Cabaye’s Capital Gains! West Ham 1-3 Newcastle

Cabaye celebrates the opener

Cabaye celebrates the opener
Cabaye celebrates the opener
Newcastle returned to winning ways following a run of four defeats by deservedly beating West Ham at Upton Park yesterday.

Yohan Cabaye stole the show once more as he pulled the strings from midfield and bagged a goal either side of a strike by Loic Remy.

However an unfortunate own goal by Mike Williamson just before half-time gave the hosts a way back into the match which made things more nervy than West Ham deserved on the day. The victory was deserved and could have been by more goals with some more clinical finishing but a win is a win and that is just what the doctor ordered.

Newcastle took the lead 16 minutes into the match when Steven Taylor surged forward playing the ball down the left for Yoan Gouffran who passed in field to Yohan Cabaye who stroked the ball home after sidestepping West Ham defender Razvan Rat.

It should have been two soon after but for Gouffran’s effort being cleared off the line before Moussa Sissoko spurned another great chance to double the lead by firing tamely at Adrian after being played in by Cabaye.

A second goal did arrive just after the half-hour mark as Loic Remy applied the finish to a fine team move by controlling Moussa Sissoko’s right-wing cross with his chest before poking home.

At 2-0 we were cruising and fully deserved the lead but a goal just before half-time gave the hosts some hope as Mike Williamson bundled into his own net after Carlton Cole’s initial shot was saved by Krul.

Half-time: West Ham 1-2 Newcastle

As you might have expected, a goal just before the break gave the hosts a platform to build on as they launched the ball forward at every opportunity. And it would have paid off had Cole not fired a Matt Taylor cross wide from six yards before Andy Carroll, introduced just after the hour mark, skied Stewart Downing cross way over from eight yards.

But despite a bombardment of high balls into the box, the kind we painfully know Allardyce’s football can produce, United held firm and sealed the win deep into stoppage time. Hatem Ben Arfa was brought down on the edge of the West Ham box giving Yohan Cabaye the chance to line up a free-kick, which he did perfectly curling his effort up and over the wall and into the back of the net via the post.

Full-time: West Ham 1-3 Newcastle

That’s six away wins for the season already – last season we managed just two so we’re looking at a vast improvement in fortunes on the road. It’s also our fourth win on the spin in London where we always used to struggle.

Yes it could and probably should have been more comfortable but the home side were always going to give it a go in the second period after a dire first half. That is just how it goes, but we held firm and got the win we deserved.

Howay the lads!

West Ham: Adrian, Razvan Rat, Roger Johnson, James Collins, Matt Taylor, Matt Jarvis, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, Mohamed Diame, Stewart Downing, Carlton Cole

Subs: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Andy Carroll, Modibo Maiga, Ravel Morrison, Alou Diarra, Joe Cole, Leo Chambers

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheik Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran

Subs: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Paul Dummett, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Attendance: 33,343

353 thoughts on “Cabaye’s Capital Gains! West Ham 1-3 Newcastle

  1. @Santii
    My opinion is based on what i’ve seen just as i expect yours is.

    How many free kicks has Ben Arfa taken? Not man which explains why he has not scored many either.

    Every football fan knows that Ben Arfa is our best individual player in terms of ability. Ability includes his passing, crossing, shooting, freekicks etc.

    Marveaux not being able to make the bench is not a reflection of his freekick taking ability.

    It’s more a case of being managed by an incompetent manager that thought Tevez wasn’t good enough to start for West Ham!

    I’m not saying Cabaye has a rubbish shot. I am saying we have players that are just as capable.

    It’s pathetic how some people become so desperate for a player after a few good games.

    Cabaye is good but he’s not great. When he leaves we’ll do just fine without him & his freekicks.


  2. @JJ

    You might be right about the conversion rate idk.

    My point was that we won’t be screwed when Cabaye leaves.

    Freekicks are a deadball situation so it should be an easier skill to improve & we already have a few players that are quite good at it now.


  3. Stem-yeah agree there, Remy shouldn’t go for ridiculous shots, but while he has a few I think he’s gotten better. To be fair to him, Cabaye also takes plenty of pot shots, as do Benny and Tiote ( πŸ™„ ).

    Equally he will expect the pass from Cisse, but i’m not sure how happy or capable Cisse is of passing. I think that is definitely a frustrating thing for whoever plays as his partner. Ba obviously became displeased with the fact that he was supplying Cisse yet when he was in the centre, Cisse would not provide for him. As a result he’d take shots from further out/tough angles, although he actually scored a fair few of them.


  4. Ameobi or Tim Krul should take our free kicks from now on maybe let Mike Williamson hit some as well. They are far better at free kicks than anyone else. I cant point to any evidence but they dont hit the free kicks and you guys cant prove me wrong therefor im right and you can all fuck off…. πŸ˜€

    “Every football fan knows that Ben Arfa is our best individual player in terms of ability. Ability includes his passing, crossing, shooting, freekicks etc.”

