Well well, three points didn’t look likely at times did they, especially after Szczesny failed to hold onto a shot from Kevin Nolan, allowing Carlton Cole to make it 1-0 to the home side.
Vast amounts of possession again but no ending, well not until Theo Walcott scored a goal out of nothing but that’s what can happen when you fire a shot towards goal. Some may fly over or go wide, and we see plenty of those these days but this shot by Theo went under/through the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
1-1 phew, a point at least maybe…
Actually no, it wasn’t going to be just a point and Theo Walcott played his part in ensuring that. Just like our old number 14, he doesn’t score many, or should I say any before today, with his head but boy did he get a good connection on his bonce to make it 2-1.
2-1 became 3-1 when Lukas Podolski fired home a super shot from just inside the penalty area..
We started quite well and Olivier Giroud was very close to making it 1-0 but somehow, he failed to get some kind of contact onto a cross from Bacary Sagna.
Wojciech Szczesny punched away a free-kick from Mark Noble and then up the other end, Adrian produced a fine one-handed save to prevent Santi Cazorla scoring from a header from the edge of the box just fifteen minutes into the game.
Walcott had a wonderful chance to break the deadlock after being set up by Aaron Ramsey but…. he missed..
Santi Cazorla fired over, Olivier Giroud fired wide and Mikel Arteta volleyed a shot which went very close…
Half-time came and all was even. Not possession wise though, we were winning that battle but as so often happens, we couldn’t make it count.
Then the sucker punch, as West Ham took the lead.
Joey O’Brien (who was lucky to stay on the pitch for the time he did) had a great chance to double the lead from close range just before the hour mark but his headed went wide.
Adrian made a superb double save to keep out Cazorla and Mesut Ozil as we began our fight-back but having done so well, the keeper made a big mess up to allow Theo Walcott to grab our equaliser. It wasn’t the best shot from our number 14 but who cares, he took the chance, he scored!
Theo’s second was good. Lukas Podolski, who had come on in place of Aaron Ramsey, played in a cross which after a slight brush of a defenders head, found it’s way to our Englishman. He rose, he aimed and he fired his headed firmly into the back of the net….
2-1 and things were looking better, much better….
Then the night was topped off by a moment of top hold up play by Giroud. He shielded the ball, waited a second and then played a deft touch into the path of our big German number 9 who fired the ball home from the edge of the area and secured maximum points on the night…
Welcome back Lukas, welcome back…..
Aaron Ramsey suffered an injury yesterday which will see him miss the rest of this festive period of games. Not a nice way for him to celebrate his birthday but at least he’ll get a rest now….
That’s your lot for today, Newcastle up next on Sunday…