Before this game yesterday between the Magpies and the Hammers, Newcastle couldn´t buy a win and West Ham were very difficult to beat.
But after Newcastle´s 2-1 win yesterday that was our first win in seven games and it was West Ham´s first defeat in ten games, but West Ham manager Slaven Bilic wasn´t grumbling too much at the result.
Slaven Bilic – no excuses from impressive West Ham manager
This is what the Croatian said after the game yesterday:
“We prepared for the game all week and had a good warm-up and everything, so I thought we were going to start better because we were the team that should have started with more confidence than them because we were up in the table, we were unbeaten for a number of games.”
“They have improved a lot recently, but still they were down and we were counting on the confidence to be on our side. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.”
“We have to give them credit, Newcastle, who started bright and good and everything, but definitely we helped them in that.”
“In the second half, we can talk about positive things. We can talk about good spirit, turning the game a little bit around, scoring a goal and then putting them under pressure and having a few chances at the end of the game.”
“We had a great chance to equalize. Also they had chances in the second half on the counter-attack as we took that risk, so we could have nicked a point and it wouldn’t be the first time.”
“But to be fair, we have to admit, unfortunately, that they were better and they deserved to beat us, they deserved three points especially with their performance in the first half.”
It´s not very often these days that Newcastle score two goals in the first 15 minutes of any game, but that´s what we did yesterday as Jonjo Shelby made an immediate impact at Newcastle.
Given how impressive we looked in yesterday´s game going forward, maybe we should have replaced Yohan Cabaye sooner than the two years it took to reinvest the £20M we got from PSG for the creative central midfielder?
New boy Jonjo Shelvey really looked the part yesterday on his debut and Dutch International Gini Wijnaldum was another star performer for the Magpies with his 9th goal of the season – all scored at St. James’ Park.
And we´ll not even mention Fab Coloccini, who was heavily criticized earlier this season, but had another great captain´s game for the club and made some outstanding blocks and clearances all afternoon.
What do you think?