Mixed emotions for Moyes but a step closer to safety for West Ham

Newcastle United 2-2 West Ham United

I’m SURE MOST WEST HAM UNITED SUPPORTERS would have snapped your hand off for four points from a possible six gleaned from Chelsea and Newcastle United. However, boss David Moyes, headed out of St James Park frustrated that his side hadn’t taken the full complement after twice leading against in-form Newcastle United.

Tomas Soucek thought he’d earned the East Londoners all three points when he turned in from close range after a Declan Rice header had cannoned back off the frame of the goal.

But these days, ‘the West Ham Way’ seems to be the most difficult pathway. Pablo Fornals played Dwight Gayle onside – the former Crystal Palace man teeing up Jonjo Shelvey to level a minute and a half later.

Earlier, Michail Antonio had given the Hammers a third-minute lead – netting after Jamaal Lascelles had miss-controlled. But Newcastle responded a quarter of an hour later when Emil Krafth centred and Miguel Almiron supplied a neat finish.

Of course, in the great scheme of things, this was another step towards securing their Premier League future. However, Moyes couldn’t hide his disappointment at his sides’ lax defending but was quick to direct the blame away from Fornals.

“I am more disappointed that the central defenders tried to squeeze up to let him in, we should have been looking where our deepest defender was and make sure they were doing their job as a line,” the Scotsman bemoaned.

“It would have been offside if they hadn’t and Fornals had come back in, I think Fornals worked really hard to stop a cross and defend that corner. He just didn’t get out quick enough, it was disappointing especially after just scoring.”

Nevertheless, overall, Moyes was satisfied with the return from his charges from two particularly tricky fixtures; “I couldn’t speak highly enough of the players and their attitude, I really couldn’t,” he added.

“What they are giving, what they are trying to do. They are giving their maximum.
“We’d like to play better in different areas at different times but their attitude and their commitment behind the scenes, they know what it means, not just to the players but everybody at West Ham and we are doing everything we can to make sure we are a Premier League team.”

West Ham United return to Premier League action on Wednesday, July 8 when Burnley are the visitors to the London Stadium (6pm).

Newcastle United: Dubravka, Krafth, Fernandez, Lascelles, Manquillo, Hayden (Bentaleb 43’), Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton (Carroll 81’), Gayle (Ritchie 70’) Subs not used: Darlow, Schar, Yedlin, Lazaro, Rose, Longstaff

West Ham United: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Creswell, Rice, Soucek, Lanzini (Noble 57’), Fornals (Yarmolenko 75’), Bowen, Antonio Subs not used: Randolph, Johnson, Balbuena, Masuaku, Wilshere, Xande Silva, Ajeti

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Richard West and Eddie Smart
Fourth official: Tony Harrington

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Brian Jeeves

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