FT: Newcastle 3 West Ham 1 – Great Win for Magpies


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Newcastle ran out worthy winners this afternoon against a very good West Ham team by 3 goals to 1. A brace from Mark Viduka and a third goal from Charles N’Zogbia made the win look fairly easy in the end.

There’s no doubt that West Ham will win more games than they lose this season so this is a very good result for Newcastle following their disappointment last Monday at Derby.

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Mark Viduka 2 good opportunist goals from the Australian striker today

Newcastle got off to a dream start with a goal by Viduka after just 2 minutes. Milner made progress down the left then laid the ball back to N’Zogbia who put in a lovely cross for Mark to nicely head home past Green. Steve Harper showed why he is keeping Given out of the team with a brilliant save after 27 minutes when he turned a rasping shot from Noble around the post at full stretch down to his right.

Newcastle surprisingly went more on the defensive and allowed West Ham to come at them more and West Ham duly equalized after 32 minutes when Dean Ashton volleyed home from 7 yards. Newcastle had failed to clear from a long throw in. Newcastle came back and applied pressure to West Ham and N’Zogbia, who had another sparkling game, put in a great ball through to Viduka who stabbed it home after 41 minutes.

At half time the game was on a knife’s edge with newcastle leading 2-1 but it was still anybody’s game.

But Newcastle started the second half in good form and Mullens was booked for a bad trip on Butt. Then Martins replaced Owen, who seemed to get a knock just before he was replaced. Not sure if it was his groin again. After 55 minutes Viduka, showing excellent technical skills went past 3 West Ham players before playing it back for Butt but his shot was straight at Green who saved easily. Then after 72 minutes as West Ham threaten again Harper made another good save as he blocked a good shot from Bowyer and Beye was very alert to clear the ball quickly.

On 73 minutes Newcastle introduced Enrique for Viduka but this is hardly a defensive move. N’Zogbia moved to the left wing and Smith joins Martins up front, and Milner is operating on the right wing.

Then an excellent move by Newcastle nets them a third goal. The ball is moved nicely from defense in a free flowing move and Smith gets the ball just outside the penalty area. He holds the ball up expertly and then slots it back to N’Zogbia who sweeps it out to Martins on the left wing. Martins then brings the ball in a little and crosses for N’Zogbia to neatly slot home Newcastle’s 3rd goal. Charles made two goals and scored one – not a bad day’s work for the brilliant Frenchman – who seems to get even better with each game. So glad we have this lad for at least 5 years.

Newcastle brought Steven Taylor on for Cacapa with about 10 minutes to go. Apparently Cacapa sustained a groin strain. Newcastle were well in command now and should have had a fourth goal when Martins unnerved Upton and stole the ball from him, went around the goalkeeper and then amazingly hit the side netting when it was easier to score. However, Martins made this chance and it shows you just how dangerous the Nigerian is. He just needs more playing time and he looked dangerous at times. he can still score a lot of goals for Newcastle this season.

An excellent win for the boys today and some very good performances all over the park. Beye looked very good at right back and the two central defenders looked very solid indeed and it was good to see young Enrique finally get on for a league game. With Enrique in at left back it will free Charles N’Zogbia for him to cause all kinds of trouble to the opposing defenses.

Not one Newcastle player didn’t play his part in this victory and Sam can take a lots of positives from this game. Harper was excellent again, young N’Zogbia looks better every game and Mark Viduka got a couple of goals, which is what Sam has been asking of him.

Great performance all around from the boys today. Well done.

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37 comments so far

  • gordon

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #1

    We are the Geordies,the Geordie boot boys,oh we are mental oh we are mad.we are the loyalist football supporters the world has ever had.
    We Are ……

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  • SW

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    When you take the GCSEs, if you answer every question with Newcastle United you will attain a perfect score.

    I’m serious.

