Rafa Benitez knows the score.
Bottom line is, quality costs money.
Hard work can only get you so far and when that isn’t enough, days like today can happen.
No real lack of commitment or desire, just clueless in the final third.
Then when you are a goal down, as Rafa Benitez says, you open up to try and get back into the game but instantly you then are at risk of going two, or three, down.
Talking about the differences between the two teams on the day, the fact that West Ham spent around £100m with a net spend of £90m, whilst Mike Ashley insisted on a £20m+ profit this summer, might have something to do with it.
The NUFC boss declaring…’What they spend, what we spend…you can see that on the pitch.’
Only a month to go until this next transfer window opens and it isn’t exactly a state secret that any chance of Rafa Benitez staying beyond this season, rests on what happens in January.
The last four transfer windows have been a joke and not a funny one at that.
You can’t imagine in any circumstances Rafa hanging around any longer, if he is being asked to do an all but impossible job with no backing in the transfer market.
Money doesn’t guarantee success but not spending it does guarantee eventual failure at some point.
“It is very clear today again, take your chances and don’t make mistakes. Even after the first goal we had chances.
“They have spent the money on offensive players and they made the difference…
“When you are more open they have pace and can make the difference.
“We are working on that (signings in January) but it is a question of money.
“What they spend, what we spend…you can see that on the pitch.
“I cannot complain about the effort of the players, or the commitment, but again today we had chances, but they scored theirs.
“We cannot put our heads down. It is a battle. We will show the same character as we do in every game.
“You see the players that made the difference, they are top class players.
“Obviously it’s a reminder that still we can improve things (by buying players in transfer window) and we have to improve things.
“There are two ways: one is working harder and better, or bringing in players who on their own can make the difference.
“Arnautovic, Anderson, Snodgrass and Hernandez, four players and all of them have quality, all of them have pace, they have ability, that’s the point.
“It wasn’t just one player today.
“The four offensive players and the players in the middle that they had, they are quite good and will create problems against anyone.”
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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(Newcastle 0 West Ham 3 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat HERE)