English Premier League: Newcastle United demolish West Ham

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Newcastle United started their 2002-2003 English Premier League campaign with a comprehensive 4-0 demolition of West Ham United at St James' Park on Monday nigh

English Premier League: Newcastle United demolish West Ham

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Newcastle United started their 2002-2003 English Premier League campaign with a comprehensive 4-0 demolition of West Ham United at St James' Park on Monday night.Lomana Tresor LuaLua scored the first two goals, Newcastle captain Alan Shearer added the third, while Nolberto Solano hit the fourth in a second half in which Sir Bobby Robson's team ran riot.In the final game of the opening matches of the English Premier League, Newcastle were chasing a third consecutive home Premiership win over West Ham at St James' Park on Monday. There has only been one goalless draw in the 18 Premier League games staged between the two clubs. The first shots on target came from DR Congo international Lomana Tresor LuaLua. The Newcastle striker was wide from left edge of the area with his first effort.And LuaLua forced David James to scramble along his line as he collected a bouncing ball to fire in a volley from 20 metres to the delight of recently knighted Newcastle coach Sir Bobby Robson.Just 14 minutes before the interval, West Ham created their best move of the half. Sebastien Schemmel's pass saw Joe Cole slip between Oliver Bernard and Nikos Dabizas and thump a right-foot shot across Shay Given and wide of his right post.After a dull opening period, the second by contrast was positively sparkling. LuaLua opened the Newcastle scoring floodgates on 61 minutes when he side footed in a flick on from Jermaine Jenas following a Nolberto Solano a corner.LuaLua headed home his second goal of the game on 72 minutes with James getting a hand to the ball but was unable to prevent the goal, even though the ball hit the crossbar and spun back over the line.LuaLua's Man of the Match performance saw him set up the third goal. His skill on the edge of area allowed Solano to feed Alan Shearer on 76 minutes and the former England international doesn't miss chances from in front of goal.Newcastle round off a miserable night for the London team when Solano added a fourth goal on 86 minutes when he tapped in at the far post after a cross from the Newcastle captain Shearer.(AP)



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