Daily Archives: November 22, 2011

Taylor scores on return

Filed: Tuesday, 22nd November 2011
By: Staff Writer

Matthew Taylor made his long-awaited comeback this afternoon as West Ham’s development squad took on Ipswich Town.

The midfielder, who has been out of action for several weeks played for more than an hour as Ian Hendon’s side went down 3-2 to a strong Tractor Boys XI in the behind-closed-doors friendly close to Ipswich’s home ground.

The former Bolton and Portsmouth star put Hendon’s side – that also featured Guy Demel, who is STILL to make his debut for the club despite having joined in August – ahead on the half hour mark after nodding home an Oliver Lee cross.

However the Hammers fell apart midway through the second half, conceding three goals in the space of 14 minutes (Republic of Ireland international Darryl Murray scoring twice with Nathan Ellington grabbbing the third).

Freddie Sears gave the final score a rather more respectable look when he fired home West Ham’s second with just under 20 minutes of normal time to play.

However Sears’ goal failed to prevent Hendon’s side slipping to what was only their third reversal in seventeen outings this season, following the defeats at Weymouth (in July) and Charlton (September).


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West Ham snub QPR interest in Tomkins

James Tomkins has played well for West Ham in the Championship © Getty Images

West Ham have laughed off QPR’s £3 million valuation of centre-back James Tomkins, insisting that they are not interested in selling him to the Premier League club.

Tomkins, 22, has been in impressive form in the Championship this season and QPR boss Neil Warnock is believed to be considering a January swoop for the former England Under-21 defender.

But the Hammers want to keep hold of their prized defensive asset as they look to leap straight back into the Premier League and have no intention of selling him, especially for the £3 million fee suggested in some quarters.

A Hammers source told ESPNsoccernet: “We wouldn’t sell him for that! The player has nearly three years left on his contract. He’s not for sale.”

In fact, there is every chance West Ham will offer Tomkins an improved and extended contract should they win promotion this season.

Tomkins’ assured displays have helped the Hammers up to second in the Championship table and boss Sam Allardyce has no intentions of selling such a versatile performer, who can play right-back or centre-back.

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