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Season 2022-23
West Ham United (h) Premier League


Saturday 4th February 2023, 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Inhibited



 West Ham


1 - 1





3 mins Following Joe Willock's disallowed goal, play resumed with a West Ham goal kick that was nodded forward by Fabian Schar into the centre circle. Joelinton shielded the ball allowing Sean Longstaff to play a perfectly weighted pass through to the advancing Callum Wilson.

Strided between Angelo Ogbonna and Thilo Kehrer, he had the fairly simple task of passing it into the net around Lukasz Fabianski as the 'keeper came out of the Gallowgate goal.

32 mins Declan Rice's flag kick from the North West corner made it through to the back post, falling nicely for Lucas Paqueta to stab it past marker Kieran Trippier and goalkeeper Nick Pope.

The Brazilian's acrobatic celebration was positively LuaLuaesque.

Half time:
Magpies 1 Hammers 1

Full time: Magpies 1 Hammers 1

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

If you canít win, you donít lose, and weíve done that very well. Weíve picked up vital points in this run. Yes, we havenít won the games in the last few that we would have liked, but itís never going to be plain sailing.

"We were never going to win every game. Itís such a competitive league, the games are so difficult. It was a tight game - a very bright start and a strange opening,
(but) we didnít quite carry that on for the rest of the first half.

"The second half we were quite good, we just couldnít break them down. West Ham have got very good players. I donít think we stamped our authority on the game, we had a couple of good chances to win the game but it didnít happen.

"Teams when they play us now will make it difficult for us, The onus is on us to break teams down.

"The start of the game was brilliant from our perspective - we were electric.
Unfortunate with the first one, very pleased for Callum on the second one and then we hoped to kick on from that moment but it never quite materialised,

"West Ham stabilised themselves and I thought they were good first half we maybe dipped below our levels that we can achieve. Second half I was a lot happier with our general performance, probably bar taking those chances we created."

On Callum Wilson:

"I thought it was a great finish because he's moving at speed, he's on his left foot, really really good finish so pleased for him, every goalscorer needs to score - he would have felt the relief in that. And then he had the two chances in the second half, again I'm just pleased he's in those positions
to score."

(I'm) disappointed (with a point).

"Having to put it into perspective as well, I don't want to criticise the players because I felt they've given everything this week, they've really emptied the tank; there's nothing left physically, emotionally they really have gone to the well.

"It wasn't for the want of trying we did create chances we probably weren't at our very best today although I thought West Ham competed really well."

On the absent Bruno Guimaraes:

I think we missed Bruno today, but we were always going to miss Bruno because heís so unique and slightly different.

"But I do think our midfield players who played in his absence all played well. I donít think itís a criticism of them Ė I just think heís irreplaceable. Youíre going to miss him, and I think we missed his creative eye more than anything else.Ē

On Allan Saint-Maximin:

Maxi will benefit from today. I thought we saw him in flashes. We probably didnít get him the ball enough. West Ham defended well against him.

ďSo I think thereís a combination of factors. But I thought the application was there.Ē

On new boy Anthony Gordon:

"Iím really pleased with his debut."

On media claims he's been driving round Tyneside despite being disqualified:

"Iím aware of it: Iím not sure the story quite matches up but I need to find out more.Ē

On Declan Rice of West Ham:

"He was very good, but thatís no surprise. Heís a top-quality player. Heís done that on the international stage."

Post-match footage showed Rice talking to members of the Newcastle team and staff, prompting some tapping up claims (or hopes). It's worth pointing out that he'll know Graham Jones, Nick Pope, Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier from England get-togethers.

They Said

David Moyes said:

We played really well in the first half, except for the first minute. We did a good job, we put them under pressure, we passed the ball much better than weíve been passing it for a while, we didnít turn the ball over as often, we retained possession when we got it into the forwards and the boys in the middle of the park got about the job and helped.

"So, overall, Iím really pleased. Itís probably one of our best performances this season because we had to show a bit of fight and a bit of spirit. We had to show that we didnít buckle after we went a goal down and also I was really pleased with how we played with the ball.

"We didnít panic when we went a goal down, took some passes and made it, so there were lots and lots of good things from the from the players today.

"I think we deserve a little bit of credit because we've not been playing so well, but I thought we played very well today. We deserve a lot of credit for coming here and putting on such a good performance.

"That first minute was expected by how Newcastle have been starting games so we've only got ourselves to blame. We got away with the first one, but you'd have hoped the linesman would have seen it earlier. We then gave them a goal 20, 30 seconds later.

"We responded absolutely fantastically. We played brilliantly well in the first half. We passed the ball well, we showed good control and made some decent opportunities ourselves. I'm really pleased with how the players played.

"It's only a point but we take it. It was a difficult game for us and it keeps a bit of a run going for us. We'd have liked to have come here and won, but we were up against a team in really good form.

It was nearly going to run around the pitch that we got a goal from a set piece, it was that good, because weíve just not been clinical from them and weíve not been as good.

"We did what we did to try to find a way and we got in a position and I thought his composure when the ball came through to him (was great) and he didnít panic or slash at the ball. Iíve not seen it again, but it looked like quite a composed finish at the back post.

"We were actually talking about it this morning and weíve only played two home games since the World Cup, since 26 December when we started back, so it feels like weíve very rarely been home at the moment, but we need to improve our away form.

"Weíve now drawn at Leeds and Newcastle, we won in the FA Cup at Brentford and have beaten Derby away in the cup as well, so hopefully we need to start showing that toughness and that resilience and I thought for most of the game we showed that today.

"Weíre so desperate. We are not enjoying being where we are. Weíre not enjoying maybe the way we have not played as well as weíd liked, but today, if I was a supporter, I would have enjoyed the way my team played today.

