Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nolan strikes Hammers' blow

Newcastle Utd 0 - 1 West Ham

I'd love to say that, having taken a couple of days to calm down and reflect, this result becomes any more palatable, but it doesn't.

In a pretty terrible performance, we allowed old boy Kevin Nolan to pop up unmarked at the back post to score the decisive goal in a game which allowed Fat Sam to wear a nauseating smug grin in his post-match interviews, and doubtless any post-match meeting with Jabba.

I used to think that Mark Lawrenson had the face which I most wanted to punch until my knuckles were a bloodied pulp (a la Karate Kid III), but no, Fat Sam is now firmly at the top of that particular list.

That we allowed the fat twat to be so smug is another shining example of the post-Europa League hangover which we've nursed throughout our European campaign to date. Once again, and despite wholesale changes to the team, we looked lethargic and took the majority of the first half to rouse ourselves from our stupor.

Sadly, by that time, we'd conceded a goal, with Nolan (played upfront with ex-roomie Rocky) able to redirect Joey O'Brien's misdirected shot past a helpless Tim Krul. (Fair play to Nolan for having the decency not to celebrate his goal.)

At the other end, while HBA looked lively, we currently look over-reliant on Demba Ba and if he doesn't score we struggle. With only really HBA, Dreamboat (to an extent) and Ba firing it's always going to be a problem if we're chasing a game.

Frustratingly, we struggled to really threaten Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal, and with the exception of a Ba header in the second half, which replays suggested may have fully crossed the line before being clawed away, we didn't really look like creating many chances inside the box, our second best chance being HBA's attempt to score direct from a corner which saw Jaaskelainen push the ball unconvincingly over the bar.

With old boys a-plenty on both sides of the pitch, it was Nolan who made the difference. Thankfully it wasn't a double blow, with Rocky seeing a good effort well saved by Krul in the second half, but despite some late pressure which saw Krul nearly get on the end of an HBA cross at the death we couldn't get the equaliser.

In addition to the defeat, we also lost Spidermag to injury and he was later reported to be undergoing an X-ray, so full news of the damage is still awaited.

Other reports: BBC, Guardian

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Anonymous Dan said...

cracking post and totally agree, the game was poor. On another matter if its ok I'd like to ask for support from the TOON faithful for The Percy Hedley Foundation. A local charity who are in with a chance of winning 15k from the PostCode Trust. But to do so they need votes, so I'm asking you if you'll vote for this amazing charity? It is free and takes no time at all. http://votethatcounts.org/charity/percy-hedley-foundation Thanks guys

10:42 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

West Ham are are thankful the Geordies shot themselves by letting Big Sam come and stick one right up Fat Ashley,s arse,only 8 years for Pardew to get stuck into the players wives!COYI.

10:53 p.m.  

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