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West Ham: The Complete Record by Steve Marsh and John Northcutt released 27 August 2015

West Ham 0-1 Newcastle United

Premier League    1997-98
Upton Park   25,884
  SubsGoals  
1Ludek Miklosko    
2Tim Breacker    
17Stan Lazaridis    
6David Unsworth    
15Rio Ferdinand    
19Ian Pearce    
18Frank Jnr Lampard    
14Iain Dowie    
10John Hartson    
29Eyal Berkovic    
11Steve Lomas   
24Michael HughesSubed #2   
4Steve PottsSubed #29   
match review copied from

West Ham 0 Newcastle 1 By Martin Lipton, PA Sport

John Barnes silenced the Upton Park boo-boys with a wonder-winner that stole a victory for Kenny Dalglish's Magpies.

The veteran midfielder's every touch had been jeered as the Hammers fans made him pay for snubbing them to go to Tyneside last month after being freed by Liverpool.

But just before the end of a first half that had effectively been a private battle between John Hartson and Shay Given, Barnes picked the perfect moment to score his first goal in black and white.

David Batty saw Champions' League hat-trick hero Faustino Asprilla in space in the middle, and played a great ball for the Colombian to advance into the box.

Pressured by three defenders, Asprilla fell to the ground, but showed superb presence of mind to regain his feet and lay back to Barnes.

The home back line had been drawn, magnet-like, to the South American, and Barnes, with next to no backlift, produced a 20-yarder with the outside of that famous left foot which flew past Ludek Miklosko into the top corner.

And for all the non-stop efforts of Harry Redknapp's men, that was to prove the match-winner as the East Enders found the script had given all the best lines to the opposition.

Try as they might, they could not find a way past the magnificent Given, who left Hartson, Eyal Berkovic, Stan Lazaridis and Iain Dowie, as well as the bulk of the crowd, all shaking their heads.

And the clenched fists of triumph from the travelling Toon Army at the final whistle showed that they felt it had been a major triumph at the end of a momentous week.

The Hammers were undoubtedly hoping to catch Newcastle still celebrating Wednesday's night of Euro-glory, and all the signs in the early stages were that they might.

Sharper to the ball, vibrant and lively, the home side were a class act, with Hartson terrorising a Magpies side - playing their first away Premiership match - which included, for the first time this term, Darren Peacock.

Given tipped a Hartson header over as early as the fifth minute, although the Welshman, partnered by Dowie in the absence of Paul Kitson, should have done better than fire high from eight yards after Berkovic had been put away by debut-boy Ian Pearce.

Barnes gave a foretaste of what was to come with a low shot wide, but Redknapp's men were well in the ascendant, even if the goals would not come.

They came close enough, Frank Lampard bringing the Irishman to his knees and Hartson heading just wide from a narrow angle, before Asprilla almost found Barnes with a low cross.

That was just a brief Newcastle interlude, as West Ham came again, but Hartson was twice bravely blocked by Given either side of a Berkovic shot pulled wide, with the Israeli then a fraction off-target with a searing free-kick.

After all that dominance, Barnes' strike was an arrow to Hammers' hearts, although they still kept on coming forward after the break.

But Given was inspired, never more so than when he took off high to his right to deny Stan Lazaridis six minutes into the second half.

With West Ham pushing forward with increasing desperation, they began to leave themselves open at the other end, and had Asprilla shown the goal touch he had demonstrated against Barcelona when John Beresford put him away in the 63rd minute it would have been all over.

The Colombian was clear and through on goal, but David Unsworth somehow got back to force him to shoot wide, and the Hammers breathed again.

Hartson scuffed a shot after one great move and Berkovic could not believe his misfortune when Given again came to the rescue for Newcastle on the hour after Lazaridis had slid the little Israeli through.

Keith Gillespie, far quieter than in midweek, might have nicked a second for Newcastle but the muted boos when Barnes made way for Steve Howey with 21 minutes left hinted the home fans were beginning to feel it was destined not to be their day.

They must have known it four minutes later, when Dowie met the busy Steve Lomas' cross with a fine header that simply had to be good enough.

Not with Given on this sort of form, and, as he palmed the ball to safety, the former Blackburn man had effectively claimed all three points.

Asprilla, never stinting in his efforts alone up front, might have scored twice at the death, but Newcastle were happy enough. The sort of victory that wins championships, perhaps?

Teams

West Ham: Miklosko, Breacker (Hughes 46), Unsworth, Hartson, Lomas, Dowie, Ferdinand, Lampard, Lazaridis, Pearce, Berkovic (Potts 71).

Subs Not Used: Bishop, Rowland, Forrest.

Booked: Lomas.

Newcastle: Given, Barton, Beresford, Batty, Peacock, Lee, Barnes (Howey 70), Asprilla, Gillespie, Watson, Albert.

Subs Not Used: Rush, Ketsbaia, Hislop, Tomasson.

Booked: Barton, Gillespie, Lee.

Goals: Barnes 44.

Att: 25,884

Ref: S W Dunn (Bristol).

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