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

 

 
Date:
Wednesday 5th April 2023, 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
 London Stadium

Conditions:
Astonishing

Programme: £4.00
 

West Ham United

Newcastle

 

1 - 5

 

 

Teams

Goals

6 mins: Kieran Trippier's corner from the Newcastle left was headed clear by Emerson to Allan Saint-Maximin on the right and after a trademark jink to elude Said Benrhama, he returned the ball to be glanced home by Callum Wilson from six yards out in front of the Bobby Moore Stand.

As promised/threatened on his podcast with West Ham's Michail Antonio, the goalscorer treated home followers behind the goal to a burst of the Macarena dance. Given that was a UK hit in 1996 I think we're entitled to call it Dad dancing....just don't do it again. 1-0

13 mins: Fabian Schar's pinpoint through ball picked out the arcing run of Joelinton, who was clear on goal in a central position but looked well offside as he took possession just outside the "D" of the West Ham box. The Brazilian flicked the ball with his right foot, rounded Lukasz Fabianski and then tucked it home with his left, turning to see the linesman's flag raised.

The hosts prepared to restart the game as Newcastle retreated but VAR belatedly ruled that the scorer had been behind the last defender - left back Emerson and match referee Craig Pawson signalled the goal.
2-0

40 mins: Jarrod Bowen's corner from the West Ham right was headed in towards the back post by the unmarked Kurt Zouma after Pope missed his punch. Zouma began his run from a central position just inside the box, getting away from marker Sven Botman, who looked to have lost the race to catch the goalscorer before he was partly blocked by Nayef Aguerd.  2-1

Half time: Hammers 1 Magpies 2

46 mins: The second half began with Newcastle kicking off and after Fabian Schar's forward punt was headed out by Zouma, Dan Burn returned a hopeful high ball forward in the direction of Wilson. That was nodded back to his goalkeeper by Aguerd, with the Moroccan defender moving across to the left hand side of the box to collect the return pass when it was rolled out to him. 

A simple ball out to Emerson by the left touchline looked on, but a split second's hesitation was all that it took for Jacob Murphy to rob Aguerd on the edge of his own box before unselfishly rolling a pass infield for Callum Wilson to dispatch into an empty goal from just inside the six yard box.

Coming 25 seconds after the resumption meant that this goal wasn't seen by a significant number of away fans, some of whom hilariously ran back in to the lower seating deck in the aftermath of the celebrations - no matter how fast they returned, they still missed the goal though..
3-1

82 mins: The persistence of Anthony Gordon laid the ground for Newcastle's next goal, tackling Emerson in the Newcastle half on the left touchline and keeping the ball in play before steering it towards Schar. He in turn found Bruno, who looked up and spotted Alexander Isak moving upfield.

An excellent long ball forward saw the striker stride over halfway, bisecting Zouma and Aguerd who began to peel away as the figure of Fabianski appeared, way outside his box. He however succeeded only in kneeing the ball into the path of Isak, who coolly lobbed it into the unguarded goal from 28 yards out, the scorer admiring it hands-on-hips as it went in on the first bounce.
4-1



90 mins: Weight of numbers saw the weary Lucas Paqueta dispossessed on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area, Javier Manquillo pushing the ball to Bruno, who arrowed a diagonal pass to the left flank, where Joelinton was pushing forward in acres of space.

Making it into the West Ham box, he stepped away from the challenge of Zouma and guided the ball into the far corner of the goal as Valdimir Coufal collided with him.
5-1

Full time: Hammers 1 Magpies 5

We Said

Eddie Howe:

"I thought it was a tough game. A strange scoreline. It could have been different if they'd scored their early chance. 

"I was pleased with the second half as we played with more control. We weren't perfect. We rode our luck at times. We scored some great goals. 

"When we clicked into gear we were very good. It's been a really good night.

"It was a difficult game. I thought the high of Sunday to come here was a tough test psychologically. We weren't at our very best but we were clinical today, which we probably haven't been like for a while. It's great to see us score goals and make the scoreline look comfortable, but I don't think it was.

