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).