Moyes on the brink after Hammers hammering

West Ham United v Newcastle United – Premier League – London Stadium – Report

West Ham United 1-5 Newcastle United

Pressure mounted on West Ham United manager David Moyes after his relegation-threatened side were handed a humiliating hammering at the hands of impressive Newcastle United at the London Stadium.

This was always going to be a difficult test for the East Londoners. However, following Sunday’s single-goal success over Southampton, Moyes suggested his side were back on track. 

“The players have done what I expected,” the Scotsman explained.

“We have big characters and good players and they have done exactly what we wanted. But now we need to get moving and get a bit higher up and be positive in every game we go into.

“It was a really important victory against Southampton and puts us into a position where now it is up to us to try and stay away from the bottom end of the league.”

A notably improved atmosphere greeted the sides with West Ham almost snatching the lead in the opening moments. Jarrod Bowen burst down the left. Bruno Guimarae’s attempted clearance hit the foot of his own post with the Magpies rearguard at sixes and sevens.

But the mood swiftly changed. Allan Saint-Maximim centred for Callum Wilson to head beyond Lukasz Fabianski from close range. 

The Hammers’ evening swiftly deteriorated. VAR took a look after Joelinton had raced clear and rounded Fabianski. The verdict was on-side. The home side was already facing a mountain to climb. Fabian Schär, the archutect. 

Newcastle stopper Nick Pope pushed aside Lucas Paqueta’s dead-ball attempt, while Michail Antonio’s route to goal was blocked by a clutch of black and white shirts as the home side desperately looked for a way back into the contest. And they were handed a lifeline five minutes before the break. Kurt Zouma ghosted in behind Pope to head home Bowen’s flag kick, sending the home crowd into raptures in the process.

But it took Newcastle less than a second-half minute to reestablish their earlier two-goal advantage. Wilson rolled his second of the evening into an empty net after Jacob Murphy had provided the opening. Back to the drawing board for Moyes’ men, while some supporters headed for the exits.

Fabianski denied Murphy adding a fourth following a sweeping Newcastle move and then finger-tipped away Saint-Maximin’s attempt. Meanwhile, Guimaraes fired wide as the visitors threatened to run riot. 

But a fourth did arrive and in disastrous fashion for the home side. Faboaski raced from his goal but made a terrible hash of clearing. Magpies substitute, Alexander Isak, picked up the pieces and expertly lifted the ball into an empty net from fully thirty yards.

The London Stadium has rarely emptied so quickly as disgruntled fans made their way home. However, Newcastle hadn’t finished. Fabianski perhaps should have done better with Joelinton’s low strike. The Brazilian raced away to celebrate with the delirious Geordie following their fifth of the night.

Indeed, it is difficult to see Moyes surviving following the enormity of this defeat. Nevertheless, the Esat Londoners remain in fifteenth place, separated only by goal difference from those occupying the bottom three places.

West Ham United returns to Premier League action on Saturday, April 8, when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage (3pm).

West Ham United: Fabiański, Kehrer, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson, Rice (Capt), Souček (Downes 63′), Paquetá, Bowen, Antonio (Ings 63′), Benrahma (Cornet 63′) Subs not used: Areola (GK), Cresswell, Coufal, Fornals, Lanzini, Ogbonna

Booked: Emmerson (foul), Downes (foul)

Goals: Zouma 40′

Newcastle United: Pope, Trippier (Capt) (Manquilloat 87′), Botman, Schär, Burn (Targett 85′), Longstaff, Guimarães, Joelinton, Murphy (Willock 63′), Saint-Maximin (Gordon 63′), Wilson (Isak 63′) Subs not used: Dúbravka (GK), Ritchie, Lascelles, Anderson

Booked: Joelinton (foul)

Goals: Wilson 6′, 46′ Joelinton 13′, 90′ Isak 82′

Referee: Craig Pawson

Assistants: Marc Perry and Scott Ledger

Fourth Official: Chris Kavanagh

VAR: David Coote

Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton


Brian Jeeves