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West Ham United
4 May 2013
• Boleyn Ground, London
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 34962
West Ham United
Josh Clarke at Upton Park: "A really dour first half was superseded after the break by some pretty entertaining stuff at Upton Park. West Ham certainly deserved to come away with all three points, laying siege to the Newcastle goal in the second half, with the visitors having Rob Elliot to thank for their clean sheet. The solitary point, combined with Wigan's win, leaves Newcastle in a whole lot of trouble. Yet, of more concern will be the tepid manner in which they went MIA today. Alan Pardew's side are three points above the drop zone and desperately short on confidence. It's going to be a very nervy end of the season for the Toon."
Newcastle collect a point at Upton Park after a tense finish saw the Magpies forced deep into their own half amid an effective aerial bombardment from the Hammers towards the giant striker Andy Carroll. Newcastle had defended impressively until being forced back in the final few minutes, and had what looked like a goal from Papiss Cisse cleared off the goal line by Winston Reid, but the New Zealand international was impressive throughout the match alongside James Collins in the West Ham defence and by the end of the match looked the more likely winners at Upton Park. Newcastle will be relieved to claim a point but are still just three points clear of the relegation zone having played a game more than their rivals Wigan, and still have much to do to ensure their Premier League survival.
90' + 4'
The referee blows the full-time whistle at Upton Park as the score finishes 0-0.
90' + 3'
Joe Cole takes a Hammers corner from the left flank but his inswinging corner flies disappointingly over the bar.
90' + 2'
Gosling attempts to get past Reid on the left flank but the defender shepherds the ball out of play. Reid has looked solid throughout the game and has made many important interventions in addition to his goal line clearance from Cisse.
James Collins requires treatment following a challenge on the edge of his own box but is able to return before Jaaskelainen clears the ball up the pitch. Newcastle have not been able to mount an attack for several minutes.
Yellow CardCheikh Tiote
Joe Cole wins another free kick on the left edge of the box and West Ham's defenders all go up for the delivery. Andy Carroll heads the ball onto the far post but the whistle is blown for a foul on keeper Rob Elliot.
West Ham take a corner from the right flank and Ameobi heads the ball away from James Collins.
Substitute Joe Cole wins a free kick on the left flank and the Magpies clear the ball for a corner.
Jaaskelainen finds Carroll with a long ball out of defence and the striker manages to hold off Tiote but the ball is returned to the West Ham back line who again look for a long ball up front. The Magpies are struggling to push out of defence but look to have the numbers to withstand the home side's aerial pressure.
West Ham win a corner on the left flank and Gutierrez clears Andy Carroll's effort. The striker had looked to head in from the edge at the far post but the Argentine managed to clear after a scrambled series of attempted clearances from the Magpies.
Ameobi is hurt following a fairly contested but heavy challenge with Reid and receives treatment, while Sam Allardyce replaces right-back Guy Demel with left-sided Matt Taylor, who switches places with Joey O'Brien.
Yellow CardFabricio Coloccini
Coloccini concedes a free kick in the centre circle but Newcastle hold a high line on the edge of the box and keeper Elliot is able to claim O'Neil's delivery.
Attacker Yoan Gouffran has been incapacitated by what appeared to be cramp in the past few minutes, and is replaced by youthful midfielder Dan Gosling as it enters the last fifteen minutes here at Upton Park.
Nolan receives the ball outside the box from Diame and attempts a through ball which Elliot is quickly off his line to collect.
Ameobi shoots narrowly wide of the left post after neatly controlling a high ball on his chest outside the box. He appears hurt in the aftermath but shrugs off the blow, but disappointingly misplaces a pass for Simpson on the right flank moments later.
West Ham win a free kick on the right flank and Coloccini slices his clearance before a marvellous piece of skill from Carroll allows him to turn on the right edge of the six-yard box before smashing a low shot towards the near post, which Elliot is able to save.
Alan Pardew has already replaced the creative Ben Arfa with the hold-up play of Shola Ameobi and the manager will be forced over the next 20 minutes to decide whether it is worth attempting to commit more to attack in search of a winner.
Shola Ameobi holds up the ball and lays it off to Cabaye whose chipped cross is headed out for a corner.
Gouffran shoots narrowly wide after receiving a long ball on the left edge of the box. Jaaskelainen had advanced well off his goal line allowing the attacker to attempt a chip from an acute angle that could have resulted in a goal well against the run of play, but his attempt drifted wide of the far post.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Keeper Rob Elliot makes a string of excellent saves. West Ham put the ball back into the box and Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan each have chances from an acute angle at the right edge of the box. Jarvis receives the ball from Kevin Nolan soon after the ball is cleared and then shoots towards the top left corner, forcing another diving save from the impressive Elliot.
West Ham win a corner and Steven Taylor is first to Jack Collison's delivery before Yoan Gouffran clears.
