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Instant Reaction: Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

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Newcastle is still seeking their first goal after a scoreless draw in their home opener.

Newcastle couldn't find the final touch in a 0-0 draw.
Newcastle couldn't find the final touch in a 0-0 draw.
David Rogers

In the pouring down rain at St. James's Park, Newcastle United's constant second half pressure did not result in a goal as the Magpies played to a 0-0 draw with West Ham on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle United finished the match with 15 shots, but none of them were on target. Despite the frustration, Newcastle had a golden chance to grab all three points just at the end of stoppage time. Sammi Ameobi's shot went off the post and rebounded right to Yoan Gouffran. Gouffran's put back ended up going over the bar and the Frenchman's unlucky day continued. Gouffran also had a good-looking shot blocked shortly after he came on for Papiss Cisse in the 72nd minute.

Overall, Newcastle looked much more comfortable on the ball in this game than their opener. Moussa Sissoko was able to gain possession and make some good runs. Hatem Ben Arfa struggled in the early-goings, but found his footing and was able to lend a hand in the Newcastle attack in the second half.

Newcastle's defense kept a clean sheet, but it looked susceptible at times. West Ham's aerial proficiency nearly came into play, when former Magpie Kevin Nolan put a header just wide. The Hammers did put the ball in the net late, but Mobido Maigo was well offsides.

Overall, Newcastle looked much improved from last week, but could not get the break through. Newcastle host Fulham next week, still seeking their first goal of the campaign.