West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald thought a point apiece was fair after his side battled out a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

West Ham failed to score at home for just the second time this season, but Newcastle could not breach the hosts' defences either on an afternoon of few clear-cut chances.

The result keeps the Hammers in the top ten of the Barclays Premier League and former Magpies right-back McDonald was happy to keep a clean sheet.

He told West Ham TV: "It's a clean sheet in the Premier League, which is vital. I suppose a draw in the end was probably fair in our opinion.

"Newcastle probably had the better chances in the first half, but we certainly had the better chances in the second half.

"Both teams were unable to get the ball over the line and it's a nil-nil draw, but it's only the second time we've failed to score at home, which is pretty good for a newly-promoted team."

Newcastle travelled south having been defeated 3-0 and 6-0 in the previous two home games, so McDonald was not surprised to see them set up with a more defensive style at the Boleyn Ground.

Talking about his own side's opportunities, Sam Allardyce's No2 was disappointed to see Kevin Nolan, Matt Jarvis and Andy Carroll pass up opportunities to break the deadlock.

He continued: "I think Newcastle, with their two previous resilts, were going to come here and be a little more compact. They certainly did that and they passed it better than us in the first half and created a couple of chances.

"Second half, I felt we played off the front foot better and created a lot more chances in open play, as well as from putting them under pressure from our free-kicks and corners.

"We were just unable to breach their defence in the end, and that's disappointing because we created three or four chances to win the game. Overall a 0-0 is a fair result."

West Ham thought they may have had a penalty when Ricardo Vaz Te went down under a Fabricio Coloccini challenge in the second half, while the officials had to make another big call in the opening period when Winston Reid cleared Papiss Cisse's shot from off the line.

Newcastle claimed a goal, but McDonald was more interested in the quality of his defender's recovery.

He said: "We were sitting on the bench thinking we might have had a penalty. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't, but we're more disappointed that we haven't scored from the chances we've created at the end.

"For them, Cisse's made some clever runs in the first half which caused us a few problems. He got in behind, got past Jussi [Jaaskelainen], but defenders want to keep clean sheets and Winston was in the right place at the right time to clear the ball off the line."

Next for the Hammers is a trip to another of McDonald's former clubs, Everton, and he is looking for a three-point haul to help consolidate West Ham's top-half position, 

He sxplained: "Everton are a difficult team to play, especially at home, and they're in good form themselves. We certainly want to finish as high as we can, we want to improve our scoring record away from home too.

"We want to amass as many points as we can from the two games left and if we can do that we might finish in the top half. If we can do that it will have been an absolutely brilliant season.

"The players will be prepared - we know what Everton's strengths and weaknesses are and we'll be ready."

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