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Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Carroll. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Andrew Carroll has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Sanchez Jose Enrique challenges Victor Obinna unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Mark Noble, Shot by Manuel da Costa from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Victor Obinna concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Kevin Nolan.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Daniel Gabbidon gets a block in. Corner taken by Joey Barton, save made by Robert Green.
Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Mark Noble gets a block in. Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, Victor Obinna manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Carlton Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
Valon Behrami goes off and Pablo Barrera comes on.
Shola Ameobi has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon. Joey Barton takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Valon Behrami. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Andrew Carroll finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Ham 1-2 Newcastle.Joey Barton provided the assist for the goal.
Frederic Piquionne goes off and Benni McCarthy comes on. Manuel da Costa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance made by Herita Ilunga. Corner taken by Joey Barton, Herita Ilunga manages to make a clearance.
Carlton Cole challenges Tim Krul unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Foul by Shola Ameobi on Daniel Gabbidon, free kick awarded. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Herita Ilunga replaces Matthew Upson.
Shot from long distance by Shola Ameobi goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
Joey Barton takes a shot.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Victor Obinna from the left by-line, Andrew Carroll makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Victor Obinna results in a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Scott Parker goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Cheik Tiote. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Daniel Gabbidon fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Upson from the left by-line, save made by Tim Krul.
Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Mark Noble. Mark Noble produces a cross, Header by Frederic Piquionne from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Victor Obinna takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Kevin Nolan grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-1 Newcastle.
Robert Green fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Fabricio Coloccini fouled by Carlton Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Cheik Tiote restarts play with the free kick.
Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Joey Barton, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
Carlton Cole grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Newcastle.Assist by Frederic Piquionne.
Carlton Cole finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Newcastle.Assist by Frederic Piquionne.
Mark Noble is adjudged to have handled the ball. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Carlton Cole. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Frederic Piquionne challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Grant wants hard-nosed Hammers
Avram Grant has warned West Ham may have to start getting nasty with referees if they continue to pay the price for being a soft touch.
The Hammers have been on the wrong end of a string of bad decisions so far this season, the most recent being a disallowed Frederic Picquionne goal that cost them victory at Wolves last weekend.
Grant is convinced that teams who are "aggressive" towards match officials end up earning an advantage. And he admitted the bottom-of-the-table Hammers will have to consider a Jekyll and Hyde personality switch if things do not start improving soon.
"Everybody needs to be aware that teams who don't behave sportingly and always go to the referee have an advantage over teams that behave nicely," Grant said.
"Last week it cost us two points and because there are so many decisions against us I start to think that because we are nice the other team has an advantage.
"I don't want to think it is because my players behave well and they don't jump on the referees and we on the bench are very sporting - but it is affecting us.
"It is not in my way to say 'Scott Parker, next time slide-tackle the referee' - but I will think about this if I see it continue.
"I still believe if we continue to play the football we have played in the last weeks we will have enough points not to these things.
"If it happens again in the next game, I think we need to think about this. I don't have a solution at the moment."
West Ham are unbeaten in the five games Manuel da Costa has played this season and the Portuguese defender is available despite being on police bail.
Matthew Upson is set to come straight back into the team after recovering from a neck injury, while Pablo Barrera and Valon Behrami are both pressing for inclusion.
Carlton Cole is once again set for a place on the bench but Grant insisted he had not lost faith in his England striker.
"There is no doubt he has quality and will be good for us," said Grant. "We want to keep him. If you want to build something it is good to bring players in who will improve the team but when you have a good player it is not a good idea to sell him."
Fabricio Coloccini will once again provide the backbone to the Newcastle team as the Magpies attempt to secure a first victory in four Premier League games to ease themselves back up the table.
Kevin Nolan will return to the squad after being rested last weekend, while full-back Danny Simpson will hope to make his first senior appearance of the season after getting a third reserve team game under his belt this week following his recovery from an ankle injury.
Simpson could be drafted in at right-back with summer signing James Perch finding life tough in the Premier League, especially last Saturday when he was taught a lesson by Wigan's flying Frenchman Charles N'Zogbia.
Newcastle have collected eight points from as many games to date and lie uncomfortably close to the foot of the table, but boss Chris Hughton is convinced they will get stronger as the campaign goes on.
He said: "We are a club that is just back into the Premier League and we are learning with every game.
