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Poor Newcastle Performance – Go Down 2-0 At West Ham

10:03 pm, Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

It was a bad night all around for Newcastle, as the team bus was 40 minutes late arriving at the stadium after a cement carrier leaked all of its cement and caused traffic jams all over the place –  we were late in handing in the team sheet – and Newcastle were second best to a decent West Ham side once we got on the field.

Two goals from Dimitri Payet and the fourth league game running that Newcastle didn’t score tells the story – it was not a good night for Newcastle and we sunk to the bottom of the league table on goal difference – and we’ve scored just two goals in our first five league games.

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Steve McClaren – yes it was that kind of night

When you consider our weakness last season was being unable to score enough goals and conceding too many – there’s not much improvement.

Newcastle were quite well organised, but both goals were poor goals to give away, and we showed almost nothing in the last third of the field.

As we said we were second best – and didn’t show enough bite or enthusiasm in the game – we seemed to be going through the motions too much.

Payet put West Ham ahead after only 9 minutes and it was a terrific shot from the Frenchman, but poor marking by Newcastle, as both Anita and Colback were nowhere near the French International as he had time to hit the ball home.

Mark Noble had the ball on the left side in front of the penalty area and he laid the ball  across to Payet who was completely unmarked, and he hit a wonderful shot into the back of the net giving Tim Krul no chance.

West Ham were easily the better side in that first half and Newcastle showed almost nothing up front and we were never a threat to West Ham – and that was the real worrying thing in this game.

West Ham doubled their lead early in the second half after 48 minutes, when Newcastle were  caught short at the back after we had a free kick on the right wing that Thauvin put into the penalty box.

But it was headed away and Victor Moses raced away and was too fast for the two Newcastle defenders racing back, but his shot hit the cross-bar.

The ball came back and it was Dimitri Payet again who hit the rebound carefully into the back of the net and it was 2-0 to the Hammers.

It was a terrible goal to give away – to be caught short at the back after having a free kick into their penalty box.

Given that we hadn’t scored a goal since the first game of the season, it looked a tough task for Newcastle, and we hadn’t shown much at all in the final third of the pitch.

McClaren made two changes after 60 minutes and on came Siem de Jong for Vurnon Anita and Ayoze Perez replaced the out of touch Florian Thauvin.

On 66 minutes that Janmaat had a great shot well saved by Randolph – Daryl was out most threatening player we had on the field tonight – which says something.

Newcastle were pushing forward all the time, but we weren’t creating too many chances and after 73 minutes we were almost caught short at the back again when Sackho broke away, but this time Newcastle managed to clear the danger.

On 79 minutes Newcastle made their final change and Rolando Aarons came on for Gigi Wijnaldum, and a minute later Siem de Jong had a good shot, but the goalkeeper put the ball over the bar.

After 87 minutes Andy Carroll made his first appearance for over eight months, as he replaced Victor Moses and a free kick into the box saw Tim Krul get to the ball while challenged by big Andy.

West Ham easily saw out the three minutes of added time and Steve McClaren and company has to get this team playing a lot better than this if we are going to beat Watford at home on Saturday.

In short – it was a flat performance from Newcastle in London tonight and we didn’t deserve anything – and we didn’t get anything.

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Colback, Anita (de Jong, 60), Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Aarons, 79), Thauvin (Perez, 60), Cisse.
Subs not used: Darlow, Lascelles, Gouffran, Obertan.

West Ham: Randolph, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna (Jenkinson, 42), Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Moses (Carroll, 88), Payet, Lanzini (Obiang, 59), Sakho.
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Jelavic, Antonio.

Goals: Payet 9, 48

Bookings: Colback 30, Janmaat 57

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42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TheToonKing // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:04 PM


  • 2 firebug666 // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    So this is the squad that McClaren is targeting a top eight finish with, and a cup run.

    IMO This squad couldn’t finish top eight in the Championship.

    Totally void of any ideas in the final third, spend most of our time running around in circles, and we still have little if any movement off the ball.

    As for the defence, Well McClaren tells us that’s all sorted now, the have been working on that aspect and the players have all done well.

    I’m pleased about that as we have only conceded 7 goals in 5 games. No problems here then.

    I don’t think we will ever see a performance from the present players, especially playing that damn 4-2-3-1, it just does not work for us at all.

  • 3 Belfast // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Manxpie completely agree and exactly why I wasn’t satisfied with the transfer window.

