Saturday, January 10, 2009

Newcastle 2 West Ham 2

A fairly even and free flowing first half was punctuated by goals from Owen and Bellamy.

In the 19th minute Owen picked up the ball unmarked 25 yards out and had a free run to the edge of the area where he shot into the bottom left of the West Ham goal. Green got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.

Ten minutes later Bellamy got the equaliser after Parker played him clear. Bellamy chipped the advancing Given from close range.

With a few minutes left in the half Noble was denied when Given saved his shot with his feet. The ball rebounded to Bellamy out wide, who could only find the side of the net with his shot.

At the start of the second half a combination of the referee and Given managed to keep Newcastle in the game. Seconds from the restart Bellamy was puled down in the area. It was the clearest penalty you are likely to see all season but the referee decided somehow not to give it. Then Cole, Collison and Noble all had shots in the matter of a couple of minutes, all of which were saved by Given.

However in the 54th minute Cole did beat Given. Ilunga pumped the ball forward from the West Ham half. The Newcastle defence stood and watched as Cole ran onto the ball in the area and fired past Given from 7 yards.

In the 67th minute Lucas Neill scored a great own goal with a slashed left foot but the referee blew his whistle and denied the goal for a reason known only to himself - maybe to make up for the denied penalty.

In the 78th minute Duff crossed from the left and Carroll climbed above the West Ham defence to head home the equaliser for Newcastle. Straight after the restart Taylor should have been sent off for a deliberate kick at Cole but again the referee bottled the decision.

Late on Newcastle had a couple of chances to win the game but West Ham held on to make it six games unbeaten away from home.


At 10:22 PM, Anonymous refereeBALLS said...

congratulations to the team for not losing...

from a whu fan perspective, that game seemed like a comedy of errors: how many times did our players -just narrowly- miss the net? is there any way for the forwards and the mid-fielders to take lessons on how to put the shots in the net? i guess that's a question of accuracy??

i am really happy that we didn't lose but think it is rather unfortunate for NU not to have won. most of the second half was played in our half of the field. i would love to know what was the "time of possession" during the second half. it was clear to me that it was only a matter of time before NC would tie the match. from the moment NU started to play, you knew they were in it to win it.

something else that i am sure of: one day, lucas neil will cause WHU to lose a game in a big way. not that he hasn't already...

one question: why was bellamy subbed out? i just don't think that LBM added anything to the game... just wondering!


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