Newcastle 0-3 West Ham December 1 2018 | Post Match Report, Thoughts and Analysis

West Ham claimed only a second win at St.James Park since 1998 as they produced a quality attacking performance away from home to beat Rafa Benitez’s men 3-0. While the Magpies were on a three game winning streak going into this game, they had lost all four of their previous games under Paul Tierney, and four became five on Saturday afternoon.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini rung in the changes, with four players coming into the XI that had lost to Man City. Arthur Masuaku’s horror show at the London Stadium saw Aaron Cresswell replace him at left back. Skipper Mark Noble, who surprisingly didn’t start against City, came back into the XI and so did Scottish international Robert Snodgrass, who returned from suspension. There was another start for Javier Hernandez, who had been linked with a move away from the London Stadium in the leadup to the game, which meant the like of Michail Antonio, Grady Diangana and Pedro Obiang dropped out of the XI. Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere were both on the bench, with Arnautovic deemed fit enough to start after passing a fitness test. Chicharito played behind Arnautovic in the Hammers’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Newcastle made only one change, with Javi Manquillo coming in for Ciaran Clark. The Magpies had employed 5 at the back against Burnley, but switched to a more traditional back four against the Hammers. With Schar and Fernandez in decent form, Clark was the one to be dropped, despite a more than decent performance against the Clarets. [Read more…]

West Ham 0-4 Man City | Same number of attempts as City and eight times as many corners, but defeat!

The headline pretty much tells it all. West Ham haven’t been a walkover for top six sides in the Premier League this season, more so at home. The pre-game predictions for this game had City as easy winners. The end scoreline may not have suggested so, but West Ham gave Pep Guardiola’s men a fair run for their money. The Spanish gaffer even agreed in the end that his “City side were lucky” and “nowhere near their best”.

West Ham had the same number of attempts as City and had eight corners, compared to their solitary one, but were on the receiving end of a humbling 4-0 scoreline. A better attacking side with more lethal finishers all round- West Ham this season have been heavily reliant on Arnautovic and Anderson for goals, might have even upset City here. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Burnley?

Prior to this game, West Ham had only scored two second half goals in the ten Premier League fixtures they had played this season. Here, they proceeded to score three times in the space of 25 second half minutes to secure 3 absolutely precious points and give manager Manuel Pellegrini, who had labelled this a “must-win”, some much needed breathing space.

All pundits had expected the Hammers to beat Sean Dyche’s side, and for forty five minutes till the interval, they dominated all aspects of the game except the scoreboard, where Burnley somehow found themselves level at half time despite having only 32% possession and having a passing accuracy of only 60%. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham fare in the Carabao Cup v Spurs

West Ham were unable to produce an encore of their stunning win from 12 months ago as they exited the League Cup following a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Lilywhites coach Mauricio Pochettino made ten changes from the side that had lost to Man City on Monday. His opposite number Pellegrini couldn’t make as many, owing to injuries and suspensions, but the Chilean did his best to cobble together a side that had a chance against a second string Spurs outfit while also giving some key players a bit of a break- with the likes of Fabianski, Balbuena and Zabaleta rested.

Unfortunately for Pellegrini, defensive errors let his side down. All three goals scored by Spurs could be chalked down to individual errors, with Angelo Ogbonna and Arthur Masuaku culpable. The latter has already attracted the ire of fans for some shoddy defending- the way he let Glenn Murray score for Brighton is one example, and the way he allowed Son to score Tottenham’s second will only add to their frustration and anger. Spurs had been unbeaten this decade under the ref for this game, and their record continued with this victory at the London Stadium. [Read more…]

Five things we learnt from West Ham v Tottenham- Post Match Thoughts

Another disappointing result despite perhaps playing the better football of the two sides- that’s been the story for most of this season for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham. Fans will count several games- Arsenal, Chelsea, Brighton and now Spurs, where the Irons deserved much more. Some would argue they played well enough to take 12 points from these four games, but the fact remains that they’ve taken only one, and find themselves stranded deep in the bottom half of the table with only 7 points to show for their efforts so far. Perhaps it should’ve been expected- the Hammers were winless in their last five at home under Martin Atkinson, the ref for the Spurs clash.

On the positive side, West Ham have now played five of the current Premier League “big” six in their opening nine games. Their next set of games appears to be far easier, but does Pellegrini have the personnel to do the job? The latest person to join the casualty ward was Andriy Yarmolenko, who ruptured his Achilles and joins a growing long term injury list which already contains the likes of Sanchez, Wilshere, Lanzini, Carroll and Reid. It’s not quite crisis time, but the rising amount of injuries will worry West Ham’s Chilean gaffer. [Read more…]