Newcastle drew this game 0-0, but Geordie fans will be asking how Yoan Gouffran didn’t score from four yards out two minutes into injury time, as a beautiful cross come shot from Sammy Ameobi came off the inside of the far post, to the Frenchmen, but he somehow managed to to poke the ball over the bar from one yard out – an unbelievable late miss by Newcastle that could have brough us a very welocme 3 points.
Ben Arfa in action this afternoon
That will be the big talking point in this game which went through a dismal first half with both sides trying to get into the game, but the second half was better, with Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and Ben Arfa being Newcastle three best players.
And then when Sammy Ameobi was introduced in the second half, he provided some skill and movement down the left wing, and made some excellent moves, including the late cross which should have been converted by substitute Gouffran.
West Ham also had their chances to win this game, as left winger Matt Jarvis seemed to have the beating of Newcastle right back Mathieu Debuchy, and it seems the Frenchman is exposed by any winger with speed – that’s not good.
Ben Arfa tried hard to create something for the Newcastle team, and both Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita had good games in central midfield for the Magpies today, with Sissoko making some great surging runs.
So we suppose Yohan Cabaye wasn’t missed – but what’s going on with this guy – that he doesn’t play in the first two games of the season?
We thought that was his job. 🙁
And we suppose a 0-0 draw gave Alan Pardew a few things to take out of the game that were positive – but Newcastle were no threat at all up front, and we must get some striker(s) in during this last week of the transfer window.
Vurnon Anita – had solid game today
And Newcastle could also have lost this game after 89 minutes then former transfer target Modibo Maiga had the ball in the back of the net, but he was ruled offside by the linesman’s assistant – that was close.
It was a decent second half display by Newcastle, after a lackluster first half display by both sides, but this game could have gone either way, and we’re sure West Ham fans thought they should have won the game near the end too.
But with Yoan Gouffran getting the best chance of the match with just one minute to go in added time, we missed out on two points today, and also missed out on the confidence a lucky win could have given the team.
But on the other hand a 0-0 draw gives us a clean sheet – and a point, and at least it wasn’t another defeat – that was the good news today.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux (Sammy Ameobi 66); Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse (Yoan Gouffran 72)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel, James Collins, Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien; Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame (Ravel Morrison 75); Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan (c), Stewart Downing (Joe Cole 64); Modibo Maiga
Subs not used: Adrian, Razvan Rat, James Tomkins, Alou Diarra, Ricardo Vaz Te
Referee: Phil Dowd