Newcastle 0-1 West Ham- Report
Report of match 11th November 2012
Newcastle 0-1 West Ham- Report.
Nolan haunts Newcastle
Former skipper Kevin Nolan returned to haunt his old club as West Ham condemned Newcastle to a first defeat in six games with a 1-0 success.
Nolan's 39th-minute strike, so typical of the goals he once scored for the Magpies, was enough to edge a tight encounter in which the visitors enjoyed the better of the first half but had to survive a stern examination after the break.
Newcastle were once again far from their best, but did create more than enough chances to get something out of the game and would have done but for some poor finishing and the resilience of goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who produced fine saves from Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Opposite number Tim Krul prevented Andy Carroll from opening his West Ham account with a 72nd-minute save with the visitors threatening on the counter-attack.
But ultimately it was Sam Allardyce, who was sacked by Newcastle after just eight months at the helm, who was smiling as his successor Alan Pardew was left to bemoan another disjointed display and defeat at the hands of his former employers in front of a largely disappointed crowd of 51,855.
There were too many familiar faces for comfort as the two sides took to the pitch, with Nolan and Carroll key members of the Newcastle side which fought its way back from relegation back into the top flight.
But it was perhaps the Magpies who had the greater cause for concern as they went into the game without suspended duo Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote, two of the men they rely most on in a scrap.
And that is exactly what it turned out to be as the Hammers launched a series of direct balls towards Carroll and then looked to pick up the pieces.
There was little to choose between the sides and even less to recommend the game for much of the opening period, with both teams struggling to find a telling final ball.
Matt Jarvis fired high and wide at one end and Papiss Cisse was similarly wasteful at the other during the opening skirmishes, and although Frenchman Ben Arfa lit up St James' Park with a series of enterprising runs which left claret and blue shirts trailing in his wake, neither goalkeeper was called upon to make a save until 25 minutes had elapsed.
Even then, Jaaskelainen had little difficulty in collecting Yohan Cabaye's dipping long-range effort and the game looked to be heading into the break in stalemate until an explosive final few minutes.
The visitors forced their way ahead with six minutes of the half left to play when full-back Davide Santon could only head Mark Noble's left-wing cross out to full-back Joey O'Brien, who looked to have dragged his right-foot shot harmlessly across the face of goal.
However, as he had done so many times at the Gallowgate End while wearing a black and white shirt, Nolan turned up in exactly the right place to divert it past Krul.
The 30-year-old really should have doubled the lead within two minutes when he was played in by midfielder Mohamed Diame, but guided his left-foot shot wide of the post.
Newcastle finally responded to mount a sustained assault on the West Ham goal as time ran down and Shane Ferguson was desperately unfortunate to see his goalbound shot hit George McCartney on the back and drop safe.
Ben Arfa saw an injury-time effort deflected into the side-netting and Jaaskelainen got down well to parry Cabaye's well-struck effort as the Hammers survived until the whistle.
The Finn came to his side's rescue once again within two minutes of the restart when he somehow managed to claw Ba's header away after O'Brien's attempted clearance had dropped nicely for him.
Jaaskelainen fielded another long-range effort from Cabaye four minutes later, but was grateful to see Ba's effort from similar range fly past his far post seconds later.
The home side might have fallen further behind had substitute Gary O'Neil made more of the free header with which he was presented from Nolan's 59th-minute cross.
Ben Arfa left McCartney for dead five minutes later, only to drift his cross over Ba's head as he dived in, and the Senegal international and Cabaye both forced saves from Jaaskelainen in quick succession.
Half-time substitute Shola Ameobi headed just wide from Cabaye's 69th-minute corner and Jaaskelainen pulled off a fine stop to keep out Ben Arfa's drive two minutes later.
