FT: West Ham 3 Newcastle 1 – Magpies All At Sea

In another very poor display Newcastle were well beaten by West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park this afternoon.

It was interesting to note that in their last 4 visits to Upton Park Newcastle have had 4 different managers, and this was also West Ham’s first win over the Magpies in 10 games.

But this was an aimless display from Newcastle United, especially in the first half.

The lads were 2-0 down at the half with two good goals from Italian David Di Michele, whose first goal after just 8 minutes was rather lucky, as it took a deflection and ballooned over the helpless Shay Given.

After about 20 minutes the Newcastle team came more into the game, or should we say they actually woke up, with Duff and N’Zogbia prominent, and Owen went close just missing the right hand post, although he was flagged for offside.

Newcastle were playing quite well at this stage, but then West Ham scored again when Given made a magnificent save from Di Michele, and the ball ballooned back to the Italian. Taylor and Coloccini should have tackled or blocked the shot, but they did neither, and allowed the Italian to find his composure and rocket home the ball from just 15 yards out.

It was a bad goal to concede and Shay Given must have thought he was getting no cover from his defense. Cacapa was playing in front of the Newcastle back four but he looked slow and sluggish, and was having difficulty distributing the ball.

The only good thing about this game was a beautiful goal from captain Michael Owen after 67 minutes, and after that Newcastle played their best football of the afternoon, and if they could have got another goal at that point, things may have been a lot different.

But it wasn’t to be and after two minutes of injury time Boa Morte was clean through and one on one with Given, but he amazingly shot wide.

West Ham’s 3rd goal had come after 52 minutes when Di Michele was straight though, and his cross come shot, found Mathew Etherington who shot home easily past Given. The game looked all over but then Newcastle, out of the blue got a goal back.

On 67 minutes Michael Owen beat West Ham skipper Lucas Neil beautifully on the edge of the penalty area, and put the ball home in beautiful style past a helpless Robert Green. That finish would certainly have impressed the onlooking England manager Fabio Capello.

Some changes made in the second half by Chris Hughton helped, and Bassong was brought on for Edgar, who had a very poor game. But Bassong went in at left back and again looked a good player, and it seems he must start in mid-week against Tottenham.

But make no mistake, Newcastle are in big trouble right now, and it almost looks like this season  almost a washout already, and we will once again do nothing in the league.  The players have lost all their fire and vigor and have lost their last 3 league games now.

If Ashley can’t sell quickly, he will need to at least bring in a new manager, and waste no time about doing just that.

The sooner new owners are brought into the club the better, because only then will we be able to start rebuilding – yet again.

Newcastle right now are drifting aimlessly, and that is sad to see for cuh a proud club.


West Ham: Robert Green, Lucas Neil (c), Herita Ilunga, Scott Parker, Matthew Etherington, Carlton Cole, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, Julien Faubert, Valon Behrami, David Di Michele
Subs: Jan Lastuvka, Walter Lopez, Luis Boa Morte, Hayden Mullins, Callum Davenport, Kyel Reid, Freddie Sears

Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Edgar, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Ben Tozer, Nacho Gonzalez, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Shola Ameobi

Referee: Phil Dowd
Attendance: tbc

119 comments so far

  • Adam Walton

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Italian youngster david di michele? you kidding me?! the bloke is 32!!!!

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #2

    where do we go, what do we do?

    Ashley is harming us now, he said he still cares for the club. This is not caring.

    He needs to speak with the fans again or the protests will start once more.

    There ARE buyers out there. Ashley price is ridiculous and he has to lower it.

    A manager NEEDS to be brought in THIS week. I not sure what good he will do, but he will be better than Houghton.

    A buyer then has to be sought asap.

    No more jollies with your mates in Dubai, get real then get lost.

  • DanToon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle are shockin’ and in real trouble. I’m going to get drunk!


