Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Must Learn from Hammer Blow to Recovery Hopes; MATCH ANALYSIS: NEWCASTLE 0 WEST HAM UTD 3

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Must Learn from Hammer Blow to Recovery Hopes; MATCH ANALYSIS: NEWCASTLE 0 WEST HAM UTD 3

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Newcastle writer lee.ryder@reachplc.com @lee_ryder

THE sooner Newcastle United can move on from this sobering defeat the better, but Rafa Benitez will hope his side learn from their mistakes after imploding in spectacular fashion at St James' Park.

Much was made about the fact West Ham spent around PS100million compared to the mere PS23m spent by the Magpies last summer, but this game boiled down to poor finishing from the home side.

But surely the chances that were handed to Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon alone should have led to something for United? If Newcastle are to ease the tension on the terraces this season, they need to find their ruthless side in front of goal - and quickly.

Perez, who squandered two good headers and a decent If Newcastle ease the the season, to ruthless front first-half shot, effectively took the rap for this defeat, but number 9 Rondon had seven attempts at goal and sent some good chances well wide.

After wasting those opportunities, it left the door wide open for West Ham to punish the blackand-whites on the counter.

tension on terraces this they need find their side in of goal The Magpies were already up against it after falling behind to Javier Hernandez's close-range strike, but as the PS17m man helped himself to a second before PS35m signing Felipe Anderson stormed through to put the lid on the game, this defeat fully exposed how vulnerable Newcastle.

Benitez has used a "cup final" analogy a few times this season and in doing so he isn't simply rolling out an old football cliche.

What he means is that unless the current United side are fully focused and on top of their game, they will suffer in the matches against the teams around them in the Premier League.

Here, Newcastle played like they expected a winning result delivered to them on a silver platter. …

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