The West Ham v Newcastle Under 23s match on Monday night saw the NUFC second string brought back down to earth.
Opening their campaign with a 3-0 away win at Norwich, the Newcastle United reserve team found themselves two down at half-time.
The second-half saw them fall three behind, before a late Tom Heardman goal gave a final score of 3-1 to the home team (see all goals and highlights below).
Rafa Benitez surprisingly sent Adam Armstrong down to play the full 90 minutes, seemingly ruling him out of tonight’s cup match.
A number of clubs including Bradford and Rotherham have declared their interest in taking the 19 year old on loan.
Freddie Woodman talking to the official club website:
“It’s not nice to come away from home and concede three goals. We weren’t great in the first half – I thought we were poor.
“We made a few mistakes and we weren’t at the races, to be honest. We had a go in the second half, but when you have a first half like that you need something special to come back and win the game.
“The damage was done in the first half, and the boys are disappointed with the performance. We should have done a lot better.
“In the first half we were sloppy and we gave away possession pretty easily. The penalty – I’m not sure, it was debatable, but (the referee) gave it and from there, we didn’t string a few passes together and we were just sloppy all over the pitch.
“There’s always positives to take from games – we had a go second half, we penned them in and we could have scored a few goals, but I didn’t fall right for us, but I think we’ve got to look at ourselves in the first half, and it cost us in the end.
“We have to start the game quicker, because a lot of goals are scored in the first half and a lot of games are won in the first half – like we did at Norwich (in the 3-0 win) last week. It’s difficult to come away and concede three, and we’ve got to be better.”
West Ham 3 Newcastle 1
Newcastle United Under 23s: Freddie Woodman, Lubo Satka, Stuart Findlay, Kyle Cameron, Liam Gibson, Gael Bigirimana (Dan Barlaser 64), Jack Hunter, Alex Gilliead, Sean Longstaff, Haris Vuckic (Tom Heardman 64), Adam Armstrong
Looking weak in the middle of the pitch and in defence, watch the highlights below, including the three West Ham goals and the late Newcastle consolation which was a half-decent effort.
If you want to just go to the goals, go to 2.10, 3.25, 5.40 and 6.10.