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West Ham 2 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat

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West  Ham 2 Newcastle 0  – Saturday 2 March 5.30pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle going two down in the first half and not quite able to get back into it despite an improvement after the break.

Jack Watt:

“I didn’t think we did too badly overall, just switched off on their goals.

“Newcastle have been very good in defence this season. However, a ridiculous proportion of those goals conceded have come from set-pieces.

“I really like Fabian Schar but it was far too easy for Declan Rice to lose him for the vital opener from a corner.

“Schar ending up facing his own goal as he tried to retrieve the situation.

“At the other end of the pitch, Ayoze Perez was back to his frustrating self. Getting into decent positions a few times but the end product was woeful.”

George Stainsby:

“From the other end of the ground, our fans were in fine voice.

“On the pitch, bit of the day after the Lord Mayor’s show, with not many chances for either team.

“We gifted the first, penalty was unstoppable, but we never reached the heights of Huddersfield or Burnley. Probably because West Ham are better.

“The WHU fans behind me thought we were better second half and they were right.

“We played higher but still didn’t really create many clear chances.

“We could have caused jitters, but with the Billy Bonds thing, they just seemed up for it.

“Onwards.”

David Punton:

“A hugely disappointing game for NUFC.

“We’ve just not been able to hit the heights we saw previously.

“It was all a bit leggy.

“They have spent way more and our side looked a bit jaded. It’s a tough place to go.

“In the Almanac called ‘Typical Newcastle’, a failure to build on back to back wins is in there somewhere.

“We never kick on when the opportunity is there.”

Paul Patterson:

“Oh dear.

“A game too far.

“Best forget that 90 minutes.”

Nat Seaton:

“Didn’t start the game well enough.

“West Ham get an early goal then then we give away a poor penalty before half time, it was always going to to be a struggle after that.

“It was a better second half performance without every really threatening their keeper.

“Here’s to better things back at home next Saturday.”

Brian Standen:

“Odd day really, slow start and punished for that, then another silly goal just before half time.

“Our recent strength (in defence) became our Achilles heel, as both goals were preventable.

“We were better in the second half without producing too much.

“Diame came on and put some much needed bite and drive into midfield.

“Still enough promise to keep the optimism.

“Perez gets grief for going down too easily but the referee gave him nothing all game, despite several clear fouls on him – frustrating!

“Given other results – no real damage done.”

Toon Bano:

“All I can say on this one is, this game was one to forget.

“Cardiff losing is all that matters.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

West Ham 2 Newcastle 0

Goals:

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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar (Dummett 65), Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie,  Hayden (Atsu 79), Longstaff (Diame 45), Almiron, Perez, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Ki, Yedlin, Muto

(Alan Shearer verdict on the defeat HERE)

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