FT - West Brom 2-1 Development Squad

FT: West Brom 2-1 Development Squad

And that's the final whistle! Somehow the Dev Squad have lost a game they looked best in for large parts of the match. Reaction to follow. 

90: The Dev Squad are desperate to find an equaliser. First Jordan Brown and then Elliot Lee go inches wide. Somehow it stays out. 

88: Goal for the Baggies. Kyle Howkins pops up in the six yard box to role it home. 

80: West Ham really plying the pressure now. Lee then Lanzini both go close before Cullen stings Ross' palms. Leo Chambers goes close with a header from six yards. 

71: Lanzini hits a rasping drive which has Ross scrambling to tip over. 

66: GOAL for the Hammers. Elliot Lee equalises as he heads home Cullen's inswinging corner. 1-1. Game on. Jordan Brown comes in place of Samuelsen. 

57: Parfitt-Williams tries his luck from 25, 30 yards but Ross makes the save look easier than it was. Ezewele is off for Kyle Howkins. 

54: Lanzini's free-kick skims the top of the wall and out for corner. The cross is a poor one and cleared from danger. 

52: Shear determination from Lee almost pays off as he barges through two West Brom defenders. His shot is smothered and Ross gathers. 

: The Hammers have started the second half brightly. Lanzini's pace is causing a few problems. 

46: We're back under way. Robbie McCourt is on for Sebastian Pocognoli. Can the Hammers find an equaliser?:

HT: Half-time here at West Brom's Training Ground, Adil Nabi's free-kick seperates the two sides. 

42: Elliot Lee strikes a free-kick from just outside the area, it falls narrowly over. Samuelsen goes close seconds later after dainty footwork. 

39: Speaking of Cullen, he almost equalises from a corner, despite his stature he rises highest and plants a firm header goalbound. Elliot Lee is inches away from connecting to the bouncing ball. 

35: Josh Cullen is constantly trying to rally his players, not only a joy to watch with his passion and desire but also a superb leader. 

29: The Hammers responding well to going a goal behind, plenty of energy and industry but little by way of clear cut chances. 

24: Goal for the Baggies. Adil Nabi is tripped on the edge of the box by Parfitt-Williams, he dusts himself down before tucking the free-kick past Tim Brown. 0-1. 

22: Another chance for the Irons, Parfitt-Williams' ball from the right just evades Lee in the middle, Hendrie swings a boot at it but an excellent block from Jack Fitzwater clears the danger. 

19: Stephen Hendrie has been impressive so far, he's a real outlet down this left-side. Excellent range of passing so far too. 

15: However the Baggies respond through Adil Nabi who curls a shot just wide of the far post from the edge of the box. 

13: The visitors are continuing to control possession, Leo Chambers looks like he's never been away as he is leading his side manfully.

7: Impressive tempo to the start of this game, the Hammers have hit the ground running. Lanzini tries his luck from distance after good work from Samuelsen. Seconds later, Lanzini has a free kick 25 yards out, again Samuelsen's pace providing a problem as he is felled.  

3: Elliot Lee goes close with the first chance of the match, he fires goalward forcing Ethan Ross into a good save. 

1: Josh Cullen wins the toss and the Hammers get us underway

Josh Cullen captains the side alongside Diego Poyet in the middle of the park, an attacking trio of Martin Samuelsen, Manuel Lanzini and Djair Parfitt-Williams should offer plenty of pace and creativity for Elliot Lee upfront.  

Much like the first team, the Hammers are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. There's a welcome return to action for Leo Chambers who's been out for the best part of 18 months through injury, he'll partner Reece Burke in the centre of defence. 

Today's hosts on the other hand got their season off to a terrific start last week with a 2-1 win away at Swansea City, brothers Samir and Adil with a goal each, they both start today. 

Nine of the starting XI have been involved in first team action already this season, while Stephen Hendrie, recovering from a niggle, and youngster Tim Brown make their competitive debuts for the Dev Squad.  

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Development Squad's first Barclays Under 21 Premier League Division Two game of the season! As you can see below, Academy Manager Terry Westley has named a strong starting XI...

West Bromwich Albion: Ross (GK), Ezewele, Pocognoli, O'Neil, Fitzwater, Donnellan, Leko, S. Nabi, Roberts, A. Nabi, Edwards
Subs: Ward, Hall, Cleet, Howkins, McCourt

West Ham United: T. Brown (GK), Knoyle, Hendrie, Poyet, Chambers, Burke, Samuelsen, Cullen (C), Lee, Lanzini, Parfitt-Williams. 
Subs: Onariase, Boness (GK), Mavila, J. Brown, Hector-Ingram