Highlights - West Brom 0-4 West Ham United PL2

West Bromwich Albion 0-4 West Ham United PL2

FT: So, with Blackburn drawing against Aston Villa, we leapfrog them into fifth, meaning we'll face Wolves away in the semi-final. Had Fulham not scored a late consolation at Wolves, we'd be making a third trip to Newcastle's St. James' Park... 

FT: That's how it's done! West Ham qualify for the Premier League 2 play-offs in style!

90+3: Blackburn have drawn with Villa! So, barring a four-goal swing in this one in one minute, West Ham are in the play-offs!

89: As things stand, the Hammers will finish fourth and face Newcastle away from home! Fulham are 4-0 down to Wolves, meaning West Ham would overtake the Craven Cottage side on goal difference, also leapfrogging Blackburn who are still being held by Villa.

87: Great stuff from the West Brom keeper! Knoyle plays a dangerous ball forward for JHI, and the stopper comes out to head clear!

81: Final change for the Hammers. Joe Powell is introduced and off comes Holland, who's been fantastic.

78: A fifth was close, just there! Hannam gets forward again, taking Samuelsen's pass in his stride, and squaring for Hector-Ingram. A defender *just* gets there first, though.

77: That change sees Samuelsen drop into the No10 role and sub Hector-Ingram leads the line.

76: Diangana, who's put in a great shift, is replaced by Jahmal Hector-Ingram.

74: Assuming we've done the job at the Hawthorns, all eyes are on Blackburn-Villa. 0-0 still with 15 left to play...

69: GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!! It's four!!!! What a beauty this one is! Nathan Holland is allowed time and space to cross and Samuelsen converts his second with a superb diving header. Brilliant!

68: Albion make their third and final change with Callum Morton replacing Tahvon Campbell.

62: A super ball from Browne picks out Samuelsen in the box, but the Norwegian attempts to head at goal when he probably had enough time to bring it down.

60: It remains goalless at Ewood Park...

58: Lovely piece of skill from Samuelsen forces McCourt to make the challenge and the full-back is booked after committing a foul. 

54: It looks as though it's like-for-like, with Browne sitting alongside Makasi. Not Browne's natural position, but he's shown this season he's a handful anywhere! 

53: Sub now for West Ham. Marcus Browne comes into the game for Sylvestre, who received a couple of minutes' treatment moments ago. 

52: Not too much action the opening seven minutes of the second half. That will suit West Ham.

47: A much brighter start by the hosts to the second half. Edwards has some space to run into and curls narrowly over from the edge of the box.

46: We're back underway. Another 45 like the first will do nicely!

HT: It's goalless at half time between Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa at Ewood Park, so the Hammers currently occupy the final Premier League 2 play-off spot.

HT: It doesn't get much better than that! A sensational first half performance from the Hammers has them three up at the break.

43: Sylvestre on the ball, 35 yards out...why not?! The Swiss' powerful drive is batted out by Palmer. Great effort!

42: Albion put together a decent move and McCourt's deep cross is dangerous, but is cleared. West Ham deal with the resulting corner when Spiegel claims comfortably.

40: It's so nearly four. Samuelsen gets in behind but is then halted by a last ditch tackle. It comes to Kemp who curls about an inch or two wide of the far stick.

37: Not long to go in this first half and it couldn't have gone any better. What a performance so far from Westley's boys!

32: IT'S THREE!!!! Nathan Holland gets on the scoresheet and what a strike! Dan Kemp is fouled 25 yards from goal and Holland lines up the free-kick, curling into the top corner. What a goal!!!

28: Chance and it's almost an U23s debut to remember for Reece Hannam! Kemp slips in the attacking full-back who side foots just wide of the far post. Close!

27: To keep you updated with things from Ewood Park, it's currently 0-0 between the hosts and Aston Villa. As things stand, the Hammers will qualify for the play-offs.

25: It's whipped in with plenty of pace, but nobody is on the end of it. Goal kick.

24: Another free-kick in a dangerous area for the Hammers. Holland to take from the left...

23: What a start this has been by West Ham. West Brom were slow out the blocks and they've paid for it. It's been a masterclass by the visitors so far.

17: GOOOOALLL and it's two!!! Martin Samuelsen races down the right, cuts in onto his left and fires low under the keeper! A brilliant break and West Ham have some breathing space!

13: What a save that is! Raphael Spiegel stops Tulloch from point-blank range, sticking out a smart right leg. The cross in was flicked by Dec Rice, taking it away from debutant Reece Hannam and Tulloch found himself in a great position. Spiegel denies.

11: The lead looks to have given Terry Westley's men a great deal of confidence. The youngsters haven't been in the best of form but since taking the lead, they've controlled possession and look comfortable so far. Start as you mean to go on...

8: Well held. Spiegel saves with ease after Bradley struck with power from 25 yards.

6: West Brom go forward for the first time and win a set-piece in a good area, but Edwards lashes well over from the dead ball. No danger.

3: GOOOOOALLLLLLLL!!!!! We lead and it's Dan Kemp with the goal! Grady Diangana had a free-kick blocked by the wall and as it ballooned up in the air, the midfielder won his header and Kemp raced clear to finish with his right foot. Get in there!

2: It's been a very fast start from the Hammers and Dan Kemp has already got in behind on the right hand side. His dangerous cross was palmed away by Palmer - ironically - and West Brom clear though.

1: Tonight's mission is underway! COYI!

6:45pm: It's a sunny but cool evening in the midlands this evening and the Hammers are just about to head back into the dressing for one last chat with manager Terry Westley before they begin tonight's massive mission.

6:15pm: You can see how tight things are in the table below. Fulham have all but done enough in terms of their play-off spot, leaving just one more up for grabs. Blackburn face Villa, with both hoping for a win to get fifth-place, but the Hammers can also still finish there themselves. 


West Bromwich Albion: Palmer, Melbourne, McCourt (Wilding 63), Chambers, Howkins, O'Shea, Tulloch (Soleman 46), Bradley, Francis, Edwards, Campbell (Morton 68).

Subs not used: Pierce, House.

Bookings: McCourt 58, Bradley 75

PL2: Spiegel, Knoyle, Rice, Akinola, Hannam, Makasi, Sylvestre (Browne 53), Kemp, Diangana (Hector-Ingram 76), Holland (Powell 81), Samuelsen.

Subs not used: Forde, Wells.

Goals: Kemp 3, Samuelsen 17, 69, Holland 32

6pm: Good evening! We take on West Bromwich Albion in a crucial final Premier League 2 clash this evening at the Hawthorns as we chase the final play-off spot in the division. Tonight, we hope Blackburn Rovers drop points when they take on Aston Villa and we take all three points away from the midlands to qualify for the top five and have a stab at promotion. It's a huge evening. Team news to follow shortly.