West Ham United vs. Newcastle United  0 - 0

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Reid insists Cisse effort did not go in

5 May 2013 18:41

Winston Reid is adamant he prevented Papiss Cisse's effort from going in during West Ham's 0-0 draw with Newcastle on Saturday.

The Senegal striker looked to have given the visitors the lead at Upton Park as his scuffed effort dribbled towards the line, but the New Zealand defender recovered to hack the ball away, with replays proving inconclusive as to whether the ball had crossed the line or not.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was furious after the game that the goal had not been given, but Reid believes the right call was made.

"No, it was not in," he said. "I am dead honest and I know it wasn't in. My foot was actually on the line and I got the ball away in time, which was good.

"As a defender you are trying to save goals and, fortunately enough, we came off at the end having not conceded any."

The point boosts West Ham's chances of finishing in the top half in their first campaign back in the Premier League - a position that Reid insists the club are determined to keep hold of.

"We still want to do well and finish as high as possible," he said.

"We want to finish in the top 10. That's been our aim for the whole season, so we'll be disappointed not to finish there when we've got ourselves in a really good position.

"These games are about enjoying it, really. We can go out with no pressure and enjoy it and try to finish as high as possible. That's why we work so hard each year - to get out of relegation and look up the table."

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Premier League: West Ham 0 Newcastle 0

4 May 2013 18:00

Newcastle remain in a relegation battle after a 0-0 draw against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday.

Alan Pardew's men failed to break down a physical West Ham side and sit just above the drop zone.

West Ham have Winston Reid to thank as his excellent chase and goal-line clearance in the first half denied Newcastle the victory.

After last week’s 6-0 home humiliation against Liverpool, Pardew brought Hatem Ben Arfa and club captain Fabricio Coloccini into the side.

However, Moussa Sissoko missed his first game for the club following his January move from Toulouse due to an ankle injury - a blow for Newcastle as they looked for their first win in four games.

Sam Allardyce had no new injury worries and was able to welcome Joe Cole back into the squad, with Andy Carroll once again leading the line on his own.

Newcastle, who began the day in 17th place, started the brighter of the sides, but the first chance fell to the home team as Mohamed Diame blasted over the bar.

Although West Ham had more possession, it was the midfield five of Newcastle who posed more of a threat and Ben Arfa put a free-kick just over the bar from 30 yards after Matt Jarvis had fouled Steven Taylor.

Newcastle continued to press and nearly opened the scoring midway through the first half when Papiss Cisse was put through.

His shot slipped past the onrushing Jussi Jaaskelainen, but Winston Reid chased back and cleared it off the line. Cisse was furious but replays showed the officials had got the decision right.

The incident spurred the away side on, and Ben Arfa forced a good save from Jaaskelainen after a 40-yard run through the West Ham midfield.

West Ham United were unable to get close to their opponents during the half and committed numerous fouls to the annoyance of their former boss Pardew.

The second half started in a much more frantic manner, with England international Carroll going close for the home side before Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye fizzed a 20-yard effort just past the post.

The game then slowed down again, but West Ham had two quick-fire chances to take the lead soon after.

First, former Newcastle player Kevin Nolan forced Rob Elliot into a point-blank save, before Elliot again made a great stop to deny Jarvis with the ball flying towards the top corner.

The game then came alive and Yoan Gouffran nearly capitalised on some hesitation from Jaaskelainen to score for Newcastle, but his effort went straight across the face of the goal.

Carroll then forced Elliot into another smart save having turned away from his marker inside the penalty area.

Substitute Shola Ameobi looked bright when he came on and immediately caused problems for the defence as his drilled shot went just past the post.

West Ham pushed forward late in the game and brought Joe Cole on for his first appearance since injury, but Newcastle held firm.

The result means that Newcastle stay firmly in contention for the drop, while West Ham continue to push for a top-ten finish.

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Premier League Preview: West Ham v Newcastle United

2 May 2013 13:57

Premier League strugglers Newcastle United will hope to reverse their dreadful away form when they visit West Ham on Saturday.

Alan Pardew's side have plummeted down the table in recent weeks and sit 17th after suffering a 6-0 home thrashing at the hands of Liverpool last week.

Only one more club can be relegated from the top-flight after QPR and Reading had their fate sealed on Sunday, and Newcastle are still five points above the 18th-placed Wigan.

But the DW Stadium outfit have a game in hand and will be hopeful Newcastle's woeful efforts on the road this season – they have won just two of 26 away matches in all competitions – continue at Upton Park.

West Ham also lost last week, but they were far from disgraced in a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, a result that ended a five-match unbeaten run.

They sit 10th in the table and will be desperate for three points that could help them secure their first top-half finish in the Premier League since the 2008-09 season.

Newcastle can take some heart from their recent form at Upton Park, having lost just once in their last six attempts.

They have triumphed in three of those fixtures, including a 2-1 success in their last meeting, in October 2010.

Scoring for the winners on that day were Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll, both of who now play for West Ham.

There has been plenty of player movement between the two sides in recent years, while Allardyce and Pardew have managed both clubs.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini will return from a back injury, while Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux (groin) is an outside chance.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul (dislocated shoulder), defender Davide Santon (hamstring) and utility Ryan Taylor (knee) are longer-term absentees.

West Ham have close to a clean bill of health, with defenders James Tomkins (calf) and George McCartney (knee) the only players on the club's injury list.

West Ham won the earlier clash between the two sides this season, with Nolan netting the winner in a 1-0 triumph at St. James' Park in November.

And they will fancy their chances of getting all three points again as they face a Newcastle side desperately out of form.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25