6:00 PM: After five hours of action-packed coverage here at the London Stadium, that’s it from us on this festive Saturday afternoon, where we have brought exclusive build-up, live text commentary and reaction from West Ham United 2-3 Newcastle United, thank you very much to those who have joined us today.

Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all of our build-up to and reaction from the Boxing Day visit to the Vitality Stadium, as well as all of our further reaction to today’s clash across all of our platforms, I’ve been Luke Glanville live in Stratford today, thank you one and all for being with us and a very merry Christmas from all of us here at MooreThanJustAClub, goodnight.

5:45 PM: Unfortunately, we will not be able to bring you any quotes from Moyes’ Pre-Bournemouth Presser but watch out for our coverage of that over the festive period.

On His Side’s Recent Nack Of Missing Spot-Kicks:

“We missed one at Everton and we missed one here”.

“The penalty was such a big moment, we could have got back to 2-2”.

On The Performance Of Antonio:

“He never seemed to be able to get a run-in, I said at half-time you need to show us”.

“Defensively, we were poor”.

On The Absence Of Manuel Lanzini:

“We missed Lanzini today, dealing with the ball”.

“We knew if we could win this game today it could have made a difference”.

On Two Of The Visitors’ Goals:

“I Think there was an offside in the second goal”.

“We made mistakes for the first goal”.

5:37 PM: David Moyes has swiftly joined us, live quotes to follow……..

On The Rest Of The Season:

“Hopefully we can take the confidence into the next few games”.

“It’s important not to be in the bottom three at any time, not just Christmas”.

On Defending:

“We need to be better on the ball to defend and today, we did well”.

“You need four or five players like him, Lascelles”.

On The Future:

“We need some players to ensure we have something different”.

“In terms of the club, you have to keep winning to ensure you stay in the Premier League”.

On Merino:

“He can understand the game and play good balls”.

On Bad Luck:

“Sometimes when you are at the bottom of the Table, things go against you”.

On Defending At The End:

“In the end, you have to deal with things and we did that well”.

On A Vital Win:

“It’s difficult when you have a bad run, it was really important for us to win”.

“We had so many positives”.

On The Penalty Award:

“The penalty was outside the box”.

5:27 PM: Rafa Benitez has joined us here, quotes to follow……….

5:25 PM: We are still waiting to be addressed by the bosses here, with that defeat, the Hammers have fallen to 17th position, while the Magpies are up to 15th place, all change at the bottom, stay with us.

5:15 PM: Straight after the two Managers have spoken, Moyes will be bringing us his Pre-Bournemouth Press Conference which we will also have live coverage of, plenty more to come here at the London Stadium.

5:10 PM: We are in position and waiting for the two Gaffers, live quotes when they arrive, don’t go anywhere.

4:57 PM: Mason calls time on a real Christmas Cracker of a match, but Moyes has lost his unbeaten run as Hammers Boss, losing out by the slimmest of margins, in the end, stick with us for exclusive reaction from both Managers in their Post-Match Press Conferences.

Full-time: West Ham United 2-3 Newcastle United.

90+4: One last home corner.

90+3: Cresswell’s delivery comes in, the flag is up.

90+2: The away fans are vocal, they look to have won this thrilling encounter.

90+1: It’s scrambled to safety once more.

90+1: Adrian will launch on here.

90: Four minutes added on here, Newcastle have a free-kick as they take Atsu off and replace him with Murphy.

89: Ogbonna delivers and Arnautovic’s effort is blocked, close.

88: The Irons have a throw, again, the danger is ridden as Carroll’s volley is blocked.

87: A great block stops Carroll from getting to a cross, more pressure.

87: Elliot just about catches to the delight of one corner of the Ground.

86: Cresswell can lift a free-kick in here.

86: Obiang unable to find Zabaleta, goal-kick.

85: The home fans willing their team on for a draw, no equaliser as of yet.

84: Kouyate’s flick is cleared on the line as Elliot claims another cross.

83: Arnautovic earns a free-kick, as Saivet is replaced by Mbemba for Benitez.

82: We are into the final ten, the Magpies still lead 2-3.

81: Cresswell delivers, Carroll is inches from reaching.

80: Carroll’s flick-on just has too much on it in the end.

79: Ayew departs for Chicharito, a mixed afternoon for him.

78: A Cresswell cross threatens, the away side have dug in as an Obiang volley flies just over the bar.

77: Hernandez is being readied to come on as his side look for a leveller.

76: He is straight into the action and just cannot stab the ball home, end-to-end stuff here.

75: Arnautovic can’t win a corner on the far side as Gayle is replaced by Perez for Newcastle.

74: Ritchie tries one from range, it sails past the post of Adrian, close.

73: The striker may have had a case there, as the visitors’ attack is thwarted.

72: Masuaku does very well, Carroll wants a penalty as the cross comes in, he does not get it.

72: The Hammers look to counter but good defending stops them.

71: they now have a corner after a smart Zabaleta block, what a game this truly is.

69: the visitors immediately try to get their two-goal lead back but Adrian saves well.

