Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was not happy with the performance of his players last night at the London Stadium when we conceded two poor goals to lose 2-0 against an impressive West Ham side.
The first mistake was when Fabian Schar failed to mark young Declan Rice who headed home from just six yards out – a really poor goal to concede after only 7 minutes.
And then Florian Lejeune lunged at Javier Hernandez in the penalty ae, and the Mexican went down as quickly as he could.
But to be fair, it was a penalty and again poor concentration from one of our back three defenders.
Chicharito is not one to lunge at when he’s not in a dangerous position in the penalty area.
Declan Rice out jumps Fabian Schar for the first goal after 7 minutes
Rafa was not pleased with the performance last night:
“We have tried to talk to the players and explain to them we had to do exactly what we did before.”
“We were winning games in a row.” “And we didn’t do it tonight.”
“We started the game with a lack of concentration and then we conceded goals from set-pieces that we could easily avoid.”
“I am disappointed and the only thing I hope is that we learn for the future and avoid making the same mistakes in the last nine games.”
“I have said before that we are still in the relegation battle so we have to be sure we approach every game like a final .”
“And not thinking it will be an easy game.”
And of course, to make matters worse, we lost impressive youngster Sean Longstaff at half time to what looks like a knee ligament injury.
When it rains, it pours.