It’s the nightmare start to the season that no club wishes they were in. And unfortunately for West Ham, they are indeed that club rock bottom at the first international break of the season.
The Hammers produced a shockingly poor display in losing 3-0 to fellow struggles Newcastle United, as massive pressure will be heaped on Slaven Bilic again following three defeats to start the campaign.
In a match where both teams were pointless, it was Rafa Benitez’s Magpies who were more composed, organized and placid throughout the entire match, culminating in a scoreline that did not flatter the hosts.
The opening goal came in the 36th minute, as Joselu scored on his Newcastle debut in a Newcastle move that began when West Ham teenager Declan Rice held the ball too long in midfield and was stripped.
Despite the arrival of Manuel Lanzini in the second half, things would get worse for the Hammers. The Argentine was very rusty throughout his season debut, and he was at fault for the Newcastle second goal as he was stripped by Matt Ritchie. The excellent Scottish winger eventually found Ciaran Clark for a simple header to make it 2-0 in the 72th minute.
And the current misery for the Hammers was compounded in the 86th minute, when substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic coolly dribbled around Joe Hart to make it 3-0.
With the international break here, West Ham will be desperate for their first win or points of the season in two weeks time, when they are finally at home against Huddersfield.