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Season 2019-20
West Ham United (h)
Premier League


Sunday 5th July 2020, 2.15pm
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Reactive

Programme: No hard copy was issued by NUFC but the full size 68 page issue was again available as a free download.



West Ham United

2 - 2




4 mins Jamaal Lascelles missed a routine chance to clear Jarrod Bowen's low cross from the right, allowing the unattended Michail Antonio to take a touch and lash it home at the Gallowgate End. 0-1

17 mins A flowing move involving Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Emil Krafth ended with Miguel Almiron stabbing into the Leazes goal from the edge of the six yard box. 1-1

Half time: Magpies 1 Hammers 1

65 mins Bowen's corner to the back post found Declan Rice, who overwhelmed marker Krafth to head onto the crossbar. The rebound fell to Tomas Soucek though and the giant defender tucked it away. 1-2

67 mins Krafth and Joelinton foraged down the Newcastle right and the latter found Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box.

He exchanged passes with Gayle to fire home - TV replays confirmed that Gayle was played onside by the crucial failure of defender Pablo Fornals to step forward.

Full time: Magpies 2 Hammers 2

We Said



Steve Bruce said:

"I was happy with the result in the end after going behind twice. Not many teams have done that since the lockdown. We're disappointed with the start but the response from the team was good.

"They've shown their resilience. I think that's ten goals in four games which is pleasing. Unfortunately we've gifted them the first one and they scored from a set-piece which is disappointing.

"Unfortunately I don't think I could ask Allan
(Saint-Maximin) to go again on Wednesday, that's for sure.

"Our two, arguably, fittest players in Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden have both got hamstring injuries. They're not serious but it's two or three weeks which probably rules them out.

"If anybody has bought into what we require it's Jonjo
(Shelvey). He's always been blessed with wonderful football ability but we've worked tirelessly on his physical aspects.

"That's down to him, the stuff he does has all been good. He's tried like anything to make it happen."

They Said

David Moyes said:

"I'm disappointed in our defending, that we didn't do better generally but I'm not disappointed with the players and in many way, I'm not disappointed to pick a point up, I just felt there was an opportunity to get three.

"We gave it up so quickly after getting the second goal, we didn't give ourselves a chance to even get the ball back or settle ourselves down and that's probably the more disappointing thing.

"The dressing room knows what I feel like, but in the same breath, they also know that coming here to a Newcastle team that have shown good form since coming back from lockdown and had some really positive results, it wasn't the worst result.

"I was sickened
[by the second equaliser] just because of us working so hard to get a goal back and then giving it up so quickly.

(we're getting increasingly concerned by the health of the former mackem boss, who admitted that he was "spewing" after a VAR decision in West Ham's last game and was "sickened" today......)

"I thought Newcastle had played quite well in the first half and made it difficult for us but I felt that before half-time, we started to grow into the game, tried to sort one or two problems out.

"By the end of the game, I think we were the team who created the most chances, their goalkeeper had to make a few good saves. So I'm not disappointed with that, I'm just disappointed to give that second goal up especially and some teams could have gone under then but credit to the lads, they showed real resilience not to go under and give up and third goal."


Hammers in Toon - PL era:

2019/20: Drew 2-2 Almiron, Shelvey
Lost 0-3
2017/18: Won 3-0 Joselu, Clark, Mitrovic
2015/16: Won 2-1 Perez, Wijnaldum
2014/15: Won 2-0 Sissoko, Gutierrez
2013/14: Drew 0-0
2012/13: Lost 0-1
2010/11: Won 5-0 Best 3, Nolan, Lovenkrands
2008/09: Drew 2-2 Owen, Carroll
2007/08: Won 3-1 Viduka 2, N'Zogbia
2006/07: Drew 2-2 Milner, Solano
2005/06: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Won 4-0 LuaLua 2, Shearer, Solano
2001/02: Won 3-1 Shearer, LuaLua, Robert
2000/01: Won 2-1 Cort, Solano
1999/00: Drew 2-2 Dabizas, Speed
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Beardsley
1995/96: Won 3-0 Albert, Asprilla, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 2-0 Clark, Kitson
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole 2

Jonjo Shelvey hit his sixth competitive goal of the season, all of which have come in Premier League games. That is his best seasonal tally as a Magpie, exceeding the five he managed in the 2016/17 Championship campaign.