    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Hughton and Money havn’t got a clue!! picking the team, formations and tactics!! hope the Fat man sells soon! because we all can see what is going to happen!!

    We are desperate for a new owner , and board, New quality Manager and backroom staff, we need to keep our best players and get rid of our sh!te! in January!! we need some good financial backing!!! this whole situation is a Joke!! and Ashley is the JOKER!!! we need Help!!

  • Legs

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #5

    It only took like 70 odd minutes for hughton to play the right team.



    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #6

    12/1 for the drop .we are a shambles how can keegan leave us in this mess when he is supossed to love the club and fans so much


    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #7


  • Gordon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #8

    “where do we go, what do we do?”

    I think we hope he sells soon.

    Let’s say he changes his mind, says he will fund the club after all and wants to stay. Would we (or the players) ever be really sure of his commitment?

    Wouldn’t work IMHO.

    As it stands he’s said he won’t subsidise the club so we’re simply drifting.

    He’s got to go.

  • Timmers

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #9

    New owner, new manager/assisatant manager but keep Hughton as 1st team coach put Money back in charge of the academy. Then fight for premiership survival-no arguements thats what needs to happen-some of the players clearly cannot cope with the situation so it needs to happen at the latest next monday.


    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    “BOYCOTT” the spurs “cup game on the 24th!!! we need to have a huge visual affect!! afterall its a cah ticket match!!

  • Jonthetourist

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Dead men walking 🙁

  • Tom Mo.

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Taylor was horrid. Wow I am in such a bad mood. Sheer disgust here. Still have faith in the team however.

  • hitman

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    lads were in the soup,ashley has to lower his asking price,so we can move on..

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Not even interested…lack of investment in the window will cost us dearly.

    An owner who is a tool.
    A director who is a tool.
    No Manager.
    And a team that has no creative flair or depth.

    I am prepared mentally for it to get worse before it gets better…shocking state of affairs.

    Well I am off out for a nice night with my lady another season of saturdays spent on downers just aint happening anymore…I seriously losing interest and as a geordie that has supported newcastle over 30 years it is a dissapointing state of affairs…the years of hurt are starting to really take a toll on me..even my dad a lifelong supporter is close to breaking point.

    Have a good weekend lads Chin up !


    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    hitman how do we do that!? he’ll probably wait until we are really on the low before he sells and walks!! just to stick it up us!!

  • reillers

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #16

    HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES..Ya sure lets boycott the game, it’s not like the teams spirits could be any lower. An empty stadium would do them world of good.
    DO NOT BOYCOTT THE GAME!! They need us now more then ever before.

    UNITED we stand and if needs be UNITED we will fall.

  • D.C.

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17

    If Spurs win tomorrow we’re bottom, and unfortunately I don’t see us getting up from that for some time, if at all. We’ll do well to be on 6 points heading into the Derby.

  • keeeguuurn

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #18

    DanToon – I am already mortal.. it doesn’t make things any better .. maybe the pain is numbed until morning.

    The best player tonight was the 12th man .. Our lads sang their broken hearts out for us.

    Zog, duff and owen had some moments though.

  • hitman

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #19

    HPS.the cockney conspiricy continues..

  • graemer

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #20

    reillers – half the team is gonna walk away – lets not play the “Ill support the team card” – your money is goingto Ashley who is taking anything out of the club he can b4 selling ot to the highest bidder. Any empty stadium will say more than a few songs to a person who will not be there !!!

  • impact

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Ashley wont sell guy!! He is a Spur fan!!!!! Championship here we come!!!! But i’m sure if we go in the lower division, then the anti-ashley brigade will go see their team.Thank you for ruining our club. Maybe the fan would be able to buy their championship club in january.

  • Frankie Wilde

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #22



  • radge

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #23

    I say it again….kk left us completely in the sht! whatever you think of ashley and his mates keegan abandoned us to our fate. Nothing about this situation would be worse if he’d just bit his tongue and got on with the job. Our ship is sinking fast, and keegan was the first rat over the side.

