FT - Dev Squad 3-5 Bilbao Athletic



FT: Dev Squad 3-5 Bilbao Athletic

We'll have reaction in just a few moments.

FT: A hugely entertaining game ends as the visitors come away victorious, 5-3 winners. Defensive errors cost the Hammers in the first half but they rallied well in the second. 

92: GOAL! Athletic immediately go down the other end as Barco heads home for his second of the evening. 3-5.

91: GOAL! Only for Bywater to net a beauty down the other end with a curling shot from the edge of the box. 3-4.  

91: Goal! A crazy few minutes here at the BG! Garcia scores from the free-kick. 2-4... 

Athletic have an indirect free-kick after Spiegel handles a backpass.

86: The Athletic 'keeper is doing all he can to wind down the clock. There's some tired bodies out there now, anywhere will do for the Spanish defence.

84: Another stoppage in play as a Bilbao player receives treatment for cramp.

82: From another corner Pask rises highest, but his header is cleared off the line. The Hammers are getting closer!

81: Bywater has been superb since coming on. He's forced a corner which Onariase gets a header to.

79: The Hammers have got their tails up now. Parfitt-Williams rifles a volley just over the bar from the edge of the box. Into the final ten minutes, this is going to be close.

77: GOAL! Elliot Lee has worked tirelessly all night and is finally rewarded as he pounces on Pask's knock down from Bywater's free-kick. 2-3.

73: The visitors are doing a good job of keeping possesion. They're utilising the length of the pitch of well and making it hard for the Hammers to close the ball down effectively.

71: A moment of magic from Knoyle has he spins majestically on the ball, beating two men at once. He fires in a cross which the 'keeper gathers at the second attempt. The crowd enjoyed that one.

68: Matthias Fanimo and Jordon Brown are replaced by Moses Makasi and Kieran Bywater.

66: Prolonged stoppage in play after a nasty clash of heads between Pask and Urcelay. Play has now resumed.

63: Final substitution for Athletic as Urtzi Urcelay replaces Inigo Baque.

60: Bilbao are enjoying more of the ball in more dangerous areas so far in this second half. The Hammers are trying their best to force a comeback.

57: Again Athletic break. Spiegel is forced into another save, Pask is on hand to block the resulting rebound.

55: Substitution for Athletic. Gorka Iturraspe is replaced by No14 Martin Bengoa.

53: Manny Onariase fends off two Athletic players who are both left on the deck. Both players are fine but we could be in for a lot of injury time if this keeps up.

51: Good save from Spiegel. The ball is cut back across the six yard box to the ever threatening Barco. He connects well but Spiegel is equal to it.

49: The weather has cleared up considerably during the interval. This half will be determined by who can keep hold of posession better.

48: Knoyle is penalised for what looked to be a perfectly good challenge. The resulting cross is cleared.

46: We're back under way here at the Boleyn. A big second needed from the Hammers!

HT: Bilbao have been clinical in their finishing so far, however the scoreline does not reflect the chances the Hammers have had. A few defensive errors have cost the hosts dearly.

46: Fanimo drives a forceful cross into the box for Brown who smashes it against Perez for a corner.

44: Iriondo goes into the book for a cynical challenge on Knoyle. The right-back was flying down the wing until the Spaniard cut him down.

43: Jordan Brown wins a free-kick after superb hold up play. Fanimo's delievery is overhit slightly and out of play.

41: Athletic should be 4-1 up. Garcia has the freedom of the Boleyn Ground, but he takes too long on the shot which is scrambled clear. How did he miss?

37: Tackles are flying in now. Elliot Lee ends up in the referee's book after going for a 50/50 challenge, his momentum on a wet pitch made the challenge look a lot worse than it was.

33: Goal! Iriondo's shot takes a big deflection off Onariase and passed Spiegel into the net. 1-3.  

32: Danny Whitehead breaks the offside trap and is through on goal however the ball skids off the turf and races away from the midfielder.

30: Two penalty appeals turned down as Lee and then Fanimo are bodychecked inside the area. You've seen them been given before!

27: West Ham have been the better side on the ball, however Bilbao are looking very threatening on the counter-attack.

25: The Hammers should be level! Lletget finds Brown with a wonderful through ball. Brown then plays in Lee who finds Fanimo six yards out. He shoots but the 'keeper smothers it somehow.

21: Goal! 1-2 Bilbao. The Spanish side reply almost immediately through Seguin's free-kick. His delievery evades everyone and nestles into the far corner. 1-2.

19: GOAL! Good work from Lewis Page as he gets to the by-line. His deep cross finds Fanimo who beats his man and fires a vicious shot across goal. His shot is deflected and in. 1-1.

17: Superb sliding tackle from Josh Pask to deny Barco. He came out of nowhere to put in a fantastic last ditch tackle. He then rises highest to clear the resulting header. Excellent work from the youngster.

