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New Signings Have An Impact In 0-0 First Half At West Ham



Newcastle came out in a fluid 4-4-2 with Jeff Hendrick on the right and Allan Saint-Maximin on the left. Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson were together at the top.

The lads created a decent half chance early on when Allan Saint-Maximin drove into the box before pulling the ball wide to Jamal Lewis. The left-back whipped in a corner that Callum Wilson glanced wide of the net.

After a challenge on Michail Antonio earned Isaac Hayden a yellow card, the subsequent free-kick from deep resulted in a header off the crossbar by Angelo Ogbonna.

There was another chance for our new striker in the 20th minute. Saint-Maximin fed Lewis down the left and the fullback swung in a low cross that Wilson struck just wide with his left foot.

Jamaal Lascelles gave the ball away when trying to advance which led to an opportunity for Antonio whose tame effort was straight to Darlow. Just a minute later, Ryan Fredericks found Tomas Soucek in the box but his header was guided wide of the post.

West Ham looked to be growing in confidence after a tepid start and the game became a back and forth affair. In the 31st minute, Newcastle hit West Ham with a counter-attack. Callum Wilson found a trailing Jonjo Shelvey in the box but his shot whipped against the side netting.

Both sides continued to create decent chances but failed to threaten either goalkeeper too much. However, the change in this Newcastle team with the new signings has been very evident.

With Wilson spearheading the Newcastle attack, there were plenty of touches inside the opposition box. Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lewis linked up very well down the left flank.

While we’ll need to put the ball in the back of the net, this was a very promising first half from the lads. They should only get better once they get some more time together to gel.


240 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #1

    LasVegasWestHam
    @WestHaminVegas
    Anyone think it’s too much of coincidence that the pubs have been closed most of the year and Andy Carroll is match fit?

    He does look leaner and more mobile ๐Ÿ˜†

    12
  • Zele

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Both Lewis and Wilson have played well.

    AC has been a handful.

    ASM is a marked man, he better get used to it.

    Not sure about Hendricks. Doing an unglamorous job. For a three man midfield would prefer Sean or Miggy.

    I wonder what the formation will be when Fraser is fit.

    May find out in this half.

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Probably hook Hayden first as he’s on a yellow and move Hendrick inside.

    Would like to see Fraser, but it’ll probably be Almiron or JoeLinton

    1
  • coming home

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I know it’s only 45 mins but Hendrick looking very average get miggy on for him

    3
  • toonbrother

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #5

    We are playing with 10 men
    Hendricks offers nothing
    Bring on Fraser or Linton for him pls

    1
  • JohnReese

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I know itโ€™s cliche but I think first goal wins this. Neither of us wants to lose first day so I could see it being a scoreless draw.

    2
  • Bambams

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #7

    I know he divides opinion and was our top scorer last season, but i don’t see enough of Shelvey given his undoubted talent.

    Hopefully he will prove me wrong and score a worldy

    I like the look of Wilson and Lewis, I agree Hendrick is out of position.

    1
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #8

    9

    The only one slagging anyone off is Toonbrother who has singled out Hendricks as the new love of his life – every other comment iv seen has been quite balanced and fair.

    Ok first half, few chances we have had, couple of lucky escapes. Lewis and Wilson good, AC and Wilson good.

    think we would look more dangerous with miggy as the 10 tho for AC and give Fraser a runout on RW – maybe after 10 mins of the 2nd half.

    3
  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #9

    To me, Hendrick looks like he’s lacking awareness of the players around him. It’s to be expected to some extent as he’s new to the team, but we can’t afford to carry anyone here. It’s looking like it’ll be a close game.

    1
  • mindshaft

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #10

    In reality these are two teams who will be near the bottom – be good to get three points off them even at this stage

    0
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #11

    wilson looks good, espec his holdup play.

    1
  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Can’t believe people slating Hendricks. He’s had next to nothing in terms of match practise, so what do you expect of him?

    6
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Excellent from Hayden, first to intercept it and then spreads a lovely Shelvey-esque pass out to the wing.

    0
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Still think with Jonjo and Hayden we miss that box to box CM. both of them are so deep, we need 1 of them getting up with the CFs, think it really limits us going forwards.

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s not Hendrick’s fault he’s been thrown in before he’s ready, but we can’t afford to carry him. Would like a change there in the next 10 minutes.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #16

    We should not lose this match

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #17

    We’re not carrying him.

    Hendrick has performed A-ok.

    5
  • 9

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Last season we won this match. Today we have a better team, so let’s hope!

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #19

    HWA,
    4x,440mm San Miguel cans. 1.5 x 0.5L bottles of Singha beer 2x glass of 19 crimes red wine and almost half a bottle of port. Not finished yet either ๐Ÿ˜€

    4
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #20

    ๐Ÿ˜†

    Rice thinking he’s Hayden from 5 mins ago. Loser.

    0
  • toonbrother

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #21

    According to Hendricks โ€˜ agent Ac Milan was desperately after his signature
    After we edged them out they settled for tonali

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Finally a booking!

    JfA

    Don’t pish the bed! ๐Ÿ™‚

    0
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #23

    GET IN

    2
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #24

    WILSON LAD!!!!!!

    2
  • 9

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Sounds like WHU get their first, overdue, yellow

    0
  • Bambams

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Wilson scored ?

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #27

    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!

    ๐Ÿ˜€

    Get in there laddie.

    1
  • toonbrother

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Callluuuum Wilson

    2
  • Regan

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Get in there

    2
  • Romford mag

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Get in

    0
  • mindshaft

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Get innnnnn

    1
  • GhostToon

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #32

    WILSON!!!!!!!!! COME ON

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #33

    YESSSS!!!! Debut goal and Hendrick set up

    2
  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Yes Callum Wilson!! Instant hero ๐Ÿ˜€

    2
  • Darnik

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Goal poachers goal

    2
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Hendrick with the assist!

    Box to box winger ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4
  • The Ledge

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Yesssssssss

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Get in Wilson!! Yess.

    1
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Mund will have exploded

    1
  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Sep 12, 2020 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Hendrick with an assist ๐Ÿ™‚

    4
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