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #3

    good performance all round from the boys a thought baye looked a bit tyred towards the end but apart from that good performance

    come on the toon

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  • Howay the Black And White Army

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #4

    ed- you still have to change the standings on the sidebar.
    great win!! Howay the lads

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  • Sinead

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m sorry right, Harper made 2 good saves, for the rest of the match he looked dodgy at the most. He pretty much started at the ball when it was going into the back of the net, not trying to stop it. So it remains a mystery why the better keeper, yet again is sitting on the bench. While we’re on it, if Given doesn’t start against Arsenal then come transfer time he might just end up in Arsenal. This is getting beyond a joke.

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  • SteveD

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #6

    @ Sinead

    Agree re Harper – he does not look comfortable @ the back, neither does he instill confidence in the defence – Given would be shouting at least. He was ball watching when they scored, much like Monday night against Derby.

    Owen I guess will be off for an operation in Germany soon

    Viduka looked great and really help up the ball a la Shearer dare I say?

    Milner and Zog were really good and I was pleased to see the defence do well

    Bring on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup – will be a tough one

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  • Dirk

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    sinead, u should b sorry harper has been fantastic and his performance 2day was second to none! he made much more than 2 outstandin saves. i agree given is a better keeper but this is harpers chance now hes w8ted 16 years for this so lets not spoil it for him now!
    o and a gr8 performance from the team beye lookin gr8 at rb and enrique looked very comfortable wen he came on, cant w8 till hes startin games!

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  • Dave

    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #8

    sinead, im a big given supporter myself, being irish and all, but you have got to stop being so biased. cut harper a little slack. He is after all playing quite well.
    p.s. if you are not a newcastle supporter then why do you keep commenting on this website.

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  • Gallacher the Horse

    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Sinead is Wor Seamus’s cousin or something and lives in the Irish community in Manor House near Arsenal. Far too keen to keep mentioning the Gooners! : – )

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Great win for us knowing that Liverpool,Blackburn,Everton,Man City,Totenham all failed to win.
    I really can see us top 4 if we continue with Enrique as Lb by giving Zogy to dominate on his prefered position.
    I already see Tottenham out of the race for top 4 and the way things are going we gonna have only Chelsea as our main contender for the 4th spot.
    Chelsea will need a lot of time to recover from the shock called Mourinho and Tottenham will soon be without Jol,that’s our advantage against them.
    Howay the Lads

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  • Mark

    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, It was Cacapa who came off for Taylor not Geremi.

    Harper looked nervous at times during the game and Given is the better keeper. However Harper is in form at the moment and the manager needs to instill the belief in his players that when they get a chance in the team if they perform well then they will hold there place.

    I thought Beye played well today and looked very useful, however it is early days in his Newcastle career. Viduka looked awesome. While West Ham are a good team I don’t think they are genuine UEFA cup contenders I think Man City, Everton, Spurs, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Portsmouth will be bigger rivals for the UEFA spots

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  • snake

    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    good result, decent display proud of them.

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  • Tripp

    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #13

    This is exactly what we needed. A good bollocking of Hammers after Monday’s dismal performance. Clean sheet woulda been great but I ain’t complainin’. The only thing I can bitch about is the fact that one of my mates has Viduka on his Premierleague fantasy team and we’re neck and neck (I’ve got Martins). Wish the results coulda been the other way around. But reality comes first, so I’m glad of it. I always like Viduka so it’s good to see him putting shots in the back of the net.

    Howay the Toon!

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #14

    What i like about Harper is cause he’s calm and cool,usually those goalkeepers who shout a lot concede more goals.

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  • iain

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    this result does make the derby one that bit more sickening to take.

    but at least sam was right about getting players with character that can handle the pressure and bounce back.

    more results like this sam and less of the stupid comments about benitez and i will certainly be happy all season.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Hey guys,maybe we’ll be fighting against Chelsea and Villa for the 4th spot cause for me Tottenham is definetly out from the race.

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  • Bazza_09

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d be interested to get thoughts on marks out of ten for our boys today,

    Harper – 8

    Beye – 7
    Rozenthal – 7
    Cacapa – 6
    N’Zogbia – 9

    Geremi – 6
    Butt – 7
    Smith – 6
    Milner – 6

    Owen – 6
    Viduka – 9

    Subs
    Martins – 6
    Enrique – 6
    Taylor -6

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Ooops i forgot Man City aswell but i think they won’t last long knowing they havent got too many injured players except Bojinov.