"Newcastle are a big, big side and we got our fingers burnt at first but, after that, we played incredibly well.Ē

On Declan Rice:

"Declanís going to be a top player; undoubtedly heíll be a British transfer record when he leaves West Ham Ė and then some, but I hope thatís not anytime soon. Declan and PaquetŠ were immense, top quality."


"The crowd do incredibly well to raise their energy. If ever there was a story on what the crowd do to raise the energy levels of the players, it's here at the moment. It looks as if they're all running a couple of miles extra."


Having set a new all-time club record of 15 top-flight games without defeat with the draw at Crystal Palace, Newcastle extended that run to 16 games.

The Magpies extended their unbeaten run at SJP to 16 games in PL and cup games and 12 in the PL only. 11 of those PL games came this season; our longest unbeaten start to a top-flight season since 1995/96 (13 games.) The best start to a PL campaign was 1994//95 (18 games).

Callum Wilson's seventh PL goal of the season came after a six game barren run that extended to 298 minutes. In all competitions, those figures were ten games and 518 minutes.

Wilson's third minute strike matches Chris Wood's penalty conversion at Leicester City in being our fastest of the season. Our number 9 now has 27 PL goals for Newcastle, moving one clear of Michael Owen in the all-time list, drawing level with Craig Bellamy and now one behind Obafemi Martins.

Wilson netted against the Hammers for the third time in four games for Newcastle. With his Bournemouth record, those figures are 10 goals in 12.

Lucas Paqueta became the first opposition player to net in the PL at SJP since Brentford's Ivan Toney in October, a run of 518 minutes. That goal was also the first Newcastle have conceded in the PL before half time since Ruben Neves of Wolves in August - a run of 16 games before today. 

Nick Pope conceded a goal in the PL for the first time since Southampton's Romain Perraud beat him in November - ending a shutout sequence of 484 minutes including five full games.

Anthony Gordon became the 256th player to represent NUFC in the PL.

Miguel Almiron made his 150th appearance for the club in all competitions (127 starts).

The big Four-O:

United reached the fabled 40 point mark in their 21st PL game of the season, their second-quickest conquest of that summit in the PL after the 19 games of the 1995/96 season:

18 games 1996
21 games 2023
22 games 1995, 2002
23 games 2003
24 games 1994, 1997, 2012
26 games 2004
27 games 2014
29 games 2000
31 games 1999
32 games 2001, 2006, 2007, 2020
33 games 2011, 2018, 2022
34 games 1998
35 games 2005, 2008, 2019
36 games 2021
37 games 2013
Didn't reach 40: 2009, 2015, 2016

Hammers in Toon - PL era:

2022/23 drew 1-1 Wilson
lost 2-4 Wilson, Murphy
won 3-2 og, Joelinton, Willock
2019/20 drew 2-2 Almiron, Shelvey
2018/19 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



Following the elation of Tuesday's League Cup success, Saturday night brought deflation for Newcastle and their fans, as they failed to build on a perfect start and ended up sharing the points with the visitors.

Making one enforced change with Alan Saint-Maximin on for the suspended Bruno Guimaraes and unable to call upon concussion victim Alexander Isak, the Magpies had the ball in the net 37 seconds after the first whistle when Joe Willock drove in from the right hand side of the box.

Celebrations from home players were wholehearted but less enthusiastic in the parts of the ground who had seen Miggy Almiron clearly run the ball over the right hand byline before pulling it back for Willock to sweep home - and a VAR check soon confirmed that it wouldn't stand.

Play restarted around a minute and a half later, but just 12 second later those home fans were back on their feet as Callum Wilson timed his run perfectly to stay onside and bury a fine shot that certainly did count.

That early flurry wasn't built upon however and the Hammers deservedly equalised when Lucas Paqueta stabbed home at the Leazes End in the 32nd minute after Declan Rice's corner made it to the far post.

Despite a welcome return to the scoresheet, Wilson will rue two golden opportunities to win the game in the closing stages, the first supplied by debutant substitute Anthony Gordon - on for the subdued Saint-Maximin.

Gordon's perfect through ball to United's number 9 sent him scampering into the box but just as he shaped to shoot, Nayef Aguerd made a vital last ditch tackle.

Eight minutes from time there was an even clearer chance of a winner when Kieran Trippier's free-kick from the right found Wilson unmarked six yards out, but his firm header was directed straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

Aside from the Wilson opportunities and a booking for Joelinton after he ludicrously dived in the box rather than continue, our efforts on goal were limited and another goalkeeper departed without really being tested.

In particular, the perceived aerial threat at set pieces from the big lads coming forward doesn't translate into chances never mind goals. Taking Jamaal Lascelles out of the defence may have solidified our backline to an astonishing degree, but his conversions from set pieces weren't replaced.

Defeat would have been tough on a West Ham side who deservedly increased their points total on the road to six and also had chances to grab a second goal, although Nick Pope was never really tested.

Not many present would be aggrieved over the outcome, Rice giving an industrious display for a resurgent Hammers side who intercepted as many passes as any other opponent this season.

Following the efforts on and off the field against Southampton on Tuesday, this always had the potential to be "after the Lord Mayor's show" and so it proved, our forward momentum too often diluted by safety play as the visitors defended in depth. That lack of inspiration also seemed to permeate into the crowd today, with patchy outbreaks of support rather than a wall of sound.

Our unbeaten league run was lengthened to 16 games though, the 40 point mark was reached and a side with a cup final to look forward remain undefeated on home turf since April. All reasons to be more than cheerful.

A point saw the Magpies slip one place to fourth after Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at home. Away defeats for leaders Arsenal and second-placed Manchester City meanwhile provided the main interest, aside from the collective mirth of the nation directed at Herr Klopp. 


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