West Ham (a) Premier League
Steven Taylor pushed forward in possession, setting Yoan Gouffran away down the
left before slipping a pass infield for Yohan
Cabaye to finish with a firm low shot
in front of the Trevor Brooking Stand 1-0
"We were particularly good first half - very, very good.
"We took it on from Man City, where we played very well but didn't get a result. We got it today. We didn't get any breaks against Man City, but we got a couple today because West Ham played well in the second half.
We just edged it, I thought. We made it difficult for them with two good goals. We were livid with ourselves to concede just before half-time because we should have come in at 2-0.
"The second half was always going to be difficult after they got that goal and I thought Sam (Allardyce) and the team played very well second half. We did well to hang in there and secure it at the end.
"We're disappointed (to have no game next week) but we wanted to make sure we went away for our mid-season work, as well as a bit of sun, making sure we really push on in the second half. This has set us up nicely - 36 points now, and that's a good total for us.
"All the transfer windows as manager of Newcastle are nervy and I will be nervous until it closes. Everybody is for sale at some price, but we’re conscious that we have a good team and we will try to keep it together.
"Yohan (Cabaye) has almost a free role in the number ten shirt and he has enjoyed that. He has added goals to his game. The first one was a class individual goal – the touch and the way he moved and the sublime moment he took to finish it.
“He was a class act all day. He has been a big player for us and it
has helped us get a nice rhythm in midfield".
"There comes a time when the
players have to realise that it doesn't matter about performances any more
and it just becomes about results.
"My decision, via the medical
process, says that if you risk any more than that, then you risk the lad
getting injured again. Is that what we want? He is our biggest major asset
that we have signed and we want him on the pitch playing every week. We
have to do that slowly.
Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle halted their four game losing sequence on Saturday with
a deserved but slightly nervy win in what is fast becoming the club's
This success means that United have returned with maximum points from each of their last four visits to London - QPR, Spurs, Palace and now West Ham - blowing away a long-standing tradition of underachievement for the black and whites in the capital city.
Not for the first time, Cabaye took centre stage to orchestrate a sixth away victory this season, netting twice to top off a masterly midfield performance. Loic Remy also ended his mini-goal drought and further goals should have followed, as a convincing win looked likely against a pitiful home side.
Fabricio Coloccini's injury and Mathieu Debuchy's ban mean that Newcastle were unchanged from the starting XI who gave Manchester City a run for their money the previous weekend and they went ahead after sixteen minutes, Cabaye netting once again on the road.
And barely three minutes later the lead was almost doubled, only for Gouffran to see his shot cleared off the line, Newcastle increasingly dominating the midfield area and beginning to exploit weaknesses in a makeshift Hammers defence.
Cabaye then picked out Moussa Sissoko's run to leave him one on one on Adrian, but a weak shot allowed Adrian to save at the second attempt. Cabaye himself then had sight of goal but shot narrowly wide from distance.
Newcastle's ascendancy was reflected by a second goal; keen-eyed viewers spotting that Loic Remy was wearing a nameless no.5 shirt as he netted. That followed a head injury minutes earlier that required him to change his own bloodied top. He duly reappeared clad in a fresh Remy 14 shirt for the second half - and to further confuse the unwary, Newcastle's unallocated squad number 5 was mistakenly credited to the now-departed Danny Simpson in the programme.
That should have seen the floodgates open, with West Ham looking punch drunk and the visitors rampaging forward to create chances for Cabaye, Tiote and Remy. Rather than taking a deservedly decisive lead into the break though, an unfortunate Mike Williamson own goal during first half added time gave Big Sham's side a foothold in the contest that their poor performance barely merited.
It was tough on the visitors and Williamson in particular who had gobbled up the relentless barrage of high balls that Big Sam's masterplan dictated - bringing back bad memories for travelling fans and increasing discontent around the stadium from those currently suffering.
The sight of Andy Carroll warming up as the second half began revitalised Hammers fans and players alike, but before the old boy appeared, Cole astonishingly put an inviting cross from Matthew Taylor wide of the target from close range - a big let-off for Alan Pardew's side.
Sporting a ridiculously bushy beard, Carroll's arrival was the signal for even more aerial bombardment from the Hammers, the Geordie-born forward missing a glaring opportunity to score against his former side on 76 minutes - ballooning a first time shot over from close range.
The replacement of Anita by Shola Ameobi was a clear attempt to try and retain possession up front, but it allowed West Ham to get a toehold in midfield and try to fashion some slightly more intelligent forward forays. Krul had little to do though as a defence now including Paul Dummett (on for Santon) held firm; James Collins firing wide after a corner was only partially cleared.
As had been the case last week with the Samir Nasri and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa incident, a stoppage due to injury disrupted the pattern of play - this time an accidental clash of heads between Sissoko and Rat taking some of the heat out of the contest as physios worked on both.
The slightly wayward forward probing of Hatem Ben Arfa then bore fruit deep into added time - the substitute going down under challenge from Carroll outside the box. Up stepped Cabaye to curl a right-footed free-kick over the wall between Adrian and his right hand post - the 'keeper reaching the ball but only able to tip it onto the upright and into the net - although the hopeless sightlines meant that there was a momentary pause before mass celebrations behind the goal broke out.
TV cameras caught gum-chewing Allardyce suffering at pitchside - muttering significantly more expletives than Pardew's headline-making rant last week but presumably to himself (he being without doubt a f**king old c*nt....)
The win ensured United remained in what looks to be our designated position for this season - eighth - sitting five points clear of Southampton and a massive 12 ahead of tenth-placed side, Aston Villa.
And in contrast to previous campaigns when the players have seemingly donned flip flops in the game before their mid-season break, our current crop can reflect on a job well done for the most part as they head to Abu Dhabi before the visit to Norwich in ten days time.
Inevitably much of that period will be taken up by speculation over the future of our talismanic number four, who has evolved from a sulky pain in the derriere when the last transfer window closed into a fundamental part of this team. Quite simply, when Cabaye plays, the rest follow suit and our fortunes rise accordingly.
Being at the top of his game though means that's he's also in a position of maximum value. And although he seems happy to complete his World Cup preparations with us, it remains to be seen whether his employers are similarly minded - or cash in as per Andy Carroll. Enjoy him while you can.