Sunday, September 17, 2006

West Ham 0 Newcastle 2

West Ham had the better of the first half but didn't manage to get the vital first goal. The Hammers' two best chances came from Tevez free-kicks both from the edge of the area. He hit the crossbar with one and forced Given to save low down with the other.

Tevez was replaced in the second half by Harewood. However it was Damien Duff who soon opened the scoring for the Magpies. The goal was made though by Martins, who won the ball 30 yards from his own goal and ran half the length of the pitch before laying a pass into the path of Duff, who shot and scored from the edge of the area. Martins scored himself after a mix-up between Bowyer and Gabbidon fell his way and he fired a low shot past Carroll.

West Ham's only chances in the second half fell to Bowyer, who came close to scoring from the halfway line after picking up a poor clearance from Given and Harewood who headed wide from a Yossi cross.

Worried? You bet.

West Ham: Carroll, Mears (Mullins 67), Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Konchesky, Bowyer, Mascherano (Benayoun 67), Reo-Coker, Etherington, Tevez (Harewood 45), Zamora.
Subs Not Used: Green, Cole.

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