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.

David Moyes:

“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

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Saivet (Mbemba 84), Atsu (Murphy 90+1), Gayle (Perez 76), Joselu

Unused Subs:

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)

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s ok, once the ‘New Manager Bounce’ runs out of steam, he’ll be under pressure.

    • joe mac

      hope so!

    • Geordiegiants

      Pinocchio is still waiting for his to happen.

  • TheNutJob

    Wor reserves took Golem`s lot to the cleaners, dodgy penalty & we hit the woodwork twice. could have been 5 or 6.
    Viva Rafa

  • Geordiegiants

    Don’t understand the hatred for him, he ruined the inbreds.

    • Paul Patterson

      In fairness I think that was a group effort from many people . .

  • Uy

    1 win and Rafa is a genius again. Lose next week and it’ll Be Ashley’s fault though. Clowns.

    • Jimmy_toons

      Happy Christmas

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha ha ha ha lol. Have you ate a lemon you bitter southern pussy.

    • Taz

      T I T. !!!!

    • hetonmag


    • Andynufc

      Now say that without crying hahaha

    • Blackburn1066

      Your out of that toilet pan again.

    • Brian Standen

      Chris Coleman certainly making waves on your patch! Err Rafa, or Coleman? Even brain dead mackems know who they would rather have! Fact your lot are heading to 3rd tier (AGAIN)

  • magpiefifer

    Moyes never gives credit to the opposition – he ‘needs a slap’!!!!

  • hetonmag

    Well he said he could manage any club in the world and he chose the Mackem’s ha ha ha, you couldn’t make it up.

  • Mitros gotta start

    Sounds like rafa…..do they have the same script writer?

  • Wor Lass

    Moyes is a bad loser, all right, but Mark Hughes makes him look saintly. I really hope we make Stoke the next team we take 6 points from this season.

    • Leazes Ender

      Alex Ferguson didn’t like to lose either…. got really angry in fact… we usually get the ones that just make excuses but don’t believe them.

      • Mark Davies

        Jeez i havent bothered with your nonsense for a while but…we never had ferguson and he was one game away from a sacking rememeber at man u. Then luckily inherited possibly the best youth team collectively ever assembled. Give me kk for passion and trying every time.

        Anyway hows the settee

  • gallowgate26

    Gollum…The gift that keeps on giving!!!

  • Leazes Ender

    He’s probably right Graham.

  • thewildchimp

    The Hammers were utterly destroyed, but it was their own stupidity and the fact that they couldn’t adapt that played the equal part. If you look at it, we only had one way of attacking and they couldn’t prevent it: ball to the close wing, cut/pass inside – 2 goals and 2 woodwork hits.

    That’s a pure mentality win. HWL!