Wednesday January 5, 2011 Day 22 Finished St. James' Park

Newcastle United 5 - 0 West Ham United

  • Best 18’, 39’, 60’
  • Nolan 45’
  • Løvenkrands 63’

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  1. Best hat-trick sinks West Ham

    Best hat-trick sinks West Ham

    Leon Best scored a hat-trick as Newcastle hammered West Ham 5-0 at St James' Park, sending Avram Grant's side back to the foot of the table. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • West Ham United
    • 90' And that's it. Newcastle have hammered the Hammers 5-0. An utterly forgettable performance by Avram Grant's side.
    • 90' Hines puts the ball in the back of the net for West Ham, but he's flagged offside. And rightly so.
    • 88' The game is petering out to a predictable conclusion...
    • 86' A mazy run by Lovenkrands sees him fashion a shooting opportunity on the edge of the box, but his low shot is tame.
    • 83' Ben Haim got that booking that's been coming his way for all of 83 minutes, for a foul on Ferguson.
    • 81' Obinna gets a sight of goal but drags his shot wide. It's just not going to happen for the visitors tonight.
    • 79' Hines has been booked for dissent.
    • 76' West Ham, even after 75 minutes, have not looked like they are even interested in scoring.
    • 72' That really was an outrageous miss.
    • 71' Nile Ranger has missed an absolute sitter! Great work by the young substitute Shane Ferguson to burst into the box on the left, his pull back to Nolan found Ranger, who somehow stabbed wide. One of the misses of the season.
    • 69' Another Newcastle change: Ferguson on, Gutierrez off.
    • 67' Leon Best leaves to a standing ovation. He is replaced by Nile Ranger.
    • 65' This is a rout - and it's so easy for Newcastle. Barton the provider again as he isn't closed down by Gabiddon and whips in a cross to the near post, and Lovenkrands gets ahead of Upson to finish easily.
    • 64' Lovenkrands makes it 5-0 to Newcastle!
    • 62' St James's Park is bouncing.
    • 60' Needless to say, it was like a hot knife through butter again.
    • 59' Game set and matchball for Leon Best. Enrique starts the move with a run infield from the left, his pass is flicked on by Nolan into the path of Best who takes a touch to put the ball into his stride and fires it home with his left foot. Excellent finish.
    • 58' GOAL! Leon Best claims his hat-trick! Newcastle lead 4-0!
    • 56' Obinna tries to find Cole after outpacing Simpson, but his pass doesn't reach the former Chelsea man.
    • 54' Newcastle's Jose Enrique has got a boot in the face and play has stopped.
    • 52' But Noble's cross is too close to Harper, and the danger is gone.
    • 50' West Ham enjoy a rare spell of possession and have won a free kick on the left wing. Chance for a good ball into the box...
    • 48' West Ham looking more organised in this second half but Gutierrez is still causing them havoc down the left wing.
    • 46' West Ham: Behrami & Obinna on, Piquionne & Kovac off
    • 46' A couple of half time substitutions to report...
    • 46' The second half is underway at St James's Park.
    • 45' And that's half time in what was a horror show by West Ham.
    • 45' It's curtains for West Ham before half time. Gutierrez's low cross from the left is intercepted by Tomkins, but his appalling clearance goes straight to Nolan, who strokes it inside the far corner.
    • 44' GOAL! Nolan makes it Newcastle 3-0 West Ham
    • 43' Tiote waltzes into the box and, despite shades of Ricky Villa for a second, his run is halted just inside the box. Newcastle confidence sky-high right now.
    • 41' Newcastle in complete control now.
    • 40' Barton's free kick catches everyone out as he slips it into the path of Lovenkrands, who had peeled off the West Ham waal. Lovenkrands fires it across the face of goal and Best takes a touch before firing home left-footed from close range.
    • 39' GOAL! Best has his second and Newcastle lead 2-0!
    • 38' Best gets a boot in the face from Tomkins and Newcastle have a free kick 30+ yards out.
    • 36' The ball is played short to the Argentine, who cuts inside and fires an effort towards goal which, despite a deflection is saved by Green. Good play by Gutierrez.
    • 35' Gutierrez forces a corner for Newcastle on the left.
    • 33' Kovac and Piqiuonne exchange verbals after Enrique surges past Kovac as though he's not there.
    • 31' Green plucks the ball from the air as Enrique's cross was heading straight for Best.
    • 29' Kovac, who is having a torrid night against Gutierrez, gets lucky as Mike Dean gives a goal kick when really the Argetine should have had a corner after the pair were tussling at the byeline.
    • 27' Gabbidon puts a very good cross in from the left, which is inches too high for Carlton Cole, who was unmarked in the box.
    • 25' West Ham hitting long balls for Piquionne at the moment. Not the most imaginative play by the visitors.
    • 23' Newcastle definitely the better side. West Ham still not offering very much.
    • 21' Ben Haim, who is walking a tightrope, tugs at Gutierrez one too many times and the referee gives Newcastle a free kick on the left wing. Ben Haim will find himself in the book if he's not careful.
    • 19' Piquionne gives the ball away and Newcastle make him pay. Tomkins loses an aerial challenge after Newcastle hoisted it forward and the ball falls to Lovenkrands on the edge of the box, who just lofts it into the path of Best, who finishes well with left foot to the far post.
    • 18' GOAL! Leon Best makes it 1-0 to Newcastle
    • 16' Great play by Enrique who darts into space on the left and attempts to chip Rob Green from a tight angle. Green palms it over his own bar and concedes a corner.
    • 14' Scott Parker bursts through a gap in the Newcastle defence and hits a very good effort from the edge of the box that Harper can only parry away. Best chance of the game so far.
    • 13' Kovac chops Gutierrez down and that's the clearest yellow card you'll see.
    • 11' Tiote skips past Piquionne and sends a good low effort just wide of Rob Green's left post.
    • 9' Parker releases Piquionne with a perfect throughball but Piquionne is just offside.
    • 7' Freddie Sears stretches his legs down the West Ham right but he is met with a crunching tackle by Nolan.
    • 6' An even start so far. Neither side settling into their rhythm.
    • 5' Chance for Newcastle! Barton whips in a left-footed cross from the right which finds Leon Best in space in the box, but he heads it wide. Should have hit the target.
    • 4' Jose Enrique bursts forward with a marouding run, he lays it off to Nolan on the edge of the box, but the Newcastle captain is unable to control it.
    • 3' Ben Haim cynically hacks Gutierrez down and Newcastle have the first free kick of the game, inside their own half.
    • 1' Mike Dean gets the game underway.
    • 19.40 The players are emerging from the tunnel and we are a few moments away from kick off.
    • 19.35 NEWCASTLE: Harper, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Best. SUBS: Krul, Williamson, Guthrie, Routledge, Perch, Ranger, Ferguson. WEST HAM: Green, Ben-Haim, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon, Sears, Parker, Kovac, Noble, Piquionne, Cole. Subs: Boffin, Reid, Barrera, Spector, Behrami, Hines, Obinna. Ref: Mike Dean.
    • 19.35 The teams are in...
    • 19.30 Newcastle and West Ham have met 115 times in the league. Newcastle have won 45, West Ham 37 and there have been 33 draws.
    • 19.30 Meanwhile, fit-again West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, who came off the bench against Wolves, wins a recall to the starting line-up.
    • 19.25 Leon Best is given a shock call-up to the Newcastle starting line-up, deputising for Carroll. But defender Sol Campbell is still out because of illness.
    • 19.20 Newcastle remain without striker Andy Carroll for the visit of the Hammers. But Carroll could return from a thigh injury at Sunderland on 16 January.
    • 19.15 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of Newcastle vs West Ham from St James's Park.
  • Summary

