Final whistle report: Sissoko sent off as Newcastle’s winning run ends

BATTLE ... Ayoze Perez and James Tomkins.
BATTLE ... Ayoze Perez and James Tomkins.
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NEWCASTLE United’s six-game unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt end at Upton Park this afternoon.

A second-half goal from Aaron Cresswell gave West Ham United a 1-0 victory.

Newcastle also had Moussa Sissoko sent off for two bookable offences.

And manager Alan Pardew will have to be without Sissoko and his midfield colleague Jack Colback against Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night through suspension.

Colback picked up his fifth booking of the season in what became an increasingly niggly match.

Cresswell was the first player to score against Newcastle in 488 minutes, and his strike saw West Ham climb above Pardew’s side in the Premier League table.

The result dropped Newcastle down to eighth place, two points behind fifth-placed West Ham.

Pardew, without the Tim Krul because of a knock, handed Rob Elliot his first league start of the campaign, while fit-again Cheik Tiote – who was handed the captain’s armband – replaced the injured Ryan Taylor in the starting XI.

The former West Ham manager also opted to play Yoan Gouffran ahead of Remy Cabella.

Chances were few and far between in the first half, though Newcastle, led by Tiote, competed fiercely and were a danger on the break.

Ayoze Perez and Sammy Ameobi put half chances wide of goal.

Late in the half referee Mike Dean waved away a penalty appeal at the other end of the pitch after Mike Williamson inadvertently stopped a shot from Andy Carroll with the top of his arm.

Massadio Haidara set away Perez down the left early in the second half, but his low shot was intercepted before it reached Colback, who was later booked for a needless pull on Cheikhou Kouyate.

Colback, having been booked five times this season, picked up a one-game suspension.

Things got worse in the 55th minute when a mishit shot from Kouyate bounced into the box where it was met by Cresswell, who had reacted quicker than the visiting defence.

The move had started when Gouffran – who was replaced by Cabella in the 63rd minute – lost possession.

Cisse also came on for Tiote, who had been out since early last month.

The game unravelled further for Newcastle when Sissoko – handed the captain’s armband by Tiote – was sent off for two quick-fire yellow cards, the second for a crude challenge on Carroll.

West Ham dominated the latter stages of the game, but couldn’t add to their one-game advantage.

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WEST HAM UNITED: Adrian; Jenkinson, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell; Amalfitano, Kouyate (Nolan, 85), Noble, Jarvis (Zarate, 70); Downing; Carroll. Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O’Brien, Vaz Te, Cole.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat (S Taylor, 74), Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; Sissoko, Tiote (Cisse, 63), Colback; Gouffran (Cabella, 63), Perez, Ameobi. Subs not used: Alnwick, Anita, Armstrong, Riviere.

Goal: Cresswell 55

Bookings: Williamson 19, Colback 54, Noble 66, Sissoko 75, Amalfitano

Sent off: Sissoko 76

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

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