Newcastle United 0 West Ham United 0: Newcastle pick up point as fans turn on Joe Kinnear 

Substitute's injury time cross hit the inside of the post

St James’ Park

Kevin Nolan had warned West Ham to expect a backlash from Newcastle, but the one that came was aimed at the man who had brought the West Ham midfielder to St James’ Park four years ago – Joe Kinnear the main object of supporters’ understandable ire.

Shortly before half-time, a chorus of “Where’s the signings, Joe Kinnear?” rang out, accompanied by the unfurling of a banner, swiftly smothered by stewards, one which it is safe to say did not carry a ringing endorsement of the club’s director of football. Kinnear bore the brunt of the frustration emanating from the stands as a result of the lack of in-comings this summer, a so-far flawed policy that has clearly left the side short on the pitch.

The raucous enquiry from the stands is a valid one, because with barely a week of the window remaining, Newcastle’s only new face, Loic Remy, the forward signed on a season’s loan from QPR, is unlikely to figure until after next month’s international break, because of injury. Alan Pardew’s is a squad desperately in need of strengthening.

Yoan Gouffran should have papered over the cracks when, deep into stoppage time, he contrived to fire the rebound into orbit after a cross from his fellow substitute Sammy Ameobi bounced back off the post to the unmarked forward two yards out.

Pardew wasn’t too critical of the Frenchman, joking that he would be “sweating on the Christmas gaffes misses of the season”, but it was a miss that summed up a forgettable afternoon for the hosts, who have gone more than six hours without a goal in front of their own supporters, a run stretching back to last season.

Predictably, there was no Yohan Cabaye, the unsettled French midfielder, and the absence of the suspended Steven Taylor also meant the hosts lacked an English-born player in their starting line-up.

After shipping ten goals in their previous three home games, at least on this occasion they posted a welcome clean sheet to help erase the memory of their opening 4-0 humbling by Manchester City, as they avoided what would have been a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat. They are reasons for comfort that Pardew is happy to talk up.

“I have to look at us and say  we looked more disciplined defensively, more cohesive and the back four and keeper were excellent,” he said. “West Ham frustrated us, but we stood up well to that.”

There was no sign of Kinnear or the club’s owner Mike Ashley in the St James’ Park directors’ box as Nolan, the former Newcastle captain brought in by the Irishman during his ill-fated spell in charge in 2009, spurned one of several chances for West Ham to continue their 100 per cent start to the season. As it was, Sam Allardyce, sacked by the Tyneside club five-and-a-half years ago, had to settle for a share of the spoils in recording a fifth game unbeaten against his former employers.

The West Ham manager said: “I’m frustrated not to win it on the chances we created, all our good chances came via free headers. If you’re going to play away from home and don’t take one of three great chances like that then you’re not going to win.”

Nolan, who scored the winner here last season, headed wide from a cross from debutant Stewart Downing after the break, a miss not as woeful as that perpetrated before the interval by Modibo Maiga, whose misdirected header from Guy Demel’s perfect centre should have broken the deadlock.

Maiga was also strangely reticent to force the issue when Downing met a centre from Matt Jarvis to provide an inviting knock-back for the West Ham forward, but the visitors carved out the clearer chances. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s header, glanced wide at the near post from a Sylvain Marveaux corner, was as close as the hosts got.

A similar pattern followed after the break, Nolan’s miss accompanied by Joe Cole’s late effort from distance, before Maiga’s close range tap-in was rightly ruled out for offside. Gouffran should have provided the unexpected finale, but a rushed finish ensured boos predictably followed at the final-whistle,

Newcastle (4-4-2): Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Ben Arfa, Anita, Sissoko, Marveaux (Sammy Ameobi, 66); Cissé (Gouffran, 72), Shola Ameobi.

West Ham (4-5-1): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Reid, O’Brien; Downing (Cole, 64), Diamé (Morrison, 75), Noble, Nolan, Jarvis; Maiga.

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Man of the match: Reid (West Ham)

Match rating: 5/10

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'