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Season 2023-24
West Ham United (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Sunday 8th October 2023, 2.00pm
(not on live UK TV)

Venue:
London Stadium

Conditions: Changeable

Programme:
4.00 - vendors took cash and card
 



West Ham United

Newcastle

 

2 - 2

 

 

Teams

Goals

8 mins Michael Antonio moved into the Newcastle half down the West Ham left, but found his way barred by both Jamaal Lascelles and Kieran Trippier and played the ball back to Lucas Paqueta

He spotted Emerson making a forward run and found him with an excellent curling pass that dropped behind the retreating Lascelles on the edge of the United box. His first touch took him beyond Nick Pope, who was already well off his line and was stranded.

A simple ball across the six yard box found Tomas Soucek loitering in acres of space and he had time side-foot home with Fabian Schar back on the goal line but unable to make a block.
0-1

Half time:  Hammers 1 Magpies 0

57 mins In the aftermath of the Dan Burn chance, West Ham looked to initiate an attack of their own, Trippier's header just inside the home half falling between Tonali and Paqueta. The Hammer looked to have turned and out-muscled the Magpie as he broke infield, only for Peter Bankes to award a free kick to the visiting side.

That was taken by Trippier and played into the centre of the box,
where it was headed towards his own goal by Edson Alvarez. Falling into the path of Alexander Isak, the striker took a steadying touch before guiding a rising right-footed shot into the net from six yards out before celebrating in front of the travelling support.

A VAR check confirmed the validity of a goal which in our own addled mind was akin to Andy Cole's late winner at Hillsborough in 1994 - and celebrated just as lustily. 1-1

62 mins An excellent passing move began deep in the Newcastle half, with a defensive header by Schar finding Almiron, who turned into danger outside his own area but was able to find Bruno. 

He in turn pushed it back to Schar, who instantly swept it out to the left where Sean Longstaff was in space, pushing forward over halfway and played it to Elliot Anderson. He teased Vladimir Coufal and James Ward-Prowse as he reached the edge of the box, twice exchanging passes with Longstaff.

Bruno then got involved with a raking crossfield ball to pick out Trippier, who had made a run into the opposite side of the area behind Paqueta, who was caught ball watching. Trippier's supreme first time ball was casually knocked in with his left foot from close range towards the back post by Alexander Isak, who had got between Nayef Aguerd and Coufal. 

The goal again passed a briefer VAR check, although subsequent replays revealed that the scorer appeared to give Aguerd a shove in the back as the ball approached, although the West Ham man made no appeal following the contact.
2-1

89 mins A trio of tired Magpies proved unable to stem a West Ham attack: Anderson left trailing as Soufal broke from his own half on a run close to the right hand touchline. Reaching a point just ahead of the box he cut the ball back as Bruno made a half-hearted attempt to block, finding Mohammed Kudus who took a touch before driving home a left-footed strike from the edge of the area - Tonali not near enough to intervene and Pope diving late as the ball passed his left hand. 2-2

Full time: Hammers 2 Magpies 2

We Said

 

Eddie Howe said:

"A frustrating game for us, probably a little hangover from midweek. A really good response in the second half but we're frustrated not to get over the line.

"I think we did really well in the second half, showed great character to come back. We took control of the game, caused problems, created chances.

"Really tough first half for us, we weren't ourselves. Deservedly 1-0 down. Totally different second half, we deserved to lead and we were excellent.

"That stage before the second goal, it felt like the game was ours.

"We're disappointed with both goals - I think we could have avoided it
(conceding). We made mistakes in midfield which allowed them to have the space that they did."


On Wilson and Isak:


"Alex signalled to come off. Callum Wilson couldn't have started the game and he probably couldn't have played longer than he did in the end. I really only wanted to use him in an emergency but Alex signalled that he had to come off so it was a natural replacement."

On Isaks hat-trick chance:

"Probably the defining moment, He's an outstanding player, the first
(goal) in particular is an outstanding finish. He is unlucky not to score the third but they are the small margins."

Reflecting on the seven game unbeaten run:

"Its been a brilliant spell for us. When you go back to the Brighton game there was a response needed. We needed to come back after the international break and build our confidence back and get results. Weve done that and then some, really.

They Said

 

David Moyes said:

"Thrilled with a point, up against a really good team who are probably as good as most teams in Europe at the moment. Great point for us.

"That was harsh on us, as was the decision earlier on which could've been a second yellow card
[Guimaraes]. You can decide on that, I'm not going to say anything which could get me into trouble.

"I'm happy with a point. We played well in the first half, playing against one of the best teams in Europe with the way they've been playing. It was tough, we played really well. There were difficult moments but we stuck at it.

"We could've gone 3-1 down but we also could've won it 3-2. It was a very close game."

 

Stats


Since a 1-5 reverse at Spurs in April 2022, Newcastle have put together an eight game unbeaten Premier League run in London, their best-ever sequence in league fixtures:

Fulham won 4-1
Spurs won 2-1
Arsenal drew 0-0
Crystal Palace drew 0-0
West Ham won 5-1
Brentford won 2-1
Chelsea drew 1-1
West Ham drew 1-1

Alexander Isak now has 16 PL goals, one more than Joelinton and Andy Carroll. He now sits one goal behind Yohan Cabaye, with his next target the 22 goals by Miggy Almiron and Kieron Dyer.

The Swede has seven league and cup goals this season, three more than nearest challenger Callum Wilson. Isak is well on the way to beating his goal tally in the whole of last season of ten.

Isak was the width of a post away from completing what would have been his first Newcastle hat-trick and the first by any Magpie since Ayoze Perez at home to Southampton in April 2019.

