Ogbonna straight down the tunnel after the final whistle
Angelo Ogbonna suffered a disappointing afternoon at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon – although he wasn’t the only one in a claret and blue shirt.
After the West Ham defence gave away barely any clear-cut opportunities in the first half, they were cut through with ease at times after the break.
Had Joe Hart not pulled out three top saves in the second half, the Hammers could quite easily have left the north east after conceding five or six goals.
While the rest of his teammates went to shake hands with the opposition following the dismal defeat, Ogbonna was straight down the tunnel as soon as the final whistle sounded.
Aleksandar Mitrovic sealed the victory with the final goal of the game, but West Hams fans were certain that he should not have been on the pitch following a dangerous elbow on Manuel Lanzini.
As well as the club’s supporters, Richard Keys was vocal on Twitter about the player’s swinging arm. Some compared it to Marko Arnautovic’s red card offence at Southampton a week earlier, the BeIN Sports presenter felt the Serbian should have received a similar punishment.
The forward wasn’t penalised for the incident and he went on to complete the scoring with a well-taken goal.
Although any red card wouldn’t have made much difference to the overall result with time running out, Mitrovic perhaps shouldn’t have been on the pitch to pile on the Hammers’ misery.
Shortly after Ciaran Clark doubled Newcastle’s lead in a limp display by the visiting side, Chicharito was found in the middle of the park fighting for the ball.
Even though he was on the floor, the Mexican international’s desire saw him come away in possession to spark a rare attack for his side.
Hernandez didn’t have to be in that position, yet, when some heads had fallen amongst his teammates, the forward was still fighting for his team.
Departing away fans
After conceding the third goal, a number of West Ham fans had clearly had enough.
The Hammers have some of the best supporters in the country, yet they couldn’t stomach to watch much more of that display.
Who could blame them?
As poor as Newcastle had been in their opening two games, their fans played a major part in the 3-0 victory.
St James’ Park can be toxic at times, but the Gallowgate end was deafening throughout the 90 minutes as the fans roared their side on to victory.
More displays like that again from the Hammers and fans leaving early could become a familiar theme.
Calling for Sakho
With the Hammers one goal down on the hour mark, the club’s supporters were vocal in calling for Diafra Sakho to enter the pitch.
Apart from Hernandez’s close-range strike that was brilliantly saved by Rob Elliot, the Newcastle shot-stopper was kept quiet all game.
Bilic’s side barely offered anything going forward and even the introduction of Lanzini couldn’t swing things in their favour.
Despite his injury hell over the past 18 months, supporters can still remember the impact Sakho can have for the club and they called for the Senegalese forward to be bought on.
However, despite finally getting their wish, the striker barely got a touch of the ball following his introduction.
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