Newcastle 0 West Ham 1 – Full Match Report

Here is the game as we saw it yesterday in real time, and it certainly was a disappointing result for the lads.

Match-winner Kevin Nolan in action yesterday

Both sides started off slowly and were finding it difficult to put too many passes together early in the game – and in the first 20 minutes, if anything, West Ham had looked the better side, but with few chance being created.

On 18 minutes Papiss Cisse was put through but shot far too early and put his shot well wide, and then after 24 minutes Jonas Gutierrez picked up an injury and he had to be replaced, and it was Vurnon Anita who came on in defensive midfield in pace of the Argentine International.

Both sides were finding it difficult to get some momentum going,  but then West Ham scored, and it was former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan who put the ball into the back of the net after 38 minutes.

The ball had been partially cleared but it was put right 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, so it seemed valid goal. Drat!!!

After the goal Newcastle tried to step it up a gear or tow, and after 44 minutes Ben Arfa had a good shot that was deflected for a corner, and then Newcastle should have had a penalty just before the break.

From a corner David Tomkins pushed Steven Taylor is the back and although the referee was no more than few yards away he didn’t call it – it should have been a penalty and that was a let-off for West Ham.

Newcastle continued to attack but half time came with Newcastle 1-0 down and another injury picked up by Jonas Gutierrez.

Whatever changes Alan Pardew had made to try to get the lads have more energy in this game, following Thursday night’s efforts – hadn’t worked – at least not in the first half.

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 it – and yet another goal line controversy, and West Ham got the benefit of the doubt as they had for the foul on Steven Taylor by James Tomkins in the penalty area, just before half time.

On 52 minutes Demba Ba made a good run through the center, and as West Ham players backed off,  Ba’s left foot shot whistled just wide of the upright – a good effort by the Senegal star striker.

After 62 minutes, as Newcastle were trying to get back into the game a Yohan Cabaye free kick from the left-wing almost resulted in a goal, as the West Ham defenders failed to clear the ball, and there was a scramble a few yards from the goal line, but the ball was eventually cleared – that was close.

A couple of minutes later an excellent shot from Demba Ba was very well saved by Jaaskelainen as he turned the ball around the post for a corner, and from the corner Ben Arfa swung in the ball and it was going into the goal until the goalkeeper just managed to get the ball over the bar.

On 69 minutes Shola Ameobi got his head onto a Yohan Cabaye left-wing corner and the ball was only narrowly off target, as Newcastle pushed for the equalizer, and the second half seemed to be the polar opposite of the first with chances being made at both ends.

A couple of minutes later Demba Ba did well to beat his man down the left-wing,  but his cross across the goal saw nobody there for Newcastle, and Ben Arfa finally picked up the ball and his shot forced another good save from the West Ham goalkeeper.

Newcastle were pressing hard, but they would also need to watch the West Ham breakaways,  as they threw their men forward in search of the equalizer.

After 74 minutes Andy Carroll was clean 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 and opened his account at West Ham.

Newcastle continued to press 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 both Newcastle’s form and energy in the Premier League.


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)

14 comments so far

  • hoppernufc

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    I just feel like our Europa team is a lot more attacking and a few of those players should be given a chance too start in the league, they can’t do any worse than the ‘big name players’ who week by week fail to perform this season, for me santon has been our best player this season he was awesone yesterday I would love to see him on the Wing like what spurs done with bale, however I know pardew would never do that.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2


    really man come on,, should we think of where we came from and think ourselfs lucky??

    no one claims to be pundits, or managers , we are just fans of a great football club, that is underperforming right now,

    and as fans we do have the right to point fingers and ask questions

    here is a fact for you,

    Chris H had a much harder job to do than pardew and with a more limited team,
    CH was placed in charge of a team that had just gone down and lost many of its star players,
    CH picked up the pieces and blitzed the league, he steadied the ship, had players like barton playing for him,
    the championship is a tough league,, that guy earned his respect from every one of us,

    now AP, he took over from CH and did not have to do anything, the team was in an ok position in the league, there was very little unrest in the camp, but some big personalities in there,
    the first thing that is done AC is sold, no real replacement, then the summer, whole sale changes to the squad, and in my opinion, we got better players,

    now if you can remember last season , we played shit football, and finished 5th, for me we had a lot of luck, and that is great, every team needs it, but other than luck there was no real tactics, smash it long, bla bla bla

    this season we have not had as much luck and the football is even worse, come on man,, we look like strangers out there,,

    every freekick and corner lets aim for williamson, hmmm is that working???

