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August 24, 2013 7:30 PM IST
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 49622‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

Alan Pardew's men were denied all three points at St James' Park by a dogged defensive display from Sam Allardyce's side which saw the game end in a goalless draw

By Miles Chambers at St James' Park

  • Tim Krul
    1
    0
    2.50

    Tim Krul

    Completely untested in the first half as West Ham failed to get any shots on goal, but stood his ground in the second in the rare moments that the opposition did attack.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    1
    0
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    The club captain was kept busy with numerous aerial balls pinged in from either West Ham flank. A positive display for the Argentine, without a doubt.

  • Davide Santon
    2
    0
    3.50

    Davide Santon Top of the Match

    Having missed the Manchester City drubbing in the opening matchday through injury, Santon was restored at left-back and was one of the most positive players in the Newcastle XI.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Strong with his defensive positioning and intercepting but his distribution was poor. However, his job is most definitely defensive-based and it would be harsh to penalise him considering his strength alongside Coloccini all match long.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    2
    0
    2.50

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Following an awful performance at the Etihad, Debuchy put in an improved performance on home turf, keeping Matt Jarvis quite intermittently where possible without shining.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    0
    1
    3.00

    Moussa Sissoko

    Without Yohan Cabaye, Sissoko excelled with his marshalling of the midfield and dictation of pace, but his awareness and balance let him down occasionally.

  • Vurnon Anita
    2
    0
    3.00

    Vurnon Anita

    Jonas Gutierrez's absence through injury allowed Vurnon Anita an uncommon league start and he grew into the match, constantly instigating attacks in the second half especially,

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    1
    0
    2.00

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Clearly lacking match fitness though his dribbles towards defenders were a constant danger. His shots were lashed too often, however, as he failed to hit the target once.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    1
    0
    1.50

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Given the nod ahead of Yoan Gouffran, the winger did not make an impact in his first start of the season and was substituted midway through the second half.

  • Papiss Cissé
    1
    1
    2.00

    Papiss Cissé

    Constantly making mazy runs but far too aggressive with his tackling and was penalised a few times by the referee. A menace to the West Ham defence, undoubtedly, but lacking the finishing product today. Brought off towards the end of the second half.

  • Shola Ameobi
    0
    1
    1.50

    Shola Ameobi

    The Newcastle veteran drew plenty of fouls from the West Ham defence but was sloppy on the ball and was not seen in the box often enough for a striker at all. Had a gilt-edged chance to win the game but skied his instinctive shot from five yards.

Substitutions

  • Yoan Gouffran
    2
    0
    2.50

    Yoan Gouffran

    Brought on for Cisse with 20 minutes on the clock and he added to the threat the Magpies posed. Hit the post in stoppage time.

  • Sammy Ameobi
    2
    0
    2.50

    Sammy Ameobi

    Brought on for Marveaux and helped Newcastle push in their search for a first goal of the season.

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Rarely threatened in the first half by Newcastle's attack but his distribution was wayward with too many of his clearances and goal kicks.

  • Winston Reid
    1
    0
    1.50

    Winston Reid

    Panicked with a pass back that almost trickled into the back of the net. At the other end, the central defender skied a good chance to take the lead from a free kick in the first half. The weak link in the West Ham defence.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    1
    3.00

    Joey O'Brien

    The Hammers left-back did well getting up and down the flank in between defensive duties. Dealt with Marveaux well in the first half and Ben Arfa well in the second.

  • James Collins
    0
    1
    3.00

    James Collins

    An experienced head in the West Ham back four, the centre-back looked solid without being tested too heavily in the first half and, though he creaked a little in the latter 45 minutes as Newcastle pressed, he helped hold out for a clean sheet.

  • Guy Demel
    1
    0
    3.00

    Guy Demel

    Handled his defensive duties excellently in the first half and attacked with noticeable threat down the right flank at times.

  • Kevin Nolan
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kevin Nolan

    Given a great reception against his former club ahead of the match, Nolan did not follow up in his goalscoring achievements of this fixture last season with similar exploits on Saturday. Was mostly anonymous.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    0
    0
    2.00

    Matthew Jarvis

    The left-winger fired in sporadic crosses but with irregularity. The ex-Wolves man will be disappointed he couldn't have tested Debuchy more often.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mark Noble

    Sitting in front on the West Ham back four, Noble's impact waned a little as the game wore on but he was mostly an effective midfield shield for his defensive team-mates.

  • Mohamed Diame
    2
    0
    2.50

    Mohamed Diame

    Linked with the likes of Arsenal this year, Diame looked powerful when he did take the side's attack by the scruff of the neck, albeit this was not as often as the visitors' boss Sam Allardyce might have preferred. Subbed late in the second half.

  • Stewart Downing
    1
    1
    1.50

    Stewart Downing Flop of the Match

    The summer signing's short passes were fine but his long-ball distribution was wince-worthy at times. Hauled off for Joe Cole midway through the second half.

  • Modibo Maiga
    1
    0
    1.50

    Modibo Maiga

    The lone striker's role seemed consigned to flick-on for an imaginary fellow forward. Almost signed by Newcastle 18 months ago, he did not show the Toon Army faithful anything to make them wish he had been bought.

Substitutions

  • Ravel Morrison
    1
    0
    2.00

    Ravel Morrison

    Brought on late in the second half, did not have enough time to make much of an impact.

  • Joe Cole
    4
    0
    2.50

    Joe Cole

    Could not repeat his goalscoring exploits against Cardiff after being brought on, but went close with six minutes on the clock with a long-range effort.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0