Collins aims a free kick from the left flank towards Carroll at the back post, but the striker is unable to reach the ball and Newcastle attempt to counter attack down the left flank before the Hammers put the ball out for a throw-in. West Ham then manage to win the ball and Nolan whips a cross towards the front post, forcing keeper Rob Elliot to claim the delivery.
Ricardo Vaz Te
The powerful and pacey attacker Ricardo Vaz Te is replaced on the right flank by the more creative Jack Collison in what could be an attempt by Sam Allardyce to try and slow the tempo of the match and have more control in midfield.
Jarvis wins a challenge for the ball on the left flank enabling Diame to cross towards Carroll at the back post. The striker's header flies wide and he unsuccessfully appeals for a corner following an apparent deflection off his marker.
Reid attempts to clear a cross from the right flank but slices his clearance out for a corner. Ben Arfa takes the delivery and James Collins confidently heads the ball away after challenging with Steven Taylor for the ball.
Newcastle win a free kick outside the West Ham box and Ben Arfa attempt to curl the ball into the left of the goal, but the shot is weak and Jaaskelainen is able to save.
Jarvis crosses the ball into the box with his left foot towards Vaz Te and West Ham proest after being denied a penalty when the striker appears to be pushed to the ground by Coloccini inside the box. The Hammers defence must concentrate well in the aftermath and Reid does well to repel a counter attack led by Ben Arfa.
Cabaye shoots just wide of the right post with a swerving effort from outside the box.
Matt Jarvis accelerates past his marker and reaches the left by-line before clipping an excellent cross towards the back post with his left foot. Carroll has to jump high to reach the ball but manages to head the ball narrowly wide of the right post.
The referee gets the second half underway at Upton Park.
Josh Clarke at Upton Park: "A very dull 45 minutes of football here at Upton Park, with Winston Reid’s rather epic goal-line clearance from Papiss Cisse’s prod and a flare-up concerning a theatrical Jonas Gutierrez, the only two memorable incidents so far. Newcastle appear the outfit more willing to knock the ball about and make things happen but they’re being subdued by what is a very functional, if not a little bland, West Ham side."
The Magpies' defence have largely managed to deal with the aerial threat posed by West Ham's Andy Carroll although Ricardo Vaz Te headed a dangerous cross wide, and have posed a threat of their own with Hatem Ben Arfa's dangerous dribbling and long range shooting and Cabaye's eye for a pass, but go in at the break with much still to do in order to escape the threat of relegation.
The referee blows the half-time whistle and the two side's leave the pitch with the score at 0-0. Neither side has created many opportunities in the first half, but Papiss Cisse controversially had a shot cleared off the goal line by Winston Reid following an excellent through ball from Yohan Cabaye after 20 minutes. The ball appeared to cross the line and it appears Alan Pardew's side were denied a goal that could have put the Newcastle well on their way to safety.
Matt Jarvis receives the ball into the box and attempts to chip the ball over centre-back Steven Taylor's head before retrieving it for a shot, but Danny Simpson clears the ball for a corner, which Newcastle are able to clear.
Reid calmly heads the ball back towards Jaaskelainen to avert a nervy situation in the home defence. The Hammers launch the ball towards Andy Carroll, who is ruled offside with a late flag moments before Kevin Nolan turns in his cross with the whistle having been blown.
Danny Simpson reaches the box and attempts to deliver a low cross along the six-yard box, but is called offside.
Jonas Gutierrez stays down momentarily following a heavy challenge and prompts a disagreement between the two sides when each believe him to be injured and the ball is needlessly cleared out of play.
Diame attempts to dribble the ball into the right edge of the Newcastle box before laying the ball off to Guy Demel, who hits a first time cross into the box which the Magpies clear.
Tiote fouls Diame when challenge for the ball deep in West Ham's half.
Coloccini shows his characteristic cool head when he helps Newcastle pass the ball out from the back with a long pass across the six-yard box to Danny Simpson. Ben Arfa picks up the ball outside the box and ensures the attack is productive by winning a free kick on the left edge of the West Ham box, but Cabaye's free kick hits the wall which he then protests was not at sufficient distance from the set piece.
Carroll demonstrates his fearsome power after knocking Coloccini off the ball to reach his own flick-on, but the Magpies have enough defenders in the vicinity to reclaim the ball.
Coloccini and Tiote combine to prevent Carroll from jumping for a West Ham long ball, and the Hammers win a free kick outside the Magpies' box. O'Neil clips the ball towards the left hand side of the box, and Simpson reaches the ball ahead of James Collins and makes a headed clearance.
Andy Carroll attempts to hold up the ball on the left flank but is dispossessed by Yanga-Mbiwa.
Cabaye shows neat footwork as he attempts to get round Gary O'Neil, but he instead wins a free kick in his own half which is taken by keeper Rob Elliot.
