Alan Shearer surveyed the wreckage of Saturday afternoon at St James Park.
The NUFC giving a damning verdict after West Ham scored three goals and walked away with all three points.
The lack of quality going forward totally exposed once West Ham took an 11th minute lead through Hernandez.
Alan Shearer delighted that today was a day off work…“I’m pleased I’m not on Match of The Day tonight.”
The former number nine describes the team he supports as ‘toothless’ and despite having more shots, corners and possession, the truth is that NUFC very rarely seriously threatened.
The last three games have seen Newcastle take the lead and go on to win, today there never looked any chance of getting back into it.
Alan Shearer thinks the Hammers were ‘much the better team’ and worthy winners, difficult to argue with that.
We know what we have, or at least we should do by now.
Newcastle are a pretty solid team and so long as they don’t go behind they will hope for a goal from somewhere, though with limited skill and invention in the side to achieve that.
Rafa Benitez ended up taking off his two wingers and number 10, couldn’t disagree with taking any of them (or others) off today, but when Joselu and Atsu are your attacking alternatives off the bench…it was just shifting deckchairs around as the Titanic went down.
“I’m pleased I’m not on Match of The Day tonight.
“Having to analyse that toothless performance from Newcastle United.
“West Ham much the better team and deserved to win.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 West Ham 3
West Ham: Hernandez 11, 63 Anderson 90+3
Possession was West Ham 41% Newcastle 59%
Total shots were West Ham 7 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were West Ham 4 Newcastle 4
Corners were West Ham 3 Newcastle 7
Referee: Paul Tierney
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 54), Diame, Ki, Kenedy (Shelvey 70), Rondon, Perez (Joselu 78)
Woodman, Longstaff, Lascelles, Clark
Crowd: 51,853 (West Ham 3,200)