Since then, there have been 21 instances of a Newcastle player netting twice in the same PL game, with no less than ten of those braces coming from Callum Wilson. This was Isak's fourth.

Had he scored, it would have been a 16 minute hat-trick, our third fastest in the PL , slower only than Alan Shearer v Leicester City home in 1996/97 (12 mins) and Alan Shearer v Sheffield Wednesday home in 1999/00 (13mins). It would have been our fastest away PL treble, exceeding Demba Ba at Stoke in 2011/12 (69 mins) and Michael Owen at West Ham in 2005/06 (85 mins).


20 goals
from their opening eight PL games is United's most prolific start since they managed 25 in that number of games at the start of the 1994/95 campaign.  Across the PL this season, that figure of 20 is only exceeded by Brighton's 21 goal haul. 

United have scored 11 times in three PL away games, just one less than the 12 they managed in all 19 fixtures away from SJP in 2015/16. 1997/98 wasn't much better, with just 13 scored.

Nick Pope's shutout record in the PL was ended at the 298 minute mark.

Magpies @ Hammers - PL era:
(2017/18 onwards at London Stadium)

2023/24 Drew 2-2 Isak 2
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

With the squad as cover but not making the bench was Amadou Diallo from the club's development squad. The Guinea-born 20 year-old left winger was previously with West Ham's Academy.
 

Waffle

Alexander Isak's brace ensured that Newcastle went into the international break unbeaten in seven league and cup games, but a late Hammers revival at a sunlit London Stadium meant that they had to settle for a first Premier League draw of the season rather than their fourth successive win.

Both sides came into the game on the back of midweek European victories, but while David Moyes freshened his line-up from the one that won in Frieburg, Eddie Howe's only change to the conquerors of PSG was enforced; Elliot Anderson replacing the suspended Anthony Gordon.

The in-form Gordon's absence was keenly felt in an opening half when Newcastle struggled to make any impact in the final third, nobody else capable of providing his spark or threat - or drawing fouls to create set piece opportunities.


The
Hammers took advantage of some defensive hesitancy and questionable placement by Nick Pope to go ahead early on, but were content to drop behind the ball and defend their lead thereafter.

Despite that, we looked jaded and it wasn't until the 29th minute that Miggy Almiron had his side's first real attempt on goal but shot beyond the far post, Dan Burn heading narrowly wide soon after.

A frustrating opening period ended with Anderson through the middle and Isak out the left
, where he was able to use his nimble-footedness to elude opponents but found previous little in front of him. 

Returning for the second half unchanged, a re
surgent Newcastle were visibly quicker as they pressed West Ham and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola had to make an acrobatic stop to block Dan Burn's header from Isak's dinked cross - Sean Longstaff agonisingly close to reaching the rebound.

From their next attack though, the visitors were level as Isak - reinstated to his central role -
scored for the third successive league game. That was in the 57th minute and just five minutes later those Newcastle fans behind that goal were bouncing again as Isak got another, and VAR obliged again.

With
West Ham chasing shadows, the pivotal passage of play arrived on 73 minutes, as Dan Burn's perceptive through ball sent Isak through on goal. Although he rounded Areola though, he hit the near post from a narrowing angle and saw the ball rebound off Nayef Aguerd for a corner.

Had that gone in it would almost certainly have been game over but the arrival of Mohammed Kudus gave West Ham renewed impetus and the Ghanaian eluded a tiring Newcastle side to level. 

At that point the visitors were hanging on and Bowen looked a certain scorer but Pope's save denied him a winner and the game ended all square, Newcastle now beaten just once here in seven visits.

The draw kept the black and whites in eighth, one point behind the Hammers and three off the top five with Aston Villa and Liverpool also drawing their Sunday games.

Frustration then that a lead was lost and three points became one, but given our lack of spark in the first period it was difficult to see just an equaliser would come from, short of bringing perennial Hammer tormentor Callum Wilson on - something which it later transpired wasn't a viable option.

There's now a welcome opportunity to for supporters and players alike to draw breath and rest limbs, livers and bank balances before the next frantic fixture set of seven games in just 22 days.

Howe confirmed that the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday week should see Sven Botman, Joelinton and Emil Krafth available and Joe Willock back training, leaving just Harvey Barnes sidelined. Isak meanwhile reported a groin twinge in the latter stages of this game and was forced to withdraw from the Sweden squad. Assuming that's nothing more serious, that could also be a blessing for us.   

Some good fortune saw Bruno Guimaraes pick up an early booking for a kick on Emerson but then avoid a second for what was arguably a worse foul on James Ward-Prowse not long after. 

That yellow card was the Brazilian's fourth in the PL so far, leaving him one away from suspension. Bookings in both the Carabao Cup and Champions League leave him on six cautions from eleven appearances, an alarming deterioration from collecting nine in 40 club outings last season.

Fellow midfielder Tonali endured some criticism online after completing what was his first full game for the club, but to our eyes was involved to an acceptable level as he gets to grips with this division. 

The Italian also went over under challenge in the final seconds on the touchline adjacent to David Moyes, sending the Hammers boss into apoplexy, which was almost worth the journey alone. 

Certainly there seemed to be no backlash against him from those present here today, with a general acceptance that this was still a decent result from those travellers we encountered. Sadly though, the tendency to over-react to any defeat isn't just combined to those newcomers who are yet to take the price ticket off their half and half scarves (15 here today beforehand, 5 after....).

A month after returning from Brighton on the back of a third successive defeat, seven games in three competitions underlined the quality and commitment within this squad, even when without big hitters like Botman and Joelinton. As was the case last season, momentum and belief are proving crucial.   

Biffa


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