West Ham 2 Newcastle 0 Monday 14 September 8pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle, to talk about some aspect of the match:
“This could be a difficult season.”
“A pretty pedestrian game where Payet was the difference.
“No cutting edge or real attacking purpose from us, our main threat coming from our right back.
“I feel two defensive midfielders is one too many and that we should move one further up the field to support attacks.”
“Back to reality.
“Potent as a pint of Kaliber and crafty as a blind and three legged pit pony trying to escape the Lasagne factory.
“Reap what you sow. Had far too much to do this window to stop the rot after seasons of neglect. A truly depressing watch. Horrible.”
“Deservedly bottom after another display lacking attacking impetus.
“With Chelsea and Man City, Saturday v Watford has become a must win.
“If we rock up with Anita, Colback and one up front, I fear the crowd could turn.
“Also the vulnerability on counter attacks (see second WHU goal) undermines this whole ‘solid base’ set up. Lose to Watford and we’ll be mired by October.”
“No cutting edge again.
“I’m definitely an advocate for passing football but the amount of backward passes was shocking. No penetration.
“Having boasted about the importance of Colback, he gave one of his worst performances. Cisse dreadful. Thauvin offered very little.
“De Jong, Perez and Aarons have to come in for a must win game on Saturday.”
“A for effort but F for attainment.
“When will we change that ridiculous formation?”
“When your full-backs are your main attacking threat, something has gone wrong with your game plan.
“Get your good players on the ball, that’s what they did!”
These are the key stats as provided by BBC Sport;
Possession was 61% Newcastle and 39% West Ham
Total shots was 14 for Newcastle and West Ham 17
Shots on target was Newcastle 4 and West Ham 3
While corners was Newcastle 7 and West Ham 6
Player ratings totals below from fans so far, add yours and then press submit.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Haidara, Anita (de Jong 60), Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Aarons 79), Thauvin (Perez 60), Cisse.
Unused Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Obertan, Gouffran
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Crowd: 34,907 (2,200 Newcastle)