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West Ham United
11 November 2012
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 51855
West Ham United
K. Nolan 38'
As for Newcastle, they remain in 10th for the time being but that could change should Liverpool beat Chelsea. Follow that match here: http://www.livematch.goal.com/home/locale/en-gb/?matchId=1293783
West Ham are now sixth following this result and have taken to life back in the Premier League like a duck to water.
Kevin Nolan comes back to haunt his old club as his first half goal is the only difference.
Full time: Newcastle United 0-1 West Ham United
90' + 5'
Goalkeeper Tim Krul runs up for a Newcastle corner and he just misses the ball. Cabaye tries a half-volley on the edge of the area but the ball flies over the bar.
90' + 4'
Newcastle have never had more than two men in the box at any one time and their balls into the box are being cleared with ease. Andy Carroll is playing as a centre back for the remaining minutes.
90' + 2'
For all their huff and puff, the home side have never looked like scoring. Williamson gives away a free kick for a handball offence and the visitors take the ball straight into the corner.
There is five minutes of injury time.
Ba is sent scampering away but Jaaskelainen beats him to the loose ball and clears it to safety.
Clash of heads. Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll go for the same ball and the former smashes into the latter. Kevin Nolan was not happy with his former team-mate but it was just accidental.
Stat Attack: The last time West Ham won at St James' Park was in 1998 and they have six minutes plus injury time to hold on to their lead.
Demba Ba has led by example as captain since Gutierrez's injury and has been all over the place in the second half. His pass in the middle of the park sets up Ferguson, he finds Ben Arfa but his cross sails out for a goal kick.
The Frenchman is involved straightaway and links up well with Ba. The pair of them take it in turns to get the ball into the box but Ben Arfa's touch lets him down at the last minute.
Alan Pardew goes for broke and brings off a defender for a winger - Danny Simpson for Gabriel Obertan.
Yellow Card Hatem Ben Arfa
The visitors earn themselves a corner after Taylor nods behind but Williamson wins his latest battle with Carroll and the ball is cleared to safety.
Newcastle are holding the ball up well and are looking for the gaps but West Ham are standing up strong.
The ball is swiftly cleared and there is and Williamson and Taylor get in each others way. This gives Carroll a chance to put his side two -up but Krul does well to deny him with his legs. A let-off for the hosts.
Ba has just done the same thing as Santon and again there is no one there. Ben Arfa then had a shot well saved by that man Jaaskelainen again.
Shane Ferguson and Davide Santon are working well down that left-hand side and the latter drills a ball across goal but there was no one there to get on the end of it.
Newcastle have another corner after a very good run from Santon. Cabaye's delivery sees Shola Ameobi head wide.
There is another break in play as George McCartney receives treatment but it doesn't look good for the full-back and he is going to be replaced by Guy Demel.
Jaaskelainen has been West Ham's best player by far. First he keeps out Ba's long range effort superbly before adjusting his body to tip over an inswinging corner from Ben Arfa.
Andy Carroll leans in on Mike Williamson in the home side's box and gives away a free kick.
Yellow Card Joey O'Brien
Newcastle have a free kick out wide after O'Brien brings down Santon. His delivery causes havoc in the box and Ba is unlucky not to make a better connection on the ball.
Maiga is proving to be a box of tricks since coming on in the first half. The ball finds its way to Nolan and his cross sees Gary O'Neil get involved for the first time in the match but his header is caught by Krul.
Cabaye whips in a corner but the ball misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in.
Stat Attack. Newcastle have never come from behind in the Premier League to win under boss Alan Pardew.
A determined run from Mohamed Diame almost results in a goal out of nothing. The midfielder disposseses Vurnon Anita in the middle of the park and runs at the defence. Just before he can get a shot away, Anita gets a foot in and atones for his error. There is a break in play as Winston Reid receives treatment.
You feel if a goal does come it will be an equaliser rather than a second for the Hammers as Ba's shot flies narrowly wide from 25-yards out.
Yohan Cabaye drills an attempt from range but Jaaskelainen gets down well and smothers the ball.
West Ham have a free kick which is taken by Mark Noble but the ball floats harmlessly into Tim Krul's hands.
Chance for Newcastle. Jaaskelainen saves Ba's header from behind his line. It's a difficult one to see if the ball had crossed the line. It's a bright start by the Magpies nonetheless.
A half-time change sees Cisse being replaced by Shola Ameobi and it's the hosts who get us underway for the second half.
If the second half starts the way the first half finished then we're in for a decent 45 minutes of football.
