West Ham United 0-2 Newcastle United
West Ham United endured a troubled start to their Premier League campaign as second-half goals from debutants, Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick, condemned David Moyes’ men to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United at the London Stadium.
Following the sale of talented winger, Grady Diangana, there had been an air of discontent filtering around the Hammers support. Indeed, a protest group gathered outside the stadium ahead of the match to exhibit their displeasure towards the clubs’ hierarchy.
Nevertheless, boss David Moyes soldiered on with honest endeavour. “We would probably argue we were one of the in-form teams at the end of last season,” the Scotsman explained.
“I’m looking to do well. I’m looking to finish strong, so I’m looking to start well, and if we can get a good start that’d be great.”
But it was Newcastle who almost made a swift breakthrough. Lukasz Fabianski forcefully fisted away Federico Fernández’s glancing near-post header, with former Hammers man Andy Carroll waiting to pounce should the Pole stall. West Ham responded – Angelo Ogbonna nodding against the frame of the goal following Mark Noble’s delightfully delivered dead-ball. Then Michail Antonio found Karl Darlow’s midriff after looking to conjure an opening from the left.
Tomas Soucek nodded Ryan Fredericks’ centre the wrong side of an upright as West Ham continued to create the clearer opportunities. But Newcastle were next to gnash their teeth – Shelvy hitting the side netting and Carroll’s strike deflected over
Fornals became the second Hammers player to clip the woodwork after a raid down the right involving Fredericks and Jarrod Bowen – the latter pair combined well again soon after, only for the former Hull City man to blaze high and wide from twelve yards.
Wilson looked to extend his impressive strike rate against the East Londoners. Having breached the Hammers seven times in eight games during his time at Bournemouth, the debuting frontman was a whisker away with a curling right-footed strike after driving in from the left.
But ten minutes after the restart, Wilson added to that impressive tally, arriving to prod home after Javier Manquillo’s deflected cross had found its way to the Coventry-born frontman via a flicked header on from Hendrick.
Fabianski used his feet to good effect to deny Wilson a similar second. Meanwhile, the home side quizzed referee, Stuart Attwell, after Jamaal Lascelles appeared to handle Soucek’s goalbound effort.
Newcastle dealt with Yarmolenko’s low drive, while Darlow clung to Haller’s looping header as the Hammers searched for a foothold late in the contest. But they were to be undone for a second time in the closing minutes. Hendrick sending a sweet right-footed shot, postage, stamp, into the top corner – Fabianski helpless – Miguel Almirón fashioning the opening.
West Ham United now turn their attention to the Carabao Cup where they will face Charlton Athletic at the London Stadium on Tuesday, September 15 (7:30pm). The Hammers return to Premier League action on Sunday 20 when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (8pm).
West Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Creswell, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen (Felipe Anderson 89′), Mark Noble (Capt) (Andriy Yarmolenko 67’), Pablo Fornals (Sebastien Haller 67’), Michail Antonio Subs not used: Fabian Balbuena, Manuel Lanzini, Ben Johnson
Booked: Ryan Fredericks (foul), Andriy Yarmolenko (foul)
Newcastle United: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Frederico Fernández, Jamaal Lascelles (Capt), Jamal Lewis, Jonjo Shelvey, Issac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Callum Wilson (Miguel Almirón 85’), Andy Carroll (Sean Longstaff 88′) Subs not used: Joelinton, Matt Ritchie, Emil Krafth, Ryan Fraser, Mark Gillespie (GK)
Booked: Issac Hayden (foul), Javier Manquillo (foul)
Goals: Callum Wilson 56’ Jeff Hendrick 87’
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis and Neil Davies
Fourth Official: Darren England
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Simon Long