"It's great to see because it's something we haven't been. If we can add that to our game then we'll be an even stronger team. I'm really pleased with the goals and really pleased with the goalscorers.

"Callum
(Wilson) was very good, that goes without saying, and the two goals were very important goals for us. His all-round performance was very strong, but thatís not a surprise to me. I canít rate Callum any higher than I do, and with him and Alex (Isak), weíve got two outstanding centre-forwards.

"I think Iíve got a strong squad, and with three games in six days, I want the players to enter the pitch in the best physical condition possible.

"In my opinion, Iíd be foolish not to rotate and trust the team. I trust the squad and the players coming in. Iíve got no doubt on the quality, and weíve got a lot of games in a short period of time.

"Itís always going to be judged by the result whether that (the rotation) is successful or not, and of course I want to keep people fit and give them the best chance to play as many games as possible.Ē

Callum Wilson on his relationship with the back of the West Ham net:

"Itís tradition now Ö sometimes you have those teams you play against. You just have a feeling that youíre going to score - today I managed to get on the scoresheet, you get a feeling. 

"Itís about taking opportunities; Iíve been on the bench the last few weeks, but today I had to make a statement and let people know Iím here.
We were good. We made a real statement. 

"We let them back in, lost a bit of momentum, second-half we regrouped and got it back.
It is about being ruthless, being clinical in both boxes. Goals are scored, but itís what happens five seconds before that Ö we have some great team moves today. 

"I feel like Iím energised again, back in the mood for scoring. Goals are vital, points are vital Ö obviously weíd love to play in the Champions League. Every player would. It would be massive, especially where we were last season. Itís a big week for us.Ē 

They Said

 

 

David Moyes said:

"I might have walked out as well tonight. I know how it works. But sometimes when it's not so good, that's when you stand up and be a true supporter as well. 

"We had some great results here last year in the league and Europe, but sometimes when things aren't going so well you need everybody behind you. I thought the crowd at the start of the game tonight was fantastic, so I've got no qualms with them leaving with a result like that tonight.

"I've got no doubt they
(the board) are behind me. I'm confident in the way we work and what they think. But if you're a manager and you lose badly like I did tonight then you're always in jeopardy. I understand that.

"
As a manager, you always have to do it. I'm sitting here, standing up, and I have to come up front and answer the questions You've watched the game. You can write what you see. I'm a big boy, I've left jobs at other times in the past and if this one happens, well then I would have to go with that if that's the case. 

"I really like my job here. I really like the people I work fo. I've enjoyed my time greatly and I'm hoping there are a couple of big days ahead of us in the not-too-distant future.Ē


Declan Rice said:

"Really tough one to take. Five goals that at any level you can't concede - not good enough. When you play for this badge, what the fans want is desire and hard work. 

"It was a weird one because even though we went 2-0 down we were still pushing. We felt the fans behind us. We got the goal and there was a real belief at half-time, but the start of the second half really killed things off. The effort was there. When you're five goals down it's really tough to keep going mentally, but you have to. 

"In football anything can happen, and you always have to keep pushing. The game felt really stretched when we were 2-0 down. But the five goals we conceded, that's not what West Ham's built on. I don't think we've conceded five worse goals as a team since I've played for West Ham."

 
 

Stats

 
The 531st Premier League away game Newcastle have played saw them hit five goals for only the second time (they've never scored more than that in a game). The previous instance was also a 5-1 success, achieved against Coventry City at Highfield Road in September 1998.

The Magpies recorded their most emphatic victory on the road in all competitions since a 7-0 League Cup success at Morecambe in September 2020. Sean Longstaff, Jacob Murphy and Joelinton featured in both games, with Joelinton netting twice on both occasions.  

Six PL wins away from SJP so far this season (from 14 played) is Newcastle's highest return since 2020/21. Their away win record in that competition remains nine in both 2001/02 and 1993/94 (NB: 1993/94 saw 42 games played rather than 38, meaning there were 21 away games not 19).

