West Ham 0 Newcastle Utd 2
WEST HAM: Carroll, Mears (Mullins 67), Ferdinand, Gabbidon,Konchesky, Bowyer, Mascherano (Benayoun 67), Reo-Coker,Etherington, Tevez (Harewood 45), Zamora.
Subs Not Used: Green, Cole.
NEWCASTLE UTD: Given (Harper 86), Carr, Moore, Ramage, Babayaro, Milner, Parker, Emre (Butt 90), Duff, Martins,Ameobi (Sibierski 72).
Subs Not Used: N'Zogbia, Rossi.
It gave us Toon fans a fabulous journey home, just as good at the trip last campaign and that Michael Owen hat-trick that stunned the East End of London.
We all know about the brain operation, relegation and Trevor Brooking's failed attempt at management, and everything Roeder has had to endure since. And of course the Hammers fans couldn't resist the taunt of 'You're the reason we went down'. Which sparked a certain section of the Toon Army to boo Lee Bowyer, which I felt was sad because he always gave us 100%, and wasn't afraid to let others know his feelings to others who weren't .... are you watching Kieron Dyer.
I have to admit, this fixture had me concerned for a number of reasons, yet could well be the turning point for Roeder. He had the Toon fans shouting his name, and that alone infuriated the Cocknies. After all, what had they to shout about? Their much-hyped Argentinian duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano made minimal contributions, and Newcastle for the most part ran the Hammers into the ground.
Roeder's side dominated and after we (TOTT) pointed the finger for dodgy tactics at Villa Park, I have to say the man got it SPOT ON at Upton Park. Always a difficult place to get a result, but forget Alan Pardew's big money signings, because Newcastle made them look less than average.
Tevez made the early shout in the 9th minute when he curled a free-kick over the wall and back off the crossbar. That set up a spell of intense pressure that was West Ham's high point of the match. But if you don't score when you're on top you cannot complain when the ball bounces the other way.
Although West Ham were on top at this point, Newcastle were trying their luck from distance whenever possible with Moore, Ameobi and Emre trying efforts that had Carroll flapping.
In the 33rd minute Bowyer responded to the taunts from the Geordies with a lob that was inches away from being Premiership goal of the season. He lobbed Shay Given from all of 50 yards near the right touchline and had the goalkeeper back-tracked frantically to watch the ball drop just beyond his far post.
Tevez had contributed little apart from two free-kicks and was replaced at the break by Marlon Harewood. Five minutes into the half, his old mate Mascherano came off second best as Martins powered through the middle to set up Damien Duff, who fired coolly across Carroll from a position on the left of the box. It was Duff's first Newcastle goal and the team's first in the Premiership away from St James' Park.
The setback hit the Hammers badly. Not only did heads drop, but the home fans could hardly be heard. When the 'going gets tough' in these parts, the 'tough get going ... out the gate'.
Yossi Benayoun and Hayden Mullins, replaced new boys Mears and Mascherano with 23 minutes remaining as Pardew went looking for fresh options. And Newcastle replaced Ameobi not long after with new recruit Antoine Sibierski.
Then Martins found the net for the first time in a Newcastle shirt, accepting the invitation to canter forward unchallenged and slot past Carroll in the 75th minute.
The points were Newcastle's from that moment but there was still a setback in store when Given suffered a bad injury in a collision with Harewood. He was replaced for the final few minutes by Stephen Harper.
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