Ten-man Hammers hold Magpies
By Peter O Rourke. Last Updated: 20/08/05 4:55pm
Ten-man West Ham picked up a deserved goalless draw against Newcastle at St James' Park to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Paul Konchesky was controversially sent off in the second half, but West Ham held on to secure a priceless point against a disappointing Newcastle.
West Ham were showing no early nerves at St James' Park and were prepared to take the game to Newcastle and Yossi Benayoun had the first effort at goal, but his shot flew well over the top.
Hammers goalkeeper Roy Carroll had a lucky escape on 16 minutes when he got involved in a mix-up with Danny Gabbidon, allowing Lee Bowyer to latch onto Alan Shearer's flick-on, but the midfielder's shot was blocked by Carroll.
Newcastle started to get a foothold in the game and went close to scoring twice in the space of a minute when firstly Charles N'Zogbia broke into the box and fired in a shot which Carroll saved well and then seconds later the Northern Ireland international kept out Jermaine Jenas' shot with his feet after Shearer had teed up the midfielder.
West Ham came close to breaking the deadlock on 23 minutes when Teddy Sheringham sliced opened the Newcastle defence with a clever pass to send Benayoun clear on goal who saw his shot blocked by Shay Given and Celestine Babayaro was on hand to clear the danger.
Newcastle tried to impose themselves on the visitors and Jenas saw a header from Stephen Carr's cross fly over the crossbar.
Shearer had his first chance of the contest on 28 minutes when he stretched to head Babayaro's cross just wide of the target.
The home side had claims for a penalty rejected by Dermot Gallagher on the half hour mark when Bowyer went down in the box under pressure from Konchesky.
West Ham suffered a blow minutes into the second half when Sheringham was forced off with a knock and was replaced by Shaun Newton.
The Hammers could count themselves unlucky on 55 minutes when Konchesky was somewhat controversially sent off for a challenge on Jenas.
Konchesky appeared to win the ball as he tried to prevent Jenas from bursting through on goal, but after consulting with his assistant, Gallagher sent off the former Charlton man.
From the resulting free kick Shearer drove in a fierce shot which Carroll saved well down to his right.
Newcastle flung on Lee Clark just past the hour mark as they went in search of the opening goal and the former Fulham midfielder forced Carroll into a good save on 66 minutes with a hooked shot inside the box which Gabbidon finally cleared for a corner after Carroll palmed out the effort.
From the resulting corner the ball broke to Bowyer on the edge of the box and he fizzed in a shot which Carroll tipped over his crossbar.
Newcastle piled forward as they tried to take advantage of their numerical superiority, but they were struggling to break down the West Ham defence.
West Ham substitute Christian Dailly headed a free kick onto the top of the netting in a rare attack for the visitors seven minutes from time.
Newcastle laid siege to the West Ham goal late on and Steven Taylor wasted a good opening when the ball broke to him inside the box, but he dallied over the ball and West Ham smothered out the danger.
West Ham almost stole the win in the dying seconds when substitute Bobby Zamora set up Nigel Reo-Coker inside the six-yard box, but Taylor made a brilliant last-ditch tackle to block his shot.
Newcastle had a chance to win it when James Milner broke down the left and cut the ball back for Scott Parker unmarked 12 yards out, but the summer signing from Chelsea blazed his shot well over the top.
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Newcastle United v West Ham
|Newcastle United||Team Name||West Ham United|
|6||Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||1|
|8||Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||5|
|9||Total Fouls Conceded||11|
Barclays Premier League
|9||West Ham United||35||47|
|13||West Bromwich Albion||35||40|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||35||27|