Ben Arfa receives the ball from Cabaye and breaks towards West Ham's box from the half-way line. He works the ball onto his left foot from the edge of the box but his shot towards the bottom right corner is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen who reached the ball after diving to his left.
West Ham win a free kick deep in Newcastle's half but the Magpies manage to clear.
Cisse's shot is cleared off the goal line! Cabaye's excellent through-ball into the left edge of the box is received by Papiss Cisse and he directs the ball towards goal with a first-time shot with his left foot. Winston Reid however is on hand to dash towards his goal line and just manages to reach the ball for a sliding clearance, prompting a situation that appears to call for goal line technology as replays suggest the ball could have crossed the line.
Josh Clarke LIVE: "A spirited yet tentative start from both Newcastle and West Ham here at Upton Park, with little of note to report on. Hatem Ben Arfa looks the catalyst for the visitors but so far he has been forced to drop a little too deep to receive the ball, leaving Papiss Cisse pretty isolated up top. As I type, Ricardo Vaz Te has the game's first real chance, heading wide with the goal gaping - though he was offside anyway."
Tiote concedes a free kick outside the left edge of the box but Vaz Te's strike is closed down by Gouffran and flies out for a throw-in.
Left-back Joey O'Brien cuts back onto his stronger right foot before aiming a cross towards Vaz Te, which he heads narrowly wide despite being ruled offside.
Newcastle continue their attack and Ben Arfa almost finds Gouffran inside the box on the left channel with a clever through ball that is fractionally overhit.
Cheick Tiote misplaces a pass to Yanga-Mbiwa and the ball rolls out for a throw-in on the left flank. Newcastle regain possession and after a patient build-up Gutierrez delivers a cross for Cisse from the left flank which West Ham clear.
Newcastle win a free kick on the left flank and the Hammers clear the ball for a throw-in on the right flank.
Steven Taylor advances down the right flank and is fouled by Joey O'Brien, and Hatem Ben Arfa stuns the home crowd by unexpectedly opting to shoot from the right flank, clipping the roof of the net when most had expecting him to cross the ball.
Yellow CardJoey O'Brien
Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot recklessly advances outside the box to claim a bouncing ball but Vaz Te beats him to it and attempts to head the ball over him towards goal, but the header is off-target and is picked up by a defender.
Mohamed Diame receives a clever reverse pass on the right edge of the box from Ricardo Vaz Te before driving into the penalty area and striking a fierce shot over the bar.
Jonas Gutierrez wins a free kick after he is brough down by Mohamed Diame. Yanga-Mbiwa advanced up the left flank and fed Gouffran, but the attacker's cross was harmless.
Clever approach play by Yohan Cabaye allows Papiss Cisse to receive the ball on the edge of West Ham's box, and he appeals for a free kick after he is brought down by James Collins, but the striker is unsuccessful.
Yoan Gouffran receives the ball in the box but the opportunity is lost after his first touch is too heavy.
Kevin Nolan leaves Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa clutching his foot after a heavy challenge on Newcastle's left flank.
West Ham get the game underway at Upton Park! Danny Simpson concedes a free kick in the middle of the pitch soon after the kick off. Gary O'Neil clips the ball into the box and the Hammers, led by former Magpie Andy Carroll, fiercely contest the aerial challenge before Fabricio Coloccini shepherds the ball towards keeper Rob Elliott.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini returns at centre-back after a long absence following a back injury suffered in February, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at moved across to left-back and Danny Simpson replacing the suspended Mathieu Debuchy at right-back. Magpies manager Alan Pardew names Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa in attack in for the visitors, while energetic midfielder Moussa Sissoko is absent with an ankle injury. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce opts for the same team that has started their three previous games, with Ricardo Vaz Te and Matt Jarvis either side of Andy Carroll in attack and midfielder Mark Noble still absent through injury.
Newcastle: Elliot; Simpson, Coloccini, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa; Cabaye, Tiote; Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez; Cisse. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Perch, Gosling, Anita, Ameobi, Campbell.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O’Brien; Nolan, Diame, O’Neil; Vaz Te, Carroll, Jarvis. Subs: Henderson, C Cole, Collison, Taylor, Noble, Pogatetz, J Cole.
Josh Clarke LIVE: "Good afternoon from Upton Park, where West Ham play host to a rather troubled Newcastle United outfit. Strenuously-denied reports of dressing room strife abound from St James Park, a situation not helped by the recent and morale-crushing home defeats to Sunderland and Liverpool. Alan Pardew’s side currently languish one place above the drop and, though the five-point cushion that separates themselves and 18th place Wigan looks comfortable, the Magpies will be desperate to stave off the prospect of a last-minute relegation scrap. The Hammers, meanwhile, chase the dangling carrot of a top-half finish on their return to the Premier League."
Hi and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary as West Ham take on Newcastle at the Boleyn Ground. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events, and you can get involved on Twitter @GoalUK
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