West Ham United 2-3 Newcastle United – Reaction
MANUEL PELLEGRINI expressed concern after his West Ham United side extended their winless Premier League sequence to six matches as struggling Newcastle United plundered the points with a 3-2 success at the London Stadium.
The Geordies victory was all but sealed within the hour. First-half goals from Ciaran Clarke and Federico Fernandez handed Steve Bruce’s side a two-goal advantage at the break. And they extended that further six minutes after the restart when Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick squeezed into the bottom corner of the net.
Late goals from Fabian Balbuena and Robert Snodgrass somewhat papered over the cracks for the home side. But the Chilean was quick to admit his side had completely lost their way of late.
“Yes, very concerned,” the Chilean bemoaned.
“I think that this lapse started against Oxford when we lost 4-0 in the cup and from that moment we have not won any more.”
“Of course when you are not winning the confidence is not exactly the same but you cannot repeat such low performances as we did in the first 45 minutes today and the game against Everton.”
Pellegrini was clearly baffled by his sides recent demise: “It is really difficult to explain why we played the way we did in the first 45 minutes,” the former Manchester City chief continued.”
The other two games we played at home we started with pressing from the beginning, playing in the opposite half.
“Really, today I do not understand why we played so, so bad.”
Hammers goalkeeper, Roberto, came under heavy criticism from the home crowd with question marks hanging over the stopper following Newcastle’s second and third goals. But Pellegrini refused to blame the Spaniard and insisted he is up to the challenge of Premier League football.
“Roberto has a career behind him, with big teams in other countries. I do not think today is about him,” he explained.
“They scored their first from a set-piece which is not his responsibility, he saved a couple of counter-attacks, I do not think we can find one reason why we lost today, I do not think Roberto is the reason.”