HT: Newcastle 1 West Ham 1: End To End Game


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In a very entertaining and fast paced game Newcastle and West Ham were all level at the half time whistle with Michael Owen scoring a good goal for Newcastle, and Craig Bellamy (ouch!) scoring for West Ham, after being beautifully put through by our other former Newcastle player, Scotty Parker (another ouch!).

The game started at a fast pace with West Ham having most of the play initially, and it was obvious they had come for a win, and were playing some enterprising football.

At the beginning the defense looked a little shaky, and they seemed to be playing a high line, and were catching Craig Bellamy offside, – but one slip in the defensive coordination and Bellamy could be straight through.

After 13 minutes captain Michael Owen almost scored as he took the ball in the penalty area and in one movement left Collins for dead, and hit the ball beautifully across goal, beat goalkeepr Green, but the ball struck the upright and bounced clear – a wonderful effort from the skipper.

Then after just 19 minutes Owen again got the ball 10 yards outside the box and moved forward to hit a 25 yard shot that went in off Green, who will be unhappy he was unable to block the shot, but it looked like the sheer speed of the shot beat him – a great goal by Michael Owen.

The game was being played in an attacking way by both teams and there were lots of chances, and after 26 minutes, a high cross from the right found Carroll free on the edge of the six yard box, but Andy headed wide, when a header across goal may have been the better option. It was a good chance missed by the 20 year-old.

Then a terrific goal was scored by West Ham, thanks to our former players Parker and Bellamy. Parker had the ball but he lost it just outside the Newcastle penalty area. But then Parker took the ball off Basssong and slotted a great through ball through to Bellamy, who rammed the ball home with great aplomb, giving Given no chance at all.  A very good equalizing goal by the Hammers.

The game was end to end, and Newcastle were caught wide open after 43 minutes, when Mark Noble found himself clean through on Shay Given, but Shay made a great save as he blocked the midfielder’s shot – a let off for Newcastle another great save by the Irishman.   West Ham should have done better.

In the second half Newcastle will need to tighten up on defense, and again we have failed to keep a clean sheet at home, which will hardly please manager Joe Kinnear.

The Newcastle defenders need to watch out for the Hammer’s danger man – Craig Bellamy – who is in good form right now.  Scott Parker is also playing very well in the center of midfield – unfortunately for Newcastle.

At the half it is anybody’s game, but we must go all out for the 3 points.

TEAMS:

Newcastle United:
Shay Given, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Damien Duff, Jonas Gutierrez, Michael Owen (c), Andy Carroll
Subs: Steve Harper, Charles N’Zogbia, David Edgar, Tamas Kadar, Ryan Donaldson, Xisco, Kazenga LuaLua

West Ham: Robert Green, Lucas Neill (c), Herita Ilunga, Scott Parker, Craig Bellamy, Carlton Cole, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, James Collins, Valon Behrami, Jack Collison
Subs: Luis Boa Morte, Hayden Mullins, Julien Faubert, Diego Tristan, James Tomkins, David Di Michele, Marek Stech

Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: tbc



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180 comments so far

  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone got a good link? what i have seen has been painfulll

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    2-1 to them.

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  • Patrick

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #3

    My link is out of order. Any quality links lads?

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  • richie

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #4

    link anyone??

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  • BIGPEAOVTHEWEAB

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #5

    any links?

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  • Irish-Toon

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Get Geremi off. Why do we continually let him take free kicks and corners. He does nothing with them. All his corners and free kicks today have either gone over the top of everybody or straight in to Greens hands

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #7

    i am starting to hate jk

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  • Ross

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Charlie was heavily boo’d to say the least when he came on there.

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  • Nick

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #9

    1-2 n ow !!

    Why don’t we play with a sweeper, this ridiculous trying to play offside is killing us
    with the ball in behind Colo every time.

    carroll is no goal threat whatsoever. why the hell couldn’t Joke give ranger a run. At least he knows where the nets are !!!

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #10

    This display should make it obvious we are destined for the fizzy league. Jokinhere will come out with the normal crap about injuries and the fact that the fans are great and we are neededfor the cup game. Sorry Joke – the fans need the players to put on some sort of performance before we can get excited. I wont be there for the cup game and I wont be back unitl there are some changes or at least some investment – its not as though we dont pay enough in ticket or have spent millions in the last couple of years. After 48 years of supporting this team, Ashley has brought this club to its knees and I am not funding it

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  • Ross

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Ref has just disallowed an own goal there, a really late call, should be 2-2 apparently. 5 Live say there isnt much of a foul.