Miguel Almiron
made it four PL strikes for the season and eight in all competitions, including his four in the FA Cup.

Newcastle are unbeaten at SJP in their last six Premier League fixtures (two wins and four draws). With 17 of 19 PL home games played, they have lost just three times (Arsenal 0-1, Everton 1-2 and Leicester City 0-3).

United's tally of six home victories so far this season is their lowest in the PL since the 2010/11 campaign also produced half a dozen. Our other eight games to date finished draws; a total we've only reached on one occasion previously in the PL (also 2010/11).

With five games to play, 35 PL goals this season means that Newcastle have matched their lowest total in that competition (35 in 1997/98).


After Super Saturday came Survival Sunday, as Newcastle twice came from behind to claim a point that extended their unbeaten Premier League run to six games and assured them of top-flight football next season.

Aside from efforts by Miguel Almiron and Jonjo Shelvey to cancel out strikes from Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek though, the hosts failed to shine in front of goal.

Following his midweek heroics against Bournemouth, Allan Saint-Maximin was less impactful today - but the black and whites never got near the opposition box following his 69th minute withdrawal.

In contrast to recent league games, the arrival of players from the bench failed to benefit the Magpies; a late cameo from Andy Carroll failing to provide even a sniff of a goal against his former club.

Steve Bruce retained the bulk of the side from Wednesday's victory at Bournemouth; Javier Manquillo remaining in the left back position and Emil Krafth keeping his place on the opposite flank: the Swede clearly gaining in confidence as he adjusts to playing in a back four, in contrast to his early nightmarish outings at wing back in a five man defence.

Further forward, Miguel Almiron continued to deputise for the unavailable Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden replaced Nabil Bentaleb. However the Algerian international was introduced before half time after Hayden pulled up and hobbled off with what looked like a hamstring tweak.

Having ended their winless run by beating Chelsea last time out, the visitors were gifted a fourth minute opener when Jamaal Lascelles missed a routine chance to clear Jarrod Bowen's low cross from the right, allowing the unattended Antonio to take a touch and lash it home.

The black and whites rallied though and levelled on the quarter hour, after a flowing move involving Joelinton, Saint-Maximin and Krafth ended with Almiron stabbing into the Leazes goal from the edge of the six yard box.

Newcastle had scored all their goals from set pieces when winning 3-2 in East London last November but were caught out by one from West Ham on 65 minutes.

Bowen's corner to the back post found Declan Rice, who overwhelmed marker Krafth to head onto the crossbar. The rebound fell to Soucek though and the giant defender tucked it away for a second league goal in five days.

That lead lasted less than two minutes however, Jonjo Shelvey firing home against his boyhood club for the second time this season.

While Newcastle showed little inclination to go for the win, West Ham were keener on trying improve their precarious position and continued to press forward as the game moved into the closing stages.

Two further corners caused momentary discomfort in the home ranks and Martin Dubravka was also equal to a header from Soucek and Andriy Yarmolenko's shot. With neither side able to build on having found the net though, the draw was a logical and suitable outcome.

Eight points and ten goals from our four post-restart PL games compares more than favourably with five points and a solitary strike in the four that preceded lockdown.

At the risk of stating the obvious, dispensing with the back five has improved our flow and if we don't quite have a "we're going to score one more than you" attitude, then at least the players are rather more adept at reaching the opposition box.

Saint-Maximin remains at the heart of our forward threat though and his withdrawal saw the team partially revert to the tedious sideways passing that has blighted so many of our games this season.

Six league games unbeaten is no mean feat, but in order to reach seven will require avoiding what would be our eleventh straight PL loss at the Etihad.

Backs to the wall on Wednesday might be something of an understatement, but as Southampton proved on Sunday, the Citizens aren't totally infallible.



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