Maybe fans shouldn’t get too down about the 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
West Ham have spent a lot of money on some of their players and their extra class and quality was there to see in the first half.
We did better in the second half but at 2-0 down and without Sean Longstaff because of injury, it was always going to be a tough ask to come back in the final 45 minutes.
But hopefully Newcastle will learn from this game and our concentration and commitment was not good enough in that first half and Rafa Benitez was hardly pleased about that.
Number 9 Salomon Rondon played well and he has been interviewed on the Newcastle website and he talked about the game:
“Today was a difficult game. They are a good team, they play at home and we did not start well,”
“We conceded many fouls and we conceded corners and free kicks, and that is something we have to be aware of.”
“We’re disappointed because the last two weeks we’ve played really well – in big games – and got some points. Today we didn’t but we have to carry on.
“When you concede in the first few minutes it is difficult – we were waiting to play our game-plan but we weren’t able to.”
“When you concede early on it is hard to score because they are compact out of possession and they keep the ball.”
“After that, we conceded a penalty and we went into half time losing 2-0. We knew today would be a difficult game but we have to realize what we did wrong and approach the next game.”
“Of course, it has been a good week for us but when you are a winner you want to win any game – at home or away,”
“Our performances away have been good – we’ve won some games away and we wanted to carry on.”
“But I always say if you want to stay up, the main thing is to win at home.”
“We have to play against a difficult team – Everton are playing normally – but we know when we’re at home we have to win.”
In the previous six games we picked up 13 points and now against Everton at home we will be going all out for our fifth successive win at St. James’ Park.
That in itself is an incentive for our players to turn up on Saturday and go all out for the win.