West Ham United maintained their position in the top ten of the Barclays Premier League but were unable to claim all three points from a stubborn Newcastle United team at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Newcastle had their 6-0 defeat to Liverpool from last weekend fresh in their memories, but they were considerably tighter on this occasion as neither team were able to trouble the scorers.

Papiss Cisse went closest for the visitors, with a shot that beat Jussi Jaaskelainen and so nearly crept over the line before Winston Reid got back to clear.

Andy Carroll could not add to his recent glut of goals against his old side, and Matt Jarvis forced a save from Rob Elliot, but 0-0 was just about the right scoreline.

Joey O'Brien was the recipient of an early yellow card after he scythed down Steven Taylor in the left channel, and Hatem Ben Arfa decided to to shoot from goal from the resulting free-kick, and from an unfavourable angle he whipped the ball over the top.

With 20 minutes on the clock, Reid did brilliantly to get back in time - just - and knock the ball off the line after Yohan Cabaye's pass cut out the Hammers defence and put Cisse in on goal. He slipped the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen and surely thought he had put his side in front, only for Reid to intervene.

In truth, the first half offered little in the way in the way of attacking threat, and although Newcastle enjoyed slightly better of the play, they were not able to force a breakthrough before the interval.

There was a greater sense of urgency at the start of the second period, and former Magpie Andy Carroll was not far away with a header from Matt Jarvis' floated left-wing cross, which drifted just wide.

Yohan Cabaye had space for a 25-yard shot at the other end on 49 minutes, but his right-footed effort swerved away from Jaaskelainen's post and flew off target.

The Hammers were beginning to create the better chances by the hour mark and they had strong penalty shouts waved away by referee Phil Dowd after Fabricio Coloccini eased Ricardo Vaz Te away following Jarvis' dangerous cross from the left.

Visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot then had to make a fine double save to deny Kevin Nolan from close in following another Jarvis delivery, while the wideman almost turned goalscorer as West Ham recycled possession in the aftermath of that chance, with Jarvis' rasping drive needing a touch over from Elliot.

At the other end, Yoan Gouffran went just as close with 67 minutes played, beating Jaaskelainen to a channel ball down the left, but looping an effort across the face of the unguarded goal from a tight angle.

Then, with 74 minutes on the clock, sub Shola Ameobi caught a 25-yard shot well but was off target.

Joe Cole's late free kick struck a post but would not have counted as an offside Carroll challenged Elliot and both teams had to be content with a solitary point.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel (Taylor 80), Collins, Reid, O'Brien; Diame, O'Neil, Nolan; Vaz Te (Collison 59), Carroll, Jarvis (J.Cole 84)
Subs: Henderson (GK), C.Cole, Noble, Pogatetz

Booked: O'Brien

Newcastle United: Elliot; Simpson, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Yanga-M'Biwa; Tiote, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa (Ameobi 65), Cayabe, Gouffran (Gosling 76); Cisse
Subs: Harper (GK), Williamson, Perch, Anita, Campbell

Referee: Phil Dowd

Attendance: 34,962

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