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With the Hammers not taking part in a formal reserve league during the 2011-12 campaign. New Development coach Ian Hendon is aiming to give his players regular match action by holding regular fixtures against a wide range of opposition.
COLCHESTER UNITED XI : Development Squad
Wallace Binder Ground
2 - 2 (Barerra 2)
17 August 2011
John Carew made his first appearance in a claret and blue shirt against a Colchester United XI, while George McCartney played for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Sunderland. It was Mexico winger Pablo Barrera who stole the show, though, netting a goal in each half as the Hammers were held by a Colchester side featuring a number of first-team players. Carew played for an hour and McCartney for 75 minutes at Maldon & Tiptree FC's Wallace Binder Ground. Hendon said the attitude shown by the first-team players in both matches stemmed directly from the work they had been doing with manager Sam Allardyce. "I worked under the manager a longtime ago and his philosophy has never changed. Unless you put the hard work in then you're not going to get into his team. "I think the lads have taken that on board and let's hope it reflects well during the season when it really matters."
BRENTFORD XI : Development Squad
BISHOP'S STORTFORD : Pre Season Friendly
3 - 0 (Collison, Lee, Stanislas)
16 July 2011
Lee (Noble) (Hall)
West Ham United's newly-formed development squad kicked-off their 2011/12 campaign by securing a comfortable victory over Blue Square North side Bishop's Stortford.
Played in the familiar surroundings of Woodside Park, where the Hammers have played their reserve-team matches in recent seasons, the fixture saw Junior Stanislas continue his promising start to the new season with a second goal in two matches, while Jack Collison marked his first appearance of the pre-season with a well-taken goal.
West Ham dominated from the outset, controlling possession and territory as Bishop's Stortfbrd's players struggled to gain a foothold in the game.
The pressure told on the home side after just eleven minutes when Stanislas sent a curling cross into the penalty area that eluded both Callum McNaughton and home goalkeeper Nicky Eyre before bouncing into the top comer.
Six minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors in slightly more conventional style - Oliver Lee side-footing home from close-range after Frank Nouble's low shot had cannoned back off the base of the upright.
A routine win was completed eight minutes from full-time when Collison combined with fellow substitute Cristian Montano before rounding goalkeeper Chris Wrightand rolling the ball into the unguarded net.
GILLINGHAM XI : Pre Season Friendly
2 - 0 (Hall, Lee O.)
19 July 2011
Ian Hendon’s youngsters defeated Gillingham 2-0 in a friendly match at Little Heath. Robert Hall and Oliver Lee continued their encouraging pre-season campaigns by scoring a goal apiece in this development squad win. In truth, West Ham United could have won by a wider margin were it not for some brave blocks from the Gill’s defenders. Hammers broke the deadlock on 18 minutes. The England Under-18 forward completed a flowing move that had begun when McCallum headed down goalkeeper Sam Cowler’s long clearance into the path of Lee. The midfielder played an instant first-time pass into Hall, who broke through a challenge before slamming a low shot in off the base of the far post. The second goal arrived four minutes before half-time when Lee fed Lletget wide on the left near the halfway line. The American slipped past one challenge before tricking hos way past another defender inside the penalty area and laying the ball into the path of Lee, who slotted home confidently from 12 yards.
WEYMOUTH : Pre Season Friendly
Bob Lucas Stadium
0 - 3
23 July 2011
Lee O. (Celestino)
Despite the gulf in status, it was the non-League hosts who created the brighter openings early on. Jamie Beasley and Ben Gerring both forced Marek Stech into action before the West Ham keeper stuck out a leg to expertly deny Matt Groves, following good work from trialist Kyle Bassett. Weymouth’s persistence eventually paid off midway through the half, Reed teeing up Marshallsay to open the scoring with a cool finish. The youthful Hammers took little over half-an-hour to gain a clear sight of goal but Tom Manley did just enough to make life difficult for full-back Callum Driver. It was almost 2-0 ten minutes before the break as Poole managed to get something on Beasley’s deep free-kick. Fortunately for the away side, Stech was alert to the danger and tipped the ball over the top.
The home faithful did not have to wait long for a second as it duly arrived five minutes into the restart. Marshallsay released half-time replacement Byerley down the right and he cut inside Callum McNaughton before finding the top corner with a superb curling effort.
