Overall Newcastle had the better of possession with 59% compared to our 41%

But this advantage was not turned into Territory with this being equal at around 50%

Chances created were also in Newcastles advantage but in terms of big chances, 7 of our 8 chances were classed as clear cut compared to just 1 for Newcastle.

Newcastle had 16 shots compared to our 7 for us although on target this was 4 each.

Newcastle put in 36 crosses compared to our 12


Our passing as a whole was poor on the day, we completed 250 passes from our 360. This being just 69% of passes finding team mates.

Our total number of passes are normally lower that the opposition when we play this counter attack style but the completion % is usually higher.

Newcastle completed 405 from their 491 passes (82%)

In the attacking third we completed 49 from 85 (57%)

And in the penalty area we completed just 4 from 16 passes (25%)


Noble returned to the side and returned to top of the total completed passes with 36 from 44 passes completed (82%)

Anderson had our highest pass completion rate (discarding Wilshere) of 89% with 31 passes from 35 finding a team mate.

Arnautovic’s passing was poor with only 12 completed from 25 (48%)

Cresswell was heavily involved in passes until he was taken off on 56 minutes, with 18 completed from 21 (86%)

Also at the time of leaving the pitch, Cresswell to Anderson was the highest pass combination with 13. This was only bettered by 1 by Snodgrass to Chicharito although this was for 90 mins.

64% of our passes were attempted in the middle third of the pitch.

24% in the attacking third and 12% in the defensive third so again shows we moved the ball forward quickly.

Only 22 of our 338 outfield passes being classed as Long, with Anderson completing 7 out of 7 of his long passes.


Anderson capped a superb all round performance with being top of our attacking stats including 9 completed passes in attacking third, 9 recoveries, 2 chances created and 2 shot on target (1 goal).

Snodgrass had an equal number mainly due to the 7 crosses he put in.

Balbuena again toping the defensive stats, including another 10 clearances, 6 completed tackles and 3 interceptions.

Diop was also the perfect centre back partner again with 6 completed tackles from 6, 5 clearances and 1 block.

Zabaleta and Cresswell both with good clearances.


Some Views on Individual Stats

Zabaleta – Backed up the 2 centre backs in defence including 6 clearances.

Balbuena – Always a rock when the opposition put in lots of crosses. Top of defensive stats including 10 Clearances. Lower than normal pass completion.

Diop – 100% record on tackles attempted with 6 along with 5 clearances

Cresswell – Goods stats and involved in both directions up to his injury. Excellent passing and combination with Anderson.

Noble – Top of our completed passes with 36, also good completion of 82%, not much in defence but Rice is covering that role.

Rice – Steady defensive stats in front of the back four.

Snodgrass – Good going forward overall including 7 crosses and 2 chances created including the excellent one for Chicharito’s first goal. But poor pass completion for midfield.

Anderson – Superb, top of our attacking stats including 2 chance created, 2 shots on target and 1 goal. Add to this the very good passing stats and range of passing.

Chicharito – 4 shots with 2 on target for his 2 goals. Doesn’t need to add much to any other stats if he does this.

Arnautovic – Poor day in terms of passing, just 48% of his passes completed. But still adding to the team attacking stats including 3 chances created.


Masuaku – Didn’t show much in stats, 60% pass completion.

Obiang – Didn’t get involved for the final 19 mins. 6 passes completed from 11 (55%)

Wilshere – Just 5 minutes but enough to create the chance which Anderson put away.






By Gonzo

West Ham fan for as long as I can remember. I was flukey enough to watch The Irons beat Bury 10-0 in my first ever game . . . True to form, West Ham then went out and signed their central defender 😬

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