Newcastle 5 West Ham 0 – Best Hat-Trick – Hammers Hammered


And we wondered where the goals would come from – well it tells you what we know know about this stuff – but stand forward Leon Best – stand up and be counted for a terrific hat-trick – and when it really mattered too.

Leon Best opened his Newcastle account tonight in some style, with a tremendous hat-trick at St James’s Park, on his Premier league debut, as Newcastle annihilated West Ham 5-0

The Nottingham-born striker had gone almost a year without scoring for Newcastle, but to be fair, he’s had to overcome number of injuries and he showed tonight what he can do for Newcastle United.

And credit to Alan Pardew as well, for not only standing by him, but by giving him his chance tonight, and as a sub on Sunday, when he looked lively.

And while fans had already taken to best before tonight, because of his burning desire to do well at newcatsle, he got a standing ovation tonight for his three goals – a great display and great courage from the 24 year-old striker.

Two goals from Leon Best and the 9th goal of the season from captain Kevin Nolan gave Newcastle a comfortable 3-0 interval lead and then then Best completed his hat-trick.

And Peter Lovenkrands made it five with his 3rd goal of the season, and the rout was complete and adds to the 6-0 win against Aston Villa and  the 5-1 win against Sunderland.

And the pleasing thing is again the lads kept a clean sheet – and for the second game in a row. 😀

West Ham were completely hammered – excuse the pun – but Steve Harper had almost nothing to do in the Newcastle goal,  as Alan Pardew seems to have made a bright start to his Newcastle management career with 3 wins in the first 5 games in charge,  and Newcastle now are on 28 points from 21 games.

The game kicked off and Newcastle made a good start and would you believe that Best had a couple of early chances, but didn’t get anywhere near to beating Robert Green in the West Ham goal.

Best opened the scoring in the 18th minute as Peter Lovenkrands lifted the ball high into the path of the 24-year-old, who coolly shot past Green and into the far corner of the net – an excellent finish from Leon for his first ever PL goal.

Great work between the two strikers with both Carroll and Ameobi out, but they were hardly missed tonight such was the play of the two  strikers,  and this Newcastle United side,  who were buzzing tonight.

And then in the 39th minute, Best made it 2-0 after Lovenkrands had a shot only parried by Robert Green and Best was there, where he should have been,  to put the ball home.

Again the two strikers had combined brilliantly for a Newcastle goal, and another great finish from Best, who steadied himself before rifling the ball home! It was fairy tale stuff at this point in the game, with the crowd going wild.

And just before the break captain Kevin Nolan made it 3-0 after a mistake by James Tomkins, and the Newcastle captain stroked the ball home from just 10 yards out and through a crowded penalty area and into the back of the net.

And a bit of a surprise but with the game presumably won, Pardew brought on Mike Williamson for Steven Taylor at center-back in the second half, while Avram Grant brought on Victor Obinna and Valon Behrami, to try to rescue the game.

After 59 minutes Best followed Andy Carroll and captain Kevin Nolan  in getting a hat trick at St. James’ Park this season, and in his first ever PL start too (how much is this guy worth again?),  when he calmly finished by stroking the ball home, after Kevin Nolan had found him open.

Peter Lovenkrands then added a 5th goal for Newcastle – which does the goal difference a power of good by the way – as the Danish International beat Green at the  near post following a Barton cross from the right.

Pardew then did the right thing, as Leon Best was taken off to a tremendous standing ovation from the very grateful Geordie crowd.

Nile Ranger and Shane Ferguson were the subs, as Gutierrez was also taken off.

A worrying sight was when Cheick Tiote limped off the field and Newcastle completed the game with just 10 men, having used all three of their subs.

Newcastle are now up to 8th in the Premier League on 28 points, and we took the 6 points we wanted to see from the four holiday games, after losing the first two.

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This was a terrific performance from the Newcastle side, and they looked so much better than West Ham tonight, and it’s now two wins in a row with 6 goals scored and none conceded.

