Alan Shearer reacts to Newcastle United reality check defeat at West Ham
Alan Shearer was disappointed as Newcastle United failed to build on a run of four wins and a draw in their last six Premier League matches.
Up against a Hammers side who had won only one of their last seven games, the omens were surely good for the first NUFC Premier League away win of 2019.
However, it was West Ham who were on the front foot from the first whistle and took the lead after only seven minutes.
Fabian Schar has been excellent recently and indeed pretty much all of the 16 matches he had featured in before today…but he totally lost his man for the opening goal.
Many had billed this as a mini showdown between young midfielders Longstaff and Rice – but Schar let the West Ham midfielder have a free run and header to put the home team ahead.
Rafa’s team didn’t panic but as Alan Shearer says, West Ham were worthy winners.
More or less making sure of the win when Mark Noble scored a 42nd minute penalty.
That came when Florian Lejeune was left two on one when a free-kick was put in deep, eventually bringing down Hernandez for the spot-kick.
Despite generally a very good season in defensive areas, it was once more set-pieces that had let Newcastle down.
As Shearer states, Newcastle did do better after the break, but they just couldn’t find the breakthrough that would have put pressure on Pellegrini’s team.
As the stats show (17 NUFC shots to West Ham’s 10 and 6 v 1 in favour of NUFC on corners), it wasn’t that Rafa’s team weren’t in the game, just that they didn’t make it count at both ends.
Alan Shearer via Twitter:
“A bit better in the 2nd half from Newcastle United.
“But a surprisingly flat 1st half allowed West Ham to do a job on Newcastle and deservedly take the points.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
West Ham 2 Newcastle 0
Rice 7, Noble 42 pen
Possession was West Ham 56% Newcastle 44%
Total shots were West Ham 10 Newcastle 17
Shots on target were West Ham 4 Newcastle 2
Corners were West Ham 1 Newcastle 6
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar (Dummett 65), Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie, Hayden (Atsu 79), Longstaff (Diame 45), Almiron, Perez, Rondon
Darlow, Ki, Yedlin, Muto
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