With West Ham being beaten 3-2 at home by Tottenham tonight, Newcastle move one place up in the league table – and we go there by having scored more goals than the Hammers, as we are on the same points and same goal difference of -10.
Gareth Bale - another brace at Upton Park tonight
And West Ham were beaten by a certain Mr. Gareth Bale, who scored two great goals – and the winner in the 90th minute after he had even been fouled.
But the referee had waved play on – Gareth was given the ball back by a Tottenham player, and he moved to his left (what other direction?) and smashed the ball into the back of the net with the fantastic left foot of his – for another brilliant goal.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the other Tottenham goal, and Andy Carroll scored from a penalty and Joe Cole got the other West Ham goal, in what was a very exciting game.
Former Newcastle captain and West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan had to go off in the first half with what seemed like a calf injury.
I had initially thought West Ham would have to lose by two goals – but Newcastle have scored more goals than West Ham (38 vs 31), and that’s the third decider – after points and goal difference.
So Newcastle are now 8th bottom (that’s one way to put it), and we have moved up the table by three places since we got our five Frenchmen in last month – and we are still only 3 points out of 10th place and Stoke City, who we meet in our next home game after we face a tough game at Swansea on Saturday afternoon.
Gareth Bale must be the best player in Britain at the moment, in his current form.
Let’s hope Newcastle’s surge continues at Swansea on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!
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