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Magpies Hammering The Hammers But Only Up 0-2 At The Half


It was the best the lads have played this season as they take a 0-2 lead into the half at London Stadium. The shell-shocked West Ham fans have seen their team all out of sorts from Newcastle’s set-pieces and counter-attacks.

The real story is that Newcastle should be up by at least four. Will it come back to haunt us?

In the 16th minute, Newcastle fashioned a brilliant free-kick routine, which ended with a Ciaran Clark header. Shelvey swung the free-kick out to a waiting Joelinton at the back post. The Brazilian headed it back across the front of goal as Ciaran Clark rose to bash it home with his head.

That is an element that Ciaran Clark can bring to this team. It’s the 30-year-old’s 9th goal for Newcastle.

It didn’t take long for another 30-year-old to get on the end of a training ground routine. This time it was a from a corner as Shelvey kicked it short to a waiting Allan Saint-Maximin. Allan passed it back to Jetro Willems, who lobbed the ball into the box. The West Ham defense were either asleep or captivated by the trickery, as Federico Fernandez headed the ball past a charging Roberto to make it 0-2.

Newcastle were up 0-2 in the first 22 minutes. However, it could have been 3 just a few minutes later as Allan Saint-Maximin was sent free from a West Ham set-piece. He ended up one-on-one with Roberto, but his shot hit the keeper’s feet.

The 22-year-old Frenchman was again one-on-one on Roberto from a Hayden pass later in the half. Allan again couldn’t get it past the West Ham keeper. He got the rebound from his first effort and passed it to an onrushing Miguel Almiron who couldn’t put it away either. The ball eventually made its way to Jonjo Shelvey whose shot went clanging off the bar.

West Ham forced Martin Dubravka into a couple of late saves and the big fear is that Newcastle have not put the Hammers away. It’s going to be a nervy second half for sure. The lads must hold strong. This is three points that we desperately need to keep.


158 comments so far

  • willowdalerez

    Nov 2, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Our last 3 our goals by defenders headers… Worrisome to be honest does that make Clark our top scorer now?

    Also we need all 3 pts here and worried will end in draw or loss as we tend to fade hard in 2nd half this season around 60 minutes after ASM is gassed… Need Shelvey Hayden to step up today big time.

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  • jane

    Nov 2, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #2

    no it was Clark’s first goal. 8 different scorers now all with 1 goal.

    1
  • jane

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #3

    including 4 centre backs

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Almiron and st max has been sensational in the first half. Just can’t score.

    1 goal by West ham and its squeaky bum time. Should really have buried WH in the first half.

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Neil – you should be a journalist. Great writing.

    4
  • Moonraker15

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #6

    The quality and experience of Shelvey and Hayden in midfield has been a great success in the first half. Now we need to finish this off and the forwards have to score!

    1
  • davetoon

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    First 5 minutes of this second half is massive. No mistakes. Keep pushing.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    bus moved

    WOW!!!! where the hell did that come from???? Absolutely glorious and the complete opposite of what we’ve seen all season.

    Just imagine if our front 3 could only score. Really hope all those misses aren’t going to come back and haunt us. If ASM could score we could have a worldie on our hands

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  • Sports Direct FC

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Should be 4 or 5-0. Passing is still not very good, but other than that a good first half. Lets hope the missed chances don’t come back to get us. Good save by WH GK on Almiron. Shelvey unlucky hitting the post.

    Please don’t park the bus second half.

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  • jane

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #10

    3 ?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #11

    They’re going for it with those changes.

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  • davetoon

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Damnit

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  • jane

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13

    no

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Maxis too speed was overv33km/hr hes less than 2km/hr off the top recorded speed in the Prem this year. Hes deceiving on the eye because he doednt look like hes running anywhere near that speed.

    3
  • willowdalerez

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Lanzini and Ayeti 2 subs at ht Hammers desperate to change the match…. Gotta be on our toes

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Best we have played? Not sure about that. We’ve got our 2 goals, but I don’t think we have played too well. Playing well would have us at least 4 up.

    We are being pressed back, and since the second sitting far too deep. Fernandez is dropping deeper than the rest of the defence when the ball is on our left, which may be the plan, but it also nearly let them in at least once.

    We are playing to a game plan, but since the second goal, we have just dropped off.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #17

    DAMN! That could have been it.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Shut up Lilo.

    1
  • jane

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #19

    3 now?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Another yellow drawn by Almiron. Both defenders on his side now on them – get at ’em!

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  • davetoon

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Looking shelvey with a worldy

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #22

    What a free kick by Shelvey!! Get in!!!!

    2
  • Nufc-83

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Willems has been great today

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  • ChicoUSA

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Brilliant!!!

    2
  • Moonraker15

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Jonjo!

    1
  • DaveD1000

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Ka Boom

    1
  • Nufc-83

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Great goal well done Shelvey throw my criticism down my throat!!

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  • davetoon

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Shirley this is our 3pts now!

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #29

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Jonj 😀

    Put that in your pipe, Irish!

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Do you think Bruce got his trainers from Sports Direct ?

    1
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #31

    The players need drugs tested

    I bet the West ham fans think that too

    2
  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #32

    What a sensational free kick!!! Wow. Shelvey.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Well done Jonjo, fair play for shutting us naysayers up. But he needs to repeat this in the next few games now.

    1
  • DaveD1000

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #34

    dont know where these lads in the black and white shirts came from but they are a bit handy

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  • willowdalerez

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #35

    SHELVEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get IN

    1
  • cyprus

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Surely…

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  • jane

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Shelvey passing the test 😐

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Lilongwe
    We should have the perfect team for counter attacks!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #39

    I’sn’t Shelvey such a crap player!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 2, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Brilliant block Yedlin and then another dangerous counter.

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