Newcastle are amazingly all square at 2-2 at half time against the Hammers at Upton Park this afternoon, after scoring 2 goals in the last 3 minutes of the half, after going 2-0 down at Upton Park.
20 year-old David Edgar was drafted in at the last moment for the injured Abdoulaye Faye this afternoon to make a very young central defensive partnership with 22 year-old Steven Taylor.
West Ham started the game strongly and after only 10 minutes went ahead when Mark Noble was in tons of room in the penalty area and the England under-21 star made no mistake striking the ball with his left foot beyond Steve Harper to give the Hammers an early lead.
How Noble got so much room is a mystery and the Newcastle players argue after the game as to who missed the assignment.
Newcastle are struggling early in the game to get any kind of midfield control and West Ham went further ahead when Bobby Zamora flicked on a long ball downfield, and 12 yards from goal Dean Ashton fired the ball home low past Harper, giving the Newcastle goalkeeper no chance.
Newcastle have started the game very poorly indeed, and have conceded in 23 minutes the number of goals they conceded in the last 6 games. We knew we shouldnâ€™t have mentioned this morning how well the defense was playing!
Newcastleâ€™s first attack of the game is after 36 minutes and McCartney, the former Sunderland player, heads clear from a Geremi cross.
Then after 42 minutes Newcastle pull a goal back to get themselves back into the game and itâ€™s Oba Martins who chases a ball through from Joey Barton, and is completely clear.Â But Martins keeps his head beautifully as he pokes the ball past Robert Green to make it a 2-1 scoreline.
Then amazingly itâ€™s like the Kevin Keagan days of old as Newcastle amazingly equalize on 45 minutes, just before half time.
West Ham fail to clear a Habib Beye cross from the right and the ball falls to Oba Martins who smashes it back into a crowded penalty area where Geremi turns the ball past Green with an instinctive header â€“ and Newcastle United are level!
Itâ€™s Geremiâ€™s second goal of the season and a great time to score.
At the half the score remains 2-2 but Kevin Keegan will still need to sort the lads out at the back as they were far too lackadaisical at the start of this game.
Newcastle must increase the tempo of their game even more â€“ if we are to get the win, which is what we need.
Howay the lads!