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Parker happy in front as West Ham lose grip

Sporting a Noel Edmonds-style multi-coloured cardigan that would have had Uriah Rennie, for one, searching for his red card, Scott Parker talked last Friday about Alan Curbishley, about meeting him as a nine-year-old and about the impact he had had on the young midfielder’s career. “Git” was Curbishley’s response 24 hours later. It was said with a wry smile.

Parker won many points for Curbishley during seven seasons together at Charlton, but all the new West Ham manager could think about on Saturday was Parker’s role in depriving him of victory.

The Hammers had scored two league goals away from Upton Park this season before Saturday, both of them in August, so to be two up in 22 minutes was special. Moreover the visitors had several chances before Carlton Cole and Marlon Harewood benefited from generous Newcastle defending. A team that Black Prada Chain Bag had not lost their previous away game 6-0 would have gone for the jugular more pradasg, especially with Newcastle teetering from their FA Cup drubbing.

But West Ham could not close out a 3-2 advantage over Fulham the previous week with 26 minutes to go and now they had over an hour to negotiate. As Curbishley said, his new charges were so desperate to win that Bicester Village Prada Bag Price “once you go in front you want the game to end. It doesn’t happen like that”.

Curbishley had blamed Graham Poll for the five added minutes that had enabled Fulham to Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Online Shopping equalise, and now he held Rennie and his assistant culpable for their preposterous decision to allow James Milner’s 45th-minute goal to stand.

Milner, soon to sign a new Black Prada Bag Mission Impossible About Prada Products contract, drilled in a low shot which beat Roy Carroll at his far post. Parker was on the edge of the six-yard box and jumped over the ball on its way in. He was offside Are All Prada Handbags Leather and interfering with play, and the linesman raised his flag – then put it down. Rennie awarded a goal. West Ham were dumbfounded.

At 2-0 Newcastle would have been booed off, now at 2-1 they were roared off. The game had been stood on its head. Eight minutes into the second half Authentic Prada Canvas Bag Luis Boa Morte handled Milner’s free-kick and Nolberto Solano converted the penalty.

West Ham might have buckled but they kept fighting and had more chances, notably from the debutant Calum Davenport, who had a fair-looking goal disallowed. But there were at least signs that Curbishley’s culture may be having more influence Authentic Prada Shoes For Sale on the players than their Baby Bentleys. Nigel Reo-Coker is believed to have Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada E Shop been speaking about the regime of Alan Pardew and the previous board when he said: “I have had to go through a lot in the last few weeks. It would be nice Authentic Prada Leather Handbag for a few more people from the club and management to have got behind me.

“A lot has been said about me, a lot of things that people don’t know about. I am only 22 and I am the captain. There is a lot of pressure that comes with it. If the manager thinks I am not right for it, that is up to him. I have read comments from people saying the armband should be taken off me. I would say to those people, I don’t need an armband to be a leader.”

Man of the match Nigel Quashie (West Ham United)

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