Monday 20 Feb
Updated Tuesday 21 Feb 14:21
Premier League 2

Highlights - West Ham United PL2 2-0 Fulham

 

FT: A brilliant display by the boys and they're applauded off by a vocal home support. Nathan Holland got his third in as many games in the first half and the points were secured in stoppage time when Conor Coventry burst through to score on his debut. Not a bad way to mark your first appearance at London Stadium! Full-time: West Ham 2-0 Fulham!

90: GOALLLL! What a debut for Conor Coventry - he bursts through the Fulham defence and slides the ball under Joronen. The points are sealed! 2-0

89: We're into the closing stages and the Hammers seem happy to run the clock down. They've been brilliant tonight and are very close to picking up a valuable three points. 

85: Opoku heads just wide from a corner as Fulham's pressure mounts. So far, they've failed to make the most of their best spell of the match.

83: Sessegnon should have done better again but shoots straight at Trott. The Cottagers are looking more of a threat in these final few minutes as the Hammers aim to hang on!

79: Looks as if Diangana will be replaced and it's a nice moment for Conor Coventry who is set to make his U23s' debut. 

76: Fulham's best chance. Sessegnon is played in on the right but Trott saves his shot well. Worrying signs for the hosts as Diangana and Pask are both down receiving treatment.

72: More action being provided from Holland. His close ball control really is a pleasure to watch. He cuts inside and fires over.

70: Couple of subs being readied by the West Ham bench. Powell and Kemp are replaced by Parfitt-Williams and Hector-Ingram.

67: Rare effort for Fulham as Josh Smile strikes well over the bar from 30 yards. That's about as good as it's got so far for the visitors. But the Hammers still only have a slender lead.

63: Attendance tonight is 1,171! Fair play to the Hammers supporters coming out on a Monday night and they've created a terrific atmosphere!

59: Free-kick whipped in by Kemp but it somehow misses all the Hammers in the area and goes through for a goal kick.

56: Could and should have been the second! Kemp jinks his way past a defender and hits the cross bar with a powerful strike!

55: Lovely run by Knoyle. We see that from him often! He cuts in and force Joronen into action again. The Hammers have picked up where they left off!

51: The Hammers break and look dangerous for a second. Holland is played in by Powell but his cross is blocked away for a corner. The corner misses the box.

47: Changes made by Fulham at half-time. Both the players who were booked - Thorsteinsson and Harris - are replaced by O'Riley and Sessegnon.

46: Back underway in this second half. More of the same please, Hammers!

HT: Great stuff by the Hammers in that first half. They were very dominant and deservedly go into the break a goal up. Nathan Holland's third in as many games sees them go into the dressing room a goal up!

45: 2 minutes added at the end of this first half. 

43: The bookings are totting up for the visitors. Harris puts a nasty challenge in on Diangana and earns Fulham's second booking of the evening. 

39: First booking of the night goes to Thorsteinsson - Fulham have struggled to deal with Diangana and the Icelandic midfielder brings him down and gets a yellow.

37: Surging run from Knoyle who forces a corner, which is played shorted and worked to Powell. His cross is straight into the arms of Joronen.

33: Good defending from Rice to usher out Adebayo, who looked like he was in for a second. Fulham have struggled to impact this game thus far. 

28: Close! And we almost had a carbon copy of the first. Again, Holland cuts in and sends it towards the same corner. Fortunately for Fulham, Joronen is equal to it.

23: The Hammers are really enjoying their football in the opening stages. Diangana sidesteps off the flank and plays a one-two with Holland before being bundled over in box. The referee waves away the protests. 

20: And there's the opening goal!!! The ball is worked to Holland who cuts in from the right and sends a brilliant, low drive into the bottom corner. It's now three in three for the January signing and the home side are deservedly in front. 1-0!

19: Powell chases a lost cause on the right but somehow keeps the ball in and he manages to find Holland in the box. The winger had time but shot straight at Joronen. 

16: Best chance of the game so far! The Hammers are well on top at the moment and Holland plays a one-two with Kemp before forcing a save from Joronen. The ball then fell back to Holland who shot over from a tight angle.

13: Couple of neat passages of play by the Hammers and they look to be settling into this game nicely. On both occasions though, the final ball was missing. 

9: Good chance for the Hammers and it falls the Diangana. He manages to turn and send a drive towards but it was just too high and goes safely over the crossbar. Moments later, the playmaker has another drive at goal but it produces the same result.

4: First chance of the match goes to Fulham. George Williams whips an enticing corner in and it's headed just over by Joshua Smile.

2: Early injury to Sylvestre who is being treated by the Hammers physio. It looked for a minute as the midfielder would go off because Conor Coventry was sent to warm up, but Sylvestre is okay to continue.

1: Fulham get the game underway

6.58pm: The teams are out and there is a very decent crowd in tonight! Big occasion for out young Irons and let's hope they can put in a good performance and get a positive result! COME ON YOU IRONS!

6.40pm: It's a fantastic arena for both sets of players to play their football tonight. As we speak, the teams are both out getting used to their surroundings. Around 20 minutes to kick-off, and you can follow the action right here!

6.10pm: So just the one change tonight made by Terry Westley. Noha Sylvestre returns for Domingos Quina and Conor Coventry is on the bench for only the second time this season. The Hammers come up against a Fulham side in good form tonight - the Cottagers are unbeaten in eight matches and beat the young Irons 4-1 in the reverse fixture. The Hammers will hope to get some revenge this evening.

West Ham: Trott, Knoyle, Pask, Rice, Neufville; Makasi, Sylvestre; Kemp (Parfitt-Williams, 70), Diangana (Coventry, 79), Holland; Powell (Hector-Ingram, 70).

Subs not used: Akinola, Matrevics.

Goals: Holland, Coventry.

Bookings: Makasi.

Fulham: Joronen, Grimmer, Opoku, Smile, Sheckleford, Jenz, Kait, Harris (O'Riley, 46), Adebayo, Williams, Dagur Thorsteinsson (Sessegnon, 46).

Subs not used: Ashby-Hammond, Mundle-Smith, Elstone.

Bookings: Thorsteinsson, Harris

6.00pm: Good evening and welcome to London Stadium for West Ham United PL2's first ever outing at the club's new home. Tonight the Hammers take on Fulham, looking for continue their quest for a place in the Premier league 2 Division 2 play-offs. It should be a great occasion for our youngsters this evening as for many of them, it will be their first time playing on the hallowed turf.