15: Djair Parfitt-Williams hits the post from a tight angle after a wonderful through ball from Danny Whitehead.

12: Bilbao seemed to have settled well. They carve a chance for No9 Barco who heads over after good pressure from Lewis Page.

10: Despite being a goal down, the Hammers have been the better team in the first ten minutes. However they don't have anything to show for efforts.

7: The Hammers work a good opening. Elliot Lee and Jordon Brown combine well to release Matthias Fanimo on the right-hand side. His placed shot goes narrowly wide.

6: The torrential rain is certainly not helping either team. The ball is skidding of the surface, making passing extremely difficult.

4: The Hammers have responded well to the early set back putting the Bilbao defence under pressure. Good work from Djair Parfitt-Williams forces a good clearance from Iriondo.

2: Goal! Not the start the Hammers had in mind. A defensive mix up allows Jorge Luis Garcia to roll the ball home into an empty net.

0: Frantic start to he game as West Ham kick-off proceedings.

We're all set to kick-off, pre-match photos and handshakes are being completed. A little bit of history is about to kick-off.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is in attendance this evening. A great opportunity for all the young players to show him what they can do.

We're just 15 minutes away from kick-off here at the BG. COYI!

What makes Athletic unique is the fact they only sign players from the Basque region of Spain and France, this policy is known as Cantera. With a population of just over two million, it is remarkable how successful they are. In other words, it is the equivalent of Manchester City relying solely on Lancashire-born players.

The Hammers will need to be wary of the outstanding talent Mikel Vesga Arruti. The 20-year-old midfielder has impressed since signing from Alaves, featuring in seven of the first eight league games this season. Santander-born Jorge Luis Garcia Salmon also poses a threat, the tough tackling midfielder has been booked in every game he's played this season.

Finally, Aitor Seguin Cid is another player to look out for. At 19 years old, the highly rated midfielder is already knocking on the door of the first team.

Last season Bilbao finished fifth, narrowly missing out on the Play-off qualification places by a single point. After eight league games so far this season, Bilbao find themselves eighth with 12 points, having won and lost four games.

While their form has been erratic, they have the best goal difference in the league as well as securing a 1-0 win over Real Madrid II which suggests they are better than their league position suggests.

There's been a last minute change to the West Ham bench as Danny Boness replaces Tim Brown.

Kick-off is just 30 minutes with both teams out warming up.

Bilbao Athletic: Remiro, Exteberria, Iriondo, Perez, Arteta, Vesga, Baque, Iturraspe, Barco, Garcia, Seguin
Subs: Urcelay, Oleaga, Bengoa. Corral, Guruzeta, Aguirrezabala

West Ham United
: Spiegel, Knoyle, Page, Whitehead, Onariase, Pask, Fanimo, Lletget, J. Brown, Lee, Parfitt-Williams
Subs: Makasi, Boness, Nasha, Bywater, Akinola, Diangana

We'll have team news in just a moment...

An hour to go til kick-off here at the Boleyn Ground. Despite the rain, the Bilbao players have just been out on the pitch taking in their historic surroundings. Plenty of selfies being taken too.  

The other groups are as follows…

Group A: Chelsea, Norwich, Porto & Borussia Monchengladbach

Group C: Leicester City, Manchester City, Benfica & Schalke

Group D: Everton, Sunderland, Celtic & Villarreal

West Ham United are in Group B alongside Athletic Bilbao, Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven (Wednesday 19 November, Boleyn Ground) and fellow Londoners, Fulham (Friday 12 December, Rush Green).

Where BPLIC differs is the fact that half the teams are from England, as well as that all matches have to be played in England. Another difference is that all games are single-leg ties.

The BPLIC has a similar structure to the Champions League in the fact that there are groups of four teams from across Europe. The top two teams from each group will then progress to the knockout stages, starting at the quarter-final stages.

What is the Barclays Premier League International Cup match? I hear you cry, well, let us explain…

We have a small bit of football history for you tonight as it is the first Barclays Premier League International Cup match to be played ever.

Hello and welcome to tonight's coverage of the Development Squad v Bilbao Athletic. We'll have team news very shortly, as we build up to kick-off at 7pm.

West Ham United: Spiegel, Knoyle, Page, Whitehead, Onariase, Pask, Fanimo (Makasi 68), Lletget, J. Brown (Bywater 68), Lee, Parfitt-Williams
Subs: Makasi, Boness, Nasha, Bywater, Akinola, Diangana

Bilbao Athletic: Remiro, Exteberria, Iriondo, Perez, Arteta, Vesga, Baque, Iturraspe, Barco, Garcia, Seguin
Subs: Urcelay, Oleaga, Bengoa. Corral, Guruzeta, Aguirrezabala