Last Updated: 24/08/13 4:56pm
As the match draws to a close both home and away supporters will feel a little disappointed with just a share of the spoils from a match that produced very few clear-cut chances on goal.
Gouffran fluffs Newcastle's best chance of the game after he fails to tap in Sammy Ameobi's rebounded cross-come-shot off the right upright.
Santon's ball for Shola Ameobi from the left is too long and Jaaskelainen plucks it out of the air with ease.
The touch official signals three minutes of added time; will it be enough to allow either team to secure all three points?
Maiga taps in from close range off Morrison's parried shot from Krul, but the linesman's flag is up for offside and it's a good call.
The Hammers get an opportunity in the final third from a set-piece out on the right, but Toon defence stands their ground.
Nolan does well to get back and help out on defence as the Magpies push in on the 18-yard box from the flanks.
Cole struggles to wrap his entire foot around the ball for his attempt on goal from a half-volley, after some great work from Jarvis out on the left.
Ben Arfa loses his footing out on the right and slips out of touch as the Toon forward looked to attack on the angle.
Gouffran receives and then controls the ball well just inside the box before taking a crack at goal, but his attempt is blocked.
Jarvis and Cole exchange corner-kicks from either side, but the result is the same, with Newcastle forcing play back up field.
West Ham manage to deal with the latest set-piece threat from Newcastle, but their reprieve is short-lived as the home side push up once more.
Super tackle from O'Brien on Ben Arfa on the right for a corner-kick to quash yet another foray from the Magpies.
Delay in play as Reid receives treatment for a bang to the head, much to the home fans frustrations.
Gouffran looking to make his mark on proceedings as he gets down the left to deliver a decent ball in for Shola Ameobi, but Reid once again heads clear.
The Magpies in the ascendancy at the moment but alas, Santon should really have done better with his cut-in from the left.
Collins fouls Shola Ameobi in the air to give away a free-kick, but the Magpies fail to make it count.
Marveaux comes off to a resounding applause from the home fans, with Sammy Ameobi taking to the pitch in his stead.
Play resumes, although the introduction of some fresh legs can hopefully ignite this encounter in front of goal.
Downing with another great ball into the area for Nolan at the near post, but the skipper is left frustrated with poor header off-target.
O'Brien finds Maiga with a ball over the top, but the striker's directed header on goal is weak to say the least and bounces in front of Krul.
Davide Santon with a right-footed attempt from the left which skews off to the far post but off-target.
Sissokho and Cisse look to combine and launch an attack from the back, but the latter looks a little off the pace today.
The Magpies showing some early intent as Ameobi earns them a corner-kick on the left with his run down the flank.
Not a lot happening in the first half, west ham playing the better football but not a lot happening in the final third, I think the game will open up a lot more in the second half and I can see 2 or 3 goals and the majority coming from west ham 2-1 or 2-0 I think to the hammers. Luke Durdan
Must win game for the toon we have to turn st James park back into a fortress or I can see us back in the bottom half of the league. David Cooper
Another foul from West Ham, and another free-kick from Marveaux, but it's rather tame effort as the referee looks to blow for half-time.
Ben Arfa once more with an attempt on goal; no luck but one shouldn't fault the Frenchman for trying to break the deadlock.
Jarvis has men to aim at in the box, but the final ball is poor and Newcastle quell the potential danger.
Needless foul from Mathieu Debuchy on Jarvis out on the left earns the Hammers another attacking free-kick.
Marveaux drops a good ball forward to right for Ben Arfa, who earns his side a corner-kick off Collins after a strong chase.
Delightful ball from Jarvis from the left to find Downing, whose head down for Maiga passes the intended recipient.
Sissokho with a decent attempt on goal from out in front after some good build-up play from Alan Pardew's men.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tries to wrap his head around a corner-kick from the right and direct his effort towards the near post, but it misses the target.
After the set-piece comes to nought, Jarvis curls in the ball from the left aimed at Maiga but it's over the striker's head.
Maiga heads on Jaaskelainen's ball forward to Reid, who just can't keep his attempt on goal down and over Krul.
Decent attacking opportunity for the Hammers as Downing receives a long ball inside the box to feed Jarvis, who heads to Nolan, but loses the ball and then gives away a free-kick.
The Magpies working the left flank, but are soon forced to switch play to the midfield, only to lose possession again in the final third.
Downing intercepts a sloppy pass from Newcastle on the halfway line and goes on a run, but the winger is quickly cut-down.
Modido Maiga rises well to get his head to Guy Demel's cross from the right, but the headed effort on goal is wide of the far post.
The Hammers edging their way into the opposing half of the field, but are pegged out to the right touchline.
Sylvain Marveaux whips in Newcastle's first corner-kick of the game, but the danger is cleared by the defence.
Winston Reid with a risky clearance under pressure from Papiss Cisse that just squeezes past Jaaskelainen's far post.
Ideal conditions for Premier League football with a the sky a little overcast with a mild to cool temperature.
Collins fouls Moussa Sissokho in a good area for the Magpies after the Toon man's breakout down the middle.
Hatem Ben Arfa looks to set up Shola Ameobi, but the Hammers defence intercepts and clears the ball.
Matt Jarvis pushes up strongly for the visitors to earn them the first corner-kick of the match, but fail to capitalise from the set-piece..
The hosts will be looking to get an early goal as they desperately try to bounce back from their opening day thrashing.
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For the visitors, Andy Carroll will be unable to face his former club as the Hammers striker is suffering with a heel injury, while George McCartney (knee) is also sidelined. New signing Razvan Rat could make his debut off the bench, with fellow new arrival Stewart Downing named in Sam Allardyce's starting line-up.
On the team news front, Newcastle are without Steven Taylor, who serves the first of his three-match suspension following his red card against City, while Jonas Gutierrez is also missing, but through injury. New loan signing Loic Remy is also unavailable as he is still recovering a calf injury, but Davide Santon returns, having missed Monday's defeat at the Etihad with a hip problem.
Newcastle are rated at 5/4 to beat West Ham today according to our friends at Sky Bet, with the Hammers at 11/5 to emerge victorious, while it is 23/10 for the match to end in a draw. Nolan is 8/1 to score first against his former club and 16/1 to secure a brace, with Papiss Cisse at 40/1 to net a hat-trick.
The Hammers, meanwhile, will have been thrilled to have kicked off the new term with a competent 2-0 win over newly-promoted Cardiff City, with Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan grabbing the goals at Upton Park.
The Magpies only narrowly avoided relegation last season, finishing five points above the bottom three, and were dealt a big blow on Monday as they started the new campaign with a 4-0 loss to Manchester City. Alan Pardew will now enter this weekend's clash with the pressure firmly on his shoulders, having come under plenty of criticism following some less than impressive performances from the Tynesiders.