West Ham defender Paul McCallum tried to trump Byerley’s strike with an overhead kick from 10 yards but Nick Jordan responded with a fine save. And the Terras’ gloveman looked a much safer pair of hands when, in the 73rd minute, opposite number Stech gift-wrapped a third for the home side. The Czech flapped at Reed’s left-sided corner and handed Byerley the easiest of opportunities to complete a stunning afternoon for the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division outfit.
EBBSFLEET UNITED : Pre Season Fiendly
West Ham United’s development squad ran out 3-1 winners at Stonebridge Road thanks to a Robert Hall double and a strike by Oliver Lee. England U18 forward Hall got the Hammers off to a good start in Kent when he got in behind the Ebbsfleet back four just before the half-hour mark and converted with a sweet shot. He followed up with a similarly well-taken second, curling a left-fotted effort into the top corner 20 mintues from time. After Ebbsfleet, who featured former Hammers youngster Danny Subuola among their ranks, pulled one back, Lee continued his own fine summer’s work with the third, after playing a one-two with younger brother Elliott, a second-half replacement
Lletget (Lee E.)
3 - 1 (Hall 2, Lee O.)
29 July 2011
SUTTON UNITED : The President's Cup
Gander Green Lane
2 - 2 (Hall, Vose)
2 August 2011
Lee E. (Vose)
Sutton United mascot
'Jenny The Giraffe'
For the second year running the President’s Cup was shared after Sutton and a talented West Ham line-up representing their development squad shared the four goals in an entertaining friendly at Gander Green Lane. Credit to U’s in emerging the equals of a quick and technically impressive West Ham side who moved the ball well and scored two splendid goals either side of half time to nullify Anthony Riviere’s well worked opener for U’s. Sam Page, captaining the side for the night while Karim El-Salahi nursed a minor back problem, ensured that he would receive the cup in conjunction with his West Ham counterpart Olly Lee by heading an equaliser with just over quarter of an hour to go.
With both sides intent on playing the ball on the ground it made for a pleasing game to watch, even if most moves tended to break down before they reached a position of danger and West Ham’s biggest threat and both their goals, came from superbly executed long range shots. Sutton had the first real chance in the 16th minute, Leroy Griffiths put through by Craig Dundas but shooting against the legs of goalkeeper Sam Cowler, while for all the pace of England Under 18 international Rob Hall Sutton managed to keep their opponents at a safe distance from goal and were rewarded nine minutes before half time when a neat move ended with Riviere being put through on the left to shoot low past Cowler for his third goal in as many games. The lead was shortlived, however, as Hall delivered a perfect dipping and curling left footed effort from just outside the penalty area that left Wayne Shaw grasping at thin air to his right. Lee also tried his luck from distance before half time, the ball this time flying just wide, but two minutes after the interval Shaw was similarly helpless as Dominic Vose matched Hall’s goal with an almost identical effort, though this time hit right-footed to Shaw’s left.
U’s best chance of an equaliser came just before the hour after they had made the first two of their substitutions as a Dundas cross was headed out as far as Craig Watkins, whose shot rebounded to safety off a defender’s legs. Shaw made a fine save from a low shot from Lee, again hit from outside the area, and when U’s failed to clear the rebound the keeper did well to deny the same player again, this time from closer in.
GRAYS ATHLETIC : Pre Season Friendly
5 - 1 (Stanislas 2, Hines, Sadlier, Wearen)
4 August 2011
A 5-1 victory at Ryman League Division One North side Grays Athletic with new signing Abdoulaye Faye making his debut as the Hammers recovered from a Louie Denni goal within two minutes to win comfortably. Junior Stanislas, Frank Nouble and Eoin Wearen all found the target to put West Ham United 3-1 up inside the opening 15 minutes, with further goals from Stanislas and substitute Kieran Sadlier completing a fine night's work for the club's young players. "After the start, I'm happy with that," said Hendon. "Abde was maybe a little bit rusty and Callum has come across him and there was a lack of communication. It was his first 45 minutes for a while and he's come in and pretty much said the same - it was a bad goal to give away after a minute or so. "The boys bounced back from that, scored a couple of good goals during the first half and got themselves in front. "It was another competitive game and a lot of the lads got some minutes. It was a good workout for them. "It's not easy for these lads when they come here. It was a bit of a bobbly pitch and while I'm not making excuses for them, they applied themselves quite well and we ran out 5-1 winners. Apart from the first goal, we didn't look stretched for.most of the game. "People might expect that but I know these games are not easy and unless you compete with these players then you could come unstuck."
