Premier League

  • Joselu 36’
  • Ciaran Clark 72’
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic 86’
Round 3
St. James' Park
Attendance 52,093


    • KICK OFF
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      Joselu's first Newcastle goal is also the first Premier League tally of the season for the Magpies as they come out ahead at the end of a strong first half at St. James', while West Ham need to find a higher gear if they are to avoid a third successive defeat to open the league campaign.
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      Slaven Bilic makes a pair of changes from the defeat at St. Mary's. Marko Arnautovic misses out through suspension, with Edimilson Fernandes taking his place in attack, while James Collins gets the nod in defence ahead of Jose Fonte. Manuel Lanzini is fit again and included in the side for the first
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      Rafa Benitez makes just one change from the 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town, as Joselu leads the line ahead of Dwight Gayle. Jonjo Shelvey serves the final game of his three-match ban, while DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune are still sidelined.
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      SUBS: Fonte, Kouyate, Lanzini, Adrian, Obiang, Sakho, Masuaku.
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      WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Antonio, Ayew, Fernandes; Chicharito.
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      SUBS: Murphy, Diame, Aarons, Saivet, Gamez, Woodman, Mitrovic.
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      NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1): Elliot; Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba; Merino, Hayden; Atsu, Ayoze, Ritchie; Joselu.
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      They were able to bounce back against Cheltenham Town on Wednesday and will play their final of three away matches to open the season before returning home to host Huddersfield after the international break – light at the end of the tunnel for the Hammers.
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      West Ham have opened with successive defeats themselves, but have at least showed signs of life. They put in a gutsy effort at St. Mary’s last weekend, nearly snatching a result despite playing down a man for over an hour.
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      It has become a troubling theme for the Magpies, who have not won any of their last nine Premier League matches in August, only emphasising the unrest felt on Tyneside after a relatively disappointing summer in the transfer window.
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      Life back in the top-flight has not gone according to plan for Newcastle, losing to Tottenham and Huddersfield in their first two matches while failing to score a single goal, before being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage from St. Jame’s Park as Newcastle host West Ham with both sides going in search of their first points of this young Premier League season!
    • 1'
      AND THEY'RE OFF! Newcastle in black and white as they get the match underway, attacking left to right, with West Ham in claret and blue.
    • 3'
      Patient start from both sides, neither looking to push the tempo much but instead control possession and gather a bit of momentum in possession. Matt Ritchie negotiates the first foray into attack, but sends a cross straight into the waiting arms of Joe Hart.
    • 5'
      West Ham are enjoying a bit more time on the ball, but have struggled to break into attack. Newcastle are quick to pounce on any little mistake made by the visitors, Atsu the latest to win the ball back and break, forcing Collins into a late foul.
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      There's no cohesion to either side's approach in these early stages. It's all a bit pedestrian and disjointed at the moment, with the defensive units coming out on top. The likes of Joselu and Chicharito have hardly seen the ball up to this point.
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      Hart puts himself under unnecessary pressure as he's too nonchalant in collecting the ball following a Newcastle attack, and he nearly gifts Joselu the opener! West Ham have a bit of nerves creeping in all of a sudden as momentum starts to swing in favour of the hosts.
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      STAT: Rafael Benitez has seen his Newcastle side lose their first two Premier League games of the season under his stewardship – he’s never lost three successive games as a Premier League manager before.
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      Despite the frustrating transfer window and losing start to the campaign, the atmosphere is terrific in St. James' Park. There's no shortage of audible support for this Newcastle side. They are really starting to come into their own following a slow start, and now have their first corner of the matc
    • 15'
      West Ham have kept themselves nice and organised in defence despite Newcastle ramping up the pressure. They respond with a tidy attack of their own and win a free-kick on the left, but the ensuing delivery is sent into the welcome arms of Elliot.
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      YC Chicharito
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      After a consultation with the fourth official, Chicharito is booked as he clatters into his opponent late on the touchline, hoping to sneak a bit of contact in behind the eyes of the official. That didn't go unnoticed, however.
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      FIRED OVER! West Ham struggle to get the ball clear following a Newcastle free-kick. It comes into the far post and is kept alive smartly, with Hayden teed up atop the area for a quick strike, but he sends a venomous effort inches over the bar!
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      STAT: West Ham have conceded seven goals in their opening two Premier League games of the season; the most they have conceded at this stage in a league campaign since 1988-89 (7).
    • 23'
      West Ham have a worry as Ayew stays down on the pitch with an apparent leg injury after sliding into a relatively innocuous challenge. The balls runs out of play and the Ghana international frantically waves over to the touchline for the training staff to come to his aid - not what you want to see.
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      Still down here is Ayew, and it actually appears to be a facial injury upon further review. He may have been caught in the face by the studs of Manquillo. Regardless of the injury, it certainly doesn't look good for player or club. Subs are warming up, while the player remains down getting attended
    • 27'
      Play resumes here with West Ham down to 10 men, but Ayew looks set to be able to continue. He's suffered a facial laceration and, now that he's been patched up, will need to change his shirt on the touchline to one that resembles less of a crime scene.
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      West Ham need to start posing more of a threat. They have yet to create anything of note in this first half, and while Chicharito is a striker who doesn't need a lot of opportunities to score, it's a tough ask for him to create and score all by himself.
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      LASHED OVER! Great interplay between Noble and Antonio on the right, and the former sends a tidy cross in for Ayew, who has Chicharito screaming for the ball a few feet away. Ayew doesn't hear him, however, and winds up teeing up Cresswell, who fires over from a tight angle.
