Newcastle got their second away win today with a good 2-1 win at Upton Park, and came from behind to do it – and for once this season the Magpies beat another side who will be fighting relegation this season.
But the lads looked anything but confident in the first 15 minutes or so, especially in central defense, and both Williamson and Coloccini looked uncomfortable at the back.
West Ham took the game immediately to Newcastle and the lads seemed to struggle to find their rhythm, and it wasn’t surprising that after scoring only 6 goals this season in 8 games West Ham scored against Newcastle after only 12 minutes, and it was poor marking again by the Magpies defense.
Piquionne evaded Williamson from Mark Noble’s long pass down the left wing, and squared the ball from the left wing to Carlton Cole who slid the ball in from just six yards out. Cole had already missed a chance earlier in the game.
At this point in the game West Ham were dominating everything and could have scored more goals, but their strikers were just not sharp enough in front of goal – luckily for a sluggish starting Newcastle side.
That was another poor start for the Newcastle side, but this team is nothing if not gutsy and they responded well to going a goal down away from home.
Newcastle came more and more into the game and started to string their passes together with Cheick Tiote prominent in most of what Newcastle did.
And it wasn’t surprising when Newcastle equalized after 23 minutes through captain Kevin Nolan, as Andy Carroll knocked a left wing cross down and Kevin rammed it home.
It was a very good goal by the Magpies and Kevin showed great technique is getting the ball into the corner of the net, and that should end any criticism of the captain – another crucial goal for Kevin.
It was 1-1 at the break and fairy even but with Newcastle coming more into the game after a poor start.
West Ham did suffer a bit of a blow early in the second half after 52 minutes, when captain and center-back Matthew Upson had to leave the field with an injury, and Herita Ilunga replaced him and Gabbidon moved to center-back.
West Ham were not as good as they were in that first 20 minutes and the home sides started to get impatient a little with their side.
It was fairly even until Newcastle got the vital second goal after 69 minutes and who scored it – Andy Carroll of course.
Shola Ameobi had the ball down the left wing, and he played it back from the bye line to Joey Barton who put in a tremendous out-swinging cross from the right wing, for Andy Carroll to head it home, and almost break the net, unmarked on the six yard box.
Andy doesn’t miss them, and that was his 5th goal of the season and the Gateshead boy seemed so relieved after scoring the goal, after all the bother he’s been in this week – but Andy showed his character this afternoon by repaying his manager and the Newcastle fans – big time!
After the goal Newcastle saw off West Ham’s challenge to register a terrific win, and a decent performance on the day, although the lads have played better this season.
That will take some pressure off manager Chris Hughton, who wore a suit for the first time today.
West Ham were best in that first 20 minutes, but faded badly once Newcastle came back into the game, and the Magpies deserved the win this afternoon, and took their two goals very well indeed.
There was only one side playing in that second half and it wasn’t the home side.
Cheick Tiote had another fine game in midfield for Newcastle, and this player is some buy for just £3.5M – and when you get a chance please vote for Newcastle’s best player today – down the right hand column on our home page.
So Kevin and Andy will be able to talk about their goals tomorrow at Kevin’s place all day long, but make no mistake about it they were a crucial two goals for Newcastle today.
They got the club all 3 points against a side who will be fighting relegation this season, and remain bottom of the league, and it’s against teams like West Ham that Newcastle need to get the results, which they did well today.
Newcastle are now up to 9th place on 11 points from 9 games, just above Aston Villa on goal difference.
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