Newcastle’s six game winning run and seven game unbeaten streak both came to an end at Upton Park this afternoon, when Newcastle went down to a 1-0 defeat, with a goal from Aaron Cresswell after 56 minutes, and to make matters worse Moussa Sissoko was sent off after 75 minutes for two yellow cards, and so will miss the game at Burnley on Tuesday night.
Ayoze Perez in action today
And Jack Colback will also miss the game at Turf Moor on Tuesday night through suspension, after picking up his 5th yellow card for the season after 53 minutes, so this was not a good day for Newcastle.
And when Aaron Cresswell scored, it was the first goal conceded by Newcastle in 488 minutes of play, since we had gone the previous four and a half games without conceding a goal.
We have dropped from 5th position to 8th place on 19 points after 13 games played, but hopefully we can get a win at Turf Moor on Tuesday night, although Burnley have been showing improved form these last few games.
That was Newcastle’s fourth defeat of the season.
The first half was very like other games Newcastle have played during the win streak, with nothing much happening, and we defended well and as usual, we were fast and dangerous on the break.
West Ham had an appeal for a penalty late in the first half, but the referee waved play on after appeals for a hand-ball on big Mike Williamson.
There was maybe a couple of half chances that fell to Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez in the first half, but they were difficult chances.
And then Jack Colback was yellow carded and that was the first bit of bad news in the second half for Newcastle, as it was his 5th yellow card and he will now miss the game at Burnley.
But then rather than Newcastle going ahead – which has happened in the previous few games it was West Ham who scored first.
And it came after a poor shot from Kouyate found Aaron Cresswell, who dispatched it into the back of the net for the all important first goal.
Alan Pardew made a double change when he brought on Papiss Cisse for Cheick Tiote and Remy Cabella for Yoan Gouffran after 63 minutes, but then things got even worse for the Magpies when Moussa Sissoko managed to pick up two yellow cards quickly, and was sent off.
And now Moussa will miss the game at Burnley on Tuesday night, which could be a tough game for the Magpies now – with so many of our best players missing.
With Newcastle having only ten man, West Ham had a lot of the ball in those final 15 minutes, although Newcastle tried hard to get a goal that would at least have preserved our unbeaten run.
But it wasn’t to be, and after five minutes of stoppage time the referee blew the whistle and for the first time in eight games, Newcastle had lost a game.
It was a fantastic winning streak that ended today – and we need to start another winning streak at Burnley on Tuesday night – that would be the best reaction from the lads..
Otherwise we’ll have the SackPardew crowd wanting the manager fired.
We have still taken 16 points from the last seven league games – which is very good.
Howay The Lads!!
West Ham: Adrian; Jenkinson, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell; Amalfitano, Kouyate (Nolan, 85), Noble, Jarvis (Zarate, 70); Downing; Carroll
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O’Brien, Vaz Te, Cole.
Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat (S Taylor, 74), Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; Sissoko, Tiote (Cisse, 63), Colback; Gouffran (Cabella, 63), Perez, Ameobi.
Subs not used: Alnwick, Anita, Armstrong, Riviere
Goal: Cresswell 55
Bookings: Williamson 19, Colback 54, Noble 66, Sissoko 75,
Sent off: Sissoko 76
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)