Mark Noble says Newcastle United were lucky on Saturday
Mark Noble thinks Newcastle got off lightly on Saturday.
Despite the 3-0 scoreline, the West Ham Captain believes it should have been a far more convincing win.
The Hammers midfielder saying the game could and should have been won by half-time.
Indeed, he describes his team as being ‘a bit sloppy’ when it came to the final third.
If that’s the case, I’m not sure how you would describe Newcastle’s efforts at the other end…
Not sure I quite go along with Noble claiming West Ham deserved to have the game won by the break.
By the end of the match you couldn’t argue with the result as Newcastle were picked apart as they tried to get back into the game. However, the first half saw the Magpies pay pretty well in my opinion, apart from the defending for the opening goal and being a ‘bit sloppy’ up front.
As Mark Noble points out, only the second time in 20 years that West Ham had won at St James Park.
In that time there probably hasn’t been a greater gap in terms of the backing to the respective managers that we see now.
Felipe Anderson a £40m buy this summer and arguably man of the match, whilst Rafa has to rely on loan players (with no buying clauses) for both his main creativity and hopes of scoring goals.
Mark Noble talking to the official club site:
“I feel relieved because Saturday was one of those games where, if you lose, you’re back in the mix and going into a three-game week.
“Especially myself after having four or five weeks off with my suspension and the international break, it was always going to be tough, but I felt really good out there and I thought the team played really well.
“We were a bit sloppy with our end product.
“Three-nil is a great result but it should have been three-nil way before that.
“It should have been three-nil at half-time but we kept plugging away and we got what we deserved in the end, I think.
“We just kept creating chances and it starts to get really frustrating when you’re out there because in the Premier League, when you create chances and don’t score, you can be punished as we have been in the past.
“Marko should have had a couple but didn’t but he ran all day long, ran past their players and caused havoc, Chicha did what he does best which is find the back of the net and then Felipe popped up with another one at the end, which was the icing on the cake for the boys.
“We can have a nice journey home, recover on Sunday and then we’ve got another big game on Tuesday.”
“We all know what Chicha’s about, everyone says it and it probably gets boring but if he gets a chance, he will score.
“He got two or three and he scored two and he’s probably upset he’s not got a hat-trick, knowing Chicha.
“It’s a great result, three-nil away at Newcastle. I saw a stat on Friday night that I think we’d only won there once in 20 years, so twice is nice, as they say!
“It was brilliant to see all of them (West Ham fans) up there when we finished and we went over to clap them.
“It’s a long way to travel on a cold day close to Christmas – probably five or six hours in the car – so for them to all be there when we finish is fantastic.
“To be honest I’ve been here so long, do I expect it? Yes. Do I expect anything else?
“No, because they’ve always been like that. So to me it’s second nature, but to the boys, they really appreciate that.”
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)
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(Match report from Newcastle 0 West Ham 3 HERE)
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