FA Premiership
Newcastle United 0-0 West Ham United 

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 Ratings

Roy Carroll
Some good saves kept out the home side on the rare occasions they threatened to score.

Tomas Repka
Good solid performance at right back though he was scarcely tested by the opposition.

Paul Konchesky
Another good run out scandalously brought to a premature end by Gallagher?EUR(TM)s incompetence.

Anton Ferdinand
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.

Danny Gabbidon
Resolute and determined throughout he played a full part in keeping what passed for a Newcastle attack at bay.

Hayden Mullins
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.

Nigel Reo-Coker
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.

Yossi Benayoun
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.

Matthew Etherington
Looked threatening going forward and knuckled down well when Gallagher forced us onto the back foot.

Marlon Harewood
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.

Teddy Sheringham
Was doing well in the deeper role until injury curtailed his afternoon.


Shaun Newton
(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.

Christian Dailly
(Replaced Benayoun, 78) Got his foot in a couple of times in his 10 minute spell and might have scored with a header.

Bobby Zamora
(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.

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: Hayden Mullins.