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)