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Hmmm. Thong of Gloom time. Our second worst performance of the season. 20th place and well deserved. We play like a Championship side.

  • 5 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:07 PM


  • 6 Newcastle for alltid // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    The majority of our team has a basic lack of understanding of the game of football. Some of our players would deserve better players around them, but all in all, squad-wise, we should be happy if we make the top 10 by the end. It`s as simply as our tactic of not paying clubs what they want in the past that catches up with us. I`m confident we could have a strong team with Ayew, Payet and Gomis by now, if we would just have coughed up the money that was asked.

    Btw, which one of our players passed the ball to Coloccini when we were attempting a pacey counter-attack near the end? Cracked me up in disbelief that one.

  • 7 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    How far down old man Carr’s list was Payet? Anyone still saying Carr’s doing a good job?

  • 8 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    SBR turning in his grave where the club is, how its playing, how he got rid off.

    A shameful display I would fire the whole team. Disgrace. Watford will be a draw or they will beat us.

  • 9 BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:10 PM


    It’s definitely all his fault.
    He’s the only one left to blame who isn’t Ashley.
    All the rest were red herrings.
    So it has to be him, right?

  • 10 Belfast // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Watching the Swansea game and tonights game was like watching a game last season to be honest.

    Seriously needs to drop the dreaded 4231 formation and Colback would be the one getting the hook after tonights performance.

  • 11 G // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Have we sacked SM yet? There was me thinking we would give the hammers a tonking. Guess I am eating my words again. Still, for the next 32 league games at least we can’t sink any lower.

  • 12 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Newcastle for alltid

    Exactly the penny pinching finally got the better of Ashley and his minions. Sure we spent 50 mil. But on who? Trash thats who.

    Club is a total disgrace. I hope we get relegated cannot watch this any longer.

  • 13 Tartantoon // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Disturbingly crap

  • 14 WWSBRD // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    This brave new world is looking scarily like the dark one of the past

    If we can’t beat teams like West Ham we aren’t touching top 8 anytime soon, good for Payet, though we will get the last laugh when we shift Thauvin for 20 mill! In ur face amWest Ham we will make a profit!

  • 15 NUFC FOR SALE // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    How can you leave DeJong Perez Aurons out of the team for Coldback and Anita?????

    We are set up to fail. …..he is scared to death manager… frightened to fail rather than try and win the game

    Coldback is absolute garbage…..cannot pass a ball to save his life and is as slow as a boat

    Perez is different class as a footballer

  • 16 stuart no9 // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Who can we nic a point off this season??/ worrying times .how far do we go before we sack maclaren??

  • 17 BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Never fear.
    Once we have these 10 tricky opening fixtures out of the way, we don’t have to play them again.

  • 18 toonking // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    As they saying on the monday night football now, we ourselves might have spent £53mil on players but at a time when the premier league has TV deals worth 80 million that amount can be spent by teams coming up from the championship, this league has become more competative than ever, mid table teams aren’t able to be assured of wins.

    leister, southampton, palace and swansea are a number of teams who have spent lots of years in the championship but these teams have now become teams mid table top 8 contenders, quality teams are now spending £20mil+ on 1 player and give wages £80K+, we’re miles away from than and current stand as a bottom half of the table team.

  • 19 WWSBRD // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Payer wouldn’t be on Carrs list because he doesn’t fit what the board will sign off on

  • 20 danuneek // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    We need to build the team around Perez and his position is clearly a number 10. He’s better when playing in little pockets and running at players. With Mitrovic banned though, I’m not who else we can use???

  • 21 danuneek // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Upfront that is…

  • 22 AncientC // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    The reason we lost = the 4-2-3-1 isn’t quite knitting together yet.

    It would be counter-productive to undo all of the ‘good’ work put into the 4-2-3-1 formation, so the best plan is to stick with it…

    After 12 games the 4-2-3-1 formation will be quite formidable, most teams will not know how to play against it.

    Back in reality, Aarons came on and looked fresh and threatening, I cannot recall him putting a foot wrong.

  • 23 Belfast // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    The brave new world is basically the old crap world but under new management.

    Ian Toon explain yourself!

  • 24 BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    We are still buying players for the box, rather than to play with them.

  • 25 Klatoon // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    4 games in and we still dont have a designated set piece taker

  • 26 G // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    @10 Belfast, you hit the nail right on the head with reference to the formation.

  • 27 toonluvva // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Are Cisse and Sissoko sulking because they were nt sold in the transfer window.

