Monday 09 Jan
Updated Tuesday 10 Jan 12:43
Premier League 2

Highlights - West Ham United PL2 2-1 Norwich City

FT: After a nervy final few minutes, the Hammers eventually hold out for a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Ashley Fletcher and Marcus Browne. It should have been a lot more comfortable than the scoreline suggests but in the end, the boys just held on! 2-1 the final score!

90+1: The Hammers are being urged to keep the ball by Terry Wesley and Liam Manning and they're doing a good job so far. 2-1

90: 3 added minutes at the end of this one. 2-1 still.

88: Apologies for the lack of updates, but we're having slight issues with our blog. The score is still 2-1 and both sides have had chances to score. Nervy final few minutes for the Hammers. 2-1

73: But the Canaries respond immediately. A corner is whipped in and it finds the centre-back Crowe who manages to sneak the ball into the corner. 2-1

71: GOALL!! It's 2-0. Wonderful counter attack - Martinez finds Browne with the cross and the No10 cooly chips the ball over Killip!

67: Glorious chance for his second. Martinez stops a clearance by a Norwich defender and it's on a plate for Fletcher. Luckily for the Canaries. Fletcher puts his shot wide! Should be two. 1-0

63: Martinez is freed on the left but his pullback just misses Quina. Sub for Norwich - Middleton is replaced by Ashley-Seal. 1-0

58: Sub for the home side. Great to see Sam Byram back out on the field after a frustrating month out injured. He's replaced by Kyle Knoyle. 1-0

55: And the Hammers relentless pressure pays off. Makasi has time and space on the left to pick out Fletcher in the area. He doesn't miss from six yards and the boys are ahead, deservedly so! 1-0

54: The Hammers again go close. First Martinez has a long range effort blamed away by Killip - the Norwich keeper does well to react again to Fletcher's rebound attempt. 0-0

52: Browne whips a great cross in after being freed by Oxford on the right. Unfortunately, his cross misses Martinez and Fletcher in the penalty area. 0-0

50: Even start to the second half. Fletcher is flagged offside after a nice ball from Quina. Looked tight that one. 0-0

46: The teams are back out and ready to get back underway. No changes by either side at the break. 0-0

HT: The referee brings an end to an eventful first half, which has seen a lot of action on the Norwich goal. Killip has been very busy, keeping out two Martinez efforts. Norwich have rarely threatened and the Hammers are well on top. Still goalless though. 0-0

45: DOUBLE CHANCE! First Martinez forces Killip into another strong save, then Dobson finds space but volleys wide of the goal. The Hammers are very unlucky to still be level in this first half. 0-0

44: Rare chance for the Canaries. Morris's knock down almost finds Jarvis, but Howes does well to clutch the ball under pressure. 0-0

40: Worrying sign just now - Oxford was down receiving treatment. Luckily, the Hammers captain for the evening was able to continue. 0-0

36: Best chance of the game so far. Quina skips past a few challenges and finds Martinez on the left. The Spaniard tries to square it to Fletcher but Killip manages to grab the ball. 0-0

34: Quina is now booked for what seems like his first foul. Strange decision, but Mr Rock deems his foul on Jarvis worthy of a yellow card. 0-0

30: Norwich striker Carlton Morris is booked for kicking the ball away. 0-0

28: Marauding run by Rice from the back and he places a decisive ball to Fletcher. This time, Fletcher's touch evades him. The Hammers' No11 has been heavily involved early on. 0-0

23: The Hammers are continuing to probe but Norwich are happy to sit off them and counter attack at the moment. The home side will have to be patient this evening. 0-0

19: Nice interchange between Quina and Martinez. The midfielder finds Fletcher but his shot is blocked behind. The resulting corner comes to nothing. 0-0

16: Meaty challenge by another former Hammer Louis Ramsay. He scythes Browne down near the corner flag, but somehow escapes a booking. 0-0

12: Byram tries a one two with Fletcher on the right hand side but the return pass is just in front of the right back. Nice stuff by the Hammers in the early exchanges. 0-0

11: Nice through ball by Browne slides Fletcher in. The frontman tries to gain a yard but his shot deflects into the arms of Killip. 0-0

7: The Hammers line up with Fletcher and Martinez up front. Browne plays just behind them, so a very attacking formation tonight. Fairly even so far. 0-0

4: A familiar face in the Norwich eleven - Matt Jarvis continues his comeback from injury. He left the Hammers for Norwich a few seasons ago. 

2: Early chance as well. Reece Oxford heads Marcus Browne's free-kick just wide! Great start by the boys! 0-0

1: We're underway at the CCS - COME ON YOU IRONS!!

6.50pm: Both sets of players have made their way back to the changing rooms and we are around ten minutes from kick-off at the CCS!

6.20pm: So a number of changes tonight. In come George Dobson, returning briefly from his Walsall loan spell and Moses Makasi; Sam Byram and Reece Oxford begin their comebacks from injury as well. Strong line-up coming up against a Norwich side who've only won three times in the league this season.

West Ham United: Howes (gk); Byram (Knoyle, 58), Rice, Oxford (c) (Powell, 71), Pike; Dobson, Quina, Makasi, Browne; Martinez, Fletcher.

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

Goals: Fletcher, Browne.

Bookings: Quina, Knoyle

Norwich: Killip (gk), Efete, Ramsay, Grant, Godfrey, Crowe, Middleton (Ashley-Seal, 63), McGrandles, Morris, Jaiyesimi, Jarvis.

Subs not used: Hallett (gk), Odusina, McIntosh, Lewis.

Goals: Crowe.

Booking: Morris, Efete

6pm - Good evening from the Chigwell Construction Stadium for tonight's Premier League 2 encounter between West Ham United and Norwich City. It's the Hammers first game since their 4-0 victory over Wolves on 19 December and they will be keen to build on that victory this evening against a Norwich side who have only won three league games this season. With Martin Samuelsen and Jaanai Gordon both out on loan, joining a long list of young Hammers currently at other clubs, expect to see changes tonight!