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Tony Cascarino explains why ‘Writing was on the wall’ before West Ham even kicked off against Newcastle

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Tony Cascarino has been keen to talk about what happened at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The former Chelsea and Marseille striker seeing plenty of positives and negatives.

That is pretty much all negatives for West Ham, with Newcastle coming out with all the positives.

He credits Newcastle’s preparation for the game, pointing to the three goals coming from set-pieces.

The first one certainly as Shelvey’s free-kick was headed back across by Joelinton for Clark to finish but maybe a bit of a push to suggest the other two.

Good goals from Newcastle’s point of view but Fernandez was allowed a totally free header from a standard deep cross for the second goal, whilst Roberto in the West Ham goal should have kept out Shelvey’s very good but till very savable 30 yard free-kick.

It was actually in open play that NUFC were far more impressive than previously seen, creating a very decent number of chances that Almiron Saint-Maximin and others could/should have finished.

As Tony Cascarino says, the final 3-2 scoreline is misleading because Newcastle should have been out of sight before the two late goals saved a few of the Hammers’ blushes.

Manuel Pellegrini set the tone for the match with a spectacular own goal before kick-off: ‘The writing was on the wall for West Ham’s chances against Newcastle the moment Manuel Pellegrini selected Pablo Zabaleta at right back ahead of Ryan Fredericks.’

Last week Wolves boss Nuno put his fastest player, Traore, to track Allan Saint-Maximin.

However, in a cunning plan of Baldrick style proportions, Pellegrini trusted his slowest player to do the job. With better finishing ASM would have been on the way to a potential hat-trick.

The decision the equivalent of Dennis Wise marking Peter Crouch on set-pieces.

I have a feeling that Eddie Howe might not be quite so naive this coming Saturday but if Newcastle can get ASM in the right places further up the pitch, he will still be very difficult to deal with.

Tony Cascarino speaking on Talksport:

“I tell you what did stand out about this Newcastle game…

“How much work was done on the training ground in the build-up to the game.

“The reason being is that all three goals were set-pieces.

“All three were.

“So, they have punished West Ham by being very well drilled.

“And it wasn’t a 3-2 game…it was way more comfortable than that.

“West Ham have got two late goals, which has made it look quite close when it wasn’t.

“It was anything but that.”

Tony Cascarino writing in The Times:

‘The writing was on the wall for West Ham’s chances against Newcastle the moment Manuel Pellegrini selected Pablo Zabaleta at right back ahead of Ryan Fredericks.

It quickly became clear that Fredericks — one of the fastest in the Premier League — should have been tasked with tackling the pace of Allan Saint-Maximin but Pellegrini picked 34-year-old Zabaleta instead.

The West Ham manager rectified his mistake after 72 minutes, by which time his team were trailing 3-0.

Managers are paid to make big calls and Pellegrini got this one wrong.’

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