West Ham 1-0 Newcastle Utd (29.11.2014) Live Commentary

The game hasn’t been exhilerating, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides. Very even game was to be seen on the pitch today. The home side’s tactic was kick and rush football. As for the away side, it’s obvious that defence had the highest priority for them.
That’s all for today because the game is over.
The corner from Remy Cabella (Newcastle Utd) is cleared away by the defence.
A lofted cross from Remy Cabella (Newcastle Utd) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area. Newcastle Utd earn a corner.
Mauro Zarate (West Ham) trips an opposition player, and Michael Dean signals a foul.
Golden chance! Stewart Downing (West Ham) meets a cross in the box and finds some space for a shot. He produces an inaccurate effort that goes wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Newcastle Utd.
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Mark Noble (West Ham) takes it with a short pass.
Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player.
There will be a minimum of 4 min. of added time.
The corner from Mauro Zarate (West Ham) is hurriedly cleared.
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) sends a cross into the box that is cleared. The ball goes out-of-play. West Ham are awarded a corner kick.
Mauro Zarate (West Ham) is awarded with a yellow card. The referee got no mercy with him.
Mark Noble (West Ham) takes the corner but only sends it into the huddle of the defenders as one of them makes a good clearance.
Mauro Zarate (West Ham) attempts to find some of his teammates with a dangerous pass from the edge of the box. The opponent’s defence intercepts the effort and clears the ball to safety. The assistant referee makes a right call and West Ham will have a corner.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Kevin Nolan (West Ham) comes onto the pitch so that Cheikhou Kouyate can be given a rest.
Attempted cross from Mauro Zarate (West Ham) is cleared.
Steven Taylor (Newcastle Utd) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Michael Dean signals. West Ham with a free kick.
An offensive foul by Andrew Carroll (West Ham) was seen by Michael Dean who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle. Newcastle Utd will take a free kick nearby the side line.
Massadio Haidara (Newcastle Utd) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
Massadio Haidara (Newcastle Utd) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) fouls his opponent and receives a yellow card from the referee, but he is clearly not happy with the decision.
Michael Dean blows the whistle and Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) is shown a second yellow card for his foul. His manager will not be pleased. Leaving the pitch, he has lot of time to think about it.
Booking. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) receives a caution from the referee.
James Collins (West Ham) is on the ball and tries to beat his opponnent. He does it, but his run is stopped by referee Michael Dean who sees an offensive foul. A free kick has been awarded to Newcastle Utd.
Mark Noble (West Ham) will try to put the ball on the head of one of his teammates from a corner kick.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Steven Taylor (Newcastle Utd) replaces Daryl Janmaat.
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked. The ball goes out-of-play. West Ham are awarded a corner kick.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) with a teasing cross into the area, but Adrian intercepts the ball.
Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
Flag goes up against Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
The manager has decided to make a substitution and Mauro Zarate (West Ham) walks off the pitch to be replaced by Matthew Jarvis.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
Massadio Haidara (Newcastle Utd) comes up with a dangerous chip pass into the box and attempts to set up an ideal shooting position for his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Newcastle Utd.
Mark Noble (West Ham) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Michael Dean doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
West Ham possess the ball and make numerous short passes, but here comes an error and they lose possession.
Andrew Carroll (West Ham) sends a low pass into the box, towards Morgan Amalfitano. However, he takes one touch too many and loses it to one of the defenders.
Substitution. Yoan Gouffran did his best and is replaced by Remy Cabella (Newcastle Utd).
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) comes onto the pitch for Cheik Tiote.
Massadio Haidara (Newcastle Utd) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Michael Dean blows a whistle for a foul. A free kick for West Ham. They most likely won’t attempt to directly endanger the goal with this one.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) receives a low pass just outside the box and drills a fine strike towards the middle of the goal. Adrian (West Ham) pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill, indeed.
Goal! Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) unleashes a first-time shot from inside the box, and he beats the goalkeeper as the ball ends up in the bottom right corner. 1:0.
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) is adjudged offside.
