Newcastle went down to a frustrating 1-0 defeat this afternoon, and it was to a Kevin Nolan goal, just to make things even worse, and in the last two games when we expected to start picking up points, we have only one.
Jonas Gutierrez – went off injured in first half
Both sides started slowly and were finding it hard to string passes together, especially Newcastle, and it was lack luster first 30 minutes with hardly any chances being created. Jonas Gutierrez was replaced by Vurnon Anita after just 24 minutes after picking up a leg injury.
The game was mediocre with few chances, but then West Ham scored, and it was former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan who put the ball into the back of the net, and he was completely unmarked.
The ball had been partially cleared when it was swung back in, and an unmarked Kevin Nolan six yards from goal put the ball into the back of the net first time with his right foot, and there was a subdued celebration for Kevin.
It initially looked offside but Kevin was onside, although another West Ham player was in an offside position, but not interfering with play.
After the goal Newcastle stepped it up, and created some chances before half time and Steven Taylor was pushed in the back by James Tomkins following corner, but the referee amazingly didn’t give what looked like an obvious penalty.
It was 1-0 at the half and at the start of the second half, an ineffective Papiss Cisse was replaced by Shola Ameobi.
And after only two minutes a Demba Ba header seemed to have crossed the line before Jaaskelainen scooped it to safety, but the referee didn’t give the goal – and yet another goal line controversy and West Ham got the benefit of the doubt, as they had for the foul on Steven Taylor in the penalty area just before half time.
The second half was the polar opposite of the first with chances being made at both ends, as the game was wide open
Newcastle had their chances to equalize, but the goal just wouldn’t come and the Bolton gal;keeper made several to keep Newcastle at bay with Demba Ba being the most threatening.
After 74 minutes Andy Carroll was through and had the best chance of the game, but Tim Krul made an outstanding save to block Carroll’s left foot shot – Andy should have scored.
Newcastle pressed for the equalizer and in the 4th minute of the 5 minutes of added time Cabaye had a chance from a corner, but his shot was just wide – and that was it – a very bad defeat by Newcastle, and if we cannot beat West Ham at home, that’s not good.
It seems we just cannot cope with two games in a week, and the European games are affecting Newcastle’s form and energy in the Premier League.
A terrible defeat is the only way to describe this – and only a mediocre performance this afternoon.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gabriel Obertan 79), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (c) (Vurnon Anita 24) , Shane Ferguson; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 46)
Subs: Rob Elliot, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux
West Ham United (4-4-1-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Joey O’Brien, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, George McCartney (Guy Demel 67); Yossi Benayoun (Gary O’Neil 52), Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame, Matt Jarvis (Modibo Maiga 34); Kevin Nolan (c); Andy Carroll
Subs not used: Raphael Speigel, James Collins, Robert Hall, Carlton Cole
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)
Bookings: Newcastle – Ben Arfa (76); West Ham – Noble (45). O’Brien (61)
Attendance: 51,855 (2,700 West Ham)