23 PL goals scored in 14 away games to date is the most in a season on the road since the 27 netted during the entire 2011/12 campaign. Their highest tally remains 34 scored in 2001/02.

Newcastle's 28th PL game this season saw their fourteenth victory, their highest number of wins since recording 15 in the entire 2013/14 season.

5-1 represents a club record away victory for Newcastle over West Ham and only the second time that we have scored ever five against them away from SJP. The first was a 5-3 win in Division One at the Boleyn Ground in February 1960. Until tonight, the biggest margin of victory in an away game against the Hammers had been two goals, never mind three or four! 

Newcastle are unbeaten in all five PL visits to the capital so far this season: victorious at Fulham, Spurs and West Ham and held at Arsenal and Crystal Palace. Visits to Brentford and Chelsea remain.

At the London Stadium, the Magpies have now lost just one of their six visits (all in the PL), winning four and drawing one.

PL trips to West Ham are one of our most productive sources of away points, with 11 wins there in 25 visits. That figure is matched only by our successes away at Spurs (11 wins in 28 visits).

Callum Wilson has four goals in five games against West Ham for Newcastle. With his Bournemouth record, his PL figures are 12 goals in 13 appearances. His second goal came at 25 seconds into the second half, which is pretty rapid but some way off the quickest we've struck after the break in the PL - Sammy Ameobi firing home at Spurs in October 2014 after just eight seconds.

Wilson now has 10 PL goals this season, one behind top scorer Miguel Almiron with 11. For more than one Magpie to reach double figures in a PL season is surprisingly uncommon:

2022/23 Almiron 11, Wilson 10
2018/19 Perez 12, Rondon 11
2011/12 Ba 16, Cisse 13
2010/11
Nolan 12, Carroll 11
1996/97 Shearer 25, Ferdinand 16
1994/95* Beardsley 12, Fox 10
1993/94*
Cole 34, Beardsley 21

(* 42 game seasons, all the rest 38)

Still to complete a hat-trick for the club, the seventh brace of Callum's Magpie career took him on to 30 PL goals - only the tenth Newcastle player to have reached that total:

Callum Wilson 30
Ayoze Perez 33
Robert Lee 34
Papiss Cisse 37
Nolberto Solano 37
Les Ferdinand 41
Shola Ameobi 43
Andy Cole 43
Peter Beardsley 46
Alan Shearer 148

Alexander Isak netted for the seventh time this season while Joelinton scored his third and fourth PL goals of the campaign. The Brazilian now has 14 in that competition; one ahead of current colleague Joe Willock, level with Loic Remy and one behind Andy Carroll. 

Isak became the latest Magpie to come off the bench and score in the PL this season:

Chris Wood v Southampton (a) (scored in 12 minutes)
Alexander Isak v Fulham (h) (scored in 18 minutes)
Miguel Almiron v Wolves (h) (scored in 11 minutes)
Callum Wilson v Manchester United (h) (scored in 8 minutes)
Alexander Isak v West Ham (a) (scored in 18 minutes) 

Jacob Murphy has now finished on the winning side in each his last 10 PL starts.


Dan Burn reached the half century of competitive senior appearances in all competitions for Newcastle (49 starts).

Magpies @ Hammers - PL era:

2022/23 Won 5-1 Wilson 2, Joelinton 2, Isak
2021/22 Drew 1-1 Willock
2020/21 Won 2-0 Wilson, Hendrick
2019/20 Won 3-2 Clark, Fernandez, Shelvey
2018/19 Lost 0-2
2017/18 Won 3-2 Saivet, Diame, Atsu
2015/16 Lost 0-2
2014/15 Lost 0-1
2013/14 Won 3-1 Cabaye 2, Remy
2012/13 Drew 0-0
2010/11 Won 2-1 Nolan, Carroll
2008/09 Lost 1-3 Owen
2007/08 Drew 2-2 Martins, Geremi
2006/07 Won 2-0 Duff, Martins
2005/06 Won 4-2 Owen 3, Shearer
2002/03 Drew 2-2 Bellamy, Jenas
2001/02 Lost 0-3
2000/01 Lost 0-1
1999/00 Lost 1-2 Speed
1998/99 Lost 0-2
1997/98 Won 1-0 Barnes
1996/97 Drew 0-0
1995/96 Lost 0-2
1994/95 Won 3-1 Sellars, Lee, Mathie
1993/94 Won 4-2 Cole, Lee 2, Mathie

 

Waffle

Three days after their stunning home win over Manchester United, Newcastle summoned up a sensational five goal salvo, well and truly putting West Ham to the sword in their own back yard.