The players and Alan Pardew and the coaching staff deserve all the credit in the world for producing this display,  when it really mattered.

They were simply magnificent tonight – and maybe Leon Best has a good career ahead of him on the Tyne!

Howay The Lads!!

Teams and stats:

Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, S Taylor (Williamson, 46), Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez (Ferguson, 66); Best (Ranger, 63), Lovenkrands,
Subs not used: Krul, Perch, Guthrie, Routledge.

West Ham: Green; Ben Haim, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon; Sears, Kovac (Obinna, 46), Parker, Noble (Hines, 70); Piquionne (Behrami, 46), Cole.
Subs not used: Reid, Berrera, Spector, Boffin.

Goals: Best 18, 39, 60, Nolan 45, Lovenkrands 63

Bookings: Kovac 13, Behrami 80, Ben Haim 83

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

Attendance: 42,387



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63 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Not even the most optomistic saw that coming. I continue to be amazed.
    Well played Leon Best; Joey Barton passed like god, and Tiote’s just runs and runs. Everybody worked hard, what more can you want.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #2

    I keep saying it, Barton WORLD CLASS today. Best looking sharp, looking forward to seeing more of him against better opposition.

    Who knows Carroll/Best could be the magic formula.

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  • Weatherman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #3

    What a game!
    If anyone was even thinking about letting Leon Best go then they’ll be changing there minds pretty soon. I could watch Tiote for hours and hours.
    Let’s keep this moment up for the match against the scum.

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  • JWatson

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Apply that performance with Carroll, Gosling, Ben Arfa and 1 or 2 signings and well…

    I get the shivers.

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #5

    WOW! What a great performance. Players look so committed and focused. I must admit, I viewed this as a danger game, so many times we have dropped points and lost the so called easier games, but we put an end to that. If we play with that spirit and focus every game, we will do some damage. Our players deserve to be applauded and Pardew deserves some respect.

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  • stevep

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Taylor and Tiote were all taken off with tight hamstrings and Jonas with a knock he got earlier in the game – probably be rested for Sat game and hopefully ok for mackems

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Gosling is still developing, he’s not the finished article, I work with an Everton supported.

    Good to have him though, lots of potential, but he won’t sweep into this team.

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  • alkinou

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #8

    GREAT … but

    Is it me or Tiote went off before the end of the game? Injury, serious?

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #9

    F****k me, Is Leon best george’s son?? Barton, colo, simmo, Jose and tiote were amaising, add big ANDY, gosling, HBA, and a couple of signings, we could well end up challenging for Europa league.

    Massive congratulations for pardew, his set prices are also working a treat. We look like a far more solid unit and I can’t help but like the guy.

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Glad to see Pardew giving everyone a chance. Seem’s to be evaluating the squad well but the teams looking good right now. Lets not get ahead of ourselves but challenging for europe maybe? 😛

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  • fungus44

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #11

    nolan said give leon a chace ,when given it he takes it in stile great result and the whole taem plkayed well ,we need that every game now.

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  • balubas1

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Leon Best: Give me thumbs up if you want to keep him and thumbs down if you still want to sell him.

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  • stestickle

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #13

    buzzing buzzing buzzing just hope tiote’s injury aint to bad would be the biggest loss out of any of the squad

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Even we lead 5-0 we won’t stop running. It show the real spirit and determination of our players. Just love ! Love to see that ! HWTL !

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  • balubas1

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Tiote went off with a hamstring injury.. which means 3-4 weeks at the worst… sorry to be the partycrasher but he is probably out against 5under1and

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  • alkinou

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Best hammering ever?

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  • George Athens

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #17

    i wish the happiest 2011 for every Newcastle’s fan…delicius perfomance tonight…that is the Newcastle that all we dreamed…my warmest greetings to all of you…

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  • Bucks mag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Well done Best, he certainly took his chances tonight. Do that on a regular basis son.

