Newcastle Utd 3 West Ham Utd 1

  • by Matthew O'Greel
  • Sunday, 23rd September 2007

The Hammers have been well beaten in this afternoon's Premier League clash at St James' Park.

The home side ran out comfortable 3-1 winners despite rarely threatening the Hammers goal.

Disappointingly the Hammers only had themselves to blame for a first reversal in four, as they were on top for much of the first half.

Mark Viduka - a transfer target of Alan Curbishley's earlier in the summer - opened the scoring for the home side after just two minutes when he profited on a mistake by international colleague Lucas Neill.

But the Hammers responded well and deservedly drew level on 31 minutes after Dean Ashton swivelled expertly to fire home following a bout of head tennis in the home side's penalty box.

The home side regained the lead five minutes before the break after Mark Viduka added a second from a cross by Charles N'Zogbia, who had left Lee Bowyer trailing in his wake on the left flank.

Newcastle wrapped up the win fifteen minutes from time when N'Zogbia - who has probably been Newcastle's best player on the park - tapped home a third.

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West Ham United: Green, Neill, McCartney, Ferdinand, Upson, Mullins (Ljungberg 62), Noble, Bowyer, Etherington (Spector 80), Cole (Camara 68), Ashton.

Subs not used: Wright, Collins.

Goals: Ashton (31).

Booked: Mullins (48), Cole (53), Bowyer (81).

Newcastle United: Harper, Beye, N'Zogbia, Capaca (Taylor 78), Rozehnal, Geremi, Butt, Milner, Smith, Owen (Martins 51), Viduka (Enrique 73).

Subs not used: Given, Faye.

Goals: Viduka (2, 41), N'Zogbia (76).

Booked: Geremi (79).

Referee: M.Riley.

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