Merson, Thompson, Le Tissier and Nicholas analyse the big Premier League games

Newcastle miss-fire against West Ham, West Brom frustrate Everton, Stoke bounce back and Hull beat Norwich.

Last Updated: 25/08/13 2:36pm

Story of Soccer Saturday - 24th August

Matt Le Tissier on Newcastle's sluggish showing against West Ham

Newcastle 0-0 West Ham: Read our match report here

Le Tissier - A poor football match

"It was poor. It was poor football match. There was no real creativity on either side. The one that a goalkeeper did have to make was the easier save in the world for Tim Krul from Stewart Downing. The best chances were a Stewart Downing header in the first half which he should have done better with and (Kevin) Nolan with an absolute sitter of a header that he should have scored with.

"Neither team were inspiring today and a draw was probably a fair result. I suppose a clean sheet is encouraging for Newcastle after Monday night. That will give the manager some encouragement and the defence - which was a bit make-shift - a bit of confidence. There was not too much going forward.

"Joe Kinnear is under pressure because that (signing players) is his job. That is territory and that is what he has been brought in to do. His reputation is on the line and if no players come in who are going to improve the team, then I think he will take some flack. That responsibility seems to have been taken away from Alan Pardew - he can only work with what he is given from now on. He has not got that much to work with.

"Sam Allardyce was pretty intent on getting their (West Ham's) away form a bit better. So it is a start for them and they had a goal disallowed but it was rightly disallowed as it was a couple of yards offside."

Paul Merson on Everton's goalless draw with West Brom

Everton 0-0 West Brom: Read our match report here

Merson - Everton performance 'up and down'

"I didn't think they (Leighton Baines and Mathieu Fellaini) were great. Baines had a couple of crosses that were not very good today. Usually his crossing is second to none in this league - there is no one who crosses the ball better than him in my opinion - a lot of wasted balls today. Fellaini hit the post with a great chest and an outside-of-the-foot half volley but never really got in the game. But you feel sorry for them because they are not really playing the Fellaini way. When he was good last season they got the ball up to him and they went from there. They are not playing that way at the moment. Fellaini looks a bit lost. He is not getting a lot of the ball and he is getting frustrated.

"Steve Clarke will be very pleased. After a bad result last week they came to a very difficult place. They made a couple of chances. They did not make bundles but then they did not make bundles last week at home so I didn't expect them to make bundles today at Goodison Park.

"I don't know what it was (Ben Foster's injury) but he went straight off. It was not like he stayed on. We will see how it is. He played very well and the saves he had to make he made. That will be the worry. The only good thing was that they hadn't made all their three subs because if they had then they would have been in trouble. Steve Clarke will be happy and Roberto Martinez has a lot more work to do at Everton."

Phil Thompson on Stoke's home win over Crystal Palace

Stoke 2-1 Crystal Palace: Read our match report here

Thompson - Stoke deserved win over Palace

"Stoke probably just deserved it with their second-half performance but not with the first=half performance. He (Mark Hughes) would have been absolutely livid at half time. They started ok, trying to pass the ball, trying to do everything right but it just was not working and Crystal Palace eased their way into the game. But defensively in the first half Shawcross and Huth were absolutely shocking. Shawcross kept making mistakes, gets a yellow card and then gets done for the goal.

"Palace looked comfortable at half time. They did really well. Delaney at the back with Gabbidon were sorting out Peter Crouch so all was well.

"Chamakh did alright. He gave the Stoke defenders a bit of a hard time. He made good runs and he was challenging them in the air but on 58 minutes Adam gets a goal. Delaney and Gabbidon don't deal with Crouch. It is a little nick on and comes to Jonathan Walters, he lays it for Charlie Adam, who just places and it is too much for Speroni to get there.

"Then it was shocking defending again four minutes later when a long throw doesn't get dealt with and as the ball comes free, Huth has his eyes on the ball and he is going to go through whoever is in front of him. And it is Chamakh. He puts a lazy leg at it and he (Huth) goes right through him. Luckily Shawcross is on-side, he turns, like a centre forward, and puts it in the bottom corner. I think even before they kicked off again Chamakh was substituted so obviously Ian Holloway was absolutely furious with him. He bottled it."

Charlie Nicholas on Hull's first win of the season against Norwich

Hull 1-0 Norwich: Read our match report here

Nicholas - Draw would have been fair result

"I would say it was probably fairer to be a draw. Hull got good luck and bad luck. They got good luck in terms of the penalty.

"It was cross that was whipped in very quickly from the right. Sagbo goes for the header with Turner. The defender gets on the wrong side but he doesn't look like he tugs at his shirt or anything like that... may be he catch him a touch but I didn't see a great deal of contact. But the referee did and straight away it was a penalty kick. It was a lovely penalty kick.

I was disappointed in Norwich, especially in the second half. Van Wolfswinkel had one good header and it was a great save from McGregor and Elmander came on and livened it up a little bit. But the one player for me who looked like he was capable of doing things was again young Redmond and they took him off. So it's disappointment for Norwich. The ones who walk away with a lot of credit are Chester, Davies and McGregor. The three of them were outstanding defensively today.

"I think they [Hull] look solid enough. They might get stretched with the bigger teams at different times. They did not make a lot of chances today.

"Huddlestone and Livermore know each other very well because of the Spurs thing and they played well together but they will need to do more if they are going to beat teams at home. They got a bit of good fortune, they took the penalty but they have got to do a bit more."