Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Newcastle United 

Saturday, 29th November 2014
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
I vaguely remember one very comfortable save but he was mainly as much of a spectator as I was.

Carl Jenkinson
Not as much of a force going forward as he can be but a good solid defensive outing.

Aaron Cresswell

James Collins
Allowed Perez a bit too much room early on, but only did it once. Good battling performance.

James Tomkins
A fine game. Hopefully he's got this face-clutching thing out of his system now. MOTM for me.

Mark Noble
We don't recognise records that are based on the assumption that there was no football before the Premier League here. Which is why I haven't mentioned the one that everyone has been banging on about. Good game though.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Superb inch perfect pass to set up Cresswell (!) but he's had better days.

Matt Jarvis
A bit in and out of the game. Mainly out though.

Morgan Amalfitano
Kept plugging away and was a source of worry for the opposition throughout.

Stewart Downing
Good in parts but another who has had better days. Ought to have scored when clean through.

Andy Carroll
Caused more than a few problems, though I suspect that the sponsors' choice of MOTM had more to do with their choice of post-match photo opportunity.


Mauro Zarate
(replaced Jarvis) A bit of a cameo really but provided game's the rare glimpses of creativity.

Kevin Nolan
(replaced Kouyate) Kouyate knackered? Want the clock run down a bit? Call on Nolan. Did the job.

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Did not play.

Guy Demel
Did not play.

Joey O Brien
Did not play.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Did not play.

Carlton Cole
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Matt Jarvis, Morgan Amalfitano, Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll.

Goals: Aaron Cresswell 56                  .

Booked: Mark Noble 66 Morgan Amalfitano 78 Mauro Zarate 87      .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Newcastle United: Rob Elliot, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi.

Subs not used: Vurnon Anita, Emmanuel Riviere, Jak Alnwick, Adam Armstrong.

Goals: .

Booked: Mike Williamson (18), Jack Colback (54), Moussa Sissoko (75).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 34,977.

Man of the Match: James Tomkins.