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Manuel Pellegrini admits he can’t comprehend 3-2 Newcastle United defeat “I do not understand…”

9 months ago
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Manuel Pellegrini watched on as his team fell apart.

It could have been five or six to Newcastle United by the break and only the woodwork and poor finishing prevented it being a real hammering by the break.

The West Ham boss had no answer as his team were two down at the break.

When Shelvey made it three only five minutes into the second-half, thousands of West Ham fans had seen enough.

That the final score was only 3-2 to Newcastle was more to do with Steve Bruce’s negative tactics and slack defending than anything Manuel Pellegrini conjured up.

Manuel Pellegrini after the final whistle:

“Really difficult to explain why we played the way we did in the first 45 minutes…

“The other two games that we last played at home we started with pressing from the beginning, playing in the opposite half (going ahead against both Palace and Sheff Utd although then eventually losing and drawing those two games).

“Today, I do not understand why we played so, so bad.

“I am very concerned (with the team’s form), I think this lapse started against Oxford when we lost 4-0 in the cup and from this moment we have not won any more (now six without a win).

“We have to try and find the reason why this happening.

“When you are not winning then the confidence is not the same but you cannot repeat such low performances as we did in these first 45 minutes today…

“You can win or lose a lot of games in the Premier League but you must reflect (afterwards)…and that is my responsibility.

“The lack of energy (in the West Ham team) is not because they didn’t have the energy.

“But we need to review what we are doing and what is happening.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

West Ham 2 Newcastle 3  – Saturday 2 November 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle United:

Clark 16, Fernandez 22, Shelvey 51

West Ham:

Balbuena 73, Snodgrass 90

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was West Ham 69% (68%) Newcastle 31% (32%)

Total shots were West Ham 17 (5) Newcastle 12 (7)

Shots on target were West Ham 6 (2) Newcastle 9 (6)

Corners were West Ham 7 (5) Newcastle 3 (3)

Crowd: 59,907 (3,000 Newcastle)

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle team v West Ham:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems (Dummett 87), Hayden, Shelvey,, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 77), Almiron, Joelinton (Carroll 89)

Subs

Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Gayle

(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Watch all 3 brilliant goals here in the official match highlights – Watch HERE)

(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s win – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer perfectly sums it up after Newcastle win 3-2 at West Ham! – Read HERE)

(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – NUFC could and should have won that by 5 or 6 but we’ll take it! – Read HERE)

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