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Match report: Newcastle 0 West Ham 0
Newcastle United 0 West Ham United 0
What could have been the first Premier League home game for Kinnear to attend as director of football was instead a further indication of the improvements he needs to make to the squad.
Despite a much-improved second half display from the Magpies, West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was never seriously tested and neither goal bulged over the course of the 90 minutes.
The Newcastle fans who unfurled a banner mocking Kinnear – which was soon taken down by stewards – must be hoping he was on business putting the finishing touches to a couple of transfer deals.
Alan Pardew, the Newcastle boss, tried to change things with the options he had available on the bench, but those were very limited.
And, even though Newcastle were the better team in the second half, West Ham could easily have claimed all three points themselves on their trip to Tyneside.
Pardew's former skipper Kevin Nolan had the best chance of the game in the second half. He was left unmarked at the near post when he turned Stewart Downing's perfect centre off target from close range.
Downing's replacement, Joe Cole, also went close with a rasping shot on the turn in the closing stages when Newcastle were in the ascendancy. Modibo Maiga also had a goal disallowed late on for offside.
But the home side's problems were a failure to turn possession in the final third in to clear cut goalscoring chances. Time after time they found the penalty box only to be thwarted by defenders Winston Reid and James Collins.
Newcastle almost nicked it in the dying seconds when Sammy Ameobi's cross hit the far post and fell to Yoan Gouffran. Somehow the Frenchman side-footed over from inside the six yard box with no defender near him.
If there was a positive it was that Newcastle picked up their first point in the game immediately after the 4-0 drubbing at Manchester City last Monday.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Ben Arfa, Anita, Sissoko, Marveaux (Sammy Ameobi 66); Cisse (Gouffran 72), Shola Ameobi. Subs: Elliot (gk), Bigirimana, Dummett, Gosling, Vuckic.
West Ham (4-5-1): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien; Noble, Diame (Morrison 75); Downing (Cole 63), Nolan, Jarvis; Maiga. Subs (not used): Adrian (gk), Rat, Tomkins, Diarra, Vaz Te.
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