West Ham United 0-2 Newcastle United – Reaction
David Moyes was left frustrated with what he witnessed but insisted his West Ham United side were not sidetracked by off the field issues, resulting in their 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United.
Magpies new boys, Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick, netting during the second period to confirm the Hammers fourth opening day defeat on the bounce. And with discontent evident from the fans following the sale of Grady Diangana coupled with the east Londoners lack on incoming transfer activity, the Scotsman moved quickly to reaffirm ‘it’s all about the football’ despite the result.
“Yes, I do (think the players were not distracted),” Moyes explained.
“When you’ve been a player and you go over the white line, it’s your own concentration. There is a great spirit among the players, I don’t think it had anything to do with it at all. Well, that’s what I think.
“I didn’t prepare in any other way than to make sure we got a good performance but we didn’t get one tonight.”
The Hammers chief conceded it was a below-par performance from his side, adding: “I didn’t see that coming at all. The players were in good spirits and we felt pretty good about what we had been doing.
“Obviously, I just didn’t think we played well tonight, I didn’t think it was particularly a good game. One or two decisions could have easily gone the other way but didn’t.”
West Ham now face a tough run of fixtures, with fans fearing the team could become cut adrift in an early-season relegation battle: “We have shown that when we had difficult results before we came back and finished well,” Moyes said.
“We had some really good performances but I just thought that wasn’t like us, I didn’t see that one coming.
“Even going as far back as when I took over last December, I can’t think of a performance where we didn’t perform as well.”