The Newcastle side were not at their best in the first half last night in the 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium against West Ham.
A mistake by Fabian Schar cost us when he lost the impressive 20-year-old Declan Rice from a Snodgrass corner.
And then a mistake just before half time by Florian Lejeune when the Frenchman brought down Chicharito for a penalty after 42 minutes and those mistakes were Newcastle’s undoing.
Rice scored with a header after 7 minutes and Noble scored with a penalty just before half time.
We didn’t have a shot on target in the first half.
And at half time Sean Longstaff had to be withdrawn with a knee injury, and he left the ground with a knee brace and on crutches – that doesn’t look good.
Surprisingly Diame was brought on in place of Sean and not Ki who can play the attacking role in central midfield.
Sean Longstaff in the first half – before he was injured
Newcastle were better in the second half, and we had chances that fell to Perez, Almiron, and Rondon, who looked impressive, but we just couldn’t get a goal, and we lost 2-0.
Miguel Almiron couldn’t get into the game at all yesterday, and he was quiet on the left wing for Newcastle although he did have a decent chance when he shot just wide in the second half.
The first half was a half to forget for Newcastle, and we can’t make these types of mistakes against good sides.
Javier Manquillo kept his place in preference to Yedlin and early in the game he clashed heads with Aaron Cresswell soon after the Hammers’ first goal.
He wore a bandage around his head and was able to continue.
West Ham were the better team yesterday – especially in the first half, and they were more decisive when they had the ball.
Newcastle looked far too sluggish, particularly in that first half and maybe it was a little bit of over-confidence that crept into the team?
But we cannot have that in our next game at home to Everton next Saturday afternoon – we have to do a lot better than we did yesterday.
Rafa brought on Diame for the injured Longstaff at the start of the second half and after 65 minutes on came Dummett for Schar at the back and Newcastle played four at the back.
Newcastle tried to make a late comeback, but we had no luck.
Angelo Ogbonna blocked a shot from Rondon, and the Venezuelan had another good low shot tipped onto the post by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
West Ham did the double over us this season after beating us 3-0 at home.
Brighton and Crystal Palace both won their games, and we dropped a place to 14th, but we are still 6 points above the drop zone.
Huddersfield, Burnley, Southampton, and Cardiff all lost yesterday.
It’s only one game, but we just weren’t good enough in that first half against a good-looking Hammers side yesterday.
There was a good crowd there of just short of 60,000.
West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell (Masuaku, 34), Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Rice, Lanzini, Noble (Obiang, 80), Snodgrass, Chicharito (Arnautovic, 70), Anderson.
Subs not used: Adrian, Nasri, Perez, Antonio.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Manquillo, Schar (Dummett, 65), Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie; Perez, Longstaff (Diame, 46), Hayden (Atsu, 79), Almiron; Rondon.
Subs not used: Darlow, Yedlin, Ki, Muto.
Referee – Chris Kavanagh (Manchester)