WEST HAM UNITED v NEWCASTLE UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 4 MAY 2013
REFEREE: PHIL DOWD
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Final score - West Ham United 0-0 Newcastle United
94 mins - Into the final minute. It's looking like a second goalless draw of the season at home - the first was against Manchester City before Christmas - and only the second home game in which West Ham have failed to score this season. Indeed, Elliot clears long and the final whistle is blown. Carroll is voted Man of the Match by sponsors Alpari. We'll have highlights and exclusive reaction on West Ham TV soon. Thanks for joining us.
93 mins - Cole wins a corner after tracking a ball down and keeping it in, crossing and seeing it deflected behind. Cole then wastes the corner by lofting his corner onto the roof of the net.
92 mins - Superb defending by Reid to track the run of Gosling down the inside-right channel. He holds off the substitute with his brute strength and wins a goal kick.
92 mins - We're going to have four added minutes. O'Brien concedes a throw on the far side.
91 mins - Villa have nicked an 89th-minute winner at Norwich through Agbonlahor's second of the afternoon. Collins walks off to the touchline.
89 mins - Collins blocks a shot from Gutierrez and goes to ground. He looks in pain. Gosling slices the rebound wide from 22 yards. That looks a bit painful for Collins. It is his left leg. He is up again after some treatment.
88 mins - Cole is fouled again, this time by Cisse. Cole will have another go from wide on the left, this time from further out. He lifts the ball to the far post. The offside flag goes up against Carroll. The ball hits the post, hits Taylor on the shins and Nolan cannot force it in. Anyway, it was offside, but it was exciting.
86 mins - That Wigan goal might wake Newcastle up a bit. As it is, West Ham break and Joe Cole is fouled to the left of the penalty area. Cole himself to take it. Elliot punches clear and Diame retrieves on the far side, drives forward and wins a corner in front of the Newcastle fans.
84 mins - Callum McManaman has put Wigan in front at West Brom. They are 3-2 up now. Here, Joe Cole is on to replace Jarvis. Big applause for both players.
82 mins - Jarvis wins a corner after collecting a throw from Taylor and being challenged by Simpson. Can West Ham nick this? Carroll wins the header from O'Neil's corner and Nolan cannot force the ball over the line. Newcastle hack clear.
80 mins - Taylor replaces Demel. O'Brien will go to right-back. Taylor to left-back.
79 mins - Ameobi fouls Reid and comes off worse. The Newcastle physio is on. He'll soon be joined on the pitch by Matt Taylor. Mr Dowd gets some jeering about his weight from the Bobby Moore Stand and responds by rubbing his tummy! Good lad.
78 mins - Coloccini brings down Nolan and is booked. I think it was for a sheer number of infringements, rather than that innocuous-looking foul on the skipper. Fulham are now 3-2 down to Reading, with Ruiz scoring his second of the game. O'Neil's free-kick is caught by Elliot.
76 mins - Gouffran is replaced by Dan Gosling.
75 mins - Grant Holt has levelled for Norwich at home to Aston Villa from the penalty spot. It's all academic, but super sub Adam Le Fondre has scored to make it 3-1 to Reading at Fulham. Here, Diame tries to play in Nolan, but the pass is too strong.
74 mins - A short stoppage for the Newcastle physio to come on and tend to Gouffran. When the game restarts, O'Neil's wayward header from Elliot's clearance lets in Ameobi. He shoots from 25 yards, but it curves just wide of the left-hand post. Close.
72 mins - Collins lifts a free-kick into the box from halfway after being fouled himself. The ball drops to Carroll, who turns superbly to lose his man and shoots low at the near post. Elliot saves with his legs. The ball loops into the air and Demel is penalised as the defender goes over. I'm not sure Demel just isn't stronger. Anyway, Newcastle have a free-kick.
71 mins - Today's attendance is 34,962.
69 mins - A cross from the Newcastle right causes some concern and the ball rather hits Demel and bounces away for a corner. It is cleared and, although Newcastle keep possession outside the box, the cross eventually comes in and flies well wide. Goal kick.