    • 71' Nile Ranger has missed an absolute sitter! Great work by the young substitute Shane Ferguson to burst into the box on the left, his pull back to Nolan found Ranger, who somehow stabbed wide. One of the misses of the season.
    • 65' This is a rout - and it's so easy for Newcastle. Barton the provider again as he isn't closed down by Gabiddon and whips in a cross to the near post, and Lovenkrands gets ahead of Upson to finish easily.
    • 64' Lovenkrands makes it 5-0 to Newcastle!
    • 59' Game set and matchball for Leon Best. Enrique starts the move with a run infield from the left, his pass is flicked on by Nolan into the path of Best who takes a touch to put the ball into his stride and fires it home with his left foot. Excellent finish.
    • 58' GOAL! Leon Best claims his hat-trick! Newcastle lead 4-0!
    • 45' It's curtains for West Ham before half time. Gutierrez's low cross from the left is intercepted by Tomkins, but his appalling clearance goes straight to Nolan, who strokes it inside the far corner.
    • 44' GOAL! Nolan makes it Newcastle 3-0 West Ham
    • 40' Barton's free kick catches everyone out as he slips it into the path of Lovenkrands, who had peeled off the West Ham waal. Lovenkrands fires it across the face of goal and Best takes a touch before firing home left-footed from close range.
    • 39' GOAL! Best has his second and Newcastle lead 2-0!
    • 36' The ball is played short to the Argentine, who cuts inside and fires an effort towards goal which, despite a deflection is saved by Green. Good play by Gutierrez.
    • 19' Piquionne gives the ball away and Newcastle make him pay. Tomkins loses an aerial challenge after Newcastle hoisted it forward and the ball falls to Lovenkrands on the edge of the box, who just lofts it into the path of Best, who finishes well with left foot to the far post.
    • 18' GOAL! Leon Best makes it 1-0 to Newcastle
    • 16' Great play by Enrique who darts into space on the left and attempts to chip Rob Green from a tight angle. Green palms it over his own bar and concedes a corner.
    • 14' Scott Parker bursts through a gap in the Newcastle defence and hits a very good effort from the edge of the box that Harper can only parry away. Best chance of the game so far.
    • 19.35 NEWCASTLE: Harper, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Best. SUBS: Krul, Williamson, Guthrie, Routledge, Perch, Ranger, Ferguson. WEST HAM: Green, Ben-Haim, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon, Sears, Parker, Kovac, Noble, Piquionne, Cole. Subs: Boffin, Reid, Barrera, Spector, Behrami, Hines, Obinna. Ref: Mike Dean.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Harper
      • D. Simpson
      • S. Taylor Substitution Out (45′)
      • F. Coloccini
      • José Enrique
      • C. Tioté
      • K. Nolan Goal
      • J. Barton
      • J. Gutiérrez Substitution Out (66′)
      • L. Best Goals×3 Substitution Out (64′)
      • P. Løvenkrands Goal

      Subs

      • W. Routledge
      • J. Perch
      • D. Guthrie
      • T. Krul
      • M. Williamson Substitution In45′
      • N. Ranger Substitution In64′
      • S. Ferguson Substitution In66′
    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • T. Ben-Haim Yellow Card
      • J. Tomkins
      • M. Upson
      • D. Gabbidon
      • S. Parker
      • R. Kovác Yellow Card Substitution Out (45′)
      • F. Sears
      • M. Noble Substitution Out (70′)
      • C. Cole
      • F. Piquionne Substitution Out (45′)

      Subs

      • J. Spector
      • V. Behrami Substitution In45′
      • R. Boffin
      • Z. Hines Substitution In70′ Yellow Card
      • P. Barrera
      • Obinna Substitution In45′ Yellow Card
      • W. Reid
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