After four defeats on the trot Newcastle finally got back to their winning ways today with a good 3-1 win over West Ham, and our first half performance was good, but West Ham came back into the game in the second half and made it close until Yohan got his second goal a full five minutes into added time.
Yohan Cabaye scores first goal after just 16 minutes
Newcastle started this game well after a fast West Ham start and after only 16 minutes beautiful skill from Yohan Cabaye saw the French International control the ball beautifully before putting it past goalkeeper almost in one slick movement.
And then with Newcastle playing some good-looking stuff Moussa Sissoko broke down the right wing and put in a cross that Loic Remy controlled with sublime skill before putting the ball into the back of the net.
Newcastle were coasting towards the half time whistle two minutes into added time when we conceded a terrible goal, and there seemed to be hesitancy in the Newcastle defense and the ball amazingly ended up in the back of the net, coming off Mike Williamson for an own goal.
Newcastle were much the better side in that first half, but as so often happens in the Premier League game, West Ham fought back well in the second half, but they only have themselves to blame and missed two gilt-edged chances to equalize.
West Ham have had trouble scoring goals this season, with only 22 goals scored in their 22 games played, and it was their two big strikers Carlton Cole and former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll who missed their two big chances.
Carlton Cole had an empty net to shoot at after 57 minutes when a Taylor cross reached him in the box, but somehow he managed to miss
Carroll came on after 62 minutes with West Ham pushing hard for an equalizer, and the Gateshead lad should have scored when he had a chance from only six yards out, but somehow shot wide.
But Newcastle started to come back into the game after the two West Ham misses, and then a full five minutes into stoppage time it was that man Yohan Cabaye again who scored Newcastle’s third goal – with another magnificent free kick to make it 3-1.
This was a terrific result for Newcastle and a good first half performance, but we made it difficult for ourselves a little bit in those final 45 minutes.
But hey – a win is a win – and we’re up to 36 points from 22 games – exactly where we were two years ago after 22 game played – and we’re only four points from safety. 😀
Howay The Lads!!
West Ham: Adrian, Jarvis ( J Cole, 73), Rat, Collison (Morrison, 46), Taylor, Noble, Collins, Diame (Carroll, 62), Downing, C Cole, Johnson. Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Maiga, Diarra, Chambers.
Newcastle: Krul; Santon (Dummett, 74), Williamson, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa; Tiote, Anita (Shola Ameobi, 60), Cabaye; Sissoko, Remy (Ben Arfa, 78), Gouffran. Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, Obertan, Cisse.
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
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