David Moyes is not a happy man after seeing his side fall back onto the very edge of the relegation zone, one point and one place above.
The West Ham boss insisted that Saturday at the London Stadium ‘was just a game full of errors’.
Whilst it wasn’t ever going to be a classic in terms of the quality of football, it is doing Newcastle a big disservice to suggest that it was only mistakes that decided the match.
All three goals were well crafted for the visitors.
Saivet’s superb free-kick, then two flowing team moves that higher placed teams would have been more than proud of, Atsu’s nutmeg on Zabaleta in the lead up to the second goal, my personal highlight.
In comparison, the Hammers were awful, they relied almost entirely on just booting the ball hopefully into the middle, as well as long throws from Antonio. It was very reminiscent of Stoke City at their very worst to watch.
Newcastle showed excellent character after Saivet gave the opening goal away with a shocking pass that gifted the ball to Arnautovic, Clark left one on one and maybe caught cold so early on, neither he nor Elliot made the best effort to prevent the opener either.
As David Moyes accepts, the reality is that Newcastle could and should have been out of sight in the first half as they played some good football at times, Gayle and Ritchie hitting the woodwork with Adrian well beaten both times, as well as the number nine putting another glorious chance over the bar when he should have scored.
The second half was more of the same but Newcastle got the goals they deserved, whilst Moyes served up more of the same. The quality of their play becoming ever worse as Andy Carroll came off the bench and they were increasingly happy just to knock it anywhere in the box and hope something happened.
West Ham fans have very high opinions about the style of football their team should play, I can’t see them putting up with more more of this.
Carroll did create one moment of real panic in the box and Newcastle faced a more awkward last 20 minutes than they should have done, as Ayew profited and lashed home the loose ball.
Moyes says it was ‘glaringly obvious’ that his team missed Manuel Lanzini.
Some real poetic justice there as Lanzini was missing due to cheating the previous Saturday and also made so much out of very little when Mitrovic was retrospectively banned after the teams met in August.
Rafa Benitez had his entire selection of central midfielders missing, so Moyes can’t expect any sympathy there.
The difference between the two teams was maybe simply down to the fact that the likes of Saivet and Diame stepped up to the plate and added goals to committed performances, whilst those stepping in for Lanzini and Noble failed to do the same.
“It was glaringly obvious we missed Manuel Lanzini.
“It was just a game full of errors.
“It was an error from them for the first goal, but certainly from us it was error after error all game, and we just couldn’t pull it together.
“We kept at it, huffing and puffing, but never really produced anything of any note in the whole game.
“Individually, we have to take responsibility for some of the things we’ve done.
“We’ll look at things and see what we could have done better as a team, but we just really messed up for the third goal, we missed a penalty on the day and just didn’t do the jobs well enough.
“For their first goal, we gave away two free-kicks in the lead up to it, we didn’t pass it well enough out from the back or use it well enough and it was just one of those days when we made error after error and it ended up with them scoring goals.
“Probably, we hadn’t deserved to get back into the game because in the first half they had two good chances where they hit the post and the bar, but we needed to get back into it.
“The crowd had been good to us and stayed behind us and if we’d got the penalty I think it would have changed things.
“We’ve already missed two penalty kicks since I’ve been here and, when you’re in the position we’re in, you’ve just can’t afford to do that and you’ve got to take your chances.
“We’ve shown good improvement at times. Saturday was always going to be different because we had to show what we could do and I don’t think we did that.
“We stuck at it and tried to get back in it, but ultimately we didn’t do enough, especially when we were in front, which was the biggest disappointment.
“Whatever the result is at this time of year, though, you just have to roll on to the next game.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
West Ham 2 Newcastle 3
Newcastle: Saivet 10, Diame 53, Atsu 61
West Ham: Arnautovic 6, Ayew 69 (Saved penalty by Rob Elliot from Ayew as well! 56 minutes)
Possession was West Ham 63% Newcastle 37%
Total shots were West Ham 19 Newcastle 11
Shots on target were West Ham 6 Newcastle 4
Corners were West Ham 6 Newcastle 3
Referee: Lee Mason
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Saivet (Mbemba 84), Atsu (Murphy 90+1), Gayle (Perez 76), Joselu
Darlow, Haidara, Dummett, Aarons
Crowd: 56,955 (Newcastle 3,000)
(See Alan Shearer’s reaction to the win HERE)
(Read the instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction to beating West Ham HERE)
(National journalist launches astonishing attack on Newcastle fans and Rafa Benitez after win over West Ham – read it HERE)
(Read the match ratings of all Newcastle players HERE)