Sunday, 11 January 2009

Newcastle United 2 West Ham United 2

Newcastle Fight Back For Draw by Brian Doogan
Michael Owen's redemption is still some way off, even though he scored his 10th goal of the season. Newcastle, seemingly in perpetual crisis, had to rely on Andy Carroll, who scored his first competitive goal for the club four days after he turned 20, to avoid defeat against West Ham, with Shay Given’s goalkeeping again proving vital... Sunday Times
Joe Kinnear Receives Crumbs Of Comfort by Oliver Brown
Newcastle United are by their own admission enduring a wretched month of transfer window headlines, and yet this was an occasion for manager Joe Kinnear to appreciate his most treasured assets. Cries of "there's only one Shay Given" resounded from the Gallowgate as the disgruntled Irish goalkeeper contrived one of the saves of the season to thwart Valon Behrami, while Michael Owen, ignoring conjecture over a refusal to renew his contract with a fine finish, delivered the perfect riposte to Jose Mourinho's claim last week that he was "no longer the Owen we all knew."... Sunday Telegraph
Carroll Saves Toon Point With Late Header by Daniel King
The Newcastle fans are stuck with their own 'Cockney Mafia' but Andy Carroll's first goal for the club ensured West Ham did not take all three points back to the East End. Among the unpopular decisions made by the Mike Ashley regime was the decision to drop Mark Knopfler's 'Theme from Local Hero' as the music to which teams emerge on matchday, but it was restored at the start of this season and Gateshead boy Carroll scored a deserved late equaliser in the crisis-club 'derby'... Mail on Sunday
Carroll spoils Hammers game of patience by Michael Walker
If January is about persuading wallets to open just that little bit more than the owners would like, then Manchester City's scout will have left St James' Park to inform his superiors that money may need to talk: he witnessed three strong arguments yesterday. Shay Given, Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker each gave fresh reasons why any club, not just City, would want them. Given made two vital saves, one fantastic, Bellamy scored a sweet equaliser and Parker drove the game from midfield with energy and invention... Independent on Sunday
Carroll Makes Point With Leap Into Limelight by Philip Dorwood
"There's probably no God." Newcastle and West Ham fans don't need the help of a new atheist advertising campaign on the side of buses to tell them this; merely following their teams this season requires the patience of a saint. Financially and strategically, the football deities are not looking too kindly on either of these clubs at the minute. Even if generous applause did meet the curtailment of this fitfully entertaining match, come the witching hour at the end of the season West Ham could still regret not collecting all the points here when they should have. Newcastle may be glad of the draw, especially as eight first-team injuries have left them looking more ravaged than a Woolworths store on its final day, but just now they remain unconvincing... Observer
Kid Carroll's On Song With Debut Pointer by Clive Hetherington
Christmas is long gone – but the Carroll singers were still out in force on Tyneside last night. Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear handed Andy Carroll his full home debut and the raw 20-year-old responded with his first senior goal to rescue a point after 78 minutes with a towering header from Damien Duff’s left-wing cross... Sunday Express

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