West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 2
Sunday, 17th September 2006
by East Stand Martin
It was just like old times. Glenn Roeder standing on the touchline in his trademark “What the f*ck do I do now” stance. The Bobby Moore Stand told The Toon fans in no uncertain terms what was in store with a rendition of the newest cover version of ‘Blue Moon’ – “Roeder, he’s gonna take you down.”
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
Made a couple of important saves in the first half but there are question marks over his cover of the far post for the first goal. There was little he could do about the second though.
A decent effort, especially when taking into consideration the fact that he shouldn't have started due to illness.
Konch is all over the place at the moment. His passing is simply dreadful; George McCartney must be the only Hammer happy with his recent performances. One hopes that class will eventually shine through.
Nothing outstandingly bad but like the rest of the defence he didn't exactly exude confidence.
Another dreadful error that led to the second goal, Gabbs is another woefully out of sorts right now. James Collins must be a close call for Man City.
Clearly a cut above the rest but he seemed to struggle a little today - which is hardly surprising as this was only his second game.
Another desperately disappointing performace from a player who is capable of so much more. Were he not Pardew's captain he could well have spent more time on the bench of late.
Got stuck in against his former team-mates but struggled to make an impact. The 'audacious' attempt at goal was a beautiful thing though.
Something has not been quite right with Matty since he returned to first team action. And why was he mainly playing in the centre of midfield in the final 20 minutes? Strange ...
Despite leading the Premiership goal charts we're yet to see a really decent overall performance from Bob this season. Of course you can't complain when he's baging in the goals - but he didn't today.
Our biggest threat and you could almost feel the relief from the away fans when it was announced that he would not be coming out for the second half.
(Replaced Tevez, 45) A player who is more than capable of changing the game from the bench. Not today though, where his only notable contribution was booting Shay Given in the nether regions.
(Replaced Mascherano, 67) A slight fitness worry prevented the magical Israeli from starting today, and we were all the poorer for it. We miss our only creative force desperately when he's not playing.
(Replaced Mears, 67) Many would shiver at the thought of Mullins playing at right-back again. But to be fair, he didn't really put a foot wrong today.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Roy Carroll, Tyrone Mears, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Javier Mascherano, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Bobby Zamora, Carlos Tevez.
Booked: Tyrone Mears 45 Marlon Harewood 74 Paul Konchesky 78 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Newcastle United: Given, Carr, Moore, Ramage, Babayaro, Milner, Parker, Emre, Duff, Martins, Ameobi.
Subs not used: N'Zogbia, Rossi.
Goals: Duff (50), Martins (75).
Booked: Babayaro (41), Moore (74), Parker (77).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano.