Premier League
West Ham United 1 Newcastle United 2

Saturday, 23rd October 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Oh dear! This was a day of multiple disappointments – and it should – no, ought - to have been so different.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
No chance with the goals. One good save but his distribution was poor in this one.

Lars Jacobsen
Ok defensively but our failure to keep hold of the ball meant that he was unable to contribute as an attacking force.

Danny Gabbidon
Got dragged out wide for the winner. Which wouldn't have been so bad had he actually done something to block the cross.

Matthew Upson
Was having a torrid time which got worse with his withdrawal through injury.

Manuel Da Costa

Scott Parker

Mark Noble
At the heart of what little was good in this match ?EUR" if I had to plump for a MOTM it'd probably be him.

Valon Bahrami
At the heart of what little was good in this match ?EUR" if I had to plump for a MOTM it'd probably be him.

Carlton Cole
Couldn't miss the goal but failed to hold the ball up for the rest of the match ?EUR" on those rare occasions his team mates could find him.

Victor Obinna
A good first half spell aside he seemed bemused as to what his role should actually entail. He wasn't the only one.

Frederic Piquionne
Failed to make much of an impression and hobbled off in the second half.


Benni McCarthy
(Replaced Barrera, 69 mins) Came on to replace Piquionne. Apparently.

Herita Ilunga
(Replaced Barrera, 69 mins) Went walkabout for the winner, causing Gabbidon to get drawn out of the centre.

Pablo Barrera
(Replaced Barrera, 69 mins) Not given enough time to make an impression, which was a shame as his brief run out showed potential.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Tal Ben-Haim
Did not play.

Luis Boa Morte
Did not play.

Julien Faubert
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lars Jacobsen, Danny Gabbidon, Matthew Upson, Manuel Da Costa, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Valon Bahrami, Carlton Cole, Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne.

Goals: Carlton Cole 12                  .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Newcastle United: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi.

Subs not used: Soderberg, Guthrie, Routledge, Perch, Taylor, Smith, Lovenkrands.

Goals: Nolan (23), Carroll (69).

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 34,486.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.