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  • Tom

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #19

    hey anyone got a link for the toon goals? i missed them as i was playin the ol’ sunday league lol great result though!

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  • nightfall

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #20

    viduka 9? you gotta be kidding… wtf was he doing with his 2nd goal…(almost) missed a perfect chance…luck saved him… and as for smith…again…the guy can’t play on the left, can’t play on the right, we have very good strikers so he can’t play up front, he’s lacking creativity for AMC…so…he could only play as DMC…but we have geremi, butt and faye in that position… so…wtf did we sign him?!?! money thrown out the window… oh and sam…GIVEN MUST PLAY!!! i don’t understand why are you leaving him on the bench…unless you are planing to sell him to your good pal sir alex ferguson…which would be the biggest mistake ever…

    …and sth positive: good result 🙂 we’re 5th 🙂 …it’s gonna be hard to beat liverpool, arsenal and man u….but we have a good chance against man c!

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  • Andreas

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #21

    @Sinead, I agree that Given is the better keeper but ffs can you please stop your constant moaning and anti-Harper crusade. I’m sure all on this blog are aware of your thoughts regarding our keepers so no use of bringing it up in 100% of your posts. You are indeed entitled to your opinion, and as said I and many others do agree with you in the actual matter but once more – please stop the constant whinge in the matter.

    On topic:
    Good win – makes Mondays debacle even more annoying.

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  • Lull

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #22

    A great win, it put a smile on my face to see the lads are organize and keeping posession and pass the ball neatly to each other. A fully deserve win… Howay the lads!

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  • Steeley

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Bazza – no way! Youve underscored some players a lot there!

    Harper – 8 (Some awesome – and v.important – one handed low saves to his right)
    Beye – 8.5 (looked quick going forward and lookd very safe.
    Cacapa – 9 (bar one slip, I thought he was excellent today!)
    Roz – 7.5 (lookd a little beaten at set plays, but was solid in getting rid of the ball)
    Zog – 9 (Set up 2 and scored 1. Cant wait for him to play a full match on left wing!!) MOTM in my opinion.
    Smith – 6 (looked lost in the first half, and didnt really do much in the whole game)
    Geremi – 6.5 (Poor first half, but started going in for more balls in 2nd)
    Butt – 7 (exact same as Geremi in 1st half, but got markedly better in 2nd)
    Milner – 7.5 (Tried his best yet again, but seemed a little slow today)
    Viduka – 8.5 (1 great header and a real poachers goal for the 2nd. I thought he started a bit rusty but just got better and better as the game went on – almost MOTM)
    Owen – 6.5 (Looked spritely in the 1st half, but no real end result. Looks like may need the operation after all).

    Subs:
    Martins – 7 (Had some good runs, but missed that open net…oops!)
    Enrique – 7 (Looked nifty going forward but didnt really see enough of him)
    Taylor – 6 (Another late entry, so again, not really enough time to judge)

    Good to see Blackburn and Chelsea lose today – only leaves Arsenal unbeaten now (I think!!). And am still laughing that Tottenham didnt win again! haha

    Will be interesting to see how we play against the gooners in the League Cup..

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Tom – as soon as the goals come online we’ll put them up for you – for those who couldn’t see the game.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Andreas – just think if we had won on Monday night we’d be 2nd top behind Arsenal and in front on ManU on goal difference. Let’s leave being second top to later in the season 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Very good looking display by the lads – in fact it got too easy towards the end – West Ham were well beaten but they were very sharp in 1st half – and did look a good side. But we were better on the day 😀

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  • JJ

    Sep 23, 2007 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Harper (7/10) – some great saves but one slip up early on with miss kick.
    Beye (7/10) – made some good runs forward, defended well but needs to improve final ball.
    Rozenhal (8/10) – passed well from the back and defended reasonbly well against the very very impressive Dean Ashton.
    Casapa (8/10) – same as above.
    N’Zogbia (9.5/10) – won us the game and looked world class.
    Butt (6.5/10)- poor first half, passed well in second half and fought well.
    Geremi (6.5/10) – same as above.
    Smith (6/10) – looked lost in midfield first half but played quite well when replacing Viduka up front.
    Milner (6/10) – usually had a poor game tonight, perhaps needs a rest.
    Viduka – (8/10) – great first goal, great hold up play, finish for wnd could have been more convincing.
    Owen (6,5/10) – did nothing for me in the first half and needs to rest his injury.

