Filed: Sunday, 23rd September 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
The Hammers have been well beaten in this afternoon's Premier League clash at St James' Park.
The home side ran out comfortable 3-1 winners despite rarely threatening the Hammers goal.
Disappointingly the Hammers only had themselves to blame for a first reversal in four, as they were on top for much of the first half.
Mark Viduka - a transfer target of Alan Curbishley's earlier in the summer - opened the scoring for the home side after just two minutes when he profited on a mistake by international colleague Lucas Neill.
But the Hammers responded well and deservedly drew level on 31 minutes after Dean Ashton swivelled expertly to fire home following a bout of head tennis in the home side's penalty box.
The home side regained the lead five minutes before the break after Mark Viduka added a second from a cross by Charles N'Zogbia, who had left Lee Bowyer trailing in his wake on the left flank.
Newcastle wrapped up the win fifteen minutes from time when N'Zogbia - who has probably been Newcastle's best player on the park - tapped home a third.
More to follow soon ...
West Ham United: Green, Neill, McCartney, Ferdinand, Upson, Mullins (Ljungberg 62), Noble, Bowyer, Etherington (Spector 80), Cole (Camara 68), Ashton.
Subs not used: Wright, Collins.
Goals: Ashton (31).
Booked: Mullins (48), Cole (53), Bowyer (81).
Newcastle United: Harper, Beye, N'Zogbia, Capaca (Taylor 78), Rozehnal, Geremi, Butt, Milner, Smith, Owen (Martins 51), Viduka (Enrique 73).
Subs not used: Given, Faye.
Goals: Viduka (2, 41), N'Zogbia (76).
Booked: Geremi (79).
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07:29AM 25th Sep 2007
''Saw the game and thought that we were missing the pressure game. We gave them far too much room all over the park. It's a shame Freddy's not doing anything for us.''
06:42PM 24th Sep 2007
''Drop Ferdinad until he knows how to work harder and chase down players. He was at fault for two of the goals and should have done better with the other chances. Bring back Collins who at least gives us a threat and muscle.''
12:52PM 24th Sep 2007
''Newcastle are solid at home so we can't be too disappointed. But it don't help when some of the players just aren't good enough...''
by rugby irons
02:47PM 23rd Sep 2007
''Why drop Collins for Ferdinand? When you watch the goals he was at fault in all three and nearly the fourth.
Beaten by Viduka at the near post for the first, he was too slow for the second, the ball went through his legs after he sauntered across the block for the third instead of throwing everything into his chasing back and had Martins slid the ball in for the fourth you will again notice that Ferdinand is ball watching instead of bombing back just in case.
Bring back Collins, who at least gives us a competent defence and a threat in front of their goal. ''
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