Newcastle United 0 West Ham United 0
Saturday, 20th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower
The Premiership away trip I missed more than any other during our two-year sojourn in whatever the second division is called this week is the visit to Newcastle.
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
Some good saves kept out the home side on the rare occasions they threatened to score.
Good solid performance at right back though he was scarcely tested by the opposition.
Another good run out scandalously brought to a premature end by Gallagher?EUR(TM)s incompetence.
Hello Sven? After last week are you sure you?EUR(TM)ve got the right brother? Ok that may be premature but it may not be totally out of the question ?EUR" ask Shearer.
Resolute and determined throughout he played a full part in keeping what passed for a Newcastle attack at bay.
Unlike last week when he took a little while to adjust to the pace of the game, he ran the show from the start. Just edged NRC for MOTM in my opinion.
Another fine effort. AP said that the youngster thinks he?EUR(TM)ll take the premiership by storm. Early days but he?EUR(TM)s certainly on course.
Though he?EUR(TM)s in the side for the flair that he brings to proceedings, this match showed that he?EUR(TM)s not afraid to do his share of the donkey work when necessary. So much so that AP didn?EUR(TM)t feel it necessary to bolster the midfield with the less subtle presence of Dailly until quite late on.
Looked threatening going forward and knuckled down well when Gallagher forced us onto the back foot.
Ran his legs off. Caused problems up front, chased lost causes and helped out when required in defence. Anyone who calls him lazy should ask the Newcastle defence if they agree.
Was doing well in the deeper role until injury curtailed his afternoon.
(Replaced Sheringham, 48) Got forward well until called upon to replace Konchesky in the left back position where he coped well for the most part.
(Replaced Benayoun, 78) Got his foot in a couple of times in his 10 minute spell and might have scored with a header.
(Replaced Harewood, 90) On for only a few minutes but proved an excellent outlet to relieve the pressure on the back four as time ticked away.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Roy Carroll, Tomas Repka, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood, Teddy Sheringham.
Booked: Marlon Harewood 88 .
Sent Off: Paul Konchesky 55 .
Newcastle United: Given, Carr, Babayaro, Boumsong, Taylor, Parker, Jenas, Bowyer, N'Zogbia, Milner, Shearer.
Subs not used: Harper, Elliott, Faye, Brittain.
Booked: Jenas (71).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Hayden Mullins.