    Martins (6/10) – made some great runs but should have scored.
    Enrique (7/10) – looked solid.
    Taylor (7/10) – not much game time.

    Big Sam (9/10) – probably only 8/10 but bonus for not playing Ameobi ; )

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 23, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Mark – right – i corrected it.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 23, 2007 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Dean Ashton looked very good today for West Ham – he looked good last week too – and also scored.

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  • Rocky

    Sep 23, 2007 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #30

    SInead and co. Give Harper some credit, it;s taken him 15 years to make 16 appeareances! He has been with us so long, he desrves the chance to have a run out, especially now that he is having a good run. No keeper in this world wud have saved that Ashton shot today, it was a class strike. I agree he’s not a great organiser or shouter but no players are alike. I watched Cech race out of his goal to give Mikel an ear bashing when he made a mistake.

    Say BS dropped him and brought back Given, what kind of message would that send to the rest of the team? Play 2 the best of ur abilities but i’m gonna drop u when the big boys are back! Not good for team morale.

    However, I am a bit worried if Given is not getting any games, then Arsenal sure could be making enquiries in January.

    I’d love to see the following team on Tuesday

    Given / Harper

    Enrique – Rozenhal – Taylor – Beye

    NZogbia – Geremi – Butt – Milner

    Smith & Martins

    Owens, Viduka, Cacapa injured of course

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  • ChrisL

    Sep 23, 2007 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #31

    3 goals scored in one game by a Newcastle team that had Butt, Geremi & Smith playing in midfield (except 10 mins).

    Bit of a shot in the arse for all those criticising them/Sam over the last week.

    We’re not going to win every match this season. We’re even going to lose some games we feel we’re entitled to walk away with 3 points from (before a ball is kicked). But within the squad now, we have the ability to stop other teams scoring as many as in recent years & boy do we have some players that know where the goal is.

    All we can ask for from Sam & the team over this season, is to be better then the last 3 years (which for me means top 8). Anything more then that & I’m in heaven!

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  • apan

    Sep 24, 2007 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #32

    sinead is here on the forum just to bash harper up lol why u hate him so much ey? give that lads a break his been in the club all his life this is the time for him to shine, just like in BR years

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  • Rich

    Sep 24, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #33

    Nightfall, waht are u talking about… viduka 9 are you joking? Viduka was totally awesome on Sunday 2 goals, excellent link up play , got in great positions and so strong on the ball best player on the park

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  • nightfall

    Sep 24, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #34

    he was not awesome…apart from his 1st goal he was average… he missed the ball (2nd goal)… 4 year old girl would manage better finish… at times he showed how slow he really is… he is past his best…but still better than shola and smith…

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  • Rich

    Sep 24, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #35

    the second finish was a good reaction as the ball came across in an awkward position, he showed quick thinking and unless the ball went in the back of the net!i do agree though hes not the quickest but still think hel be great for a couple of seasons for us!

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  • nightfall

    Sep 24, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #36

    he is good…better than shola and smith…together 🙂 …but i’m just saying that 9 is a bit too much for his performance…8 tops…

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  • Craig F

    Sep 24, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #37

    I was at the match on Sunday and I was sooo impressed with Newcastle i’ve had a smile on my face ever since!

    I’ve seen NUFC team promise a lot before only to fall at the last hurdle (or even the first hurdle sometimes) but this team is a totally different beast!

    For once we look quite solid as opposed to an accident waiting to happen, we have strength in depth rather than resorting to the academy every time a first teamer or two gets injured, and we still have it in us to play some decent stuff (despite a few Bolton style long balls, which i’ll gladly put up with)

    Also, i know he was shocking at times last year, but Zog is a must for left wing – from what i saw yesterday he’s as good as Duff at the peak of his Chelsea powers!!

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