67 mins - Wow! Jaaskelainen comes out as Elliot did in the first half and gets nowhere near the ball. Gouffran pokes it past him wide left and shoots first-time on the bounce. The ball bounces across the face of goal and out for a goal kick. That didn't miss the far post by much. Gouffran smiles.
65 mins - Carroll goes to ground under a Simpson challenge as he dives for a cross at the far post., but Mr Dowd waves his arms and says no penalty. Elliot then makes two miraculous saves from Nolan, I think it is. West Ham keep the pressure on and O'Neil sweeps the ball left for Jarvis, who tests Elliot at the other post. The goalkeeper claws the ball away for a corner. Ameobi is on for Ben Arfa. O'Neil takes the corner and Collins' header flashes well wide of the far post.
64 mins - Big challenge from O'Brien near the touchline to win the ball back. West Ham build and Diame wins a corner off a hesitant Gutierrez. O'Neil takes the ball drops to Carroll, but he cannot control. Hold on, though...
63 mins - Goals elsewhere. Wigan are now drawing 2-2 with West Brom, while Aston Villa are 1-0 up at Norwich. Massive goals for both clubs.
61 mins - It's better since half-time, but it's still no classic. I must confess, I thought we'd see a few goals this afternoon. Coloccini, as it is pointed out to me, makes a difference to the Newcastle back four.
58 mins - Collison is on for Vaz Te. The No12 walks off a bit too slowly for some of the home fans. I don't think he was keen on being replaced. He collects his thoughts and applauds the fans as he gets to the touchline. All is well in the world again.
56 mins - Reid cannot clear the cross out. Instead, it goes behind for a corner. Ben Arfa takes and Collins clears with his head at the far post. West Ham break and Jarvis goes to ground. Diame picks up the loose ball and crosses for Carroll, whose header flies over the top. Goal kick.
54 mins - Wigan are losing again. Gareth McAuley has scored for West Brom. Collison is out warming up. Jarvis crosses again from O'Neil's pass, but it's just too high for Carroll.
53 mins - Ben Arfa still looks the most likely to break the deadlock as he goes down under a challenge from Reid about 30 yards out. The Kiwi doesn't like the decision, and nor do the home fans. Ben Arfa takes the free-kick himself and works Jaaskelainen, but it dips straight into the Finn's arms.
51 mins - Cabaye drives a shot that fades just wide of the right-hand post with Jaaskelainen at full-stretch. West Ham break up the other end and the cross comes in from the left from Jarvis. Vaz Te rises alongside Coloccini and goes to ground. Strong penalty appeals, but I'm not sure it was a foul.
49 mins - Diame goes on one of his slalom runs that sees him drift past players with ease. He is then tackled as he gets to the box and the ball breaks for Jarvis. He stands the cross up to the far post and Carroll rises and heads down and wide. He might be disappointed with that one.
46 mins - We're off and running again in bright sunshine. The common theme in the Press Box at half-time was that the first half did not quite live up to expectations.
Half-time score - West Ham United 0-0 Newcastle United
46 mins - We'll have one added minute. Cabaye drives an aimless pass out for a goal kick. That about sums up the first half. It's not been memorable, save for Reid's awareness and clearance. Jaaskelainen clears and the half-time whistle is blown.
45 mins - The Hammers finishing the half strongly. O'Neil's diagonal is flicked on by Vaz Te for Jarvis. He tries to cut inside, but Simpson is there to clear for a corner from the edge of his six-yard box. O'Neil's corner is headed down by Carroll for Nolan, but he cannot control and get a shot away with his back to goal.
44 mins - West Ham have the ball in the net, but Carroll had long since been flagged for offside from a long ball forward. The striker carried on and squared for Nolan to bundle home.
43 mins - Arouna Kone, who has been priceless for Wigan in terms of his goals, has scored an equaliser for the Latics at West Brom.
42 mins - Half-time is approaching and a low cross from Ben Arfa is hacked away for a throw into the East Stand by Reid.
40 mins - I shouldn't complain about this not being the most exciting of matches. This time last year, we were halfway through the Play-Off semi-finals. Demel crosses and the ball is headed clear. Moments later, Vaz wins a tackle with Gutierrez and the Argentine lies on the ground until the game is stopped. He then pops up as if he'd been laying on a spring. What is that about?