3 - 1 (Hall 2, Sears)
30 August 2011
Sears (Lee E.)
Ian Hendon's development squad recorded a comfortable victory against Brentford in today's lunchtime friendly at Little Heath. United won the game through goals from Robert Hall (2) and Freddie Sears although the result was academic in a game that was more about fitness than winning. Hendon's side included a number of first team fringe players plus Senegalese international Papa Bouba Diop (pictured), who is awaiting the result of a work permit application before completing a free transfer. Diop played for 65 minutes before being substituted; other first team squad members to get run outs were Jordan Brown, Abdoulaye Faye, Frank Nouble and the aforementioned Sears. Robert Hall opened the scoring for West Ham after 31 minutes when his curling shot from the right-hand side of the penalty box found the far corner of Brentford's 16-year-old goalkeeper Jack Middleton. However the visitors, playing in yellow and black stripes were back on level terms just over a minute later when Jean-Phillippe Yam Fam beat Sam Cowler from just inside the penalty box. West Ham's slender advantage was restored just four minutes into the second period when Freddie Sears was played in by the excellent George Moncur, being watched from the sidelines by father and former Hammer John. Sears picked up on Moncur's excellent through ball before guiding his shot into the corner of Brentford's net. It was the sort of position that Sears has rarerly found himself in for the first team since being forced to play out wide by both Avram Grant and, subsequently, Sam Allardyce.
A flurry of substitutions in the 65th minute Brown, Faye, Diop, Nouble and Sears replaced by Potts, McNaughton, Turgott, Lee and trailist Olumide Scott - immediately preceeded the game's final goal on 68 minutes, which again came from the busy Robert Hall. Having received treatment after being unfairly felled on the edge of the box, the 18-year-old striker rose to dispatch a superb curling free-kick in the top left hand corner of Middleton's net, completing West Ham's win.
1 - 4 (Sears)
7th September 2011
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Development Squad (Behind Closed Doors)
2 - 2 (Piquionne 2)
12 September 2011
Sears (Lee E.)
The Hammers fielding a wealth of Premier League experience including Abdulaye Faye, Papa Bouba Diop, Frank Nouble, Frederic Piquionne and John Carew to earn a 2-2 draw at Spurs Lodge. Tottenham struck first in the eighth minute as Alex Pritchard burst forward before releasing Cameron Lancaster through on goal and the striker finished well from 14 yards. The Hammers levelled after 15 minutes when Piquionne took advantage of a moment's hesitation to latch onto goalkeeper Ruud Boffin's huge clearance and lift the ball over the advancing Jansson. Lancaster missed a great opportunity to restore the lead two minutes later when he skied Bostock's cross from the byline. Cristian Ceballos then lobbed over Boffin but onto the roof of the net. Jansson had to be alert to palm out Carew's piledriver from 25 yards and Piquionne fired wide as it stayed 1-1 at the break.
The teams traded chances at the start of the second half. Lancaster fired wide and Parrett had Boffin clutching at thin air to his right as 20-yarder zipped just wide. At the other end, Freddie Sears missed the target with a one-on-one chance and Carew glanced just wide from close range. Parrett restored Tottenham's lead with a fine goal in the 72nd minute.
Picking up a misplaced pass on halfway, the midfielder burst forward, raced past the last defender and then clipped over Boffin into the far corner. The lead only lasted five minutes though as Driver picked out Piquionne in the box and the striker had time to control, turn, skip around Jansson and slide home for 2-2. Pritchard forced a fine save from Boffin and Jansson was up to Montenegro's 20-yarder as the scoreline stayed 2-2.
