Magpies Sink As Hammers Confirm Back To Back Wins
By Tom Dowsett
Tuesday 15 Sep 2015 11:40:00
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After that superb win at Anfield before the International break, West Ham United made it back-to-back wins, picking up their first home league victory of the season by beating Newcastle United 2-0 at Upton Park on Monday night.

Victor Moses was the only one of the deadline day recruits to make the starting line-up, as Pedro Obiang dropped to the bench. Also amongst the substitutes were fellow new signings Nikica Jelavic and Michail Antonio.

Carl Jenkinson returned from suspension but James Tomkins retained his place, meaning the Arsenal loanee found himself on the bench, while striker Andy Carroll made his long awaited return from his latest knee injury but was not deemed fit enough to start.

The Hammers started the match well as they controlled the opening exchanges and went in front With just nine minutes gone, new club captain Mark Noble expertly picked out Dimitri Payet, who slotted past Tim Krul to ease the nerves of the home faithful.

Moses had started well in midfield and he made space in the box and the ball fell invitingly for Payet again on 19 minutes, but this time he saw his effort dribble wide.

A minute later, the Magpies went close but Darren Randolph produced a top drawer save to deny Georginio Wijnaldum.

The home side kept up the pressure when Manuel Lanzini went close on 25 minutes but his shot went just over.

West Ham continued their good play until their momentum was broken up on 42 minutes, as Angelo Ogbonna appeared to suffer a hamstring problem and had to be replaced by Jenkinson.

The hosts had two chances to give themselves a cushion going into the break, but both Noble and Payet missed the target by a matter of inches.

With that, referee Anthony Taylor blew the whistle and the Hammers were the happier of the two teams, as they headed down the tunnel.

The Irons made a bright start to the second half and didn't have to wait too long for the second goal to arrive. On 48 minutes, Moses produced a terrific run but saw his effort hit the bar however, all was not lost, as Payet finished the chance as he was first to the rebound to beat Krul for a second time.

Bilic made his second change with 58 minutes gone, introducing Pedro Obiang in place of Lanzini.

On 67 minutes, Daryl Jaanmat forced a great save out of Randolph, as he tried to reduce the deficit.

Steve McClaren's side were piling on the pressure in the closing stages and only a superb stop from Randolph prevented Siem de Jong from seeing his name on the scoresheet. 

The East Londoners could have put the gloss on what was already looking like a comfortable scoreline on 83 minutes when Winston Reid's effort fell to Diafra Sakho but the striker just missed making a connection on the ball.

Bilic had hinted in his pre-match news conference on Friday that Carroll may play some part in the game and on 87 minutes when he came on for Moses, the reception he received was just like West Ham had won the league.

Three minutes of stoppage time were added at the end of the game but it was easy for the Hammers to negotiate, they had no problems and back-to-back victories were confirmed.

They will try to continue their excellent away record when they head to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in Saturday's late kick-off.


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