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Half Time: Irons 0 Newcastle United 0

Well let’s hope it gets better after the break!

Neither team carried much threat in a first 45 minutes which may have had a few looking at their mobiles or tablets for alternative terms of amusement.

It always looked a bit dodgy when it became clear that Andy Carroll was being played as a single striker with presumably Morgan Amalfitano playing off him – not that we saw much of that in a dull first half dominated by the defences.

Newcastle created a chance within two minutes when Ayoze Perez – under pressure from James Tomkins – turned sharply inside the box but shot two or three yards wide.

Sissoko then produced a decent run down the right side but his centre could find nobody and the chance was gone.

The Hammers first – indeed only – shot came from Downing who drew a low save from Elliott after good work from the energetic Jarvis.

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Carroll of course won his share of headers but with no natural partner it was difficult to see how there would be a decent converaion rate.

Will we see Zarate in the second half or is it m ore likely that Kevin Nolan will be thrown on?



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