Ian Hendon's development squad were well beaten by Queens Park Rangers reserves in a behind-closed-doors friendly. Hendon's side - featuring a number of youngsters and a couple of triallists - went down 4-1 to the Premier League new boys, who won the game through goals from Lee Cook, Troy Hewitt and Bruno Perone. West Ham - who featured new signing Brian Montenegro - managed just the one in reply, that coming from Freddie Sears. Also in attendance was Rangers manager Neil Warnock.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC XI : Development Squad
0 - 1
20th September 2011
Lee E. (Vose)
Ian Hendon's development squad suffered defeat at the hands of a strong Charlton side this lunchtime. Hendon's side went down 1-0 at Athletic's Sparrows Lane training ground, with the only goal of a hard-fought game scored by Morgan Fox with just ten minutes of play remaining. Hendon fielded a mostly inexperienced squad for the game, with only Herita Ilunga - cast aside since rejecting a transfer window loan move, and Freddie Sears having first team experience under their belt. Conversely, the League One leaders' starting eleven consisted of Nine players who have represented the Addicks' first team already this season - the only two yet to feature being recent signings Yann Kermorgant and Mikel Alonso, who were both seeking match fitness. Despite creating a number of chances throughout the game - the best of which fell to Freddie Sears in the closing minutes, the young striker unable to beat the 'keeper despite being offered a second bite of the cherry - the Hammers were finally beaten when a long ball found former Southend High School pupil Fox deep in enemy territory. The young defender, a member of Charlton's current under 18 squad turned before finishing coolly, beating Marek Stech at his near post.
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE : Development Squad (Behind closed doors)
Fanimo (Prietos) (Potts)
4 - 4 (Montenegro, Piquionne, Vose 2)
27th September 2011
Ian Hendon was full of praise for young forward Brian Montenegro following the thrilling 4-4 development squad draw at Dagenham & Redbridge. Hendon was understandably frustrated with his side's inability to hold on to a lead at Victoria Road, where the Daggers came from a goal behind on three occasions to snatch a share of the spoils. However, the development squad coach was more than happy with the contribution of Paraguay Under-20 international forward Montenegro. The 18-year-old caught the eye with his intelligent running, relentless work-rate and the smartly-taken goal he netted to level the score at 1-1 in the first half. "I thought Brian was the shining light with his movement. It's very difficult to communicate without having a translator here, so we do everything visually by explaining things using a graphic of a football pitch. He showed that he is a good player and, if he keeps showing that sort of form, people will take notice of him."
Game played behind closed doors
The game also marked the return from injury of goalkeeper Peter Kurucz after 14 months out with two knee injuries. The Hungary Under-21 stopper came through 77 minutes unscathed before being replaced with the Hammers leading 3-2.
Taking the game as a whole, Hendon was unhappy that his side could not close the game out, despite twice leading by a goal in the final ten minutes. "Frustrated is probably an understatement. We played against a team that had a bit of League experience but, having said that, I don't think it was down to experience. The last two goals we conceded were schoolboy errors, I have to say. "Their third goal was a free-kick into the near post and their player has flicked it, pretty much unmarked. The fourth goal was just a cross into the box and the keeper has got to do better - it's as simple as that. He has got beaten in the air by one of their players who probably wanted it a little bit more. "It's not the result we were looking for but on the other hand it was a good workout."
THURROCK : Development Squad
2 - 0 (Lletget, Sears)
4 October 2011
Lee K. (Lee E.)
Ian Hendon was delighted after his young West Ham United team rose to the occasion away to Thurrock. The Hammers won 2-0 with goals in each half from Freddie Sears and Sebastian Lletget and the development squad coach was most pleased with the clean sheet. He had named a young back four of Callum Driver, Danny Potts, Kenzer Lee and Frazer Shaw but they coped well. "It was a good work-out, a very competitive game as normal. It was good to come and play on a magnificent surface. It made for a good game of football. "The team passed the ball quite well at times once we got into it. There were a lot of young lads out there especially by the end. I was more pleased with the clean sheet than the goals almost because we had a very young back four. "Callum Driver was probably the oldest at the tender age of 18. We got the goals we deserved but could have had one or two more but that might have flattered us."
Hendon singled out Sears for his 45-minute performance, with the England U21 forward a willing performer as ever, whatever the level. "He always works hard when he comes and plays in this game and credit to him for it." There were also words of praise for skipper George Moncur and his exciting
midfield link-up with Lletget, the American Under-20 international. "George trains every day, plays every minute, always wants the ball and works his socks off. Seb has just come back from injury, so it was good to see him out there and alongside George because they play well together."
MK DONS : Development Squad (Behind closed doors)
2 - 0 (Montenegro)
7 October 2011
Brian Montenegro maintained his good form with both goals in a 2-0 development squad
friendly win away at MK Dons on Friday morning. Ian Hendon had a youthful side at his disposal,
as several players with first-team experience had already figured in Monday's 2-0 win at Thurrock. Both teams made lots of changes in
a match played behind closed doors at stadium:MK, with the emphasis for the high-flying hosts on preparing for their big League Two encounter on Monday at Oldham Athletic. Montenegro has now scored three goals in as many run-outs for the development squad, and will have impressed the watching assistant manager Neil McDonald. The Paraguayan striker struck in each half - the first from close range, the second a neat finish from a corner - while goalkeeper Ruud Boffin will have been happy to keep a clean sheet behind a defence made up entirely of homegrown Hammers.