The visitors lead thanks to a goal from their own Captain Fantastic. Kevin Nolan prodded home after Joey O'Brien's drive across goal. The game has really opened up since then and it's Newcastle who are in the ascendancy.
Half-time: Newcastle United 0-1 West Ham United.
45' + 2'
Chance for Newcastle. Ben Arfa wiggles free and shoots with his right but it takes a deflection of Winston Reid and nestles in the side netting. The corner sees Andy Carroll make a mistake and Cabaye almost profits but Jaaskelainen saves well.
45' + 1'
Into the first of four minutes of injury time and the home side are finishing the stronger. Is there a reprieve for Newcastle just before the interval?
Yellow Card Mark Noble
Now then. This is getting interesting. Cabaye's clip forward sees Cisse and Ba get in each others way.
Chance for Newcastle. Finally a response from the home side. Shane Ferguson's drive is blocked and goes out for a corner. Cabaye delivers it in and Williamson heads straight at Jaaskelainen. Game on.
Chance for West Ham. Kevin Nolan having just scored goes close once more with a snapshot at goal but Davide Santon put him off. Great defending.
Assist Joey O'Brien
Goal Kevin Nolan
Goal!!! This one was written in the stars. Kevin Nolan on his first return back to Tyneside finds the net after helping on Joey O'Brien's drive across goal. It had to happen and it did.
Modibo Maiga comes on to replace Matt Jarvis. The former failed a medical at Newcastle last season and thus completes the reunion of sorts.
The Frenchman then delivers a free kick straight into the arms of the Jaaskelainen.
Neither side are on top at the minute and it is going to take a decisive move or piece of trickery to slice open someone's defence. Cabaye feeds a ball through the middle but to no avail.
Cabaye went down under a late challenge from Mark Noble but Mike Dean waves play on. The away side finally kick the ball out of play for the Frenchman to receive treatment.
It's refreshing to see a match being played out from the back.
Finally a shot on target after 25 minutes. A patient build-up between Ba and Ben Arfa ends up with Yohan Cabaye attempting a shot from distance which Jaaskelainen saves with little effort.
That's the end of Gutierrez's day and Vurnon Anita comes on to replace him. Referee Mike Dean puts the armband on Demba Ba.
The match really is going at a fast pace. The ball is being knocked about quickly but both sides are just cancelling each other out.
Yossi Benayoun stabs an effort wide following a Kevin Nolan free kick into the box.
Cisse is going through a barren spell at the moment and his latest chance is no exception. Captain for the day Gutierrez lofts a hopeful ball over the top to the Senegal international but his first time shot goes well wide of the post.
Former Magpies duo Carroll and Nolan are linking up brilliantly. This time the ball is delivered into the box but Krul easily gathers.
The game is really open and is going at a frenetic pace. There's not much to write home about in chances, just both sides holding the ball up really well.
End to end this one. Hatem Ben Arfa's first involvement is to send Demba Ba scampering clear but his ball back into the box is cleared well.
Chance for the Hammers. Kevin Nolan acrobatically sends the ball on its way but Steven Taylor stands his ground and gets a decent block in the way.
Chances in quick succession for the home side with Papiss Demba Cisse involved in both. First he tries to charge down Jussi Jaaskelainen, who acted quickly to clear the ball and then, James Tomkins clears the ball away from Cisse's head.
West Ham have their first chance of the afternoon, Matt Jarvis slicing his volleyed attempt high and wide from a few yards out.
West Ham get us underway but it is Newcastle who fly out of the blocks with Jonas Gutierrez trying to find Shane Ferguson with a through ball which goes out of play for a goal kick.
The minute's silence for Remembrance Sunday was well observed and we await Mike Dean's whistle.
Both sides will be looking for the three points which will see them flirt with the top six and it should be a really entertaining match.
Since his loan move to West Ham, Andy Carroll has failed to score but captain - and former armband wearer at Newcastle - Kevin Nolan has four goals and is their top scorer.
Newcastle's Senegal strikeforce Papiss Demba Cisse and Demba Ba have managed to get on the same scoresheet twice since Alan Pardew brought to the two of them together but both times the former came off the bench to notch.
It is a reunion of sorts for both teams today. Managers Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce were once in charge of other the sides today, with the former taking the Hammers to the FA Cup final. Magpies top scorer Demba Ba was once employed by West Ham, whilst Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan make a return to Tyneside.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen; O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney; Noble, Diame; Benayoun, Nolan, Jarvis; Carroll Subs: Spiegel, Hall, O'Neil, Demel, Collins, Maiga, Cole
Team news is in...Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, S Taylor, Santon; Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Ferguson; Ba, Cisse Subs: Elliot, Anita, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sh Ameobi, Obertan
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