69: The African smashes the ball home to make up for his penalty miss and sets grand-stand finish on 69 minutes!!

69: GOAL!!!!! Ayew 2-3!! Yes they can!!!!

68: Masuaku wins a corner with a great run, can the hosts pull one back?

67: A break in the play as Atsu is booked for fouling Obiang, it’s a great atmosphere inside this arena.

66: This clash is very hard to keep up with, all drama at the Newcastle end, but it’s still 1-3.

65: A series of Hammers throws on the near side, nothing comes of them.

64: What a chance, the ball comes across the Magpies box, not a soul on the end of it, all action here at the London Stadium.

62: A little needle between the two sets of fans over to my right, on the pitch, the hosts have a free-kick that is dealt with by the defence of Newcastle.

61: A real mess as Zabaleta and Masuaku give it away and Atsu finishes off a counter-attack, surely the visitors have wrapped up all three points here on the hour mark!

61: Goal for the away side, 1-3!

60: Masuaku does well to win a corner, a chance here.

59: The home fans are shellshocked by that miss, it’s the second penalty that the Hammers have squandered this season.

58: The first change of the afternoon sees Carroll replace Antonio, will he bag a goal against his former club.

57: The phrase to describe that is justice was done, the foul coming outside the area, however, that will be no consolation to the Claret & Blue Army.

56: Elliot saves!! The score remains 1-2, a very poor penalty from the Ghana man.

55: Antonio is fouled and Mason blows up, Ayew to take!

55: Penalty to West Ham!!

54: The Irons look for a reply but the danger is cleared.

53: It just had to be him on 53 minutes, Diame finishing well from the centre of the box, no one can deny that wasn’t coming, the away side lead for the first time.

53: Goal for the visitors! 1-2!

52: Arnautovic heads away, a moment of rest bite for the Hammers defence.

51: Back on the pitch, the visitors have a corner after Ayew’s tackle.

50: The darkness is falling here in Stratford, just two days after the longest day of 2017.

49: So close! Arnautovic races through and fires a shot wide, better from the home side.

48: Reid and Obiang somewhat clear a cross, the visitors keep coming here.

47: Masuaku skips away and delivers a cross, it’s cleared and the Magpies break.

46: an even battle early doors here in this second-half.

46: Arnautovic gets the second period underway.

3:59 PM: A lovely Lamb Samosa in the Press Lounge at the break and we are back to bring you the second-half live, will Moyes’ men or Benitez’s boys be able to find a winner here at the London Stadium, say right here to find out.

HT: West Han United 1-1 Newcastle United.

45+1: Antonio will launch another throw, he finds Zabaleta who crosses and Elliot catches.

45: Two minutes added on at the end of this half.

44: A series of crosses are cleared, while the Magpies are stopped from breaking away, Reid has stayed own injured after the tackle.


43: Arnautovic does well to win a corner, a chance here.

42: An Antonio throw gets through, it is quickly hooked away though.

41: The away side look dangerous on the attack, good defending stops them, however.

40: Antonio has a long throw cleared, the ball comes back in and his volley is blocked, West Ham on top.

39: All action as the Magpies break, Gayle fluffs his lines over the bar.

38: Antonio has a cross blocked, pressure on the away goal here.

37: A sliced clearance puts Adrian in trouble, he claims well though.

36: The hosts have a free-kick, Elliot fumbles it but the visitors clear their lines, the pressure is eased with the award of their own free-kick.

35: Close! At the other end, Arnautovic whips one in, Antonio’s glancing header falling the wrong side of the post, a great chance.

34: Off the post! Ritchie hits one and Diame can’t make anything of the follow-up, the Hammers living dangerously.

33: The cross is dealt with and Ayew is halted swiftly on the break.

33: Ritchie lines up a set-piece, an excellent Reid double block follows it and the away side have a corner.

31: Arnautovic is played through, the flag is up again though.

30: Cresswell send in another free-kick but the visitors deal with it easily.

29: I spoke too soon as Masuaku has a low effort saved by Elliot and nothing is made of the rebound.

29: A bit of midfield action here, no real chances currently.

27: Cresswell’s cross finds Antonio who can only head into touch once more.

27: Arnautovic wins a free-kick well, a chance to deliver into the box here.

26: Antonio is there to meet it, heading a whisker over the bar.

25: Corner! Arnautovic’s delivery is nodded out of play.

24: The match has currently been stopped for a clash of heads between Kouyate and Joselu, both players seem to be OK.

23: Yedlin thinks he’s won a corner, instead, a goal-kick is given.

22: Arnautovic challenges Elliot but he is flagged offside, the home fans are not happy with that at all.

20: Masuaku sends in a long throw, the ball ping-pongs around before the Referee blows up for a foul.

19: Ayew runs free on the left, however, running out of space, a lull in the goalmouth action here.

17: Close! Gayle hits the bar from Yedlin’s cross, how near was that?

16: Arnautovic slips Kouyate in to win a corner, but the flag is up on the near side.

