Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United
Saturday, 20th July 2019
by Staff Writer
West Ham ended the Asia Trophy with the wooden spoon after going down 1-0 to Premier League relegation favourites Newcastle in Shanghai.The only goal of the game arrived 34 minutes into the game and was scored by Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto, as West Ham's defence was breached with worrying ease.
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West Ham, who were blitzed 4-1 by reigning champions Manchester City in the semi final can at least point to a bright opening in that match, in which they took the lead before being denied a cast-iron penalty.
However they never really got started in this morning's third-place play off and rarely looked like equalising once they had fallen behind to Muto's strike.
Once again the lack of VAR cost West Ham dearly as TV replays showed that Newcastle's goalscorer was marginally offside prior to beating Lukasz Fabianski to score the winning goal.
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But West Ham didn't really deserve anything from a game in which they failed to produce a single shot on target and looked a long way from ready to start the new season.
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Player RatingsLukasz Fabianski
No chance with the goal ,apart from which he didn't have a save of note to make.
Off the pace and not involved to any great degree.
It was Cresswell's left flank that was constantly under attack from Newcastle in the first half. Provided little going forward.
Very disappointing. A lack of notable effort saw him left standing for the goal and he was caught out once or twice by quicker players.
Still working his way back to full fitness after a lengthy lay-off. Very much second choice behind Diop and Balbuena (when both are fit) at present.
Not involved to any great degree once again, as per the Man City test earlier in the week, but made a couple of vital interceptions.
No lack of effort but he struggled to get involved and was too often caught in possession.
Failed to threaten the Newcastle defence and looked a long way from a ??35million signing.
Not involved and often looked frustrated by the lack of notable support.
Unlike his cameo against Man City, he did little here to suggest he should be starting in the Premier League next month.
He simply isn't a lone striker - the effort and desite is too often missing.
(Replaced Reid) It took him around 15 minutes to get a touch of the ball, having come on at half time. Still looks like the weakest player in the first team squad.
(Replaced Lanzini) Looked bright and sprayed the ball around nicely, whilst creating a chance or two for his team mates.
(Replaced Yarmolenko) Far from Pellegrini's most technically-accomplished player, but one of the squad's biggest grafters. You always get 100 per cent from the Scot.
(Replaced Hernandez) Showed how a lone striker's role should be handled. Lots of effort for little reward today.
Roberto Jimenez Gago
(Replaced Fabianski) Barely had a save to make, as per Fabianski. This was not the game to judge his ability by.
(Replaced Cullen) Got stuck in and looked a far better option than the man he replaced.
(Replaced Anderson) A busy bee and the effort cannot be faulted, although there was little end product to speak of. * Other subs used: Grady Diangana (Zabaleta 71).
Match FactsWest Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski, Pablo Zabaleta, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, Declan Rice, Josh Cullen, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Javier Hernandez.
Sent off: None.
Newcastle United: Dubravka, Sterry (Manquillo 46), Schar, Lascelles, Clark (Fernandez 46), Ritchie (S.Longstaff 46), Shelvey (M.Longstaff 78), Colback (Aarons 78), Hayden (Ki 46), Sorensen (Murphy 46), Muto (Lazaar 46).
Subs not used: Darlow, Woodman, Bailey, Watts, Allan.
Goals: Muto (34).
Sent off: None.
Referee: Guan Xing .
Man of the Match: Michail Antonio.