Date: Sunday 23rd September 2001, 4.00pm.
Live on Sky Sports
Occasional rain showers in
the first half - black clouds above the
team, fans and manager from the outset.
18 mins: A
needlessly-conceded corner was played short to Courtois on the right
of the Newcastle area. The Frenchman sent over a cross that Don
Hutchison headed in from close range amidst a pack of players from both
Having scored right in front of the away fans, who had been serenading him to the strains of "greedy
mackem bastard", he rather unwisely dwelt in front of them. Fortunately (for him) nobody broke ranks to engage him in
Half time: West Ham 1 Newcastle 0
53 mins: Paolo
Canio was on target to the delight of home fans,
controlling Dailly's raking pass just over halfway and
powering past a helpless Barton before beating Given with a low shot
into the bottom right corner of the net.
The goalscorer alternately wore and carried a stars and stripes armband round the pitch in tribute
to the victims of US terrorist atrocities. 0-2
82 mins: Hutchison
and Robert Lee tangled on the right hand side of the United area as they
attempted to control a Di Canio flick, allowing Kanoute to seize on
the loose ball and finish without much trouble at all. 0-3
Full time: West Ham 3 Newcastle 0
Bobby spoke about the Capital Curse and
our continued failure to overcome it:
"Of course we've tried,
but sometimes we haven't had the team to do it.
"The Premiership is a tough task
and it isn't easy to go to Arsenal or Tottenham or Chelsea or indeed West
Ham and win. There's a competition between all the clubs to be the best
and the strongest club in London. Chelsea are always trying
to master Arsenal and so on, and now we have Fulham as well.
"We're aware of our record and we're
trying to put it right, but it's not as easy as that."
On the omission of Andy Griffin:
"It was a hard decision to make between Barton and Griffin and I did what I
thought was right. Barton has
been doing very well for us and he was in the team. Griffin came in
against Brentford and did very well against Manchester United last
"It was in my
mind to play Griffin against Leicester City on Wednesday but he will be in
anyway now. We have three games in a week and I was just trying to spread
things around a little bit.
injured just before half-time and we sent him out for the second half to
see how he could cope but he got caught out by a long diagonal ball.
isolated against Di Canio and because of his hip and back problems he
could not twist and turn and Di Canio scored a wonderful goal. It was the
goal of an artist.
our win over Manchester United we were poor and there is no doubt West Ham
deserved to win.
"They won every
personal and individual battle on the field even though I thought Alan
Shearer and Craig Bellamy did very well with limited service.
"I just do not
know why we do not do well in London. It is something we have talked out
and rallied and geed up our players but we still lost.
"We felt that
there was never a better time for us to win in London. West Ham were
bottom of the table and they were a bit nervous.
"And if we had
got that early penalty nobody knows what the result might have been, but at the end
of the day in my eyes 3-0 is a drubbing."
Hammers boss Glenn Roeder said:
"I watched the two videos of Newcastle's games with Middlesbrough and
Middlesbrough I thought they were most impressive after the penalty and
the first 30 minutes and in a
high-tempo game against Manchester United I thought Newcastle were
stunning and obviously this was a concern to us because we were their next
"I chopped this
video down to about 20 to 25 minutes to everything that is good about
Newcastle United and I showed it to my players on Saturday morning - not
to scare them but to make them realise the sort of quality players we were
playing against on Sunday and they did the job.
"I thought my
players were right up for it and on the day I don't think anyone can
begrudge us our win. But I must say that I thought we beat a good team
Asked about the
happen all the time in football, but
after a team has won 3-0, the other side cannot really have too many
complaints. This was our first win and now that we are up and running and
Sunday's game is over
" I can get back to looking at Newcastle as a fan
again, and it goes without
saying I'm looking forward to going back up to St James's Park at the end
Assistant boss and fellow former Magpie Paul Goddard
"It was a great team performance, some excellent goals, and a win.
It was very much needed and we are all very pleased about it. We've had
five games with four good performances and one disappointing one, which
was last week at Middlesbrough.