36 mins - Ben Arfa runs into a dead end called Kevin Nolan. He pokes the ball to nobody then goes down under a challenge from O'Neil. Hmmm... Cabaye will shoot here. Dangerous. The ball hits Diame on the end of the wall and is cleared by O'Neil.
33 mins - Elsewhere, Shane Long has put West Brom 1-0 up against Wigan. Good news for the Newcastle fans here. Relegated Reading lead 1-0 at Fulham through Hal Robson-Kanu's penalty. Here, Carroll and Vaz Te get involved in some comical to-and-fro with two defenders before the big man is penalised for a tug. Not pretty at all, that.
30 mins - Well, it's not been a vintage first half-hour, I must admit. West Ham have struggled for any sort of rhythm. Newcastle have moved the ball better, with Cisse having the outstanding chance. Anyway, Carroll has been fouled 35 yards out. Collins wants to bash this one... He is over-ruled. Carroll or O'Neil will take it. No, it's going to be O'Neil... It is headed clear.
27 mins - Vaz Te and Jarvis have swapped flanks.
25 mins - Now Newcastle have a corner. It's played in low and O'Brien clears his lines.
24 mins - Diame, Demel and Vaz Te combine before Coloccini slides in to concede a corner. O'Neil to take. The corner is cleared after a hooked effort from Nolan and Newcastle win the battle for possession on the edge of the box. Eventually, Ben Arfa collects and strides forward. He runs at Demel and O'Brien and shoots, but it's comfortable for Jaaskelainen.
23 mins - The replays are inconclusive. I was being a bit unfair to the assistant, as he slipped after Reid's clearance. The goal-line technology debate rears its head again...
20 mins - WOW! Newcastle think they have scored as Cisse shoots and the ball rolls past Jaaskelainen and is cleared off the line by Reid. It looked VERY close to being in and the Newcastle fans were celebrating, but the assistant referee fell over at the crucial moment by the corner flag! No goal given. Replays look like it wasn't all the way in. Amazing clearance by Reid. He had to hook his left foot right around the ball to get it out.
19 mins - O'Neil rolls the ball to Vaz Te, whose shot is charged down by the wall. The throw is taken and O'Neil's loft forward bounces away for a goal kick.
18 mins - Carroll is up for this. He is fouled as he runs through the middle. Free-kick about 30 yards out, left of centre. I'm not sure I'd shoot from there...
17 mins - West Ham's best move of the game ends with O'Brien crossing from the left and Vaz Te heading wide. The flag had gone up for offside, but Vaz didn't look beyond the last defender. Nolan did. Replays show I was right, but Vaz Te missed anyway. Goal kick.
16 mins - Patient build-up from the Magpies ends with a pass from Gutierrez that is too strong for Gouffran as he tries to get in behind Demel. Goal kick.
13 mins - Newcastle have made the brighter start, of that there is no doubt. Their need is greater for points, but Big Sam will want his players to wake up a bit.
11 mins - Collins brings down Cisse on the other touchline after being dragged wide to cover for Demel. Cabaye to take this time. Collins atones by heading clear for a throw.
10 mins - The home fans ask Alan Pardew for a wave and the Newcastle boss responds. He did get us up and to an FA Cup final, after all.
9 mins - O'Brien is booked for bringing down a rampaging Taylor wide on the Newcastle left. Free-kick. Ben Arfa ignores his team-mates in the box and whips the free-kick a yard over the crossbar from out on the touchline. Ambitious effort, that.
8 mins - O'Brien's clearance is high into the air and Elliot comes out of his box for no reason. Vaz Te gets there first and heads the ball past the goalkeeper. Unfortunately, Taylor gets back quickly to clear for a throw before Vaz can react.
6 mins - Better. Jaaskelainen catches a cross and rolls out to Nolan. He finds Jarvis, who plays the ball inside for O'Neil. He finds Vaz Te in space, who turns and plays Diame through. The No21 bursts into the box, but the angle is against him and he drives his shot high over the crossbar.
6 mins - No real pattern to the game as yet, but the visitors have settled OK considering they were thrashed 6-0 last weekend.
