David Moyes rues West Ham's 'terrible' and 'farcical' errors in defeat to Newcastle
By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 23/12/17 6:39pm
David Moyes was left bitterly disappointed with the manner of the goals West Ham conceded in the 3-2 defeat to Newcastle at the London Stadium.
West Ham had taken the lead through Marko Arnautovic, but fell behind after goals from Henri Saivet and Mo Diame.
Andre Ayew then missed the chance to level from the penalty spot, with Rob Elliot saving his spot-kick before Christian Atsu slid home Newcastle's third.
And though Ayew made amends with 20 minutes to go, the comeback stopped there as Newcastle held on for a first win in 10 Premier League games.
Asked to summarise West Ham's performance, Moyes responded: "Not a good one that's for sure. It was a game full of errors, I just keep looking at the goals we've conceded and the mistakes we've made.
"It was near enough right from the start. We got the goal - I think from a Newcastle mistake - but after we made two or three terrible mistakes which led to them scoring from a free-kick.
"All in all, it just seemed like that on the touchline. Mistake after mistake. We then missed a penalty at 2-1 which makes it even more difficult."
West Ham changed tactics when introducing Andy Carroll in the second half, and though it was his header which Ayew smashed in the rebound from, the forward not find a leveller for the hosts.
Moyes said Carroll's danger in the air is well-known, but could not help move back to commenting on Newcastle's third goal, which came from a swift counter after a West Ham corner.
"Everyone knows how good Andy is. But we gave ourselves too much to do after conceding a farcical third goal," Moyes added.
"We have to try and get rid of the individual errors. We missed him at home. He's the one player who can do more on the ball and it was glaringly obvious we missed him here.
"It was going to be a test with expectations changing towards us winning, but it showed today that we could not do that.
"It was the manner of losing the goals. The third was a catastrophe, the way it came about. We don't score the penalty, and those things can make a big difference."
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