West Ham vs Newcastle United match banter and preview!

Posted on May 4th, 2013 | 110 Comments |

West Ham v Newcastle United.
Will Carroll and Nolan be kept at bay?
Venue: The Boleyn Ground, London.
Date: Sat 4th May, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Phil Dowd.
UK TV: None.

Well it’s all starting to come to the boil now, with Newcastle United still uncertain of their future in the Premier League next season.

For the second time since Derek Llambias became Managing Director in June, 2008, the Magpies face the abyss. As events unfold in East London, it will be tempting to cast the occaisional glance at events over at the Hawthorns too, where West Brom will be taking on our game in hand relegation rivals, Wigan.

It could well be two very familiar faces who cause us the most problems this afternoon with West Ham’s two top goalscorers, Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan putting old allegiances aside. Carroll in particular has has come into some good form after recovering from his last injury. In his last four games, Carroll has scored four goals for the Hammers and seems to be back to his old self again.

Team news.

Newcastle United: Mathieu Debuchy is suspended for this game after his sending off against against Liverpool, with Tim Krul and Davide Santon both out, along with long-term absentees Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic. Sylvain Marveaux will be highly doubtful with his latest groin mishap, but Captain, Fabricio Coloccini should definitely be making an return after recovering from his back injury.

ps: Late team news appears to indicate that Moussa Sissoko may have picked up an ankle injury too, but we shall see when the team sheets are posted.

West Ham: George McCartney (knee) and James Tomkins (calf) will be missing for this one.

Last six Premier League results (latest first).

Team Results Pts
West Ham D | W | D | D | D | W 10
Newcastle United L | D | L | W | L | L 4

What the managers have been saying.

Neil McDonald (West Ham assistant): “I think it’ll be a tough one. I think they’ll come and keep it nice and tight. They’re on the verge of getting involved (in the relegation battle) but personally I think they’ve got enough points. They’ll try to keep a clean sheet and get something on the counter-attack. When Newcastle’s January signings first came in they hit the ground running. They’ve gone through a little sticky patch at the moment but I’m sure they will come through it, just after Saturday.”

Alan Pardew: “The group is very much together. We have the destiny of ourselves in our own hands. We’re not in the hands of anyone else – only us can put it right. We’ve got a little gap so we need to exploit that and make sure we extend it. I haven’t even looked at the run-ins of the other clubs because it’s very, very important that you focus on yourself. We put a poor performance in last Saturday and we need to put that right. That’s the most important thing.”

So now it’s that time again when I shall give you my usual reminders about posting team sheets and links to watch the game online, along with highlights, post match interviews and a video of the whole game when it’s all over so watch this space!

Howay the Lads!

Alf Garnett West Ham.
A typical West Ham fan yesterday.

Team sheets.

West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen (G), Guy Demel, Winston Reid, James Collins, Joey O’Brien, Gary O’Neil, Mohamed Diame, Ricardo Vaz Te, Kevin Nolan (C), Matt Jarvis, Andy Carroll.

Subs: Stephen Henderson, Emanuel Pogatez, Matt Taylor, Jack Collison, Mark Noble, Joe Cole, Carlton Cole.

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran.

Subs: Steve Harper (G), Mike Williamson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi.


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110 Responses

  1. Let’s hope we play with the appropriate level of motivation today!

  2. Why doesn’t pardew get injured and left out for 6 months.? Just a thought. Howaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay the Lads, just please, don’t curl up and die.

  3. Want a win so bad…just hope we don’t bend over and let Nolan and Carroll fiddle with us all afternoon :lol:

  4. Even if Sissoko is fit, will he play? where should he play? The free role behind Cisse hasnt worked out…

  5. If freaking Shola starts we might as well forfeit. He is one of the reasons we find ourselves in the shite we’re in. Apart from injuries and all that, our reliance on a NON-SCORING STRIKER IS RIDICULOUS! Not only that he is extremely slow and only holds the ball up at times and he even struggles doing that!

    We should have replaced that tool with a PROPER STRIKER when his contract expired instead of handing him an extension.

    I couldn’t care less how influential he is in the changing room as you win matches on the pitch and not in the changing room!

    He is a waste of space and limits our chances for EVERY MATCH HE PLAYS!

    If Strolla starts today we will most likely lose and get relegated.

    We should have got a speedy striker in his place ages ago and we should have also replaced Ba properly.

    If we would have done those simple things I bet you we would be miles better than where we are now.

    Injuries and our lack of investment especially up front has cost us dearly for two seasons now-at least. If we had a true striker instead of Strolla we might have even clinched CL footy last season and this season we would have probably be fighting to be within the top 8 and not the bottom 3.

    I’ve been saying it for years, Strolla Ameobi is no footballer, and we have had that loser with us for 10 years! Pity gets you relegated in football and our pity in not playing him enough has cost us dearly!

    I am sick of dreading his appearence in any of our games as it’s always like us playing with 10 men! He is the most ineffective striker in the whole league. I even prefer Shefti Kuqi or whatever his name was to this clown.

    Strolla always talks the talk but NEVER walks the walk!

    Get rid of him now! I would rather we play the untested Campbell I bet he is clearly miles better than Ameobi!!

    I will feel sick if I see Ameobi upfront with Cisse in a 4-4-2 just because Sissoko is injured now. Gouffran could do a job along Cisse but Strolla Ameobi should be nowhere near our matchday squads and yet he keeps playing and costing us valuable points. It makes me sick every time. How many goals has he scored for us in how many games again? please tell me. He is a joke and makes Emile Heskey look like a superstar!


  6. Milner says:
    May 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    “Even if Sissoko is fit, will he play? where should he play? The free role behind Cisse hasnt worked out…”

    It certainly did in his first game or two, Milner. Nothing whatsoever has worked in the last two or three games though. He can play defensive midfield too.

  7. JP…from The Rock says:
    May 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    “If freaking Shola starts we might as well forfeit. He is one of the reasons we find ourselves in the shite we’re in. Apart from injuries and all that, our reliance on a NON-SCORING STRIKER IS RIDICULOUS!”

    To be fair that isn’t quite true, JP. His scoring record is deceptive as he’s been a “cameo” player for most of his Newcastle career. If he started and finished games like Cisse or the many of the others he’s played with, he would have scored around a goal every three games, which isn’t that bad. Some strikers who don’t score that often but are good at hold up play can also be very helpful for the other strikers too and the big lad does get a few assists too.

  8. A defeat today would probably blamed on how motivated Nolan is and how great Carroll is and how he wants to show Newcastle how much we miss him.

    Probably going to spend all afternoon keeping an eye on Carroll a shit striker while the real threat Nolan is given freedom of the pitch. The same mistakes we made last time we played them.

  9. Ok quick question im wanting to watch th match on ma tablet does anyone have any ideas as to whether i need to download somensort of programme to be able to play the streams?

  10. michael12 says:
    May 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    “Probably going to spend all afternoon keeping an eye on Carroll a shit striker while the real threat Nolan is given freedom of the pitch.”

    We’ll hae to watch both of ’em Michael, but Carrol is back in the goals and seems to have found his mojo again. As I mentioned above, he’s scored four in his last four games and six in his last ten since he returned from injury. He scored against Man City in his last game too.

  11. Worky (5)
    Yes . Thanx for putting it up. Believe it or not, I havn’t had the time to put any more up but bear with me.
    As 4 2day, well, more injuries, the bad press and all, one wonders if we arn’t fated to suffer a bit longer. The way this season has gone we would struggle to win an argument in an empty room. Perhaps last year was it, I don’t know but i’m struggling to work out why our club in particular are continually run badly which looks like bad luck but isn’t if you get my drift.
    Something upstairs stinks or is not in the right place, and probably hasn’t been for a considerable time. Sad really, but I’m 64 this year and I’m doubting wether I’ll see another quality season, never mind a cup or a championship. I was born too late to see any of the cup wins in the 50s so I’m blaming most of it on my dad.
    Never mind, I have some wonderful memories of some famous players which I will try to relate to all in part 2 when I get down to it.
    I think sissoko going down thismorning is the icing on the cake for pardew and maybe something benefitial may come of this. I’m not going to forecast, but I will be at the game in my local in Pegeia just outside Paphos, Cyprus. If any of you guys are ever in the region, you must drop by and make yourselves known. Howaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay the Lads.

  12. Toonforlife says:
    May 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    “Ok quick question im wanting to watch th match on ma tablet does anyone have any ideas as to whether i need to download somensort of programme to be able to play the streams?”

    Presuming you already have a Flash plugin in your browser already, it depends which stream you are watching, toonforlife. Some are Flash but some like “Sopcast” and “Ace Stream” may require an additional player.

  13. Selling Nolan was as big a mistake like selling Parker. Both were good, solid players that read the game well and liked a tackle. They also scored the odd goal, especially Nolan. Maybe it was out of our hands and Nolan wanted to leave for pastures new but we should have looked for a similar player to him over the summer.

    Milner is another we miss dearly. His constant hugging of the touchline and whipping in dangerous balls in the box is something we’ve missed ever since he left. He never stopped running. He was like Gutierrez but better! A true winger and something we have yet to have.

    Solano was amazing, his intelligent balls to our strikers was nothing short of incredible and he could cross and score blinders. Another winger who was great at what he did.

    Now a days we have no proper wingers. Obertan is ermm obertan, lots of runs and no end product. Gutierrez is the same but works harder and wins us breathers in free-kicks.

    Cabaye is a great talent but not that different to a certain Emre we had in his position. He was good and finding that key pass, but was not consistent enough for us, and was constantly injured. Cabaye has improved his game with us since he signed but this season his form has been poor. His free-kicks seem to have improved but his overall game has dropped a level or two.

    We are missing the players we need to take us to the next level and I fear that it might be too late for that to be rectified in the summer.

    I pray we win today and clinch survival and then these issues I’ve mentioned can be addressed and we can start looking up again.

  14. Porciestreet says:
    May 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    “Worky (5)
    Yes . Thanx for putting it up. Believe it or not, I havn’t had the time to put any more up but bear with me.”

    Your audience awaits, PorcieStreet! As you may have noticed if you saw it, the last one went down very well and got quite a few viewers as well.

  15. Worky- That’s not good enough from a EPL player. Look at Solskjaer and how effective his cameo performances were. It never stopped him from scoring. Yes Shola can hold up play at times but most of the times his first touch is awful and loses possession.

    What is most shocking is his woeful shooting skills! For a striker to scruff nearly every shot he takes is embarrassing to say the least. Does he actually know how to kick a ball cleanly with power and accuracy? I don’t think so.

    Look closely at his shooting and you will see what I mean.

    With his size and strength he should be doing much more on the field and should be a similar threat as Andy ‘Judas’ Carroll is for us now. Carroll is not fast either but he offers more on the pitch than Shola ever has.

    I have only been impressed with Shola once and that was when he scored a peach of a volley against tottenham but that was most probably a fluke as it was the only time he has struck a ball cleanly with his boot and on target.

  16. Against the Mackems being an adopted Geordie he should up his game as he does, it’s only natural if he has any real connection to the club and the area. Therefore I don’t consider the Derby games as an indication of Strolla’s impact in the team. To still have a player so slow and ineffective for more than 10 years and only show up against the Mackems or give it the odd go when we are rarely in Europe is nothing short of retarded. Keeping him on has been one of NUFC’s biggest mistakes as it gives any manager that sense of protection, that we still have Shola if we have say Cisse injured- Emm no we don’t! He doesn’t score!!!

  17. A very obvious starting line up from Pardew. Really afraid to expand his thinking. Would have preferred Perch to Tiote and Anita instead of Cabaye. Also Williamson to address the Carroll air threat Mbiwa would have to be benched for that.

  18. JP, I just checked the exact stats for Shola. He has scored a goal every 272.1 minutes of play on average in his Newcastle career so far.

  19. As Saint ‘n’ Greavsie used to say, “It’s a funny old game”, But if play like we have been, I cannot see anything other than a Hammers victory.
    the performance will have to be, “The performance to end all performances”, for us to get anything.
    Going to West Ham is tough on paper, and really this should have been a bonus game, for us today.
    Pardew has spoke all week about getting a response, He should of had the response against Sunderland, and Liverpool, And we would not have been in this mess!

  20. joe hawkins says:
    May 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    “Going to West Ham is tough on paper”

    Aye, you’re better off taking the car, the train or the coach, Joe.

  21. DarthBroon says:
    May 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    “You’ll have to slash away at a fair bit of advertising baloney first, though, before you get to the full-screen button.”

    Get an ad blocker, Darth. You can get rid of those ads on YouTube videos as well.

  22. FFS that could be the difference right there. We’ve certainly had luck on our side this season in some instances but that could be so important. Bit like the Wigan game.

  23. workyticket says:
    May 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    “Get an ad blocker, Darth. You can get rid of those ads on YouTube videos as well.”

    If I did that, Worky, I’d miss out on opportunities like “Get a genuine Love Buddy in Stockton on Tees” :)

  24. DarthBroon says:
    May 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    “If I did that, Worky, I’d miss out on opportunities like “Get a genuine Love Buddy in Stockton on Tees””

    Darth, I’m in London, but those kinds of ads always think I’m in Doncaster (Perish the thought).