"Unfortunately we hadn't scored goals until yesterday and people have
harped on about that. But with the quality we have got we were never
worried that we weren't going to score some.
"You might say that Newcastle beat Manchester United last week and
will be disappointed by the loss against us. That is football, that is the
motivation side of things, and that is why Manchester United stay at the
top, by getting themselves up for home and away games.
"It's very important
that we go into next week's game at the same level."
Asked about the penalty he said:
"It was a long way away, and I think you always judge by the
reactions of people.
"Our players around reacted by showing that they thought he just went
over for no reason. I don't think many of their players thought it was a
penalty either - it was too far away to tell."
"The first goal was very important; you could just sense we were a
bit edgy until then, and the second one seals it a little bit. It was a
great ball from Christian and then Paolo, unusually for him, shot early
when normally he likes to drag it a little bit.
"It just gives you that bit of breathing space and a platform to go
on and win the game well. I'm pleased for Fredi to get the third; he is
not totally tuned in yet but he can only get better and we are a better
team when he is playing."
Our 26th consecutive failure to
win in London, and the end of our 14 game unbeaten run. We matched
the score that we lost by in our previous defeat, at Liverpool in May.
Our fourth consecutive defeat at West Ham - goals for: 1 goals
Dirty Don Hutchison last played in a side that was defeated by
Newcastle in March 1999, when his Everton side were beaten 4-1 at St.James'
in the FA Cup.
Since then, he's registered six games unbeaten against
us (two for Everton, three for the mackems, one for West Ham).
It's difficult to rake over the ashes of a game when the only good things
to take from it were that we only conceded three and the suffering toon
fans who travelled and tuned in have one less London game to endure this
No doubt part of the problem was that we were universally proclaimed as
champions of the world after our 4-3 win last week. The players seemed to
have disobeyed the words of political rappers public enemy and believed
By contrast, the toon fans were comparatively subdued even
before kickoff, obviously sensing a good old fashioned false dawn when
they see one.
Not one player can honestly say they won their personal battle against
their opposite number except Given, who had to make more stops than Shaka
at the other end (who was, as usual, warmly applauded by the Toon fans.)
In every other department we were short-handed on concentration, guile,
team play and general spirit. In fact, not too different to the
pre-penalty display at Boro.
Claim and counter-claim about the Griffin / Barton situation will continue
to reverberate, but in truth Elliott's laughable attempts at passing and
Dabizas in first half fanny-about mode was as depressing as the poorness
of the right back performance.
It's all turned to the proverbial again,
as we feared it would. However, two home games in a week provide the ideal
opportunity to bounce back, and we haven't got a London game until later
Here's a reader rant that hits at least some deserved targets:
"Just to say that I think Robson's response to yesterday's defeat at West
Ham was completely wrong. It's no use whinging on about a supposed
penalty when the defence is so obviously inadequate.
"Everyone knows that
this is the real problem for the Toon and has been for a number of
"So far I am yet to meet anybody outside of Tyneside who does not
consider Warren Barton to be the worst defender in the Premiership. For
example, his record of most missed passes, last season, was the highest
amongst any other player in the division; according to Carling Opta.
is also prone to errors and this can be seen every time the team plays
against quick thinking/moving forwards. For example look at his
performances against Michael Owen, 9
goals plundered in 6 head to heads!
"Given may be a brilliant shot stopper
but is small and has no confidence in his
box rarely leaving his line; have a look at Poyet's goal in the FA
cup semi for a good example. If you add that to his poor distribution,
cack-handed punching and bouts of the wobbles you get the picture.
"Collectively this adds up to the worst defence
in the Premiership. That is 3 clean sheets
in over 40 Premiership games, including a run of over thirty last
season. This is far and away the worst defending in the division and
that includes every team relegated in the 9 years of the Premier."
Don't blame the Ref Bobby.
Have a look at your own selections and ask yourself why?
long suffering magpie
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