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    graeme

    well said

    there was areason he was unemploeyd

    cos hes crap

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Lucas Neill scores a spectacular own-goal as he slices a Coloccini cross from the right into his own net – but Alan Wiley rules it out for a push on James Collins as the cross came in. Neill is a very lucky boy!

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  • ryan peacock takes it up the...

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #14

    links?

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  • Will I am

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15

    FcK this club It’s making sick.

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    sky sports say it was the correct

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  • Ross

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Enrique is matching Bellamy for pace, he matched Aaron Lennon for pace, selling this lad would be ridiculous with the potential he has.

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  • Lacedaemonian

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Tis the sort of push that would be ignored if it happened against us and we would be accused of pettiness if we whinged about it. No luck mixed with total shatness.

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  • pak-toon

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #19
  • GraemeR

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Why no subs???

    What the point in Xisco on the bench – get Duff off for Xisco and go for Xisco Carrol up front with ExEMO in behind – whats to loose???

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  • ryan peacock takes it up the...

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #21

    anyone with a good link, please?

    goal centre went off air for me, as well as ustream.

    Help!

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  • irish john

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #22

    problem with Enrique is that all he has..pace..he cant pass the ball to save hes life,which unfortunatley is a crucial part of football

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  • Ross

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #23

    We seem to be attacking slightly more, but still nothing of any real danger since the disallowed own goal. Absolutly gutted. The saddest thing is the fact that this wont change Ashley’s view regarding transfers. Anyone else would probably say
    “christ, they’re terrible. We need players or my football club is going to pot”. He’ll probably just trust Joe Kinnear to perform miracles, which he doesnt have the ability to do, and he is proving that.
    He has made one sub, bringing off Geremi for a player that doesnt even want to play for us. I’m surprised Charlie turned up with the way he’s been talking about us recently, the little tw@t.

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  • dingo†®

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #24

    all my links are down too…
    :[

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #25

    i should be at the game today as i am a season ticket holder but i thought whats the point – we will loose. and of course we are.
    its so clear that we are going to get relegated and to be honest we fully deserve too aswell. our team is shit and thats a fact. the only decent players we have are leaving ffs. it is void of pace and flair and grit and heart for the cause. we have an owner who has asset stripped beyond belief and he shows no signs of letting up until there is no-one left at our club. our manager is a one trick pony who has no idea how to operate in todays fast paced prem league. we are 100% relegated.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #26

    to be honest , the squads not bad
    collocini imo is not worth the money paid. but i wont rate him of fthat easy.
    we surely need a LB along with enqrique, unless we play one of the kids which we aint.

    The midfield needs some realy good changes. We need to get hold of 2 quality CMs within 10 mn. thats not difficult is it ? but we just wont.

    A Rm would be a nice treat. and if zog leaves, then a LM too.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #27

    yesss Carroll

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  • Ross

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #28

    get in. thank god. Carroll header, 2-2.

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  • wigaz

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Well my link died much like rest of you. we still gettin beat i take it? did see their goal & we defended very poorly! will get another 2-2 draw at sjp?

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  • normski1930z

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #30

    2-2 come on

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  • toon up

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Not getting three points from this game would have been a disaster, not getting any is well…Unless we buy some players and keep what we have, we are going down, the team completely lacks any backbone, not what you need in a relegation fight…

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  • wigaz

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Come on andy c!!!! lets win this beast!!!

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  • pak-toon

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #33

    duffffffffff finally

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #34

    the hair cut worked for the lad

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #35

    10 mins to go 2-2 – will joke go for the winner ?? lol – no he will try to hold it and get beat in injury time

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  • BT9MAG

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Well done AndyC(ack hair) – let’s push on for the win!

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  • Ross

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #37

    Bellamy going off, which is a bonus, he’s caused us problems with his pace all afternoon like.

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #38

    2-2

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  • Ian

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Go on Carroll, maybe the lad has finally got his head out of his you know what and is fighting for his place, I hope he finds that reserve form.

    If we did get Mido and Carroll was on form, then they could rotate Carroll, Martins and Mido next season with options.

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  • Ian

    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Idiots taking Bellamy off!!

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