If Rafa Benitez returned to St James Park last night after calling in the first team squad for a training session on Friday afternoon, he would have seen his first piece of evidence of the losing culture that inhabits every crevice at Newcastle United.

With a 7pm kick-off, the Newcastle reserves made a rare appearance at St James Park and picked up their latest defeat.

With only one win in the last three months, the writing was on the wall in under 10 minutes last night, West Ham taking the lead against Peter Beardsley’s Newcastle’s second string and scoring two more before the break.

Sean Longstaff pulled one back just before the break but it was to little effect, with the Hammers adding another in the second half, running out easy 4-1 winners.

The overall Newcastle United 2015/16 record for the three teams (first team, reserves and academy) is now: P75 W17 D14 L44

Stats which mean that the teams representing Newcastle United have lost 59% of all games played this season.

If Rafa Benitez hadn’t realised just what a failing club he was walking into – he should now!

The breakdown between the three teams this season is:

First Team: P31 W7 D6 L18

Reserves/Under 21s: P20 W4 D5 L11

Academy/Under 18s: P24 W7 D2 L15

The record of the three teams from 1 January 2015 to the end of last season was:

First Team: P19 W3 D3 L13

Reserves: P15 W2 D4 L9

Academy: P14 W4 D1 L9

Which when added to this season’s stats, gives the following overall record since 1 January 2015:

P123 W26 D22 L75 (Friday night’s defeat means 61% of all matches lost since 1 January 2015)