Last Updated: 11/11/12 4:57pm
Full Time. All over. West Ham win 1-0. Newcastle huffed and puffed but created little all game and the Hammers just about deserved that for a dogged effort. Nolan the goalscorer against his former club.
Handball by Williamson and West Ham then win a throw-in. Happy to keep the ball high up the field now.
Negative from Maiga. Allardyce and Noble are livid as he refuses to run down the line and instead wants to play keep ball with 10 minutes to go. The Hammers boss knows that a second goal could be key here.
Ba does well to get down the wing and cut the ball back to Obertan who refuses the shot and instead crosses to Ben Arfa at the second attempt but the Frenchman's control for once lets him down.
Newcastle pressing again and Ameobi is proving a real threat in the area but the home side are struggling to find a clear chance.
At the other end Carroll wins the ball off Williamson and then gets through one-on-one but Krul does brilliantly to close down and save. That could have been game over.
Great skill by Ba to get to the byline but nobody can get on the end of it. Then Ben Arfa fires in a shot that Jaaskelainen saves.
Ben Arfa nearly scores direct from a corner but Jaaskelainen just pushes it over. The Newcastle man then messes up the next corner after taking it short.
Ba finds Ben Arfa out wide but while the Frenchman beats McCartney his cross is over the onrushing striker.
Game is opening up a bit now. Maiga swings in a cross but Carroll is adjudged to have fouled inside the area.
Nolan with a hooked cross from the left and O'Neil is allowed a free header at the far post but it is straight at Krul.
Cabaye and Ameobi attempt a one-two but the latter overhits the return pass and it runs out of play.
Powerful run from Diame after robbing Anita and nearly bundles the ball in but scoops the ball over the bar.
Ba drifts between the lines to receive the ball and then fires a shot left-footed at goal but pulls it wide of the far post.
Santon dribbles forward and then lays the ball off to Cabaye who shoots from distance but it's comfortable for Jaaskelainen.
Gutierrez has gone to hospital for checks to see whether there is a broken bone after that challenge. That would be alarming given he played on for some time.
After more replays it seems that while parts of Jaaskelainen's body were over the line, the ball itself wasn't.
Early pressure from Newcastle and that looks in! Ba's header after Tomkins failed to clear. Jaaskelainen saves on the line and that is close but replays are inconclusive.
Not sure who Ian thinks I am biased in favour of (I'm genuinely neutral, I assure you) but appreciate I may have been overly negative. Let's hope for a cracking second half.
Ian: "Watching the game live - obviously a different game from you. I thought you were supposed to be neutral??"
Ex-Newcastle player Robbie Elliott on the pitch at half-time. He's been on an epic bike journey across Europe for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Getting a warm reception.
Half Time. West Ham lead at the break thanks to Nolan's goal. It had been a desperate match up to that point but Newcastle have shown more fight since and will need to up their game to get something from this in the second half.
At that last corner Reid appeared to block off Taylor right under the nose of the referee. Lucky to get away with that.
Carroll fails to clear the corner and the shot comes in but again is saved. Newcastle pressuring just before the interval.
Ben Arfa deceives Nolan and then shoots right-footed. It takes a double deflection and goes just wide of the post.
Cabaye with a chipped ball into the box and Ba gets a slight touch on it but it runs through to Jaaskelainen.
Diame running through and plays the right pass this time to Nolan. The left-footed shot is wide. He was under pressure from Santon but should hit the target.
Both teams have been poor but the onus was always on Newcastle as the home side and even more so now. It's been a lethargic performance and they need to step it up.
Santon clears the initial cross but only as far as O'Brien. His shot is going wide but is diverted in by Nolan. The Newcastle players want an offside flag but he was onside.
Cabaye chips the cross in and Williamson wants a penalty for a push by McCartney. Would have been very soft.
Cabaye with a clever pass nearly gets Simpson in but the angle is a difficult one and Jaaskelainen is off his line to claim.
Ben Arfa has been the only man to lift the crowd so far. He gets Ba away down the right but the cross does not find its target.
First save of the game and it's a very comfortable one. Speculative effort from Cabaye is caught by Jaaskelainen.
Diame is running at the defence in a central position and Jarvis has made a great run on the left. He just has to play him in but delays and loses the ball.