Braces for Callum Wilson and Joelinton - both starters after being on the bench on Sunday - were added to by substitute Alexander Isak, as the Magpies won for the fourth time in succession. 

There were gifts from the home defence but that wasn't a factor in determining the destination of the points as a fabulous team performance was rewarded to the delight of a delirious away support.

What threatened to be a tough evening against a home side fighting to avoid relegation began unpromisingly when Jarrod Bowen whizzed past Dan Burn on the West Ham right and centred for Bruno Guimaraes to knock the ball against his own post inside the first minute.

The black and whites soon found their feet though and were ahead in just six minutes; Allan Saint-Maximin's cross from the right of the box headed home by Callum Wilson (although from the upper tier of the away section at the far end of the ground it frankly could have been anyone....)

And seven minutes later it was 2-0, Joelinton proven by VAR to be onside when timing his run across the field to accept Fabian Schar's through ball and winning his one on one with Lukasz Fabianski.

At that point a demoralised home side seemed to be heading for a hammering and Wilson was just a stride away from stroking in a killer third goal. However that started to look less likely after some risky passing in their own half by the visitors needlessly pressurised themselves. 

Nick Pope saved a Lucas Paqueta free-kick before unconvincing penalty appeals were waved away but five minutes before the break, Jarrod Bowen's corner from the right was headed in by the unmarked Kurt Zouma after Pope missed his punch.

That should have given the Irons the impetus to make it a difficult second period, but within seconds of the restart the Hammers boss was sporting his familiar haunted expression as comically bad play ended with Jacob Murphy teeing up Wilson for the easiest of finishes.

It was excellent work by Murphy and he came close to scoring ten minutes later, as a sensational sweeping move upfield ended with Fabianski turning his shot away. Had that gone in, we really would have had a contender for PL goal of the season, and not just one scored by Newcastle.

Revelling in a ridiculous amount of space on the left, Saint-Maximin then tested the Polish 'keeper on the hour as the visitors continued to press and West Ham faded and died. Bruno also fired narrowly wide after more fine play on the left, causing more white seats to appear in home sections.

The fourth duly arrived with eight minutes remaining and it came from substitute Isak who had replaced Wilson earlier in the half. The Swedish striker accepted another gift to score his seventh Toon goal from a distance roughly equivalent to the combined total of the previous six.

There was still time for Bruno find Joelinton and the big Brazilian to guide home another goal to hasten further the mass exodus of home fans. That did prompt the question of why those poor little Hammers who stayed in their places at 1-4 were suddenly motivated to get up and go at 1-5.

Another dazzling display in the capital had echoes of Newcastle's victory at Spurs and also the home win over our next opponents Brentford, who initially prompted concern before their own defensive lapses gifting us goals in another 5-1 victory. 

The timely return to scoring form of both strikers is obviously key, but our work rate, motivation and fitness remain admirable. The options from the bench as exemplified tonight were also nothing short of astonishing. At other clubs you'd be worrying about players getting hacked off by a lack of pitch time, but they all seem buying into this "project" and enjoying the "journey."

Newcastle will stay down south until Saturday's visit to the Bees, with Thomas Frank's side losing 0-1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday - a result that saw the Red Devils remain level on points with us - three clear of a Spurs side who have played one more game.

They may have been given more than a helping hand by their opponents tonight, but chances still have to be taken and there have been times in this extraordinary season when Eddie Howe's side have lacked that killer instinct. Not tonight though - like last Sunday, this was a rare treat.

Biffa


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