    most games lets not play with a left side, give the ball to HBA , he is magic, not working

    hmmm i know long ball to BA,

    i hate MASHLY, but is it his fault we are playing crap??? no,

    did we really need to but another player to get us playing football, mmmm NO

    new players would have been great, but we have good players at the club,, what we need is for pardew to grow some balls and drop the under performing players,

    coach them on a system (1 system) to starrt with, instead of the 5 or 6 that he is playing with right now,

    playing defensive, and we concede to many goals lmfao

    ps IBIZA its cathy here lmao

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopper…You want to take one of our star defenders out of defense? Taking this “defend by attacking” philosophy a step further 🙂

    It seems that the EL team is playing with less pressure. Maybe as expectations weren’t so high for it, it’s allowing them to express themselves a bit more. With the PL the players have been saying CL is possible, hell, why can’t we win the league? Because we’re not ready lads! I’ve said it before and I will bore you again, for me progress this season should almost be unseen. He need to consolidate our newest position, nothing more, nothing less. That’s my opinion anyway.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed….like the anti argument tactic….keep changing threads and they will lose steam…


    Rotonda….It doesn’t? Are these teams that are used to balancing European football, much like I said the problem was…lack of experience?

    Who else is in Europe this season?

    Liverpool – New manager, no EL experience, not doing great on either level (also, they do have a thin squad).

    Spurs – Not really doing as well as before, are they? Have EL and CL experience, both the team and manager.

    If you want to then throw in the CL teams, all have experience and only really Man U doing “well” in both competitions, the others are doing well domestically, but average in Europe.

    I wasn’t claiming fatigue, more time to implement ideas in two competitions. It’s not impossible, but will take time to pick up.

    If at the end of this season we can find a way in to Europe again I will see it as a success. So many new factors for a lot of the club (remember, there is very little connecting the current regime with the one we loved and adored back in the 90?s, using that reasoning, Liverpool should be winning loads – I mean, they did it in the past, didn’t they?

    I’m not saying let’s not criticise anything, but let’s not just start the “let’s grab the pitchfork” mentality that is slowly creeping back in, it’s completely unproductive (as is blind positivity – I do see that, honest).

    Cathy…..Howay, this time of the month thing needs to end…you’re bringing everyone down (Half a joke) 😉

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    On previous article

    Stoke finished 13th the season before they were in Europe, they got Europe via the FA cup

    They finished 14th in their Europa league season

    This year they are bottom half again so I can’t see how it really caused then much difference in their season.

    I appreciate it means preparing for 2 games in a week so less prep for the weekend but still, pardew himself said it was no excuse.

    Also we play every other week so when he does have a full week to prepare we aren’t much better.

    Spurs played Europa league last year and finished top 4.

    What I will say I the problem with the current team is tactical. We are far to cautious and simply aren’t playing to our strength.

    This is just my opinion before people tell me in not a manager.

    Also not asking for changes to manager just want him to sort it out sooner rather than later.

  • hoppernufc

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Ibiza- haha well he’s been playing so well going forward I think he would be a force on the wing, with pardew its the same players in the same formation every week he needs to mix it up and surprise the opposition because atm you can read how were guna play like a book.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7


    so what your saying as long as we stay in the league and by some fluke reach europe its a good season,,

    at the mo i feel lucky i live in norway, i dont have to waste any money on going to watch them,,

    and for the record, i have only ever asked for 2 managers to be fired,

    first was king dogleash,, sorry and JFK

    i never even asked for sam to be sacked,

    in some strange way i could see what ruud was trying to do,

    SIR BOBBY, that was a joke, the man was almost 70, and he was brighter than pardew on how the game should be played, he new that you have to create for CF to score, his first game in charge against shef wed, 8-1, he said to shearer, stay in the box, we will get the ball to you

    now its pardew,, he is not good enough

    as R Hights just said, pardew could have a team like barcas, and still want to play long ball football,, that is his style

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    A couple of new additions would be welcomed. Clearly the Europa league is affecting us as our niggling injuries have increased. Also the suspensions havent helped.

    To be honest though, our biggest problem is that we are so massively defensive. If we were counter attacking at speed then fair enough, but when we win the ball we are so deep, and so static, that the strikers are basically on their own. Every time we pinch the ball, Cisse is off, makes his run, but the player on the ball hasnt even looked up. Cisse gets frustrated, as does Demba.

