In a game that was a debut for Danny Simpson this season and the return of Toon skipper Kevin Nolan, the Lads have pleased the loyalest Toon travellers who have a long-long journey down to South from the North East.
Despite being under more pressure from the homeside and was a goal down in about 10 minutes of play, Newcastle United responded quickly and start to dominate the first-half, pushing the Hammers to a more defensive play.
In his first appearance for Newcastle in Premier League, Danny Simpson has shown that he was a little bit better in defensive play than the former player who play on his side, James Perch who was relegated to the bench.
Simpson not making too many attacking role on his territory today, but with the presence of Barton who was ordered to play on the right midfield, and Gutierrez who couple times switching to the right from left, Newcastle is slightly won the midfield area.
Although he’s still need to learn how to do more effective defensive play, I’m quite satisfied with his performance today. And when Hughton give him more games, I believe he can develop and added experiences to his play.
Another player that comes into my notebook is Cheick Tioté. He’s very good today as defensive-midfielder, but for couple of times he almost take my breath away while keeping the ball possession in the danger zone. Although, he won mostly all of the ball there, I hope he’s not playing like that too often against the better team.
Carroll also did very well too despite having a very tough week, he can manage his concentration and seems not too influenced by his court trial. He did manage the assist for Kevin Nolan’s goal, which is coming from one of Newcastle’s best move on this match.
In the second half, the game is down a bit in tempo, both team looking more in safety mode rather than trying to score more goals.
And, to kill the game off, it took another smooth movement from our right side, when Barton cross met Carroll’s head after cleverly get away from his marker.
In general, nice result and another good away performance. I hope the Lads can keep this type of play when we face another London side on the FA Carling Cup 4th round next midweek. Howay the Lads!!!