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Scott Parker has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The referee blows for offside against Zavon Hines. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Effort from 12 yards by Freddie Sears.
Victor Obinna has an effort at goal. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
Drilled left-footed shot by Victor Obinna. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
Zavon Hines has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
Shot by Zavon Hines from 20 yards. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
Peter Lovenkrands has an effort at goal. Robert Green makes a save.
Victor Obinna takes the inswinging corner, Steve Harper manages to make a clearance.
Tal Ben-Haim is booked. Unfair challenge on Shane Ferguson by Tal Ben-Haim results in a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
Carlton Cole has a drilled shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Booking for Victor Obinna. The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
Zavon Hines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Free kick taken by Cheik Tiote. Shot from just outside the box by Victor Obinna misses to the left of the target.
Zavon Hines goes into the referee's book for dissent.
The ball is sent over by Shane Ferguson, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Zavon Hines from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Gabbidon by Cheik Tiote. Victor Obinna crosses the ball in from the free kick, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
Victor Obinna takes a outswinging corner.
Effort from inside the area by Nile Ranger misses to the left of the target.
Centre by Joey Barton, clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon.
Corner taken short by Joey Barton.
Victor Obinna takes the inswinging corner, Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Zavon Hines fouled by Joey Barton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Victor Obinna from left wing, clearance made by Cheik Tiote.
Zavon Hines replaces Mark Noble. Foul by Shane Ferguson on Valon Behrami, free kick awarded. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Shane Ferguson. Free kick crossed by Joey Barton, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Shane Ferguson coming on for Jonas Gutierrez. Unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Kevin Nolan results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Victor Obinna from the free kick.
Nile Ranger joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leon Best.
Peter Lovenkrands gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 5-0 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Joey Barton.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Tal Ben-Haim results in a free kick. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Valon Behrami. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
Leon Best finds the net with a goal from just inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 4-0 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Kevin Nolan.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Valon Behrami has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Gabbidon, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Freddie Sears by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Joey Barton, clearance made by James Tomkins.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Obinna. Mark Noble crosses the ball in from the free kick, Steve Harper makes a save.
The offside flag is raised against Freddie Sears. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Frederic Piquionne goes off and Valon Behrami comes on. Radoslav Kovac goes off and Victor Obinna comes on. (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Mike Williamson coming on for Steven Taylor.
A goal is scored by Kevin Nolan from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 3-0 West Ham.
The ball is crossed by Cheik Tiote, Radoslav Kovac manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Best by Matthew Upson. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Cheik Tiote produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
Foul by James Tomkins on Leon Best, free kick awarded. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Leon Best gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 West Ham.Peter Lovenkrands provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Leon Best by James Tomkins results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left channel. Leon Best finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Peter Lovenkrands.
Jonas Gutierrez is penalised for a handball. Tal Ben-Haim takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot from 18 yards. Save made by Robert Green.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line.
Joey Barton sends in a cross, save by Robert Green.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Jonas Gutierrez. Scott Parker takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Leon Best. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Peter Lovenkrands concedes a free kick for a foul on Tal Ben-Haim. Tal Ben-Haim takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Daniel Gabbidon, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
Peter Lovenkrands challenges Carlton Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joey Barton, save by Robert Green.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Tal Ben-Haim results in a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Scott Parker.
Frederic Piquionne produces a cross, clearance by Steven Taylor.
Joey Barton produces a cross, clearance by James Tomkins.
Radoslav Kovac produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The offside flag is raised against Peter Lovenkrands. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Leon Best fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Leon Best fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Peter Lovenkrands.
Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton to the near post, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross.
Booking for Radoslav Kovac. Radoslav Kovac challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Scott Parker takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Cheik Tiote produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Frederic Piquionne is ruled offside. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
Joey Barton crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Leon Best misses to the right of the target. The referee penalises Carlton Cole for handball. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Tal Ben-Haim challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The game restarts for the second half.
The referee blows for half time.
The match has reached full-time.
Shola Ameobi is again likely to lead the line for Newcastle against West Ham with Andy Carroll still sidelined.
Carroll will miss out again with a thigh injury and is unlikely to be fit for Saturday's FA Cup third round trip to Stevenage as he targets a return at Sunderland on January 16.
Ameobi could once again be partnered by Peter Lovenkrands, although manager Alan Pardew has promised Leon Best and Nile Ranger that they will get chances as he attempts to make the most of his squad.
Defender Sol Campbell will sit out again as he recovers from illness, while Dan Gosling is approaching full fitness after his long-term knee injury.
Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) remain on the sidelines.
Pardew will hope for more of the same as the resurgent Hammers head for Tyneside desperate to continue their recent climb away from trouble.
A run of four league games without defeat, which has brought eight points, has eased them into 16th place, five points adrift of Newcastle in 10th.
