Highlights - West Ham United PL2 1-1 Blackburn Rovers


FT: It's all over here at there CCS. 1-1 the final score - Martin Samuelsen put the Hammers in front with a great finish before Lewis Hardcastle easily on the half hour mark with a brilliant free-kick. The home side probably just shaded the second half but couldn't find that winner. Final score: West Ham United PL2 1-1 Blackburn Rovers.

90+2: Chance for WH here. Great feet by Samuelsen draws a foul on the left and the Hammers have a chance to put the ball in the box. 1-1

90: Diangana goes down in the area, adamant he was pulled to the ground. No pen and three minutes added. 1-1

89: Sylvestre puts in a brilliant last ditch tackle to deny the Rovers winger. 1-1

87: Mahoney sends a great corner in from Rovers but it evades everyone in the box. 1-1

85: Another sub for Rovers. Towering striker Mansell is replaced by Callum Hendry. 1-1 still.

80: Sub for Rovers. Thomson is replaced by Rittenburg. 1-1

78: Not long left now for either of these sides to find the winner. Diangana tries to fashion an opening but his shot is blocked over for a corner. 1-1

73: As I type, Nyambe breaks clear but skews his shot well wide. The Rovers right-back has been their main threat in this second half. 1-1

72: Not as many chances in this half as there was in the first. Blackburn have hardly threatened with the Hammers looking the more threatening. 1-1

69: Fletcher breaks clear and threads a brilliant ball through to Ford. The linesman flags for offside pretty late - the sub thought he was clear. 1-1

66: The rain has stopped but the pitch has become very slippery and it's making the players pay extra attention to their first touch and control. 1-1

63: Could be more hamstring issues for the Hammers here. Calleri has just walked off clutching his. They've had no luck so far this evening. Sam Ford will come on. 1-1

59: Sub for the Hammers, their second of the evening. Diangana replaces Parfitt-Williams. 1-1

57: Samuelsen again trying to create. He darts inside two players and pulls the ball back, only for it to fall to a Blackburn player to clear. 1-1

53: Brilliant again from Samuelsen. A weaving run earns himself some space just inside the box and he forces a great save from Fisher. 1-1

51: Good play by the Hammers. Samuelsen has a shot blocked and the corner is headed towards goal by Pike. Callers tries an overhead kick but it's saved well by Fisher. 1-1

47: No changes at the break. Just the one in the first half with Rosa replacing the injured Pask. 1-1

46: We're back underway at the Chigwell Construction Stadium!

HALF-TIME: Hammers 1-1 Rovers. Samuelsen's early goal cancelled out by Hardcastle.

45: 2 minutes added by the fourth official. No real chances to report over the last five minutes. The midfield battle is intense. 1-1

44: We just had and absolute deluge here but it's not affecting the game one bit. Some great football being played by both sides. 1-1

40: Nyambe sends a great cross into the area but it;s brilliantly cleared by Sylvestre under his own crossbar. 1-1

37: Captain Platt rises at the back post and can only header just wide. 1-1

36: Doesn't look good here for Pask. He chases back brilliantly to block off Mansell's skill but goes down clutching his hamstring. He's coming off with 16-year-old Bernado Rosa coming on for his PL2 debut. He only made his U18 debut at the weekend as well!! 1-1

34: Excuse the pun, but it's Hammering down at the CCS. It's still a terrific game, mind. End to end stuff here and great entertainment. The Hammers have responded well to being pegged back. 1-1

31: Corner for West Ham swung in brilliantly by Samuelsen. Caller's header is goal bound but held brilliantly by Fisher. 1-1

30: At the other end, Samuelsen can't quite get his contact right with a Calleri cross. Good response by the boys! 1-1

28: Goal for Rovers. Hardcastle curls the resulting free-kick into the bottom corner. Nicely done by the Rovers' No10 and Howes could do nothing about the strike. 1-1

26: Howes handles the ball just outside the edge of the box - very unlucky there but he was a yard out and Rovers have a free-kick just inside the D. Yellow for the Hammers keeper. 1-0

25: The corner is swung in and Mansell rises highest but his header is blocked. The Rovers bench want a penalty for handball - not given. 1-0

24: Pike puts in a terrific block and the Hammers have to defend another corner here with one of the Rovers players down receiving treatment. 1-0

21: Nyambe gets to a crossing position and Westley does well to chase back and block. The following corner is punched clear by Howes. 1-0

19: The Hammers have tried to implement their passing style over the last few minutes. They look comfortable at the moment and a real threat up top. 1-0

14: The Hammers do well to defend a dangerous free-kick. Rovers are a big side, especially with Mansell up top - it'll be a stern test of Pike, Pask and co this evening. 1-0

12: Pask does brilliantly to block a powerful effort from Mansell. The defender it slightly winded but is back up. 1-0

11: Danger for the Hammers. Mahoney nicks the ball off Pask but the Gillingham loanee does excellently to race back and block the cross. 1-0

10: The Hammers are well on top in the early stages. Fletcher gets to the byline and fizzes an excellent ball across the face of goal, but no one was there to tap the ball home. 1-0

7: GOALLL! Lovely move by the Hammers to break the deadlock. Calleri crosses for Fletcher who lays it back to Samuelsen. The winger caresses the ball brilliantly past Fisher. 1-0! 

5: Good play by Samuelsen to disposess Nyambe but Fletcher can't quite latch on to the loose ball. Keeper gathers. 0-0

KO: We're underway at the CCS, with the Hammers lining up in a 4-4-2 formation. Samuelson on the left, Parfitt-Williams on the right, with Calleri and Fletcher up top. 0-0

6.55pm: The teams are out. We're almost ready to go and the rain has pretty much stopped! Perfect timing! COYI!

6.45pm: We're around 15 minutes from kick-off at the CCS. Remember entrance tonight is free for season ticket holders, so it's not too late to head to Dagenham for some free football! 

6.20pm: So a number of changes tonight, bearing in mind tomorrow night's FA Youth Cup tie with Stoke City. Martin Samuelsen briefly returns from his loan again this evening, along with Josh Pask, who has been on loan at Gillingham this year. Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher also return with Toni Martinez still out injured and Marcus Browne suspended. The Hammers will go into tonight as favourites and hopefully they can make it three out of three in the league!

West Ham XI: Howes, Eggleton, Pike, Pask (Rosa, 37), Westley; Makasi, Sylvestre; Parfitt-Williams (Diangana, 53), Calleri (Ford ), Samuelsen; Fletcher.

Subs not used: Matrevics (gk), Diangana, Gordon.

Goals: Samuelsen 7, 

Blackburn XI: Fisher, Nyambe, Doyle, Travis, Platt (c), Magloire, Mahoney, Rankin-Costello, Mansell, Hardcastle, Thomson (Rittenburg, 80).

Subs not used: Makinson, Powell, Mols, Hendry.

Goals: Hardcastle 28, 

6:00pm: Good evening and welcome to the Chigwell Construction Stadium for tonight's Premier League 2 match between West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers. The Hammers go into this one lying in third in PL2 Division 2 with their opponents currently seventh. Both sides are in contrasting form as well - the Hammers have won their last two in the league whereas Rovers have lost their last two. Team news to follow!