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Sky Sports pundit covering West Ham game says Newcastle United brilliant and star ‘unplayable’

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Covering the West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 game for Sky Sports, pundit Clinton Morrison couldn’t have been more impressed.

The talk in the Sky Sports studio pre-match, had been all about whether West Ham could break into the top six.

However, Morrison admitted after the game that the pre-match debate now looked pretty lame.

With shocking defending and a poor midfield showing the Sky Sports pundit said the Hammers looked anything but a top six team especially with Roberto in goal who he felt was at fault for two of the there Newcastle goals.

On the other hand he thought Newcastle United were ‘brilliant’ and the only big failing was that they hadn’t scored the goals they should have, which would have seen the match over well before West Ham gave a late scare with two goals in the final quarter of an hour.

As for the standout player, Morrison thought Newcastle had two candidates.

The Sky Sports man stating: ‘Shelvey was very good, him and Isaac Hayden play really well together because Hayden does all the horrible stuff, makes the tackles and wins the ball back. Shelvey is very elegant, he can pick a pass.’

However, the clear winner…’Saint-Maximin, he was unplayable. I don’t know how you defend against players like that because he doesn’t know what he knows what he is going to do so how do defenders know, when he is getting at them.’

Clinton Morrison covering West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 for Sky Sports:

Jeff Stelling:

“A fantastic following of Newcastle fans as always, at the London Stadium. What a first half for them, West Ham 2 Newcastle 3, that flatters the home side doesn’t it?”

Clinton Morrison:

“That did flatter them, West Ham were nowhere near at the races.

“Newcastle were brilliant. I know most people going to that game would have thought it would have been a comfortable victory for the home side.

“Credit to Steve Bruce for the way he set the team up, it could have been more. When they went three up it could have been four or five.

“Saint-Maximin, he was unplayable.

“I don’t know how you defend against players like that because he doesn’t know what he knows what he is going to do so how do defenders know, when he is getting at them.

“Every time they broke it looked like they could score.

“They took the lead from a set-piece, which was really well worked from Jonjo Shelvey’s cross, Joelinton did well to head it back across, Ciaran Clark (scored).

“But the second and third goals, West Ham players – just not good enough.

“This is where they are missing Fabianski.

“Roberto comes for a cross where he has no chance of getting it and Fernandez has a free header as he’s unmarked.

“Shelvey has a free-kick 30 yards out, he hits it really well but if you get your hands on it as a goalkeeper, you have to make a save. He should have tipped it around the post but instead 3-0.

“Then West Ham came back into it with two late goals but it should have been all over by then.

“Credit to Steve Bruce as he set his team up brilliantly and they fully deserved the three points.

“Shelvey was very good, him and Isaac Hayden play really well together because Hayden does all the horrible stuff, makes the tackles and wins the ball back. Shelvey is very elegant, he can pick a pass, you don’t play for some of the good clubs he has played for if you are not good on the football.

“Even when the pressure was on in the second-half, he was the one with the calm head who said I am going to pick a few passes instead of going back.

“Worried for West Ham, everybody was saying before the game that they are one of the teams who could break into the top six. They need more goals from midfield. Defensively they did not look good enough.

“I am happy for Steve Bruce though because he thoroughly deserved that.”

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)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Gayle

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

(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)

(Essential reading to see what Allan Saint-Maximin promised before West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – 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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