Pardew, of course, spent more than three years in charge at Upton Park and guided the club back into the top flight via the play-offs before being relieved of his duties in December 2006.
He has not been back since, but is determined to do just that next season with both clubs still in the Premier League.
He said: "I haven't actually been back to Upton Park since I left, not to watch a game. I have purposely kept away because when I did return, I wanted to return with a really good team, and I hope to do that next year in the Premier League for both clubs.
"This game is important because it's about this year and about both of us making sure we are Premier League sides. I think West Ham will escape the drop and I certainly hope we will, and a victory for us tomorrow would certainly go a long way towards putting a little bit of distance between us and that pressure cooker down at the bottom."
West Ham will check on Lars Jacobsen and Valon Behrami.
Full-back Jacobsen has been struggling with a heel injury and midfielder Behrami has been out for a month with a hip problem, but both were expected to train today.
Midfielder Mark Noble is in line to start after returning from his hip injury as a substitute against Wolves, but Kieron Dyer (thigh), Herita Ilunga (leg), Benni McCarthy (calf), Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh), Jack Collison (knee) and Manuel da Costa (ankle) remain sidelined.
Boss Avram Grant looking to build on a run of four games unbeaten.
"The feeling is good but there is a long way to go," Grant said.
"We did well in the last 10 days and we are very happy because we needed points and we felt we deserved points. The atmosphere is the same, the spirit is good and of course the players are happier. At the end of the day football is about results.
"There is a long way to go and we know we will have good days and not so good days. We will face tough times and good times until the end of the season. But want to continue our good momentum. It will be an interesting game, Newcastle are a very good team but we are concentrating on what we have to do."
Five-star Toon batter Hammers
Leon Best reminded Andy Carroll that there is more than one striker on Tyneside as Newcastle dumped woeful West Ham deep into relegation trouble with a 5-0 win.
Best, making his first Barclays Premier League start for the club in the absence of the injured Carroll and Shola Ameobi, finally opened his account on his 15th appearance with a fine hat-trick to repay a large slice of his #1.2million transfer fee.
They were the 24-year-old's first goals in a week short of a year and came on the day it was revealed Newcastle had rejected an approach from Tottenham for Carroll.
Best's first-half brace and skipper Kevin Nolan's 45th-minute strike put the Magpies in the driving seat, and his third on the hour completed a first double of the campaign and ended the Hammers' recent revival before Peter Lovenkrands helped himself to a fifth.
It was the third time this season Newcastle had scored five or more at St James' Park, and substitute Nile Ranger passed up a glorious opportunity to match the six they managed against Aston Villa back in August.
There was an air of anxiety when it was revealed that Ameobi had joined Carroll in the treatment room.
However, manager Alan Pardew had insisted that both Best and Ranger would get chances this season and his faith in the former Coventry man proved spectacularly well-founded.
Best made his first appearance of the season as a substitute at the DW Stadium at the weekend after a miserable run of injuries had hampered his progress on Tyneside.
But he needed just 18 minutes to justify his selection when he ran on to Lovenkrands' ball over the top to thump a left-foot volley across Robert Green and into the bottom corner.
West Ham had arrived in the north east buoyed by a run of four league games without defeat, but in the relegation zone as a result of victories for Fulham and Birmingham on Tuesday.
Former Magpie Scott Parker had earlier tested Steve Harper with a swerving shot and he attempted to stamp his authority on the midfield battle as the visitors looked for a way back into the game.
However, Cheik Tiote and Joey Barton recognised the danger and started to close Parker down, and with Jonas Gutierrez and Jose Enrique teaming up to terrorise the Hammers down their right, the home side were threatening at regular intervals.
They increased their lead six minutes before the break when a quick-thinking Barton and Lovenkrands carved the sleeping visitors open from a free-kick.
Barton picked out the Dane's run into space and when he slid the ball across goal, Best was again on hand to fire home left-footed.
West Ham's woes deepened markedly on the stroke of half-time when Gutierrez once again found space down the left and sent in a low cross which James Tomkins could only stab out to Nolan two yards inside the penalty area.
Nolan was a model of composure as, with Green desperately trying to recover his ground, he sidefooted the ball firmly into the bottom corner.
Hammers boss Avram Grant sent on Valon Behrami and Victor Obinna for Radoslav Kovac and Frederic Piquionne at the break in a desperate attempt to breathe new life into his team as Mike Williamson replaced Steven Taylor for the Magpies.
But despite Parker's continuing industry they were unable to create anything of note, and Newcastle killed off any hope of a fightback with 30 minutes left when Nolan turned Enrique's pass into the unmarked Best's path and he completed his hat-trick with aplomb.
Lovenkrands added a fifth three minutes later and there was still time for Ranger to fire horribly wide with the goal at his mercy 10 minutes later with the Hammers in tatters.
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