    Shout out for Colo as well – he was outstanding at the back.

    Hope Tiote is OK – be even more of a stretch for us to be missing Carroll and Cheik. No doubt the players could do it though

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  • hitman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #19

    pardew has come out the neet and says carroll is going nowhere…this transfer window..

    http://twitter.com/CaulkinTheTimes

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  • balubas1

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Imagine when we get Hatem Ben Arfa in this lovely mix!!. Creds to Pardew for throwing in Ferguson also in this game.

    Feel sorry for Ranger though. But now I know why he was behind Best in the pecking order at the Wigan game.

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  • fungus44

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #21

    we don,t know how bad Tiote,s injury is yet might only be tight took off as precaution ,we can only hope .week,s rest might do it good

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  • nufc7

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #22

    words cannot describe how happy i am for leon best..3 class finishes tonight. let’s hope he can get a bit of consistency going and he should play against stevenage on saturday to keep his confidence up

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  • balubas1

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Bucks Mag:

    you expect Best to play like this every game?? Come on.. this is really the FIRST TIME EVER he has got a real chance. Now he has proven worthy to be a part of the Newcastle squad.

    A LEFT footed hattrick in your premier league debut?? come on!

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  • tjshawsey

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Was it me or did TBH punch Ferguson? Thought I saw blood on his face too.

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  • Whitecap

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Best and Lovenkrands are going to get a lot of the plaudits for this match (and they should), but for me that was a top class defensive performance. The midfield and the back four shut down any West Ham attack before it ever got going.

    Unfortunately, I can’t pick a man of the match because it was such a good team performance that picking just one player wouldn’t be right.

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  • Flop

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Sunderland in disguise!
    Well dones fantastic performance! Now we know why Pardew wants to keep Best.

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  • McGroin

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Colo is amazing.

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  • lewytoon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #28

    haha! i was right, i believe i commented on the article about leon best being transfer listed saying he was good and if he scored one he wud score loads! hahahahahahahaha

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  • mightymag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #29

    buzzing with the result tonight, best was clinical, colo was a brick wall and barton with his superb passing, and super tiote in the engine room!! west ham were poor tonight didnt know what to do, newcastle changed the style of play one twos, diagonal balls into the box, few long balls, and some nice through balls and over lapping!! They really mixed it up and ham were clueless!! thought the team selection was adventurous and tactics were spot on, all credit to pardew!! nice to see the lads enjoying their football, the togetherness of the players and staff is second to none!! HWTL THINGS ARE LOOKING ROSY

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Colo, Enrique, Barton, Nolan – when they play well, we will win more than we lose. Congrats to Leon Best also, great performance.

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  • tjshawsey

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Colo made one of the most amazing tackles I have ever seen on 90mins! Ever player was immense!

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  • JSYproject

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #32

    WHOS READY FOR MATCH OF THE DAY.. HAHAA WHAT A GAME 😀

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  • tjshawsey

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #33

    One thing I would say, lets not get on the back of players if things don’t go our way in the next few weeks; Lets just remember this win!

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  • mightymag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #34

    tjhawsey i agree!! HWTL

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #35
  • Spuggy

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Barton for England says pardew. Defo based on this performance but will his past ever stop haunting him.

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  • baro

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #37

    What an excellent performance! Great team display especially from Joey Barton, and Leon Best. Great 3 points.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Bartons midfield performance as good as he’s ever seen – totally agree. Barton was the best player on the field, and that’s saying something.

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  • sammydolan

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #39

    I feel a bit of a dick head saying that Leon Best is shite and that he should be sold. He obviously isn’t shite and did what any striker under pressure to step up and bag 4 in a game. Fair play, I’ll eat my pie now.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Apparently Robbie Keane has agreed a 7 Million deal to join Birmingham. I think this is good news for us. He’s not the player he was and I think someone like him could potentially disrupt the dressing room. He’ll be good for Birmingham but his age and wages are not right for us.

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