A scrappy and frustrating encounter at St. James’ Park almost inevitably saw Kevin Nolan’s name on the scoresheet as Newcastle crashed to a 1-0 reverse against Sam Allardyce’s high-flying Hammers.
Just 72 hours after battling to a point against Club Brugge in Belgium, The Magpies were on Premier League duty.
With Tiote and Coloccini suspended and Perch on the injured list, an unfamiliar Newcastle XI started the game with Gutierrez in central midfield of a 4-4-2 and Shane Ferguson on the left-wing.
This Premier League edition of Friends Reunited as both managers as well as Ba, Carroll and Nolan were pitted against former clubs was not one to remember, at least for Newcastle fans.
Here’s what we learned from the game: