Premier League
Newcastle United 2 West Ham United 2

Saturday, 10th January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Six hundred-odd miles, one point, a few more pints and some grand company. Yup it was time for another visit to the North East.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Comfortable enough though I thought he might have done a bit better for their first.

Lucas Neill
Ok though his blushes were spared a bit by a push on Collins in the second half.

Herita Ilunga
Supposedly we have an option to sign permanently. I hope so. Credited with an assist for Cole?EUR(TM)s goal.

James Collins
Slipped at the vital moment for their first goal but dealt with anything in the air with ease.

Matthew Upson
Made two slip ups in the match. Unfortunately they both contributed to goals.

Scott Parker
A lot of running and played a big part in Bellamy?EUR(TM)s goal.

Mark Noble
Had work a-plenty but faded a bit in the second half. Might have done better when one on one with Given.

Jack Collison
Another fine one from the youngster. Young Hammer of The Year anyone?

Valon Behrami
Not quite as effective as of late and he went to sleep for their first goal.

Carlton Cole
Great goal and caused no end of problems for the home defence.

Craig Bellamy
Superb finish for the goal. Ought to have had a spot-kick too.


Matthew Etherington
(replaced) Brought some width to the match and played a part in the best of the three goals.

Kieron Dyer
(replaced) Good to see him back even if he did appear to be limping a bit at the end of his 20 minutes or so. Nearly scored too.

Diego Tristan
(replaced) Failed to influence matters much in the few moments he was on.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

Julien Faubert
Did not play.

Diego Tristan
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Collins, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, Valon Behrami, Carlton Cole, Craig Bellamy.

Goals: Craig Bellamy 29 Carlton Cole 55                .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Newcastle United: Given, Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Geremi, Duff, Owen, Carroll.

Subs not used: Harper, Xisco, Kadar, Edgar, LuaLua, Donaldson.

Goals: Owen (19), Carroll (78) .

Booked: Guthrie (23).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Alan Wiley.

Attendance: 47,571.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.