- West Ham vs Newcastle

Saturday 4 May 2013 | Boleyn Ground | Referee: Phil Dowd | Attendance 34,962

West Ham
West Ham
0 - 0
Newcastle
Newcastle

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Newcastle United hover above the relegation places after a 0-0 draw against West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.

West Ham have Winston Reid to thank as his excellent chase and goalline clearance in the first half denied Newcastle the victory.

After last week’s 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool, Pardew brought Hatem Ben Arfa and club captain Fabricio Coloccini into the side. However, Moussa Sissoko missed his first game for the club following his January move from Toulouse due to an ankle injury.

Sam Allardyce had no new injury worries and was able to welcome Joe Cole back into the squad, with Andy Carroll once again leading the line on his own against his former club.

Newcastle, who began the day in 17th place, enjoyed the better start, but the first chance fell to the home team as Mohamed Diame blasted over the bar.

Although West Ham had more possession, it was the midfield five of Newcastle who posed more of a threat and Ben Arfa put a free-kick just over the bar from 30 yards after Matt Jarvis had brought down Steven Taylor.

Newcastle continued to press and nearly opened the scoring midway through the first half when Papiss Cisse was put through.

His shot slipped past the onrushing Jussi Jaaskelainen, but Winston Reid chased back and cleared it off the line.

The incident spurred the away side on, and Ben Arfa forced a good save from Jaaskelainen after a 40-yard run through the West Ham midfield.

The second half started in a much more frantic manner, with England international Carroll going close for the home side before Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye fizzed a 20-yard effort just past the post.

The pace of the game slowed, but West Ham managed two quick-fire chances to take the lead.

First, former Newcastle player Kevin Nolan forced Rob Elliot into a point-blank save, before Elliot again made a great stop to deny Jarvis with the ball flying towards the top corner.

Those chances reignited the game and Yoan Gouffran nearly capitalised on some hesitation from Jaaskelainen to score for Newcastle, but his effort went straight across the face of the goal.

Carroll then forced Elliot into another smart save having turned away from his marker inside the penalty area.

Substitute Shola Ameobi looked dangerous when he came on and immediately caused problems for the West Ham defence as his drilled shot went just past the post.

Sam Allardyce’s side pushed forward late in the game and brought Joe Cole on for his first appearance since injury, but Newcastle held firm.

The result means that Newcastle are still in danger near the bottom of the table, while West Ham continue to push for a top-10 finish in their first season back in the Barclays Premier League.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew: "It was a very important performance.

"Whether we are good enough to stay up, we have to show that now in terms of our quality but lack of spirit, lack of fight, that was there in leaps and bounds today and we will take that to QPR.

"I thought we had a legitimate goal in the first half and two big chances in the second half to perhaps have won it.

“We need a break and we could have done with a break, but unfortunately it wasn't to be."

West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald: "It's a clean sheet in the Premier League, which is vital. I suppose a draw in the end was probably fair in our opinion.

"Newcastle probably had the better chances in the first half, but we certainly had the better chances in the second half.

"Both teams were unable to get the ball over the line and it's a nil-nil draw, but it's only the second time we've failed to score at home, which is pretty good for a newly-promoted team."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
22. Jussi Jääskeläinen - -
17. Joey O'Brien - -
20. Guy Demel - -
2. Winston Reid - -
19. James Collins - -
7. Matthew Jarvis - -
32. Gary O'Neil - -
12. Ricardo Vaz Te - -
4. Kevin Nolan - -
21. Mohamed Diamé - -
8. Andy Carroll - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
14. Matthew Taylor - -
18. Emanuel Pogatetz - -
26. Joe Cole - -
10. Jack Collison - -
16. Mark Noble - -
13. Stephen Henderson - -
9. Carlton Cole - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
21. Robert Elliot - -
2. Fabricio Coloccini - -
5. Danny Simpson - -
13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - -
27. Steven Taylor - -
10. Hatem Ben Arfa - -
24. Cheick Tioté - -
4. Yohan Cabaye - -
11. Yoan Gouffran - -
18. Jonás Gutiérrez - -
9. Papiss Demba Cissé - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
23. Shola Ameobi - -
49. Adam Campbell - -
14. James Perch - -
15. Dan Gosling - -
37. Steve Harper - -
6. Michael Williamson - -
8. Vurnon Anita - -

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