Montenegro double at Dons
Development Coach : Ian Hendon
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE : Development Squad (Behind Closed Doors)
Potts (Lee K.)
Lee E. (Shaw)
2 - 2 (Moncur [pen], [og])
18 October 2011
Blair Turgott points the way to a
West Ham Team Sheet (Rare)
And today's attendance is . . . . . .
Dagenham's Richard Rose protests to the referee, while Lamar Hurley picks up the fallen Sebastian Lletget
George Moncur scores from the spot in the 88th minute to make the score 2 - 2
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Development Squad (Behind Closed Doors)
West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green played in a secret behind-closed-doors game for the Hammers on Monday morning to signal he is close to a return to full fitness.
The 31-year-old has missed four matches after injuring his knee in the clash with Ipswich Town on September 27. But it seems that he has recovered more quickly than first thought and he is angling for a return to action in next Tuesday's Championship clash with Bristol City at Upton Park. Green played in a very young Hammers team that lost 5-2 to Tottenham. Manuel Almunia, who kept his second clean sheet in four games in the Hammers' 1-0 win at Brighton on Monday, ends his loan spell after Saturday's match with Leicester City, and it now seems likely he will return to Arsenal. "When Robert Green is alright we're ok," said manager Sam Allardyce after the Brighton game. "The understanding with Manny was he is here to play first-team football until Robert gets fit and then we'll take a decision. "When he's fit I think it's obvious he's going to go back in and then Manny might well go back."
Green returns to action in secret friendly
Sam Allardyce claims West Ham are only interested in signing El-Hadji Diouf because of the club's injury crisis. The Senegalese winger is currently training with the Hammers ahead of a prospective move to Upton Park, after injuries to David Bentley, Henri Lansbury and Matt Taylor in recent weeks.
And Allardyce states that should the former Liverpool man prove his fitness, the club would be attracted in his services "He's just training with us at the moment," Allardyce said. "It's our injury crisis that's my problem at the moment more than anything else. We had George Moncur on the bench [against Brighton] and he's only 17 years old. "You need to a good squad to get to the top of this league so I'm just having a look to see what he's looking like."
Diouf could fill injury gap at West Ham
2 - 5 (? - ?)
24 October 2011
WHYTELEAFE : Development Squad
2 - 0 (Lee O., Vose)
15 November 2011
GILLINGHAM XI : Development Squad (Behind Closed Doors)
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
2 - 2 (Montenegro, Potts)
8th November 2011
The Development Squad go through their warm-up session before the game
The Gills conceded a 93rd minute equaliser against Ian Hendon's Hammers at a grey, chilly MEMS Priestfield Stadium. West Ham's Development squad certainly enjoyed the better of the first-half and deservedly led before the home side hit back well to go 2-1 ahead with two goals in an eight minute burst after the break. Both teams tried to play attractive football in a game, the visitors being the 'pass masters' although for a few second-half minutes did occasionally turn fiesty.
A neat move in the third minute involving George Moncur and Cristian Montano created an opening for Oliver Lee but his low shot was parried by Paulo Gazzaniga. At the other end Alex Brown fired a shot at Hammers keeper Peter Kurucz just prior to the Hammers taking a 13th minute lead after Connor Essam cleared the danger from Montano. From the resultant corner taken by Dominic Vose, great movement from Paraguayan Under-20 international Brian Montenegro left the defence flat-footed and his header found the net despite a valiant attempt from Gazzaniga. Vose was causing numerous problems across the pitch, he set up Lee for another strike while his inswinging corner was headed off the line by Joe Carter.
Daren Hawkes replaced Gazzangia in goal for the Gills in a pre-planned move at the break, while the Hammers took off their two players with first-team appearances, keeper Kurucz and centre-back Guy Demel, an Ivory Coast international. The Gills were galvanized and they equalized in the 54th minute as a cross in the six yard box was knocked in by Stefan Payne.