    Last season when we played 4-3-3, we had options. Cabaye was higher up the pitch and he is the only one who can play the early pass to our front men. How many times was Cisse put clean through? He is still making the same runs. Watch him closely, he couldnt do too much more but we just arent playing to his (or our) strengths.

    The 4-3-3 quickly becomes 4-5-1 when you lose the ball and we looked brilliant on the attack. Away from home we were lethal on the break. Now we have a MASSIVE gap between midfield and the attackers.

    I just pray that with Cheick back, he is given the ONLY defensive role in midfield. We could play a 4-1-3-2 with Cheick sitting, and HBA, Cabaye and Fergie/Sammy in advanced roles when we have the ball.

    Ba and Cisse could then sit front and centre where they are so, so dangerous.

    Thay cant become poor players overnight. They just need an approach that suits us.

    If Ashley wanted to build on last season, then he should bid for Walcott. Play him in an advanced role. The fee is possible due to his contract, but we would have to pay bigger wages than normal. It would be worth it though as we lack real pace. He would give us the only thing we don’t have in our squad.

    Hopefully we can start putting passes together and play from back to front, not so many long balls. Can’t believe how much we played to West Ham’s strengths yesterday.

    Come on Pards, don’t lose the identity we had last season. Fast, free flowing passing football.

    We have the players to play that way so let’s get back to that!

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9



    these articles are not your thoughts,,

    it would be nice to hear what you think about the situation

  • Cram-mag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Did anybody notice on MOTD2 last night that even the commentator said it looked like Ba’s chance had gone over the line? It wasn’t even mentioned when the pundits summed up a the end. Compare that to the Everton game and the goal we were given. They were all over that. What is going on? I’m not saying it was a goal, I’m just we were never given the chance to see for definite.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    I still haven’t seen an angle that shows one way or the other. Just the straight on angle which barely helps.

    I can’t blame the official though, he has the keeper between himself and ball so very difficult to judge.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    TS…..Criticism without calling for heads…bravo!

    Catchy…..I don’t think that is what I said at all. Staying in the league or qualifying for Europe are two entirely different objectives and the difference is huge.

    People saying Pardew inherited Hughton’s team are off the mark somewhat. Key players under Chris were:

    Krul, Colo, Barton, Nolan, Guti & Carroll (there were of course others too). Three of those have since left and new players have come in.

    Since Pardew arrived the following have been introduced to the starting 11.

    Ben Arfa (yes he arrived before, but he was out with a horrific injury for a good long while.
    Santon, Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Marv, Obertan.

    That’s almost half a team and people don’t think it has some sort of effect?

    I agree with you on managers who deserved to be fired (although I would probably add a few others to that list), JFK should have been kept though as club jester.

    I am no expert of Pardews previous jobs and appreciate he has been fired from most. I do seem to remember reading though that he generally tried to get his teams to play passing football, but this is just reports and we all know they can be shall we say, inaccurate.

    I have seen small signs of players trying to pass the ball out, do I think that’s the players wanting to adapt or Pardew trying to get them to? I think that’s probably down to Pardew.

    I think he needs time, which brings me back to my season objective.

    Given the state of transition, but at the same time, not wanting to go backwards, EL qualification should be the objective for me. It would show me have moved on a level and are able to keep that going. The rest will be improved upon as time goes on. Consolidating is important ground work in order to progress, it is part of the process.

    Could another manager do so better than Pardew, you best believe it, are we going to get said manager to the club, I doubt that at the minute. Maybe in the summer, given our high finish etc, maybe, but I doubt the type of manager some people would want. What I am saying is I am happy to give Pardew the time to sort this out, not that I am delighted with our teams weekly displays. As and when or if we’re not even scraping by whilst he’s trying, then some questions need to be asked with more urgency, I just don’t feel we’re there yet, nor do I think any possible change to management will fix anything really at the minute.

    Hopper….We are predictable at the minute, so some tinkering to our setup is needed. At the end of the day, I have to trust Pardew knows what is going on in the training ground and the pitch better than me, if not, we do indeed have big problems.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t worry Ed, you can join me on my fence if you like 🙂

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle 0 West Ham 1 – Full Match Report

    We stunk the joint up for thirty minutes, and that was that, Jack!


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