  25. Toonforlife says:
    May 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    “We have the worst luck ever with linesmen feel sorry for cisse tbh”

    Toon, lots of teams have had the worst luck ever with linesman this season. The worst one I saw was that Swansea “goal” against West Brom. That was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen watching football, and they lost a point because of it.

  26. I thought it was over the line when I saw it as it happened. Seeing the replays, I’m still sure it was at least mostly over the line.

    A pity the prat of a linesman wasn’t in a position to help.

  27. FFS just our luck! lol that went over, though just over. Goal-line technology couldn’t come soon enough! We are playing well, not great but well. Let’s see how we show up in the second half.

  28. On your previous thread Worky, I agree Debuchey was awful but M’biwa was worse. He was all over the place, stepping up when no one else was and caused Debuchey to try step up for one of their goals. Neither have impressed me, but they need time and they’ll both be good signings provided we stay up.

  29. On this game, we look more fluid which is good. There’s more movement, but we need a goal because I can see them nicking one.

  30. Here we F**king go again!!! HBA OFF FOR STROLLA AMEOBI!!!!! SEE WHAT I MEAN!! Might aswell forfeit!! FFS!!!

  31. Everyone back defending the corner. No outlet when we clear it and we invite pressure. What a surprise. Now a defensive substitution with Shola for Ben Arfa. Didn’t see that one coming.

  32. JP…from The Rock says:
    May 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    “Here we F**king go again!!! HBA OFF FOR STROLLA AMEOBI!!!!! SEE WHAT I MEAN!! Might aswell forfeit!! FFS!!!”

    I was expecting that, JP. :-)

    He’s a few minutes early this time.

  33. We’re getting deeper and deeper instead of trying to keep the pressure on. Playing into Fat Sam’s game plan.

  34. What a shite player Ameobi is. What has he done since he’s come on?

  35. Wigan winning. They have Swansea at home and Villa. I think that’s it, we’re doomed.

  36. Yeah Villa and Wigan fighting for their lives. Attacking go for it, while we surrender and hold on to the end. We should be piling forward going for it. We’re down for sure, hope I’m wrong.

  37. Bloody hell. Late winner for Villa.

    We really need the mackems to implode now to have a chance of staying up. Wouldn’t that be nice.

  38. Either way, Wigan will stay up and Villa. 40 points is enough for them. Can see Wigan beating Swansea and Villa. Mackems have Stoke and Southampton at home, they’ll win at least one. If we don’t beat QPR we’re down.

  39. Bloody terrible again!, West Ham had enough chances to win it.
    No doubt Pardew will think we woz excellent!
    typical crappy performance you get from a Pardew team, hanging on again, as usual.

  40. The man city game isn’t a league game. We just got robbed by a poor decision which has probably cost us at least 60m

  41. This isn’t over. We have QPR and the Mackems looked sh*t against Villa. The Bennito bump may have passed and Sausages is suspended.

  42. All other results have gone against us again. We have taken a lucky point but we could have gone for the win in the second half. Instead we held on for a point that could be of some worth as we approach a nervy end to the season.

    At least we didn’t draw but I am extremely worried now that both Wigan and Villa have won. Wigan and Sunderland have a game in hand and our goal difference is terrible :(

  43. The stats of the game are quite surprising and doesn’t paint us so badly. But in reality we need to up our game. Mainly our game-plan! Subbing HBA for Strolla Ameobi was a shocking decision again. Those are the sort of things that make me want Pardew to be replaced with a more technical coach, preferably foreign with a knowledge of our league. I was one of his supporters but he has shown his true colours this season and intense pressure. We can do better than his negative style of thinking during matches. We should be going all out for a win nearly every game. In this game I feel we missed a great chance to be safe, though a point is not a disaster.

  44. On the plus side, Tiote actually looked pretty good today. Stayed defensive and played short passes out. The booking was harsh, and I thought he made a big difference, especially in the first half

  45. Worky: Southampton are only a point above us and have the Mackems next. That is important for all of us.

  46. The linesman who didn’t see Cisse’s goal today (Matthew Wilkes), is also the same linesman who let off McManaman with that foul on Haidara.

  47. Joe @ 97, if you’re referring to Derek and Mike, no motivation is needed.

  48. Well I don’t think it really made a great deal of difference to us that Villa won because all it’s done it put Norwich in the mix instead of Villa. Hopefully Villa Will take points off Wigan in the last game and I can’t see Wigan getting a win against Arsenal but I can’t see us beating Arsenal either…. So we have to beat QPR. It’s a shame our goal difference is no worse than those around us as it really could go down to that and it was only on goal difference we got relegated the last time…