There was 62 minutes on the clock when Brown’s pass found Oli who was able to neatly lift the ball over sub keeper Jake Larkins who despite back-pedalling couldn’t prevent the ball dropping into the net behind him.
The Hammers struck three minutes into time added on, Lee played a free-kick into the area which was met by the diving Pelly Ruddock which forced Hawkes into a fine reactionary save, unfortunately the ball ran loose enabling Daniel Potts to stroke the ball home.
Vose (Lee E.)
Ian Hendon was full of praise for his young defenders after a battling performance earned a deserved 2-0 win at Whyteleafe on Tuesday night. The development squad coach took his team round the M25 to play the east Surrey club, where Joint-Chairman David Gold is patron, and was impressed with their attitude. The Hammers XI included Guy Demel who got another 45 minutes under his belt and is pushing for a place in this weekend's senior squad heading to Coventry City.
Dominic Vose and Olly Lee scored the goals for the youngsters in front of the watching assistant manager Neil McDonald. The first goal came on 29 minutes, Vose slams it in on the half-volley. The Hammers had broken quickly through Montenegro. He forced a save before the ball fell to Moncur to have a go. That effort was blocked as well but it was third-time lucky when Vose connected. With the temperture rapidly dropping in the second half, the Hammers got their reward with Oliver Lee scoring a tremendous goal to finally beat the resilient Whyteleafe goalkeeper Borrett. The skipper played a one-two with Montano before letting fly from just inside the area.
Hendon was particularly pleased with the work ethic and defensive strength in his team. "It was a good night's work, It was a difficult pitch and surroundings for the players to come and play. They dealt with that very well. On the whole it was a very pleasing performance. Their keeper got man of the match which shows how dominant we were. We went about the match in the right way. "Sometimes these games [at non-league grounds] are difficult to come and play. They kept going and applied themselves properly. Fair play to Whyteleafe, they had a good go themselves. They made it difficult at times. "It could have been four or five maybe more. It wasn't to be but it kept the game lively and we had to keep going to the end before we scored late on to kill the game."
GOLD AVIATION STAND
Named after Whyteleafe patron David Gold
IPSWICH TOWN : Development Squad (Behind Closed Doors)
Rubbing shoulders with David Gold in the Whyteleafe Boardroom
Peter Kurucz organising his defensive wall
Training Centre Playford Road
2 - 3 (Sears, Taylor)
22 November 2011
Lee O. (Turgott)
An Ipswich Town reserves side beat West Ham United 3-2 in a behind-closed-doors game at Playford Road. Ronan Murray hit a brace, while Nathan Ellington also netted after Ipswich fell behind to a first-half Matthew Taylor strike before Freddie Sears grabbed a consolation for the Hammers late on.
The Hammers started well with Taylor trying his luck from range after just four minutes, but his left-footed drive sailed over Cody Cropper’s crossbar. Ipswich then forced a good save from Kurucz in the West Ham goal after 22 minutes with both Ellington and Murphy being denied in quick succession by a smart double save. Eleven minutes later the Hammers broke the deadlock. A ball into the box wasn’t dealt with by the Town defence and Taylor was on hand to head past Cropper from close range.
Ipswich introduced Murray for Murphy at the break and it took the young striker just seven minutes to get on the scoresheet. A neat turn from Byron Lawrence saw him lay off the ball to Ellington, who in turn played in Murray before placing a curling effort away from Kurucz and into the far corner. Murray scored his and Blues’ second on the hour mark. The striker’s persistence paid off and after his initial shot was blocked he made no mistake at the second time of asking and found the back of the net from just inside the area.
Ipswich were now dominating the game and it was soon 3-1 Murray was again involved, this time returning the favour to strike partner Ellington by crossing for the latter to score from close range after 68 minutes. Four minutes later the Hammers pulled one back through Freddie Sears firing a shot past Cropper and into the net from the right hand-side.
