FA Premiership
West Ham United 2-4 Newcastle United 

Saturday, 17th December 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Bah humbug! Yup it’s that time of year again when silly things happen – usually due to alcohol. It was a bit worrying that the fixture computer threw this one at us at the start of the festive season – I mean it’s not like my Geordie pals really need an excuse for a beer is it?

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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
One fine save but strangely, given that we let in 4, unemployed for most of the game.

Tomas Repka
Possibly off in January the Czech full-back was at fault for, maybe, two of the goals.

Paul Konchesky
Another decent showing. Though he might have pushed up a bit for the 4th to catch Owen offside, in truth it was all over by then.

James Collins
A fair home league debut ?EUR" unlucky not to score. Needs to concentrate for the full 90 though.

Anton Ferdinand
Kept Shearer fairly quiet. The experience is beginning to show ?EUR" one bit where Shearer was looking to draw a foul only to find Ferdinand had taken a clever step back was particularly amusing.

Hayden Mullins
A fine performance in the middle. Dreadfully unlucky to see his shot come back off the post.

Carl Fletcher
A fair home premiership debut though a couple of times his inexperience at the top level showed.

Yossi Benayoun
Was looking quite tricky until the thigh tightened up. Should have had a penalty.

Matthew Etherington
More lively than earlier in the season. Talk of an England call up is far-fetched but he does continue to improve.

Bobby Zamora
Good first half, anonymous in the second. Sublime turn in the build up to our first goal.

Marlon Harewood


David Bellion
(Replaced Benayoun, 62) Eventually replaced Yossi but ran down too many blind alleys and lost the ball a few to many times for my liking.

Jeremie Aliadiere
(Replaced Repka, 76) Came on for Repka late on but failed to do anything of note.

Christian Dailly
Did not play.

Shaka Hislop
Did not play.

Sean Newton
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, Tomas Repka, Paul Konchesky, James Collins, Anton Ferdinand, Hayden Mullins, Carl Fletcher, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood.

Goals: Nobby Solano og 20 Marlon Harewood 73                .

Booked: Roy Carroll 44 Anton Ferdinand 74 Matthew Etherington 90      .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Newcastle United: Given, Ramage, Elliott, Boumsong, Bramble, Faye, Parker, Solano, Ameobi, Owen, Shearer.

Subs not used: Haper, Gate, Luque, Chopra.

Goals: Owen (5, 43, 90), Shearer (66).

Booked: Bramble (32), Ameobi (52), Parker (72).

Sent off: None.

Referee: P.Dowd.

Attendance: 34,836.

Man of the Match: Hayden Mullins.