15: Antonio turns well but just can’t keep the ball in, he looks sharp.

14: Ritchie launches one in but it’s headed away, end-to-end.

13: Antonio volleys from range, an easy one for the Magpies keeper to gather.

12: Ayew flicks one on looking for Arnautovic but Elliot comes to claim.

11: Two goals in the first ten minutes here in East London, this affair is well and truly anyone’s at the moment.

10: Saivet steps up and places it with great accuracy into the corner, what a start to this match.

10: Goal for Newcastle United, 1-1!

9: Mason has awarded the Magpies another free-kick here, will they come closer?

9: The striker’s effort hits the wall and the danger is cleared.

8: The visitors come forward with Gayle, Obiang fouls him and they have a threatening set-piece.

6: What a goal from the Austrian!! An incredible run from halfway on the break accompanied by a cool finish past Rob Elliot, simply stunning and the hosts lead!

6: GOAL!!!!!!!!!! Arnautovic!!!!!!!!!! 1-0!!!!!!!!!

5: Sloppy from Masuaku to give away a throw.

4: It seems Moyes has adopted a front three here of Ayew, Antonio and Arnautovic, can they cause problems?

3: Diame whips on in, bit Adrian catches sensibly on the line, that was a close one.

2: It’s a dangerous ball by Arnautovic but Lee Mason pulled play back for a foul in the box.

1: Great work from Masuaku to win the match’s first corner.

1: The Hammers are shooting from left to right and the Magpies from right to left, who will claim a Christmas three points today.

3:00 PM: Gayle gets the game underway here at the London Stadium, here we go!!

2:55 PM: The two teams have just walked out to a very loud chorus of “Bubbles” and kick-off is just a tick away.

2:50 PM: Make sure you stay with us for minute-by-minute live text commentary of today’s Premier League clash, a mere ten more minutes to wait before we get underway.

2:45 PM: The mood is jubilant here as kick-off fast approaches, the away supporters are already testing out their vocal cords, this afternoon is the first time that the Magpies have visited the London Stadium.

2:40 PM: With 20 minutes until we get underway here in Stratford, be sure to head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your last-minute result predictions.

2:35 PM: London Stadium is filling up very nicely, a festive feeling is in the air, but will Moyes’ boys be able to deliver a Christmas present of three points this afternoon? Just 25 minutes till we find out.

2:25 PM: Both sets of players are now out to warm-up, the atmosphere is building here in Stratford as the Redbridge Brass Band play out Christmas Hits.

2:15 PM: Danger men for the visitors include wingers Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie, while there is also a start for ex-Hammer Mo Diame, whilst Michail Antonio returns for the hosts, Andre Ayew starting for the first time in the League in over a month, Cheikhou Kouyate is also back.

2:10 PM: Here is the visiting starting Xl in full on today’s teamsheet.

2:03 PM: That’s five changes from the midweek defeat at Arsenal in the Carabao Cup for Moyes with Adrian, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Arnautovic and Antonio replacing Hart, Collins, Quina, Rice and Hernandez, full team news coming soon.

2:00 PM: West Ham United Xl to face Newcastle United: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Reid (C), Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Kouyate, Obiang, Arnautovic, Ayew, Antonio.

West Ham United Substitutes: Hart, Rice, Collins, Quina, Carroll, Sakho, Hernandez.

1:50 PM: Ten minutes until we will find out how David Moyes and Rafa Benitez have set their teams out this afternoon, stay right here.

1:45 PM: Picture perfect: the London Stadium scene is set as the Newcastle United stars inspect the pitch, just over one hour until kick-off.

1:40 PM: Eyes on the Programme, today’s cover star is Mark Noble after he made his 300th Premier League appearance last weekend against Stoke City, unfortunately, he is out today with a hamstring injury, full team news in around 20 minutes’ time.

1:30 PM: I have just had a charming conversation with ex-West Ham United midfielder Steve Lomas, but just what did he think the score would be today?

Steve Lomas: West Ham United 2-0 Newcastle United.

1:25 PM: With food matters now very much aside, attention can now turn to the game in hand later today, while we wait for team news be sure to check out my Match Preview here: https://www.hammers.news/core/match-preview/match-preview-west-ham-united-vs-newcastle-united-premier-league-matchday-nineteen/

1:20 PM: And to finish, a lovely Vannila Cheesecake, superb.

1:15 PM: A delicious Gammon Main Course here at the Stadium, we already had our Christmas Dinner against Arsenal last Wednesday.

1:05 PM: Here is what today’s Match Accreditation looks like, the clock is counting down to team news here at the London Stadium, stay with us.

1:00 PM: Good afternoon from London Stadium Press Lounge where we have arrived to bring you live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction from today’s Premier League clash between the Hammers and the Magpies this afternoon, thank you very much for joining us and you can follow me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and us @MooreThanAClub.

We expect to be bringing you the first word of team news in around an around, between now and then we will have exclusive score predictions from the Ex-Hammers around me here in the Press Lounge, as well as plenty more, don’t go anywhere.

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