Dominic Vose goes through his
Hammers Pre-match warm-up
Ipswich Town Team sheet
DUTCH ACADEMY : Development Squad (Behind Closed Doors)
2 - 0 (Moncur, Montenegro)
29 November 2011
BRENTFORD : Development Squad (Behind Closed Doors)
3 - 0 (Trialist 2, Moncur)
6 December 2011
CRAWLEY TOWN XI : Development Squad (Behind Closed Doors)
2 - 0 (Lee O., Wearen)
13 December 2011
The Hammers overcame a strong and experienced Red Devils side, as well as cold and windy conditions, to record an impressive victory through second-half goals from Oliver Lee and Eoin Wearen. Hendon was able to call upon experience in the shape of Gary O'Neil, who completed another 45 minutes as he continues his comeback from a long-term ankle injury. It was tough in the first half but we fully deserved our win. It was windy and the pitch was difficult. We competed well in the first half when they got balls into the box and then in the second half we got the ball down and played it. "We got it wide for Matthias [Fanimo] and Sebby [Lletget] and we've got our rewards. Sebby has got in behind for the first goal and Matty has whipped the free-kick over for the second. Having adapted well to the trying conditions, the Hammers passed the ball well with the tireless Lee, lively Matthias Fanimo and the returning Ahmed Abdulla - back from a leg injury - all looking assured in possession. It was a trialist who could have put the Hammers in front early on, seeing one shot deflected wide by Crawley centre-back Pablo Mills before volleying wide from a low Fanimo Cross. Lee also tested visiting goalkeeper Michel Kuipers during an entertaining opening 45 minutes. Crawley also threatened, with tall striker John Akinde forcing Peter Kurucz into a smart low save before the Hungarian produced an even better stop to keep out Byron Napper's volley from the resulting corner. Into the second half and the introduction of O'Neil coincide with the game being turned in West Ham's favour. Callum Driver won a throw-in down the West Ham right. O'Neil collected the set piece before rolling the ball into the path of the over-lapping Sebastian Lletget who cut the ball back for Lee to calmly slot into the far corner from 16 yards. Both before and after Lee's opener, however, Akinde passed up great opportunities of his own to hit the net, lifting a shot over Kurucz from 12 yards before heading Michael Doughty's left-wing centre over the top from close-range.
COLCHESTER UNITED : Development Squad
Wallace Binder Ground (Maldon & Tiptree F.C.)
3 - 1 (Moncur [pen], Montenegro, Wearen)
19 December 2011
Ian Hendon was full of festive cheer after his Development Squad completed 2011 with a fine 3-1 win at Colchester United. West Ham Umted's second-string came from a goal down to complete a convincing victory highlighted by an 80-minute run out for Gary O'Neil and an outstanding goal from Paraguay Under-20 forward Brian Montenegro. The Hammers started slowly, falling behind to Steven Gillespie's low strike, before launching a superb comeback through George Moncur's penalty before half-time and Montenegro's turn and low finish and Eoin Wearen's powerful header in six minutes after the break. "It was very good," said Hendon. "To be honest, the lads were on their way to getting a rocket at half-time after the opening 20 minutes, but they worked their way into the game and played some good football in difficult conditions. "We gave Colchester too much time and space in the early stages but once we tightened up we started to put them under pressure and create plenty of chances. "We got our equaliser and then the way we came out after half-time and scored twice so quickly was really pleasing." Montenegro's 49th-minule goal was the signature moment of a cold and wet night at Maldon and Tiptree FC. The South American look advantage of a clever dummy by new signing Pelly Ruddock before turning and unleashing an unstoppable low drive into the bottom right-hand comer.
Two minutes later, Wearen completed the scoring by nodding in O'Neil's swinging free-kick to net for the second game in succession. "We did a bit of work on the morning of the game on finishing and set-plays and Brian looked sharp and he's scored another great goal - a good finish with his left foot. "Pleasingly, we got another goal from a set piece and Eoin has now got two in two games. We work on these things in games and when it works in the games it is very pleasing. It was not just the goalscorers who pleased Hendon. Youngster Ruddock caught the eye with his pace, power and industry, while O'Neil resembled his old self with an energetic performance. "Pelly is a strong lad for his age and he's going to develop. I don't think he's used to full-time football yet, but his attitude and enthusiasm for the game are great and he did well. "Gary was fantastic. We played him out on the right and his delivery into the box and his set-plays were superb. He looked really good on the ball and is looking stronger and sharper with every game. The good sign was that he was disappointed when he came off because he wanted to stay on and play the full 90 minutes, but the medical team specified that he should only play 75 or 80 minutes. "We swapped Gary and Blair Turgott over and players find little niches in games - when they're not causing one full-back a problem they might cause the other full-back a problem and that's exactly how it turned out. The midfield players pushed up and put more pressure on them and, as a group, it was a good performance.
Ian Hendon signs off 2011 with a 3-1 win
Leo Chambers and Blair Turgott
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