Krul blocked bravely to deny Carroll a first goal for his latest club as the Londoners staged a breakaway with Nolan providing a tailor-made final ball.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: St. James Park Attendance: 51,855|
||0 - 1||West Ham Utd.
|90+5||Shane Ferguson challenges Guy Demel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary O'Neil takes the free kick.|
|90+5||Shot from just outside the box by Yohan Cabaye goes over the target.|
|90+4||Hatem Ben Arfa decides to take a short corner.|
|90+2||Mike Williamson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.|
|89||Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|85||Unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|83||Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Noble, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan.|
|82||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Steven Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.|
|78||Gabriel Obertan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Simpson.|
|76||Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.|
|75||Guy Demel fouled by Hatem Ben Arfa, the ref awards a free kick. Hatem Ben Arfa is given a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|74||The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|71||Andy Carroll takes a shot. Fantastic save by Tim Krul.|
|70||Drilled left-footed shot by Hatem Ben Arfa. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|67||Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Shola Ameobi misses to the right of the goal.|
|65||George McCartney leaves the field to be replaced by Guy Demel.|
|63||Demba Ba takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken right-footed by Hatem Ben Arfa, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Short corner worked by Hatem Ben Arfa.|
|62||Andy Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.|
|60||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon by Joey O'Brien. Joey O'Brien receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, clearance by James Tomkins.|
|58||Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Krul.|
|56||Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye.|
|54||Mike Williamson fouled by Andy Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Simpson restarts play with the free kick.|
|52||Mohamed Diame produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.|
|50||Shot from just outside the box by Demba Ba misses to the right of the goal. Gary O'Neil replaces Yossi Benayoun.|
|49||Yohan Cabaye takes a shot from 25 yards. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.|
|48||Andy Carroll fouled by Davide Santon, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble crosses the ball in from the free kick, Tim Krul makes a save.|
|47||Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye.|
|46||Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.|
|45||George McCartney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa. Free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.|
|45+5||Shola Ameobi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Papiss Cisse.|
|45+4||Demba Ba fouled by Winston Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.|
|45+3||Effort on goal by Yohan Cabaye from 12 yards. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.|
|45+2||Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Winston Reid. Yohan Cabaye takes a outswinging corner.|
|44||Unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa by Mark Noble results in a free kick. Mark Noble receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.|
|43||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Steven Taylor.|
|41||Shot from 12 yards from Shane Ferguson. George McCartney gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye, Mike Williamson takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|41||Corner taken short by Yohan Cabaye.|
|40||Effort from the edge of the box by Kevin Nolan goes wide of the left-hand upright.|
|37||Joey O'Brien takes a shot. Kevin Nolan fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 0-1 West Ham.Joey O'Brien provided the assist for the goal.|
|34||Kevin Nolan challenges Hatem Ben Arfa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.|
|33||Matthew Jarvis leaves the field to be replaced by Modibo Maiga.|
|32||Joey O'Brien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon. Steven Taylor takes the free kick.|
|31||Unfair challenge on Shane Ferguson by Yossi Benayoun results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from left channel, comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|31||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon by Joey O'Brien. Davide Santon restarts play with the free kick.|
|28||The ball is delivered by Shane Ferguson, clearance made by James Tomkins.|
|28||The ball is sent over by Papiss Cisse, clearance by Winston Reid.|
|27||Mohamed Diame challenges Demba Ba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hatem Ben Arfa takes the free kick.|
|24||Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.|
|23||Short corner taken by Yohan Cabaye. Vurnon Anita on for Jonas Gutierrez.|
|21||Danny Simpson produces a cross, clearance made by James Tomkins.|
|19||Demba Ba challenges Mark Noble unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick. Yossi Benayoun produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.|
|18||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon by Andy Carroll. Steven Taylor restarts play with the free kick.|
|17||Papiss Cisse produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.|
|16||The ball is crossed by Joey O'Brien, clearance made by Steven Taylor.|
|14||Joey O'Brien produces a cross.|
|7||Kevin Nolan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble, Demba Ba manages to make a clearance. Winston Reid gets a block in.|
|7||Handball decision goes against Demba Ba. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.|
|6||Unfair challenge on Joey O'Brien by Shane Ferguson results in a free kick. James Tomkins restarts play with the free kick.|
|5||Shane Ferguson sends in a cross.|
|4||Shane Ferguson crosses the ball, clearance made by James Tomkins.|
|3||Jussi Jaaskelainen fouled by Papiss Cisse, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|2||Matthew Jarvis produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|2||Kevin Nolan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.|
|1||Andy Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Demba Ba takes the free kick.|
|-||A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Joey O'Brien.|