Eddie Howe disappointed for one point and explains why Saint-Maximin was missing
At the London Stadium, Eddie Howe was pleased with his team’s performance.
He was, however, disappointed that Newcastle United did not walk away with all three points.
The Newcastle manager thought his team had the upper hand in the first half, only to be undone by the game’s only truly bad defensive play. When the set-piece was taken, Emil Krafth gave away an unnecessary foolish free-kick, and Dawson was left unguarded to open the scoring.
Eddie Howe believes a goal is on the way for Joe Willock, who has been developing week after week, according to the NUFC Head Coach.
Newcastle United have now gone six Premier League games without losing, surrendering only four goals in that time, with only two goals surrendered in the past four. While Eddie Howe claimed the second half was more equal than the first and Newcastle was less dominant, the fact that the Hammers failed to register a single shot on target after the interval demonstrates how much Howe has improved the defensive side since Steve Bruce left him with a mess.
The big news before the game was Allan Saint-Maximin not in the matchday squad. After the game, Eddie Howe said that ASM had been kicked in the calf against Villa and hadn’t been able to exercise this week, thus he was left out against West Ham.
After the 1-1 draw with West Ham, Eddie Howe said:
“I felt we played pretty well in the first half.”
“I’m happy with the point, but I’m disappointed it wasn’t more.”
“It was a little more even in the second half.”
“Our start to the game was fantastic, and the only sadness for me was that we only managed to score one goal.” There was more for us in it.
“Even though we controlled the game, they posed a threat.”
“That’s the kind of thing West Ham can do to you.”
“We were upset with how poorly the free-kick was defended from our perspective.”
“It’s a pity, because the character and reaction were there.” It should have been more with the balls we placed in the box.”
In response to Joe Willock’s input,
“He scored several vital goals for this team last season.”
“He’s developed and grown and grown while I’ve been here this season.”
“That goal was inevitable, and I’m thrilled for him; he earned it today.”
Allan Saint-absence Maximin’s from the match:
“Against Aston Villa, he was kicked in the calf.
“Towards the conclusion of that game, I believe you observed him limping.”
“He didn’t train this week, but we hoped he’d be fit for the game; unfortunately, he didn’t make it.”
BBC Sport statistics:
West Ham United vs. Newcastle United — Saturday, February 19, 12:30 p.m.
(Statistics for the first half of the game are in brackets.)
Possession was West Ham 47% (40%) Newcastle 53% (60%)
Total shots were West Ham 11 (6) Newcastle 14 (10)
Shots on target were West Ham 3 (3) Newcastle 3 (2)
Corners were West Ham 3 (2) Newcastle 7 (4)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Willock (Guimaraes 88), Shelvey, Joelinton, Fraser (Almiron 79), Murphy, Wood
Darlow, Lascelles, Dummett, Fernandez, De Bolle, Gayle, Longstaff
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