    • 33'
      STAT: Only against Aston Villa (22) and Tottenham Hotspur (21) have Newcastle United won more Premier League matches than versus West Ham United (17).
    • 35'
      Both sides play a similar style, which has really plagued proceedings in this first half. Everything has been a bit predictable in attack, and neither keeper has had much to do thus far as a result. The match is certainly there for the taking, but who will be the one to snatch it?
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      G Joselu
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      NEWCASTLE OPEN THEIR 2017/18 ACCOUNT! It's a first goal of the Premier League season for the Magpies, and that will go a long way in relieving the tension on Tyneside! Atsu is played through smartly on the left and squares brilliantly for Joselu, who knocks into the empty net from eight yards! His f
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      Great pick out from Atsu who provides the assist.
    • 38'
      That's a huge goal to ease the nerves in Newcastle, as they finally have their campaign off and running. For West Ham it's more cause for concern, as they stare a third successive defeat dead in the eyes. They can't wait to get home, surely.
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      There's even more life to Newcastle now as the goal has sparked them in attack. Their momentum is halted, at least temporarily, however, as Ritchie is down nursing an ankle injury that requires attention.
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      STAT: Newcastle United haven’t won a Premier League game in the month of August since 2013; losing five and drawing four of their nine matches in the month since then.
    • 44'
      West Ham have been second best in nearly every regard in this first half, albeit not by the widest of margins, but they will still be desperate to get this match into the interval and regroup. Manuel Lanzini could prove to be an important piece for them off the bench, should he be fit enough to play
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      SI Manuel Lanzini SO Declan Rice
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      There will be six minutes added on at the end of this first half, as a result of the lengthy injury stoppage for Ayew.
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      Here we go again!
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      No shock here as Lanzini is brought on for the second half, a pleasant sight for West Ham fans, as he replaces Declan Rice.
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      West Ham have upped the urgency a bit as we creep towards the break. A free-kick and now a corner for them to work with, but Newcaslte heads are first to the ball after both. Still, they are struggling to relieve the pressure a bit.
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      Hart forced into an early touch as Newcastle pick up where they left off. Ayoze leaves Collins in his dust as he sprints by him with a burst of speed and attempts a cross-shot hybrid that Hart manages to parry smartly at the far post with Joselu lurking!
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      Good response here from Newcastle as they get back up the pitch in a flash and win a corner of their own. Ritchie, who has put in an excellent shift thus far, whips an inviting delivery in, but eventually it winds up in the arms of Hart. The keeper's ensuing kick smacks into the back of Ritchie and
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      West Ham desperately need a bit of a spark - something, anything to build off. They went all of the first half without managing a shot on target, and have shown no signs of turning things around early in the second frame here.
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      CHICHARITO ESCAPES WITH ONE! That was a genuine attempt to win the ball from the West Ham striker, but he did catch Clark late. Newcastle players swarm Neil Swarbrick looking for a second yellow, but the referee takes his time to make a decision and opts to let him off with a final warning.
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      CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Desperate, last-ditch defending at its finest! Elliot makes the initial save to deny Cresswell, and Chicharito pounces on the rebound, sending a bouncing effort back towards goal, but Clark slides in brilliantly to clear!
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      STAT: Chicharito has scored three goals in his last four Premier League starts against Newcastle United.
    • 57'
      Slowly but surely West Ham are creeping back into the game. They still lack the consistency and a general idea in attack, but are headed in the right direction at least.
    • 59'
      Another injury concern for Newcastle as Hayden goes down clutching his ankle after tangling up with Ayew. The midfielder has been excellent today, forming an energetic partnership with Merino, but appears to be in obvious pain here as his participation in the remainder of the match is put in doubt.
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      Hayden is back amongst it as play gets underway again, looking no worse for wear. Newcastle are back in the ascendency here, looking relatively in control of the match as they aim to add to their lead and secure their first points of the season.
    • 63'
      SHOULD BE TWO! That close to doubling their advantage, come Newcastle! They break four against two and Ritchie has a go from just outside the box. Hart does very well to make the initial save, before Zabaleta slides in at the vital moment to clear the rebound!
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      YC Edimilson Fernandes
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      Fernandes becomes the second player booked on the afternoon, both issued to West Ham players.
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      STAT: Newcastle United have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League home games against West Ham United (W7 D5 L1).
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      West Ham need to do a better job of getting their creative types involved. Chicharito is having to to drop far to deep to try and get on the ball, while Lanzini has hardly had a touch since coming on. They're just lacking in ideas today, making life far too easy on this Newcastle defence.
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      SI Diafra Sakho SO André Ayew
    • 71'
      SI Cheikhou Kouyaté SO Mark Noble
    • 72'
      SI Aleksandar Mitrovic SO Joselu
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      G Ciaran Clark
    • 78'
      YC Diafra Sakho
    • 82'
      SI Mohamed Diamé SO Isaac Hayden
    • 83'
      YC Mikel Merino
    • 86'
      G Aleksandar Mitrovic
    • 88'
      SI Jacob Murphy SO Matt Ritchie

    Line Up

    republic of ireland
    Ciaran Clark
    Jamaal Lascelles
    Javier Manquillo
    Jacob Murphy
    Christian Atsu
    Aaron Cresswell
    Angelo Ogbonna
    Manuel Lanzini
    Michail Antonio


    Henri Saivet
    Matt Ritchie
    Isaac Hayden
    congo dr
    Arthur Masuaku
    Mark Noble
    Declan Rice


    Steve Bruce
    David Moyes



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 17 11
    Yellow Cards 1 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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