"We have got players who are adjusting to this division and learning with every game, so I don't want to look at too many negatives. There are plenty of positives to look at.
"Whichever games we go into, they are all big games. We play at West Ham on Saturday, we have Arsenal [in the Carling Cup] on the Wednesday and then of course the big derby game [against Sunderland] on the Sunday.
"They are all big games in this division and we have just got to make sure we go about our business the best way we can in all of them."
Carroll sings the right tune
Andy Carroll ignored personal turmoil to fire Newcastle to a vital three points against relegation rivals West Ham at Upton Park, with his side running out 2-1 winners.
The powerful Magpies striker's place in the team was in doubt after a week which had seen him answer charges of assault and have his car torched while on bail.
But the England hopeful ensured that he ended the week on a high as he pounced to power a header past Robert Green after Kevin Nolan had cancelled out Carlton Cole's first goal of the season.
The result catapults the Magpies nine places up the Barclays Premier League table up to ninth, while Avram Grant's team remain rooted to the foot of the table.
The early signs had looked good for the home side. Captain Matthew Upson returned to the starting XI along with Valon Behrami, who had been out for a month with a knee injury.
Cole also showed some early encouraging glimpses as he made his first start for over a month.
The home side could have been ahead inside four minutes had Danny Simpson not cut out Frederic Piquionne's dangerous low cross which was intended for Victor Obinna at the back post.
Cole then played a clever one-two with Obinna inside the box but he dithered on the ball, allowing Fabricio Coloccini to clear.
West Ham dominated possession early on, pressuring the visitors down the flanks through Obinna and Piquionne.
And they had their reward in the 12th minute when Piquionne latched on to Mark Noble's brilliant through-ball before squaring from the left for Cole, who tapped in from five yards.
The Magpies appealed for offside but the linesman did not flag and replays suggested he made the right decision. The visitors hit back 10 minutes later when they levelled through Nolan.
Carroll, whose physical presence had troubled Upson early on, outjumped his two markers to nod Joey Barton's cross to Nolan who smashed the ball past Robert Green in front of the travelling fans.
Carroll was bailed to live with club captain Nolan on Monday after appearing in court charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend, and the team-mates embraced after the strike.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton remained on the sidelines for the majority of the first period as his side started to assert more control on the game, but it was West Ham who had the next big chance.
Obinna raced down the left before shaking off two markers to fire a dangerous low ball across the box but no-one could find a touch.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul did well to hold on to a high Noble cross with Piquionne lurking at the back post as West Ham looked to snatch the lead just before the break.
Newcastle laid siege to West Ham's goal with a flurry of late attacking play but the home side held on to go in 1-1 at the break.
Newcastle had the first chance of the second period when Nolan cushioned Barton's cross into the path of Carroll who paused before volleying at Green.
Herita Ilunga, who had been out for six weeks with a leg injury, then replaced Upson who was left shaken by an aerial challenge with Carroll.
The visitors were starting to dominate thanks to some impressive attacking ball retention and smart play down the left through Jonas Gutierrez.
The Argentina midfielder launched a clever ball over the top, but as Shola Ameobi raced through he was harshly adjudged to have fouled Hammers centre-back Danny Gabbidon.
Gutierrez then played in Carroll only to see Gabbidon snatch the ball with a sliding tackle inside the box.
Da Costa was taken aside for a word with referee Chris Foy after clattering into Ameobi but did not receive a booking.
Benni McCarthy then replaced Piquionne, who had picked up an injury.
The second Newcastle goal arrived when Barton whipped a cross from the right into the box to find the unmarked Carroll, and he powered a header past Green to put the Magpies ahead with little over 20 minutes left. It was his fifth goal of the season.
West Ham pushed for an equaliser but almost paid the price for over-committing when Barton broke and fired a deflected 25-yard shot which looped on to the roof of Green's net.
Grant looked to increase his attacking options by replacing Behrami with Mexico winger Pablo Barrera but Newcastle continued to dominate.
Jose Enrique rushed at the West Ham defence but Lars Jacobsen stepped in to deflect his shot over the bar.
Ameobi saw a deflected effort drift just wide with Green rooted to his line with 10 minutes left.
The Hammers fans started leaving in their droves as the match neared its end, and those who stayed booed the home team off after Foy blew the full-time whistle.
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