Highlights - Newcastle United 0-0 West Ham United PL2


FT: And that's it - what an outstanding effort that was by the Hammers. They played 60 minutes with ten men and managed to hold out for a point in the end. They arguably had the better chances over the course of the match, but I'm sure Terry Westley would take a point considering the circumstances. We're back at St. James' on Saturday for the last 16 of the Premier League Cup so it's over and out from the North East!

90: Five minutes added time at the end of this match.

89: Browne is down once again after winning a smart free-kick on the edge of his own penalty area. Not long to play now and it's been an outstanding effort by the Hammers in this second half. They've played with ten men for about 60 minutes!

87: Great effort by the home sub Fernandez who, on the half volley, lashes an effort just wide of the top corner.

85: The Hammers are playing with nine for the time being as Browne is off receiving treatment - luckily he's okay to continue.

84: The visitors looked like they were in for a second there. Fletcher's pass was slightly behind Browne who had to take his shot early. It's blocked and out for a corner.

82: Close from Newcastle as Heardman jumps with Trott for a cross. There looked to be a foul on the keeper but the ball rolled towards goal - luckily, Rice was there to clear the ball away.

80: Terry Westley looks to be readying his final change - Joe Powell comes on to replace Edmilson Fernandes.

78: Lovely work by Kemp on the right hand side. A stepover is followed by  great cross, cleared by a Toon defender.

75: Newcastle make their second change - Elmhanni is replaced by Wilson.

70: Newcastle's extra man is starting to show now. Charman breaks clear but shoots just wide after great pressure from subs Akinola and Sylvestre.

68: Rare chance for Newcastle as Heardman works some room and fires straight at Trott. Then, Charman skims the crossbar from the edge of the area!

65: Newcastle break at pace but the Hammers stand firm. The visiting backline are doing tremendously here to stop the hosts from having any effort at goal.

62: Belief is slowly growing among this West Ham group. Kemp fizzes a tease ball in and it's hacked away by Newberry. Another corner to come now. 

60: What an opportunity. Newcastle try and take a quick free-kick but it backfires and the Hammers break at pace. Unfortunately, Browne's ball to Fernandes is cut out at the vital moment!

56: The hosts make their first change of the evening as Fernandez comes on for Ward.

55: Substitute Sylvestre is straight among the action. He frees Fletcher who forces Sels into action and then moments later, the visitors win the ball back high up the pitch and Browne fires just wide.

53: Nice work by Fletcher as he wriggles through a challenge and charges forward. Unlucky with his pass though which is hit just behind Fernandes.

50: Second sub made by Terry Westley - Nathan Holland is coming off for Noha Sylvestre who will fill in at left-back.

48: No changes by either side at the break. Hard to tell how the Hammers have reshaped since going down to ten men - looks like Holland is now playing at left-back!

46: We're back underway at St. James' Park. Can the town men Hammers find a winner?! Come on boys!

HT: The referee brings to end an eventful first half. The main talking point was the red card given to Arthur Masuaku - the Hammers have responded well to going down to 10 men though! Big effort needed in the second half.

45: 2 mins added at the end of an entertaining first half!

43: The Hammers are beginning to dominate as we approach half-time. Browne sprays a great ball into the feet over Fletcher, whose touch is just too heavy. From the resulting corner, the striker rises highest but heads just wide!

41: Good again from the Hammers. Browne is freed on the right but his shot is deflected just over for a corner. The resulting delivery comes to nothing!

38: A chance a either end. First, Fernandes plays a nice one-two with Fletcher before shooting just wide. Then at the other end, Elmhanni forces a great save from Nathan Trott!

35: Terrific character being shown by the visitors. They aren't shying away from the task in hand and are keen to be patient and keep possession of the football!

32: It's going a take a huge effort from the remaining players on the pitch now. The Hammers had just started to put some pressure on the hosts and Terry Westley will hope the red card doesn't derail his side's momentum.

29: Not good for the Hammers. Masuaku has been shown a straight red card, presumably for an off the ball incident spotted by the linesman. The visitors will have to play the rest of tonight with 10 men!

27: Newcastle have a free-kick in the dangerous position, just on the edge of the box. Vuckic crosses but it's headed away well by Rice.

25: Close again from the Hammers as Fernandes unleashes a powerful drive at goal. It just misses Sels's left hand post. Still 0-0 here.

22: A one-two between Kemp and Fletcher is neatly worked but Kemp's second touch is slightly too heavy. Nothing between the two sides so far!

17: Some afters here between Masuaku and Vuckic. The Hammers full-back dispossessed the Newcastle man but there seem to be a slight disagreement between the two. The ref diffuses the situation and we're back underway.

14: After a frenetic opening period, the Hammers try to implement possession football onto proceedings. Good retrieval work from Kemp sees him fire a long range effort into the arms of Sels.

10: Akinola replaces Pask.

9: Worrying signs for the Hammers - Josh Pask has gone down holding his hamstring and it looks to be a reoccurrence of the injury that kept him out of action for 2 months at the end of last year.

7: It's been a very open start to the match and both sides look a threat going forward. Browne almost returned the favour to Fletcher moments ago but his through ball was blocked.

3: Almost the perfect start and return from Browne. Fletcher did brilliantly to bring the ball down under pressure and he slid a lovely ball through to the Hammers No10. Keeper Sels did well to be equal to Browne's powerful strike.

1: We're underway in the north east - COME ON YOU IRONS!

6.55pm: Almost ready to go at St. James' Park - what an arena for the Hammers to play this evening.

6.40pm: Huge game tonight for both sides. The Hammers know a win will consolidate a place in the play-offs but come up against a Newcastle side with promotion ambitions of their own. The two will do battle again on Saturday in the Premier League Cup last 16, so it's the start of a crucial week for both sets of players!

6.15pm: So a couple of changes made by Terry Westley for this evening's contest. Domingos Quina hasn't recovered from the injury picked up in the draw with Stoke and he is replaced by Marcus Browne, who briefly returns from his loan spell at Wigan for some game time. Also, Dan Kemp comes back into the fold and replaces Martin Samuelsen on the right hand side. First team regulars Arthur Masuaku, Edmilson Fernandes and Ashley Fletcher all start in what is a strong Hammers starting eleven.

Newcastle: Sels, Williams, Newberry, Ward (Fernandez, 56), Good, Findlay, Heardman, Barlaser, Charman, Vuckic, El-Mhanni (Wilson, 75).

Subs not used: Cass, Harker, Bailey.

West Ham: Trott, Knoyle, Pask (Akinola, 10), Rice, Masuaku, Makasi, Fernandes (Powell, 82), Kemp, Browne, Holland (Sylvestre, 50), Fletcher.

Subs not used: Matrevics, Diangana.

Bookings: Browne.

Red card: Masuaku.

6pm: Good evening and a welcome to St. James' Park for tonight's PL2 clash between West Ham United and Newcastle United. With just three games to play in the league, tonight is a crucial game for the Hammers as they aim to finish in the Division Two top four. The visitors are currently fifth and a point behind the Toon Army, and a win for Terry Westley's men will see them leapfrog the north east side. Team news to follow!