Ayew blamed for West Ham’s defeat to Newcastle

Sports News of Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Source: Goal.com

2017-12-26

Andre Ayew WesthamAndre Ayew made amends later in the game by pulling one back for his team

Winston Reid reckons the outcome of the game would have been “one hundred per cent” different but for the Ghanaian’s wasted penalty

Like manager David Moyes, West Ham defender Winston Reid believes they could have salvaged something from Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Newcastle had Andre Ayew converted his 56th-minute penalty.

The Ghanaian fluffed the spot kick in their 3-2 home reversal at the London Stadium, despite making amends with a goal moments later.

On a rare start, the 28-year-old spurned the opportunity to restore parity after Henri Saivet and Mohamed Diame gave the away side a 2-1 lead, Marko Arnautovic having opened the scoring for the Hammers in the sixth minute.

“It would have been a different ball game if we had levelled it at 2-2 [from the penalty or open play], one hundred per cent, but you have to take your chances and we didn’t, so we have to move forward and get some points away at Bournemouth,” Reid said, as reported by his club’s official website.

“It’s tough and tight down at Bournemouth, so we have to go down there and pick up some points.

“It’s not going to be easy, but we have to go there and do what we had done in recent weeks, minus Saturday’s game.

West Ham, thus, continue to flirt with relegation as they currently sit just one spot above the drop zone.

A Boxing Day win away at Bournemouth could catapult the Hammers to 13th on the log.

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