Newcastle 0 West Ham 3 – Saturday 1 December 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle losing for the first time in five matches, as they finished a poor second to the Hammers.
At least Rafa’s team are still outside the bottom three…
“United didn’t look up for it today.
“Players looked tired, unfit or not particularly bothered. That includes the subs.
“As a team they never looked anywhere near 100% commitment.
“Still created loads of chances, much more than usual, missed them all.
“They took theirs and Hernandez, Arnautovic and Anderson were all very good.
“I suppose that’s what you get for £65million compared to what you get for a tenth of that.”
“Disappointing but a scoreline that flattered the Hammers massively.
“Perez was very costly today, wasting 3 excellent 1st half chances as the game drifted away.
“West Ham were up for it on the counter attack and we got punished for not taking chances.
“People might blame the walk in for the first goal (which is ridiculous btw) but who was orchestrating the walk out with 11 mins to go when the team desperately needed support?”
“When Hernandez is in space, or gets the ball, he thinks he’ll score. He doesn’t think he might not.
“So that clinical, certain confidence saves crucial split seconds and instinctively makes decisions.
“That belief costs money.”
“Apart from the first 10 minutes, a disappointing performance, albeit against better opposition than the last three games.
“We lacked anything upfront and defended badly.
“In the end we were well beaten…”
“Miserable weather, miserable result. We’ve been stuffed today.
“Chances came the way of our lot today but they weren’t taken, while Hernandez found his shooting boots, before Anderson put the seal on an emphatic away win for West Ham.
“At 2pm I did wonder why Rafa didn’t stick with the same formation he played away at Burnley. In came Manquillo, for some reason.
“It’s just not worked today and we’ve been in against a club that has comprehensively outspent us over the summer.
“It brings to an end a three game winning run. No other club seems to waste true chance to kick on better than ours.
“The lack of depth in our squad laid bare, and a reminder why some fans want to protest.”
“Second best throughout.
“We could easily have gone ahead and had different outcome.
“Perez was unfortunately awful but was not alone!
“Would never criticise Rafa but changing a winning team did not work today with little offered from Manquillo.
“Disappointing but not the end of the world.
“Protest a total waste of time, get behind the team as it won’t be unnoticed West Ham scored on 11 mins.”
“What minute did the first goal go in?
“Note to protesters: if you’re going to protest, stay out completely.
“That was scarily predictable.
“The team were actually doing well up until that moment.
“As for the rest of the 90 minutes…Shambles, beaten by an average side 3-0.”
“Simply not good enough.
“Very un-Rafa like defending on all the goals.
“Today is the first time since the Leicester home game since I have been really worried about us.
“Yes it’s only one game but to lose in such a manner is really deflating.
“Maybe a return to 3-5-2 is the way forward?”
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)
(Damning Alan Shearer verdict HERE)