  • Alex

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #24

    NUFC rip 🙁
    with this owner we are as good as finished . He does not want to sell , the money that he is asking proves that . Nobody is going to match the 480 million that he wants and he knows it . It his way of sticking two fingers up to the demonstrations that have gone on .
    I am losing the FAITH

  • normski1930z

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #25

    tell ye what lads i really fear for the 25th of october….my stomach is churning just thinking about it….

  • hitman

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #26

    impact,your blaming us for standing up to the cockney mafia,that have fu*ked this club up.


    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #27

    reillers – having a full stadium/ground wont make a difference! because the team cant play either in a full ground or an empty ground they are professionals! its one game! what is it going to hurt???? even with our support and loyalty they dont play!! what we need to do is BOYCOTT!!!!!!!! what a Visual affect it would be no nufc supporters and a handfull spurs fans!! it would be all over the press and the media and thats what we need to do!!!

    we are just giving our money to the fat tw@t to spend on Cheap women and expensive champers!!


  • ende

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Lads, there’s only one real solution here. Get the rope. Let’s give the whole Ashley family a lovely view of the Toon from the vantage point of the Angel of the North. Hang ‘im up along with his sh***y lil brats, so they can’t grow up to be spoiled billionaire club destroyers like their old man.

  • Ashton

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Hughton must get the sack asap he makes me sick

  • Flan

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #30

    did Nacho get a game today?

  • Gordon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #31

    “I say it again….kk left us completely in the sht! whatever you think of ashley and his mates keegan abandoned us to our fate.”

    Get over it. He’s gone and has no control over club affairs anymore.

    Ashley’s still here NOW and has the power to do something, whether that’s to sell the club or retract his statement about not subsidising us and appoint a manager.

    Whatever … the ball’s in his court.

  • Dondatta13

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Gillette Soccer Saturday have Chris Hughton on after the break …

    Incase anyone’s interested.


    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #33

    am in the same boat mate 33 years of mostly shit* i am sick. today is the 1st time in many of those years i havn,t been there or listened to it this mess will take years and years to clear up the die hards are sick now what chance have we got what a nightmare i fear the worst bud

  • LBToon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #34

    NUFC is relegated this term, goes into receivership, is docked thirty points. We will wave at Leeds as they rise and we fall. I wonder if Keegan’s ego had not gotten in the way, would we be in this position. I guess he was more in love with his own image than the fate of the club.

  • dougnufc

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Please, why is the world so cruel to us?

  • SwedEric

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #36

    We need to start winning games, and people still talk about boycott the future games?

    Ashley has got the point! We need to support the team!

    Don´t go and watch us against Spurs isn´t gonna help one bit! Most stupid ide I´ve heard!

  • ToonKing

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #37

    were doomed, we will get hammered by Spurs too and there goes the cup then…..

    i just pray we can avoid relegation.

    we need a really really top manager, like Terim, or were done for.

  • dougnufc

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Please come Terim

    Please come Zico


    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Gordon – who brought Keegan in?? who brought Wise in??? who brought Llambias in???

    Ashley new what he was doing! he new his reputation!! he only brought KK in to get more money from the fans!!

    we need the fat tw@t out and out know before he totally cripples us!!

    he certainly knows how to make enemies!!!!

  • M. Stockley

    Sep 20, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #40

    as much as i love keegan and believe me i do…. im starting to agree with the people that say he has left us in the s**t! ashley needs to reduce his asking price seriously…. the players are deflated, the fans are deflated no one wants to touch us wit a barge pole,no one wants to mange us…. cant be fun to own a club that will keep sinking to new lows the longer you stay!
    we have no chance of keeping our top players but tbh the only ones id keep for certain are……. given, oba, collocini, nzogbia, beye probably guthrie and id love owen to stay but as we all know,aint gonna happen…. taylor is crap!


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