Noble's free-kick is poor but Newcastle only clear as far as Benayoun. They get away with it as the midfielder's shot is poor and spins well wide.
Gutierrez gets Cisse away in the channel but he's 30 yards out on his wrong foot and tries a first-time shot. Awful decision when he just had to hold the ball and wait for support.
O'Brien gets to the byline and crosses but the ball is cleared for a throw. Newcastle playing on the break at present.
Home fans not impressed with what they are seeing so far as West Ham are controlling midfield. But this cross is over Carroll and it's a goal-kick.
West Ham getting plenty forward as the ball ricochets around the Newcastle box. Scrappy game so far but quite even.
Delay after Benayoun and Gutierrez both lunge in for a 50:50. Knees clash and both men down for treatment.
The home side nearly punish the Hammers on the break. Cabaye and Ben Arfa break but the pass forces Ba wide and the chance is gone.
First bit of quality from Ben Arfa allows Newcastle to break. The ball comes out to the left and Ferguson puts in a good cross but Tomkins scoops the ball away from Cisse.
Ball comes through to Jarvis at the far post but he blasts wildly at the ball with his left foot rather than centre the ball to Carroll and it's a goal-kick.
Ba has the chance to run at the defence but Cisse has got his run wrong and is offside so hsi team-mate cannot play the pass. At the other end, Nolan sees the flag go up after a good run.
Thanks for all your feedback. Sorry I couldn't use them all. The players are on the field and after the Remembrance Day tributes we'll be underway.
Elijah: "As an LFC supporter I'm a big fan of Andy Carroll and I really hope he scores a goal, but I don't see it if he gets slaughtered by the home fans. I will go for a 2-0 Newcastle win, with Ba and Ben Arfa scoring."
I was at Wigan for the Hammers' last away game and frankly they were dismal. But the way they responded against Manchester City last time out was impressive. Interesting to see what they come up with this afternoon.
Alan: "I think the Toon will win 5-1 with Cisse scoring three, Ba one and cabaye one. And Nolan will reply."
Steve: "Should be a good game. How well will Carroll and Nolan play? Badly I hope. I'm going for a 2-1 Newcastle win. Ba and Cabaye!"
The players have completed their warm-up and headed back down the tunnel. Not long until we'll be underway here.
But more ominous for the Hammers is the fact they have won just three of their last 41 away games in the Premier League - and two of those wins were in London.
Meanwhile, Allardyce has won his last four matches as a Premier League coach against Newcastle - two of them since he was fired as their manager.
Carroll and Nolan have played in this fixture twice each, scoring on both occasions - for Newcastle.
Ste: "I see Newcastle winning 6-1, Benayoun to get the consolation goal. Hammers are very poor and Newcastle are plodding along.. Ba and Cisse to get two each with Cabaye and Taylor getting on the scoresheet. An easy day for the Toon and a long journey home for the Hammers blowing bubbles again."
George: "Newcastle 2 West Ham 0. Ba & Cabaye to complete the scoreline; a comfortable win for the Magpies this afternoon."
Brad: "Fancy us to get at least a point today. Carroll has got a lot to prove and fancy him setting one up nicely for Nolan. COYI."
Gabriel: "With the important factor of home advantage, I'd be confident Newcastle can record a win. West Ham's successes thus far have mainly been based on their home form, which will certainly be enough to keep them in the division, but going to St James's will be a different ball game for them, especially with Demba Ba amongst the league's top scorers. 2-0 Toon."
Mark says: "3-1 Toon as it's the Toon's favourite scoreline plus without captain Colla and the visit of Nolan and Carroll one is bound to score. Toon scorers will be HBA 2 and Cisse 1."
Good opportunity for Shane Ferguson in the Magpies line-up, while James Tomkins has passed a late fitness test for the Hammers.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Taylor, Williamson, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ferguson; Ba, Cisse.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen; O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney; Benayoun, Diame, Nolan, Noble, Jarvis; Carroll.
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Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one. Newcastle are even money favourites with West Ham at 13/5. The draw is available at 5/2.
Newcastle can overtake the Hammers in the table with a win, while Allardyce's side could go as high as sixth depending upon the Tottenham result at the Etihad Stadium.
Plenty of stories ahead of this one with Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan returning to Tyneside under former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce.
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