Newcastle Utd 2-0 West Ham (24.05.2015) Live Commentary

This is how football ought to look like. Full of action, thrilling moments and spectacular opportunities. The expectations for the next games will be high. Both teams’ performances were more or less even. The home players presented themselves with long passes and crosses into the box. The away side was creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks.
That is the end of the match.
Good defending. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle Utd) tries to find Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) inside the box, but the pass is cut out. The ball has crossed the sideline. Newcastle Utd are taking a throw-in.
The ball is cleared after Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Fourth official shows 3 min. of added time.
Kevin Nolan (West Ham) brings an opponent down and Martin Atkinson interrupts the game.
John Carver has decided to substitute Vurnon Anita and he is replaced by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle Utd).
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by West Ham.
A clear yellow card. Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) goes into the book.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) picks it up in space and from the edge of the box gets a shot that is deflected and goes past helpless Adrian (West Ham). 2:0.
Vurnon Anita (Newcastle Utd) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Adrian (West Ham) comes off the line to clear the ball away.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) takes the corner which is cleared.
Elliott Lee (West Ham) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. West Ham get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) has tested the patience of referee Martin Atkinson and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
Kevin Nolan (West Ham) released a superb first-time shot from the edge of the box. His effort flies narrowly wide of the left post.
The assistant referee raises his flag. Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) is adjudged offside.
Substitution. Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) leaves the pitch to be replaced by Elliott Lee (West Ham).
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety. Newcastle Utd force a corner. They send men into the box.
Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) fails to find the target. The goalkeeper, rooted to the spot, watches on helplessly as the volley goes well wide of the right post. The goalkeeper rode his luck there.
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
He should have done it better. Carlton Cole (West Ham) is afforded space to connect with a Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) cross, but his header from the centre of the box flies well over the crossbar.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
Here’s the change. Reece Burke (West Ham) goes off the pitch and James Tomkins (West Ham) comes on.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Martin Atkinson could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul.
Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle Utd) weaves his way through opponents and strikes the ball from the edge of the area, but it is blocked by a defender.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) puts a cross into the box from the free kick but it’s cleared.
Martin Atkinson blows the whistle. Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) commits a foul after a dangerous play. Newcastle Utd have a free kick.
Substitution has been made. Enner Valencia (West Ham) is replaced by Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham).
A crossfield pass from Paul Dummett (Newcastle Utd) lacked more accuracy, and the opponent gains possession.
Tim Krul (Newcastle Utd) produces a long ball across the pitch to find his teammate, but he fails. The ball is out-of-play. West Ham will take a throw-in.
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) gets booked for the first time in this match.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) showcases his great technique and produces a beautiful lofted cross into the box, where Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) manages to convert it into the goal. He heads it down into the middle of the net and gets on the scoresheet. It is 1:0.
Kevin Nolan (West Ham) gives away foul for his fierce tackle against the opponent.
A cross from the side of the pitch flies into the box, but it doesn’t reach its intended target. Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) would have to aim better in order to get more out of it. It’s a throw-in for West Ham.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) threads a pass through the eye of a needle for Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd), but Adrian (West Ham) displays great awareness to thwart the chance.
Mike Williamson (Newcastle Utd) rises high to meet a cross from the corner kick and plants a header from inside the penalty area. His effort went just narrowly wide of the left post.
It’s going to be a corner kick. Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) will try to put the ball on a teammate’s head.
Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger. The ball is out-of-play. Newcastle Utd win a corner kick.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
It wasn’t the most inspiring 45 minutes that you’ll see this week. Let’s hope that the second period will be more exciting. The home fans will be really pleased with what they’ve seen from their players so far. The home players present themselves with long passes and crosses into the box. The away side is creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks.
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) makes a good run with the ball, but his shot from the edge of the penalty area goes just wide of the right post. Terrific solo effort, though.
We will have 1 min. of added time.
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away.
What a chance that is! Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) squanders a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the side and produces a bullet header from around the penalty spot which goes high over the crossbar!
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) takes the free kick and immediately restarts play with a short pass.
Reece Burke (West Ham) commits a rough foul. Martin Atkinson stops the game and makes a call. Free kick. Newcastle Utd will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) sends a cross into the box, but Adrian (West Ham) comes off his line to gather the ball.
What a poor attempt! Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) drives another shot towards goal – this time from further out, but it couldn’t have been worse if he had shot blindfolded. The ball goes into the stands.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
A player from West Ham takes his opponent down, the referee blows the whistle for a foul. A free kick to Newcastle Utd. It’s in no position to be converted into a direct shot on goal.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
Emmanuel Riviere (Newcastle Utd) controls a nice lofted pass and shoots from the edge of the box, but his attempt is neither hard nor precise, so Adrian (West Ham) stops it easily.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) commits an ugly challenge. The referee sees it and immediately blows the whistle.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) plays a terrific long ball forward to Enner Valencia, but he can’t beat his man and the move breaks down. The ball is out-of-play. West Ham will have a throw-in.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) must feel embarrassed now. He received a killer pass, but his finish from the six-yard box was a disaster. He miskicked and made it very easy for Tim Krul (Newcastle Utd) to get hold of the ball.
Kevin Nolan (West Ham) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Martin Atkinson, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour. West Ham are awarded a free kick.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
The game is interrupted now, Enner Valencia (West Ham) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) sends a lofted cross from a long-range free kick, but it goes out-of-play.
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) released a superb first-time shot from the edge of the box. His effort flies narrowly wide of the left post.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) shoots from outside the box, but his effort is blocked.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle Utd) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
Dangerous play by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd). Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul.
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) makes a great solo effort and attempts to surprise the goalkeeper with a long-range shot, aiming towards the middle of the goal. Adrian (West Ham) has a clear vision and makes a comfortable save.
A lofted cross from Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle Utd) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Adrian (West Ham), who smothers the ball.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) is flagged for offside.
Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Emmanuel Riviere (Newcastle Utd) receives a lofted pass from the side and shoots from close range, but the ball flies slightly wide, almost brushing the left-hand post.
A player from West Ham commits an attacking foul. The referee blows his whistle.
Corner kick. Stewart Downing (West Ham) is ready to send the ball in.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) sends a cross into the box that is cleared. The ball is out-of-play. West Ham have been awarded a corner kick.
Emmanuel Riviere (Newcastle Utd) has a great chance to score, but he blasts the ball well wide of the left post.
The players are out and the match is about to start. West Ham will have the kick-off.
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
Martin Atkinson will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
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