Newcastle United and West Ham United were united in more than name before Saturday’s match at St. James Park, off to twin 0-2 starts in Premier League play.
That changed drastically after Newcastle’s 3-0 thumping of the visitors, who had little cooking in the middle of the park and made mistakes at the back in letting the Magpies build momentum.
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Bilic was especially flummoxed because he believes the Irons have good personnel but simply didn’t turn up for a match up north.
“We have to admit they were better in everything, especially in determination and wanting to win second balls and making a transition when doing that. We didn’t deserve anything.”
“We are trying to be active [in the transfer market] still but I was happy with the team, it was just the performance that was not good. We can talk about the away games but I expected a lot, lot more.”
Next up is a visit from Huddersfield Town after the international break, and Bilic’s seat will glow red-hot if the Irons aren’t the first team to beat Town this season.