    Neither of them showed any urgency tonight.

    Also, West Ham were bale to turn defence into attack with just a couple of passes. we went through Colback who slowed everything down.

    On the bright side, we looked a little better when Perez came on but the game was well over by then. I suspect that we will use the same 11 who started tonight against Watford.

    We’re bottom after 5 matches and if we don’t watch we could still be there by the start of the January window.

    SM needs to take a long hard look at who he starts in the next few games, and more importantly who sits on the bench, and also in the stands. At the moment there a couple of players who seem to be just going through the motions. Either re-motivate them or move them on.

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Sad really, but about what I expected. Payet made us look sad. Steve better have a new plan in mind for Watford. Most of the players looked lost for parts of the game. Janmaat at least tried to get forward and take some shots on goal. Cisse was invisible and useless.

  • 29 danuneek // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    —————-De Jong—–Perez——————–

  • 30 lesh // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Carver IN!

  • 31 stuart no9 // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Band B hahaha . who needs 10 games? my eyes tell me ther’e shyte after 5.

  • 32 SUTTY1978 // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Cant really blame Ashley for the summer spending, I dont think he was out there scouting players! He allotted a budget of 50m for the board to play football manager. I was happy with the first three signings. toney was just a pay off from Carr to his mates at Northampton and Thauvin was an absolute waste of cash. That 13m could have been spent much more wisely.

  • 33 manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    aye belfast i suppose we bought good talent from each league but problem is there much shiter leagues in fact much much much shiter leagues
    we bought french the french team went to shit we now buy dutch they’ve gone to shit is that a coincidence or not!??

  • 34 toon kk // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Tbh its just what I expected, we haven’t one proven striker in our basic squad and no pace.

  • 35 Jonny Lad // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    McClaren Out? Was he ever the right man for the job?

  • 36 toonking // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    a europa league season with a panic buying transfer when the players bought will usually be those other teams are wanting to get rid of any way and then a full season of no incomings at all and then a transfer window of more poor and young players has caught up with us and the one thing these don’t have which championship promoted teams do have is team spirit.

  • 37 Bri // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    How about Krul taking free kicks and corners for a change ? Oh forgot he’s also crap at distributing the ball also.

  • 38 Blofal // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    We had a poor pre season. Our CB pairing played their first game together against Southampton! And prior to today only 2 games without 10 men. So McClaren I think is still trying to work out our best team.

    Cisse is diabolical up front. His runs don’t create space for our midfield to attack into and he can’t hold up the ball.

    If we have a striker pressing the defence it creates space for players like Wijnaldum and Sissoko to move into. That is why they were so quiet tonight because it didn’t happen.

    Colback and Anita provided no forward momentum passing only sideways or backwards. That meant our only attacking outlet came from our fullbacks – both of whom had a an average/poor final ball that did not trouble West Ham.

    De Jong looked good and was trying to create. As was Perez. Both need to start the next game and I think they will.

    When we play a 4-2-3-1 the opposition tactics are to mark Colback and Anita and push any forward momentum we have out to the boundaries where they can then pressure the ball out of bounds. Our lack of attacking threat shows it works. We need to change it up or the pressure of being at the bottom of the table will have us all turning on each other again and we will be relegated.

  • 39 stuart no9 // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    cisse was a joke,….. no urgency when we were 2-0 down
    A five minute spell in 90 is just not good enough, west ham looked a bit bored in the 2nd half. a traing session really . worrying very very worrying.
    No complaints when we go down in may..

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    What was Thauvin supposed to be doing? He couldn’t beat anyone. We lacked any sort of wing pressure except that provided by the fullbacks. Horrible display. McLaren should take a strip off them.

  • 41 blew // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Gary Neville has stated after the match, the amount
    spent on players who are not good. Carragher is saying
    this right now.
    B&B at 7 I couldn’t agree with you more. List the players at the club who he has brought in. Marveau,
    Riviere, Mbiwa, Goufron, Santon, Almafatino….I
    could go on.

  • 42 stjp5 // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    American here. Just watched the game on t.v. A wrap-up show after the game here called Goal Zone went over some stats.

    2 goals so far is the lowest scored by any team in the top four levels of English football. Three wins in 24 games since Pardew was fired. There was more – depressing.

    It’s too early for the commentators to tip teams for relegation but Robbie Mustoe expressed a lot of concern about NUFC and it’s future prospects.

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