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Season 2021-22
West Ham United (a) Premier League


Saturday 19th February 2022, 12.30pm
Live on BT Sport

 London Stadium

Conditions: Solid

Programme: £3.50

West Ham United



1 - 1





32 mins A crude block by Emil Krafth on Michail Antonio earned the visiting player a yellow card and the home side a free kick to the left of the Newcastle box. That was dropped to the front post by Aaron Cresswell for Craig Dawson, who got ahead of Dan Burn to net with a simple header. 0-1

45+1 mins Jacob Murphy found the overlapping Fraser on the left hand side of the Hammers area and he chipped in a cross from the byline. Declan Rice miscued his clearance and headed it up in the air, Joe Willock reacting first to get between two home players and flick the ball goalwards as it dropped.

Eluding Fabianski, the ball hit the far post then rebounded and curled back across the goal line before the goalkeeper scooped clear.

Willock's goal celebration as viewed from the upper tier

Half time: Hammers 1 Magpies

Full time: Hammers 1 Magpies 1

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"I'm satisfied with the point but frustrated it maybe wasn't more. The way we started the game was excellent: the only disappointment for me was that we only got one goal - there was more in it for us.

"Although we dominated they still had a threat in the game. That's what West Ham can do to you. We're disappointed that the free-kick was poorly defended from our perspective.

"That's a frustration, but the character and response was there. With the balls we put into the box, it should have been more.

"It was a really good performance for us. A tough ground, we started really well, put them under pressure, got a lot of balls in their box and were disappointed to only get one goal really. West Ham are a top team so are always in the game.

"We deserved it in the opening 45 minutes and it was a great goal for us, we are disappointed with the one we conceded because we know all about their set-piece threat."

On Joe Willock:

"It is very important for him personally and the team, he is a goalscorer, he is a key player for us, it has been coming.

"His performances have improved week on week - hopefully that is the first of many as our midfield probably hasn't contributed enough

On the absent Saint-Maximin:

"He got a kick on his calf against Villa Ė I think you saw him limping towards the end of the game. He didnít train this week: we hoped heíd been fit, but, obviously, he didnít make the game.

"(It's) hopefully nothing too serious, but it was enough to keep him out today.Ē

They Said


David Moyes said:

We didnít play well today so to get a point out of it is something.

"We have to recognise that weíre not quite at it. We probably need to start individually, Iíll check to see if we think weíre doing the right things to get them back (to their levels), but ultimately we need to find a way of getting a better level of performance than weíre getting at the moment.

"Weíre good at set pieces and we got another goal from one, but Iím more miffed that we havenít played well again.

"Iím pulling my hair out that I just canít get one or two players back at it, or closer than they are. So weíre going to have to look closely to see what we can do about it.

The work-rate is there, 100%: tereís no questioning anybody
(for that). If anyone questioned any of our players on their effort or commitment, Iíd back the players up 100%, b
ut what weíre lacking at the moment is being more creative on the ball, being correct on the ball, even doing the correct things defensively.

"I didnít think we cleared our box well today at all and we didnít show good designs in our play, in truth. All of those things come before anybody could question that weíre not working hard, so I think itís the other things we have to look at first.

"The Premier League is not an easy league to be in, but also one point doesnít get you enough when youíre trying to be successful. We knew today that it was a really important day to try and get three points but unfortunately we couldnít.

"Newcastle played very well....we didnít really cope so well with some of the stuff. We didnít really feel that we were under huge pressure in the second half but we werenít able to make anything happen to change anything."


It's now six games since Newcastle last lost in the PL - a 0-4 home reverse to Manchester City on December 19th. That's our longest unbeaten run since 2019/20; the COVID-inspired fixture break coming in March 2020 when we were unbeaten in two. The restarted PL programme in June then saw another four games unbeaten, the last of which was a draw with West Ham.

NUFC after 24 games - selected PL seasons:

2008/09: 24 points, 15th, GD -10
2015/16: 21 points, 18th GD -19
2017/18: 23 points, 15th, GD -12
2018/19: 24 points, 14th, GD -11
2019/20: 30 points, 13th, GD -12
2020/21: 25 points, 17th, GD -15
2021/22: 22 points, 17th, GD -19

Joe Willock now has nine PL goals as a Magpie, drawing him level with current colleague Jamaal Lascelles and SJP old boy Tino Asprilla, Jermaine Jenas, Peter Lovenkrands and Charles N'Zogbia.

The London Stadium continues to be a bountiful venue for Newcastle; with just one defeat there now in five visits which includes a trio of victories.

Magpies @ Hammers - PL era:

2021/22 Drew 1-1 Willock
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




Joe Willock's first goal of the season brought Newcastle a deserved point from a solid display at the London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

Trailing to Craig Dawson's headed opener from a free kick, Willock clipped the ball home during
first half added time to send the teams in level.

And that's how it stayed until the end; disgruntled home followers heading for the exits even earlier than usual; the hosts unable to pose a composed and well-drilled Magpies side any threat.

Already without the talismanic Kieran Trippier, Allan Saint-Maximin was also missing due to fitness concerns: something kept quiet until the teams were submitted - progress of a sort in itself, given the previous leakiness of our training ground....

ASM was replaced by Jacob Murphy, while Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton and Ryan Fraser continued in midfield, leaving Bruno benched again. 

Opening brightly on a damp day in the East End, Joelinton, Murphy and Willock all attempted shots in the opening stages, before Fraser's powerful volley was blocked by a defender in the eighth minute.

Little had been seen of the Hammers as an attacking force before Jarrod Bowen broke into the box from the right and brought a fingertip stop out of Martin Dubravka after 20 minutes.

The home side went ahead following a free kick from the opposite flank that was given away when Emil Krafth impeded Michail Antonio; dropped to the front post by Aaron Cresswell for Dawson to net with a simple header.

Attempting to get back in the game, some over-elaboration from Newcastle saw them waste good approach work by failing to test the goalkeeper.

That all changed in the first minute of added time, when the overlapping Fraser chipped in a cross from the left byline. Declan Rice miscued his clearance and headed it up in the air, Willock reacting first to get between two home players and flick the ball goalwards as it dropped.

Eluding Fabianski, the ball hit the far post then rebounded and curled back across the goal line before the goalkeeper scooped clear.

Referee Chris Kavanagh was instantly able to confirm the legitimacy of the equaliser via goal line technology to quell home protests, as Willock led celebrations behind the goal in front of the away throng.

The black-clad visitors looked more imaginative and posed the greater threat after the break, although had only an off-target Willock shot and superior possession stats to show for their efforts.

However that unbeaten league run to six games was achieved with something to spare; enforced personnel changes failing to detract from greater organisation and understanding of the system Newcastle are playing.

From being dependent on the individual brilliance or otherwise of ASM to be collectively playing on the front foot with demonstrable success in his absence is worthy of praise.  

Improving fitness is also an important plus; minimising that morale-sapping, "circle the wagons" nose dive that had come to characterize the final 20 minutes or so of our matches.

Game by game, the concession made by the Premier League over the festive period to allow for postponements looks more and more pivotal to our subsequent upturn - along with losing in the FA Cup Third Round.

Following his enforced absence against parent club Aston Villa last week, Matt Targett seamlessly slipped back into the left back role.

On a day of decent displays, Willock especially caught the eye; recapturing the style that made his loan move to SJP permanent; seeming to glide across the turf to elude or dispossess unwitting opponents.

And having successfully filled the injured Callum Wilson's goal void last season, rediscovering his scoring touch is also a perfect piece of timing - this his first in 20 PL appearances, compared to eight in just 14 games last time. 

The point widened the gap between themselves and the bottom three to five points, at least temporarily before that advantage was then reduced back to four points by Watford's 1-0 victory at Villa.

A 3-0 success for Burnley at Brighton left Norwich City bottom on goal difference; the Canaries going 1-0 up at Liverpool before losing 1-3.

Looking up the table, yet another defeat for Everton - 0-2 at Southampton - leaves us level on points with the Toffees, behind only on goal difference.

A 1-2 loss away to Arsenal meanwhile means our next opponents Brentford are now just two points better off  - and have played two games more than ourselves. That has to be massive motivation to continue our positive play in West London next Saturday.

PS: Sunday brought a 4-2 win for Manchester United over Leeds United at Elland Road - leaving Marcelo Bielsa's Whites just a solitary point ahead of us having played the same number of games and with an inferior goal difference.


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