O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham United 2 Newcastle United 0

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West Ham earned their first home win of the season, with Dimitri Payet single-handedly shredding Newcastle at Upton Park. Newcastle remain winless, and toothless.

A concrete mixer dropped its load on a highway adjacent to Upton Park, meaning Newcastle’s players had to walk a few hundred yards to make it to the stadium in time for the kick off. New definitions for the phrase “put it in the mixer” aside, Newcastle were yet to score since the opening day. Delays to the kick off can be tolerated; Steve McClaren did not want his side to delay scoring for much longer. Alas, yet again a goal escaped the Magpies, who were torn through by a tenacious West Ham side. Dimitri Payet scored twice, and was the outstanding player on the pitch. West Ham counter-attacked with vicious intent, and Newcastle were utterly incapable of finding any offensive reply of their own. A first home win for the Hammers resulted, and for Newcastle, only more troubling questions were uncovered here.

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