4 mins - Back to West Ham and O'Neil is sitting in front of the back four, Diame is in front of him and Nolan is supporting Carroll. Vaz Te is wide right and Jarvis wide left. Newcastle have Simpson, Coloccini, Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa across the back four. Cabaye, Tiote and Gutierrez central, Ben Arfa right, Gouffran left and Cisse through the middle.
2 mins - Tactically, I think you probably know how West Ham have lined up. Demel, Collins, Reid and O'Brien across the back. Hold up. Gouffran nearly gets in behind Demel. The right-back gets a boot to the ball and O'Brien wins a goal kick off the No11.
3pm - Jarvis and Diame get the game underway. Great atmosphere inside the stadium. Jarvis is fouled about 40 yards out. O'Neil lifts in the free-kick, which Reid heads into the air. Carroll challenges and nods goalwards, but Nolan cannot quite get to the ball and Elliot collects.
2.59pm - Phil Dowd blows his whistle and the two captains go forward to shake hands. West Ham will kick-off, but not before the two teams have swapped ends. The Hammers will attack the Bobby Moore Stand end of the stadium.
2.57pm - Fair play to the Toon Army, because they have sold out their allocation of tickets and we've got another sell out here at the Boleyn. If you want to make sure you don't miss out next season, you can apply for a 2013/14 Season Ticket here.
2.55pm - Here come the two teams...
2.51pm - Ross McCormack has scored for Leeds at Watford. That goal will surely put Hull up as it came in the final minute at Vicarage Road. The sun is now shining here in east London. I'm exhausted after all that drama and we haven't even kicked-off here yet!
2.48pm - On the big screens, the fans are being treated to some highlights packages to help them to decide their winners in the 2012/13 West Ham United Awards. To vote now, click here.
2.46pm - Hull have drawn 2-2. Zola's men need a goal in the final four minutes to steal a promotion place. Peterborough are down, as are Wolves. Back here, the skies are brightening up and both teams have gone back indoors to get sorted for kick-off.
2.41pm - Amazing stuff at Hull, where Abdoulaye Faye is penalised for handball in the 94th minute and Nicky Maynard sweeps home the penalty for Cardiff! If Watford score, they'll be up. Their game against Leeds is slightly behind the others due to an injury to the Leeds goalkeeper in the first half. Watford only have ten men, but they have ten minutes to score the winner that will take Zola's team up. West Ham-related storylines everywhere! It's also belting it down with rain here...
2.40pm - Some big names back at the Boleyn today. Alan Taylor and Alan Devonshire are both touring the hospitality lounges, with Dev predicting a 4-0 win for the Hammers! Behind me in the Press Box sits Rufus Brevett, while former Tottenham and Luton manager David Pleat is sat to my left. It's all going on in the Championship, where it looks like a late Crystal Palace goal has relegated Peterborough. Junior Stanislas has scored for Burnley in their 2-0 win over Ipswich, meanwhile.
2.35pm - West Ham are warming up in T-shirts promoting the Caudwell Children charity. The reason? Well, Hammers medical officer Dr Richard Weiler is going to run 30 miles from home to the Boleyn Ground for the final game of the season against Reading here on Sunday 19 May! Dr Weiler is a trustee of the charity, which provides family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. For the full story, and to make a donation, click here.
2.30pm - It's going down to the wire in the Championship, where Abdoulaye Faye's Hull look set to gain automatic promotion at the expense of Gianfranco Zola's Watford. Elsewhere, Hammers loanee Ravel Morrison has signed off his loan spell at Birmingham City with a goal. For Rob Hall, the news was less encouraging as he was substituted after 37 minutes of Bolton's game with Blackpool on his debut.
