By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail
Published: 16:56 GMT, 2 November 2019 | Updated: 17:17 GMT, 2 November 2019
For the masses of West Ham supporters who headed for the exits way before full-time, they will find it hard to believe their team actually came close to salvaging an undeserved point.
Trailing by three approaching the final 15 minutes, it was no surprise to hear the ever increasing clatter of seats as the home fans decided they had seen enough. They had done well to make it that far.
And so it was difficult to comprehend five minutes of stoppage-time arriving with the score at 2-3. How unjust it would have been, however, had they nicked a share of the spoils.
Ciaran Clark gave Newcastle the lead with a 15th minute header from a set-piece move
Centre-back Federico Fernandez doubled the visitors seven minutes later with another header
Allan Saint-Maximin missed two chances to make it 3-0 to Newcastle in one-on-one scenarios
West Ham were defensively out of sorts and could have been four goals down at the break
As it was, Steve Bruce’s Magpies were good value for their third victory of the season. Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers, meanwhile, are five without a win and look void of confidence and cohesion.
It would have been fair to assume that the second half of Saturday morning's rugby World Cup final would be the most one-sided contest of the day as South Africa trounced England. The first 45 minutes here, however, rivalled that when it came to one team’s superiority.
Not that Newcastle were so good to leave West Ham helpless, more that the hosts were so bad they made it easy for a visiting team who had previously failed to score twice in any game this season.
The only shock come the interval was that West Ham trailed by just two, for it should have been at least four, and that is perhaps being generous to Pellegrini’s sorry side.
The sight of Felipe Anderson seemingly refusing to sprint into an open space in front of him - and allowing DeAndre Yedlin to recover and steal the ball - just about captured the