Saturday, January 20, 2007

Newcastle 2 - West Ham 2

West Ham dominated most of the first half. In the first twenty minutes Benayoun managed a couple of shots which both flew over the cross bar. However in the 17th minute West Ham won a corner that was crossed to the far post where Davenport rose and headed the ball back across the six yard box and Cole smashed the ball home for West Ham's first.

Five minutes later it was 2-0, the ball came to Harewood on the edge of the box and he held off Ramage, let the ball run, turned and shot the ball home from nine yards. West Ham then held on to the lead well, with Reo-Coker looking to be back to his best and breaking up the play well in midfield.

Newcastle had a few chances, Martins shot wide from six yards, O'Brien had a 15 yard shot clip the post and go wide and Milner fired a shot over the bar but their goal, when it did come should have been disallowed. Milner fired a ball from the edge of the penalty area out wide on the right which flew across the box and through the legs of an offside Parker and into the back of the net. For reasons only known to Uriah Rennie he decided to allow the goal.

The second half began disastrously for West Ham as in the 53rd minute Boa Morte was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Solano scored the resulting penalty, to make it 2-2. Newcastle then had the better of the second half, with Martins in particular having a number of chances. His best chance came in the 90th minute when he turned and shot from 10 yards but Carroll dove to his left and tipped the ball over the bar.

West Ham though still managed to create chances of their own. In the 60th minute Cole was taken down on the edge of the box but Rennie gave the free-kick rather than a penalty and Benayoun shot the free-kick high and wide. In the 65th minute Davenport rose and headed a corner into the goal but it was disallowed as Davenport was adjudged to have climbed on the defender.

In the 75th minute Etherington (on for Cole) was put clear by Quashie, Etherington could have shot, but decided to take the ball wide of Harper (on for Given) but in beating Harper he took the ball too wide of the goal, and then failed with an attempted cross as well.

So for the second week running West Ham have had a win denied them by appalling refereeing.

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