2.05pm - The teamsheets are in. West Ham are unchanged for the fourth game in succession - how often does that happen these days? Warm handshakes between Alan Pardew, Kevin Nolan, Fabricio Coloccini and Big Sam as the two managers and captains meet to swap teamsheets and go for a quick chat with referee Phil Dowd.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll, Vaz Te, O'Brien, Collins, Demel, Diame, O'Neil
Subs: C.Cole, Collison, Henderson, Taylor, Noble, Pogatetz, J.Cole
Newcastle United: Elliot, Coloccini, Cabaye, Simpson, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Gouffran, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez, Tiote, S.Taylor
Subs: Williamson, Perch, Gosling, Anita, Ameobi, Harper, Campbell
1.20pm - Andy Carroll will be shooting to bring down Newcastle this afternoon, but in an earlier life Carroll has scored for the Magpies against the Hammers. The big striker netted on his first home start for Newcastle at St James' Park against West Ham in January 2009. He also scored on his final appearance for Newcastle against West Ham, netting alongside Kevn Nolan in the Magpies' 2-1 win here in October 2010. It is seven goals in his previous 13 appearances for West Ham for the England forward, including six in his last ten. Let's hope he continues that hot streak this afternoon.
12.45pm - Before we get underway here in east London, there is plenty of former and current West Ham interest in the Championship on the final day of 2012/13 in that division. Former Hammer Malky Mackay's Cardiff City are already up and they host second-place Hull City, who are captained by Abdoulaye Faye. Hull need to win to join Cardiff in next season's Premier League. If they don't, Gianfranco Zola's Watford could leapfrog them into second. Elsewhere, Rob Hall is starting for Bolton Wanderers, who are sixth and need a win to guarantee a Play-Off place. Finally, Ravel Morrison starts for Birmingham City, who host Blackburn Rovers in their final game of the season.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground. Well, summer was good while it lasted, wasn't it! West Ham United host Newcastle United in their penultimate Barclays Premier League home fixture of the season.
While West Ham are all but safe mathematically on 42 points, Newcastle face an anxious few weeks. Alan Pardew's side sit five points above the relegation zone with three games remaining, with Wigan Athletic below them having a game in-hand on the Magpies.
West Ham are seeking their first and only 'double' of the campaign. The Hammers won 1-0 at St James' Park in the reverse fixture on 11 November 2012, with former Magpie Kevin Nolan scoring the only goal.
West Ham start the weekend tenth in the table, having collected 42 points from 35 matches played. A victory this Saturday could take the Hammers into ninth, with ninth-place Swansea City hosting second-place Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium.
West Ham have enjoyed fine home form all season. The Hammers have picked up 29 points and eight victories at the Boleyn Ground, including impressive wins over Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion and draws with Manchester City and Manchester United. In all four home league defeats, by Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham have led.
Both managers will be facing their former clubs on Saturday. West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce took charge of Newcastle United between May 2007 and December 2008, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was in charge at West Ham United between 2003 and 2006 - the tenth manager in the club's history. Pardew led the Hammers to promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Offs in 2005 and the 2006 FA Cup final.
Hammers pair Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll will also be facing the old club after successful spells with the Magpies. Nolan captained the club to promotion from the Championship in 2009/10, with local hero Carroll leading the charge by scoring 17 goals.
Andy Carroll scored his first Newcastle United goal on his first competitive start for the club at St James' Park on 10 January 2009. Carroll scored the final goal in a thrilling 2-2 draw. Earlier, former Magpies striker Craig Bellamy cancelled out Michael Owen's opening goal before Carlton Cole put the Hammers in front ten minutes after the break. The home side earned a point when Carroll headed in Damien Duff's cross with 12 minutes to play.
Saturday's game will be the 123rd meeting between the two clubs. Newcastle United have recorded 49 victories, West Ham United 38 wins and there have been 35 draws.
Team news-wise, West Ham will definitely be without left-back George McCartney (knee), while centre-back James Tomkins (calf) is facing a race to be fit to face Newcastle. The Hammers welcome back Paul McCallum from a loan spell with League Two club Aldershot Town, but Ravel Morrison (Birmingham City), Rob Hall (Bolton Wanderers) and Alou Diarra (Stade Rennais) remain with their loan clubs.
Newcastle are hoping captain and centre-back Fabricio Coloccini will be fit to return to action after missing the club's last 12 matches with a back injury. Pardew has a number of players unavailable, including No1 goalkeeper Tim Krul (dislocated shoulder), Italy left-back Davide Santon (hamstring), winger Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and full-back Ryan Taylor and winger Haris Vuckic (both knee). There are also press reports today that France midfielder Moussa Sissoko has injured his ankle in training and is set to miss the game.