The resulting corner from Mark Noble (West Ham) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Mark Noble (West Ham) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent. West Ham have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
A cross from the free kick is whipped in by Mark Noble (West Ham), but one of the defenders steps in and averts the threat. Good work from West Ham as they win a corner.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Michael Dean won’t hear any protests.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) receives an accurate pass and attempts to threaten the goalkeeper with his long-range strike. Unfortunately for him, his effort goes high above the crossbar. The ball goes out-of-play and Newcastle Utd will have a goal kick.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) is trying to get into the box. He sends a low pass, but it’s blocked and cleared.
Good movement by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
Mark Noble (West Ham) decided to speed play up by taking a quick free kick.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle Utd) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee immediately stops play. There is a free kick near the sideline to West Ham.
Michael Dean interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from James Tomkins (West Ham). Newcastle Utd will take a free kick.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) collects a pass and strikes from about 24 metres out. It’s a poor attempt which flies well over the bar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Ham.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) shows his amazing technique as he gets to the edge of the box alone and pulls the trigger just to send the ball into the stands. Nice run, but poor finish!
Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle Utd) fizzes over a cross which doesn’t cause any danger.
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
Most of the fans who found their way on the stadium must now regret their decision. It’s a waste of money to behold such a boring game. Hopefully, it will get better in the second half. Neither team could take the initiative and to dominate the first half. The home team plays long-ball football, while the away team’s main weapon are fast counter-attacks.
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half, so the players are now heading to their dressing rooms.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Stewart Downing (West Ham). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Michael Dean blows his whistle and it is Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle Utd) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee. West Ham have been awarded a free kick.
Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle Utd) unleashes a superb first-time shot from the edge of the box, but it flies narrowly wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and West Ham will have a goal kick.
Andrew Carroll (West Ham) connects with a precise cross inside the goalmouth and finishes. One of the defending players reacts in time and clears the ball to safety.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle Utd) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
Yoan Gouffran (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. The ball is out-of-play. Newcastle Utd will take a throw-in.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) sends a cross into the box, but Rob Elliot comes off his line to gather the ball.
A big opportunity missed by Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd). He got on the ball inside the box and thumped a splendid first-time shot on goal, but it went narrowly wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Ham.
James Tomkins (West Ham) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
The game is interrupted now, James Tomkins (West Ham) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) serves in a nice cross, but Rob Elliot punches the ball away.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle Utd) slips past one challenge, but is unable to feed a low pass into the path of his teammates.
Newcastle Utd now with a spell of possession, but here comes a mistake and the movement is intercepted.
Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle Utd) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort. The ball has crossed the sideline. Newcastle Utd are taking a throw-in.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) makes a foul during an attacking move. West Ham win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) is not given a chance to finish after receiving a sweet pass by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd).
Half-chance! Andrew Carroll (West Ham) plays a pass into the box, but Rob Elliot (Newcastle Utd) reacts well to thwart the attack.
Matthew Jarvis (West Ham) produces a dangerous low pass into the penalty area, but the defence manage to cut it out.
Mark Noble (West Ham) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) is penalised. He knocks an opponent down. Free kick. West Ham will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Michael Dean to the guilty Mike Williamson (Newcastle Utd).
Yoan Gouffran receives a sweet pass inside the box from Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd), but one of the defenders is first to the ball and makes an interception.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball.
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) clips an inviting cross into the box, but there’s no one in a position to get on the end of it.
Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle Utd) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Carroll (West Ham) is caught offside after the linesman puts his flag up and the referee stops play.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) with a slide tackle, but referee Michael Dean calls for a foul. West Ham are awarded a free kick.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) receives a pass and tries his luck with a low shot from 22 metres out. The effort, which is aimed towards the middle of the net, is denied by Rob Elliot (Newcastle Utd) who pulls off a comfortable save.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Mark Noble (West Ham) is averted and cleared away to safety.
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) releases a low pass from just outside the box in an attempt to find his teammate, but one of the defenders calmly averts the threat.
Michael Dean blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) is said to have used excessive force while attacking. West Ham are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and West Ham will have a goal kick.
Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
The first half has started.
The players are out and the match is about to start. West Ham will have the kick-off.
Michael Dean will supervise the game today.
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