Observations on West Ham – Newcastle Game

If anything Newcastle were probably lucky to come away with a point from West Ham yesterday, after the team slept through much of the first half.


Oba Martins – goal but not one of these yesterday – is he sick?

  • For the first time in a while some Newcastle players didn’t turn up for the beginning of the game at Upton Park yesterday
  • Alan Curbishley had West Ham ready for this game, after they were booed from the field last week against relegated Derby County, even though they won 2-1
  • It looked like the old days of our defense being leaky were back again as we let in 2 goals in the first 23 minutes – the same number we had conceded in the last 6 full games
  • David Edgar was again introduced at the last minute, so that may have had something to do with it and lots of fans will point to the absence of big Abdoulaye Faye as a reason for our initial defensive culpability
  • But after he settled down Edgar played well again – although the youngster, to be fair to him, needs a string of games for him to be Premier sharp. But to us, he’s a future Newcastle player in the making, and has an excellent attitude
  • We have to thank Oba Martins for saving us yesterday. He scored just a wonderful opportunist goal and had an assist for the second.
  • And on 90 minutes Oba almost snatched the winner but Robert Green made a great save low to his left
  • In the second half the lads showed their character and spirit, but against a better side – like Chelsea, who are next up, we would have been dead and buried in the first half
  • Steve Harper made his customary match saving save, when on 80 minutes he saved a blast from Dean Ashton and turned the ball over the bar. Steve continues to look the part in the Newcastle goal and is so safe these days
  • Butt got into the game, but only in the second half, because in the first half our former captain Scott Parker and Mark Noble completely ran the midfield
  • Oba Martins, we thought, was our best player and he scored one and made one just before half time to get us right back into the game, and was willing to shoot at every opportunity
  • But we have to admit to being a little worried about Oba – no somersault after his goal – is he sick? 😀

Comments very welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 27, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Plenty of us were expectin’ this result or less not that long back, so well done to the lads for fightin’ back for a good away draw!..
    …We obviously missed Faye, but we kept them out in the second half…Well done to Harper for keepin’ us in it & Special thanx to Oba for firin’ us right back into it, scared them half to death!..
    …Oba, Obafem…

  • Bakerman

    Apr 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Oba is the most important player for our future. He is young and has all the attributes of being a great. He has done a splendid job in taking over from Shearer – and most importantly bleeds black & white.
    I hope that there aren’t too many changes int he squad next season as I believe that the majority of our youngsters will come good – esp Enrique. If we do get another LB, it must be purely backup for him as this lad has come on leaps and bounds since the start of the season!!

  • GraemeR

    Apr 27, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    I was expecting a victory yesterday but a draw two months ago would ob been the best we could of hoped for – progress !!
    I suppose the pressures of now as we cant go down but theplayers need to realise that good performances are vital to keep the momentum going. Second half looked better but against a better team we may of struggled to get back into the game.
    Next up Chelski – that will be the true gauge of how far we have come – 2-1 to the Toon !!

  • Bucks1985

    Apr 27, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    A solid result, although the overall team performance left a lot to be desired. However, the fact that we did not perform to our full potential and gathered an away point is something that we should not be ashamed of in the slightest. I think the absence of Abdualaye Faye was apparent at the back as, whilst giving due credit to David Edgar for spilling blood for the Newcastle cause, the Senegalese international would have swallowed up the initial flick-on for the second goal before Dean Ashton turned the young Canadian to score.

    With Chelsea next, I am sure the Newcastle players will be up for it as, with the world keeping their watchful eye on the Premiership title race, it will be an ideal opportunity for the Newcastle players to showcase their talents whilst putting a proverbial fly in the Chelsea ointment.

  • Fernando

    Apr 27, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    I think he didn’t celebrate much because we were 2 goals down and not playing well. Anyone know how long Faye will be out for?

  • hanzowen

    Apr 27, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    thought we did well considering we did conceded 2 goals before our stunning comeback. Still a good point. Well done lads! Main concern is how long would Faye be out? We really need him against Drogba & co. next game. We know we can rely on MO, Martins & Viduka to score some goals if the midfield do their jobs.

  • TooooooN

    Apr 27, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7

    We can play cacapa or maybe beye on centre back so edgar can play right back….thats another option

  • nate

    Apr 28, 2008 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I think this match showed we need to be able to play in other formations, the 433 didn’t work as they controlled the midfield, so perhaps a 442 would have been better. Of course, unfortunately, when we go with only 2 stikers we put Martins on the bench, which wouldn’t have helped.

    Also, I wonder why Keegan went with Edgar instead of Diatta, who was on the bench?


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