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 Saturday, 11 January, 2003, 16:55 GMT
Jenas ruins Hammers party
Jermain Defoe fires home to put West Ham ahead just before half-time
Defoe fires home a superb goal just before half time
West Ham 2-2 Newcastle

Jermaine Jenas ruined West Ham's Upton Park party with a sensational equaliser to deny the Hammers a first Premiership home win of the season.

A point on Lee Bowyer's debut was still enough to haul West Ham off the foot of the Premiership table, but that was scant consolation for manager Glenn Roeder.

The Hammers' spirits were lifted by the arrival of Bowyer, who made his debut just two days after his move from Leeds.

Upton Park goals
10 mins: Bellamy turns and fires home opener
14 mins: Cole lashes Hammers level
45 mins: Fine individual goal from defoe puts Hammers ahead
81 mins: Jenas rocket seals Newcastle a point
But there was a new air of deflation at the final whistle after Jenas' first Premiership goal had stolen the limelight with a superb second-half strike.

A small group of Hammers fans protested against the signing of Bowyer before the game.

And an early Craig Bellamy strike threatened to further marr the homecoming of the East London-born midfielder.

Bellamy, celebrating an extended contract with the Magpies, turned and fired home a left-foot shot on 10 minutes after Shola Ameobi had exposed West Ham's defensive frailties to create the opener.

New West ham signing Lee Bowyer climbs above Olivier Bernard at Upton Park
New boy Bowyer climbs above Olivier Bernard
But the Hammers hit back within four minutes.

Steve Lomas, celebrating his 300th career appearance, launched a long throw which Newcastle failed to deal with and Cole got ahead of Andy Griffin to crash home a left-foot shot.

Cole has been inspirational since being handed the captain's armband last month and he continued to pull the strings as Glenn Roeder's side dominated.

I was pleased with Lee Bowyer's contribution - he is going to be a massive asset

West Ham manager Glenn Roeder
Defoe saw a stinging shot beaten away by Shay Given, who denied the England Under-21 striker twice more before finally conceding just before half-time.

It took something special from Defoe, who accepted Lomas' cross from the right, and twisted twice before firing home for a superb individual goal.

Despite their dominance, West Ham always looked vulnerable at the back, particularly when the lively Bellamy was in full flight.

I told my players that today was not about Lee Bowyer and West Ham; it was about our team and I am delighted with the way they responded

Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson
But it was midfielder Jenas who hauled Newcastle back with a stunning equaliser.

He chested the ball down and hit a left-foot shot into the top corner for his first Premiership goal, hot on the heels of his FA Cup strike at Newcastle.

There was still time for Bowyer to spurn a chance to write the headlines with a winner but a debut goal, like that home win, was tantalisingly out of reach.


West Ham: James, Lomas, Breen, Dailly, Winterburn (Minto 56), Bowyer, Cisse (Hutchison 80), Carrick, Cole, Defoe, Sinclair (Pearce 81).
Subs not used: Van Der Gouw, Moncur.

Newcastle: Given, Griffin, Caldwell, Hughes, Bernard, Acuna (LuaLua 65), Dyer, Jenas, Robert, Bellamy, Ameobi (Cort 86).
Subs not used: Harper, Solano, Dabizas.

Booked: Griffin.

Attendance: 35,048

Referee: J Winter (Cleveland).

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