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.
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