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West Ham Utd 2 Newcastle Utd 2

Filed: Saturday, 26th April 2008
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United could only take a point from this afternoon's Premier League clash with Newcastle after throwing away a two-goal adavantage.

Despite racing into an early two goal lead the Hammers were pegged back by goals in the final five minutes of the first half by the visitors.

And with no further goals after the break each side will have come away reasonably happy with a point - although having enjoyed 17 shots to Newcastle's five the Hammers should perhaps have been toasting all three points tonight.

Mark Noble had opened the scoring for West Ham United in the tenth minute before Dean Ashton made it 2-0 shortly after.

But Newcastle restored parity through goals from Martins (42 minutes) and Geremi (first minute of injury time) to square the game at 2-2 going into the break.

Both sides had chances to win the game after the break but failed to add to their first half tally. However the Hammers were particularly unlucky to be denied what appeared to be a cast-iron penalty in the closing stages.

Elsewhere today Tottenham could only draw at home to Bolton, which means that the Hammers remain five points above both Spurs and Newcastle with all three sides having just two games left to play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Green, Paintsil, McCartney, Neill, Tomkins, Faubert (Solano 90+4), Noble, Parker, Ljungberg (Boa Morte), Zamora (Cole 68), Ashton.

Subs not used: Walker, Mullins.

Booked: Faubert (55), Paintsil (57).

Goals: Noble (10), Ashton (23).

Newcastle United: Harper, Beye, Enrique, Edgar (Diatta 90+3), Taylor, Butt, Geremi, Barton, Martins, Owen, Viduka (Smith 82).

Subs: Carroll, Forster, Duff.

Booked: Bebe (41), Butt (57), Martins (72).

Goals: Martins (42), Geremi (45+1).

Attendance: 34,980.

Referee: Uriah Rennie.

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