half partner Harney does equally well to block Sirrell's shot from range. Good defending from the Hammers.
26: It's West Ham's turn to win a corner as Fanimo's cross is blocked behind by Meling. He delivers himself, but goalkeeper Leutwiler gets a good fist on the ball to clear the danger for his side.
24: West Ham clear a second Boro corner by working the ball neatly downfield. Sadlier looks to make a run in behind his full back but Brown's through ball has too much juice on it and keeper Leutwiler can come out to collect.
23: Boro right winger Sirrell gets away down his flank and cuts a low ball back towards the penalty spot, but Cullen tracks back well from midfield and is able to clear the ball behind for a corner. The Hammers again stand firm to protect their lead.
20: West Ham push again and Fanimo retains possession well on the right before looking for Nocerino at the far post. The cross is cut out by a defender and Potts can't quite get it under control as he looks to pick up the pieces.
15: I should mention that Brown played a bigger role than just the finish in that goal, he received a pass from Nocerino in the left hand channel of the box and held it up well before laying off to Potts and haring back into the middle. Top forward play from the youngster.
14: GOAL! West Ham lead and it's Jordan Brown with the goal. Fresh from scoring twice in Monday's defeat at Arsenal he's notched again and it's a neat finish, placing the ball into the bottom right hand corner after Dan Potts is only partially cleared at the far post. Good start for West Ham.
13: The game has quietened down as it settles into a rhythm. Closely contested so far with Jones' effort for Boro the only shot of note.
9: Jordan Jones lets fly with a right footed shot from the angle in the left channel. It's arcing towards the top corner of the net, but Tim Brown sticks up a strong hand in the Hammers goal to block its route. Potts cleans up by nodding out for a corner which comes to nothing and it's still 0-0.
7: The Hammers are finding some joy attacking down MIddlesbrough's left hand side and Nocerino comes out better in a meaty block tackle with Halliday and looks to feed Cullen inside but his pass is cut out.
5: Sadlier gets the better of Halliday in his next chance to run at his man and wins a free kick on the edge of the box. Nocerino takes and goalkeeper Leutwiler beats away rather unconvincingly, but effectively enough to keep the ball out.
4: Middlesbrough break into Hammers territory for the first time and Bradley Fewster gets to the by-line before crossing low but Jamie Harney is there to blast the ball away and clear the danger.
2: The Hammers string some early passes together with Matthias Fanimo spreading play wide to Kieran Sadlier on the left. He looks to beat right back Bradley Halliday but it tackled and the move comes to an end.
7pm We're off and underway. Come on you Irons!
6.57pm Here come the team, the Hammers led by skipper Dan Potts. Middlesbrough will be in blue tonight, with West Ham wearing their traditional claret and blue.
6.55pm The teams have finished their warm-ups and are about to get underway as the Hammers look to re-ignite their push for the end of season play-offs.
6pm A very good evening to you from the Boleyn Ground for our live coverage of the Development Squad's Barclays Under-21 Premier League meeting with Middlesbrough.
Kick-off is less than an hour away and we'll be bringing you kick-by-kick commentary of the action right here.
Nick Haycock's men will be looking to bounce back from a 5-3 defeat at Arsenal on Monday and give their play-off hopes a boost.
Middlesbrough arrive in east London ten points behind the Hammers, so the home side will be going all out for victory.
They are bolstered by the presence of Italy international Antonio Nocerino and the full line-ups are:
West Ham United: Tim Brown, Kyle Knoyle, Dan Potts, Moses Makasi, Reece Burke, Jamie Harney, Matthias Fanimo, Antonio Nocerino, Jordan Brown, Josh Cullen, Kieran Sadlier
Subs: Nathan Mavila, Gines Guzman, Danny Whitehead, Callum Driver
Middlesbrough: Jayson Leutwiler, Bradley Halliday, Jonathan Burn, Kieran Weledji, Birger Meling, Priestley Griffiths, Jordan Jones, Lewis Maloney, Bradley Fewster, Mark Kitching, Lewis Sirrell
Subs: Jonathan Helm, Jordan Jowers, Josef Wheatley, Junior Mondal, Joseph Fryer