FA Premiership
Newcastle United 0-0 West Ham United 

Saturday, 20th August 2005
by East Stand Martin

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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
Made some important saves and generally inspired confidence in all around him. Looking more at ease since leaving Old Trafford.

Tomas Repka
A solid first game of the season for the much-maligned Czech. His passing was a little errant at times but that is a minor criticism.

Paul Konchesky
Possible the most ridiculous red card ever? Konch clearly took the ball but Gallagher was having none of it. Will miss the home game with Bolton should the normally affable referee decide to ignore common sense.

Anton Ferdinand
Anton has come of age in the last two games, and has proved that he can play on the main stage - just months after some people were questioning his ability to do it at Championship level. Good stuff.

Danny Gabbidon
Alan Pardew said prior to the start of the season that Gabbidon would be a contender for Player of the Year. That's looking a good bet on this showing.

Hayden Mullins
A huge performance in front of the back four. Another who was oft-criticised last season sticking two fingers up to his critics. More of the same please.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Having an incorrectly spelt name on the back of his shirt didn't seem to hinder Reo-Coker in any way; this was a classy performance that has already moved some pundits to spark mention of England call-ups.

Yossi Benayoun
Worked very hard on the flank and could have nicked a winner in the first half had Sheringham's through ball had a little bit less on it. Beginning to find his feet in the hustle and bustle of the Premiership.

Matthew Etherington
Quiter than last week but always a useful outlet for the likes of Konchesky to use. Still looking tricky despite having made the step up to the big league.

Marlon Harewood
Frustrating - as is often the case with Marlon. Some glimpses of class but lacking the killer touch at present. A goal would no doubt help to settle the nerves.

Teddy Sheringham
Teddy was the glue that held the midfield and attack together - unfortunately replaced early on in the second half after suffering a knock. Doubtful for Saturday's clash with Bolton.


Shaun Newton
(Replaced Sheringham, 48) Mr Versatile came on to replace Sheringham as part of a five man midfield before reverting to left back after the dismissal of Konchesky. A real little diamond.

Christian Dailly
(Replaced Benayoun, 78) Brought in to shore up the defence a la Preston in the play-off final. Did a sterling job for the 15 minutes or so he was let loose.

Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Harewood, 90) You can't help feeling a little sorry for Bobby. Despite scoring the goals that took us back to the big time he's barely featured thus far in the Prem. Came on, had one chance, final whistle.

Shaka Hislop
Did not play.

Mark Noble
Did not play.

Match Facts

West 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.

Goals: None.

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.

Goals: .

Booked: Jenas (71).

Sent off: None.

Referee: D.Gallagher.

Attendance: 51,620.

Man of the Match: Nigel Reo-Coker.