    Work rate, teamwork, awareness, decision making all other very important factors in the ability of a player which in Ben Arfa is almost non existent. Ben Arfa may be one of the most technical players but he is far from being our best player.

    Show me any evidence that Marveux or Ben Arfa can hit a good free kick consistently. Then your point might actually make sense


  5. Santi@282, So you agree Cisse is better than Shola, but not better than Remy. Do you think Cisse has had enough starts this season to warrant being written off based on a bit of poor form by his standards ?. I really think once we get to say 39/40 points Pards has to start , starting him, the pressure for survival is off, the season is all but over by then with only more money from higher league finish on offer really .


  6. KK-Where are you getting I am desperate for him? I pointed out we will miss his shots on goal from free kicks because….we will. Just a fact however you want to paint it. If Ben Arfa is as good as you say he would take more no?

    See Santi’s sarcastic response for my retort πŸ™‚


  7. TAE@287
    Yes you are right – I should not have used the word hate and that is not really how I feel about Pardew .
    However I did form my opinion that he may not be a good manager for us from that event.


  8. Kim i agree with you first point but totally disagree with your second point about starting Cisse once we hit 40 points. I guess mainly because we disagree on the whole “Ashley Ambition” thing. We will see how Pardew feels about it soon enough once we hit 40 πŸ˜€


  9. Santi, You could be right but if he doesn’t start him I feel it will be more to do with not fancying him than a push for Europe πŸ˜‰


  10. Pardew won’t change a winning side so Cisse stays on the bench for a while yet I would imagine. I don’t think Cisse will stay with us any more than Remy will. And Shola is very spotty in his effectiveness. Many games he does nothing when he comes on. When did he last score for us in the league? We’ll need a dramatic striker makeover come summer.


  11. Do we trust Joe to sign the right people or is it just a case of whoever is cheapest? I can see Gomis coming in on a free to replace Shola but who will replace Remy’s goals?


  12. G2 I liked the headline on the Metro newspaper::the best transfer Newcastle can do in this window is get rid of Joe K’ πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  13. The next task it hand is the complete demolition of Norwich of course. We must crush them. Pillage and plunder their goal. Drive them back into their huts whimpering. No mercy. Even Shola should score.


  14. You take a look at Benny and you have to say he’s downright porky now. Was he taking meals with Jonas?


  15. We have quite a few young’uns coming to the end of their contracts this June. Another big cleanout coming like last summer? If so the turnover seems ridiculous. Or is it just the normal rate of attrition in the Prem?


  16. G2 aye mate a lot to sort out and shift some out,oba,Marv,Benny,Sammy,shola bit of dead wood in there drawing wages that could be better spent IMO


  17. I see K.Zouma has said he does not want to join the toon,wants to a.c.Milan or Chelsea or m/u,well go suck it son πŸ‘Ώ


  18. Kim. There is nothing in that article apart from a catchy headline. Oh and some reports in france from no one in particular. solid proof


  19. french rags tend to get a better idea,its saying he does not want to come,and deal is between two clubs but not toon


  20. @santii

    Tim Krul takes plenty of our freekicks πŸ™„

    I don’t have any proof that Cabaye is not the best freekick taker at the club this season but my opinion is based on what i’ve seen.

    If you’re after proof you need to look it up buddy. Feel free to post what you find on here to ‘prove’ me wrong.

    I didn’t say Ben Arfa is our best player, i said he was our best player in terms of ability (technical ability).

    Anita is our best ‘team’ player.

    We do however agree that everyone is replaceable so it must be true πŸ˜†

    I think Bale has a better conversion rate than Ronaldo but Ronaldo gets to take more free kicks. Cabaye holds a lot of influence (too much imo) in the dressing room.

    I think it would best for everybody if he left the club but i imagine a lot of fans are desperate to keep him here.


  21. KK if cabaye wants to leave not much you can do these days mate,just happy its not through pardew chasing his Mrs, he got the boot at w/ham and s/Hampton for being a bad boy with guys wife so the storeys go πŸ˜‰


  22. KK

    You clearly haven’t seen Williamson’s Cruyff turn against West Ham πŸ˜€

    Ben Arfa who

    You said best ability not technical ability I’m just going by what you said πŸ˜€


    If he said anything about Newcastle it would have been Translated just like any other quote made by french players about English teams. I thought you might have seen a quote that why i asked but come on man that article is a load of shit. They are making stories up based on things that look likely to happen. Why we are talking about him i don’t really know the fact he is french is the only reason he has been linked with us it seems.


  23. Ice i had heard the rumours about him at Southampton but not west ham. Can you imagine if we got Zaha you geordies would have to lock your daughters up at night πŸ˜€


  24. SANTII me myself take no notice of any rags french or otherwise,all print crap to sell themselves,when I see a player at the toon is when I know its true,I was just putting the article out there people will make there own minds up,same as I don’t let people shove there views on to me


  25. SANTII yes at w/ham the crack was it was one of the board members wife that’s why it was a bit hush hush,loads of crack about it down cockney land at the time everyone seemed to know


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