Newcastle 5 West Ham 0
Newcastle came out with all guns blazing and created a flurry of chances in the first five minutes. Their best effort fell to Best who headed wide from 6 yards.
West Ham then seemed to have weathered the early pressure and started to get a foothold in the game. The Irons even managed to get a shot on target in the 13th minute when Parker forced a save from 20 yards.
However in the 18th minute Piquionne lost the ball in the Newcastle half, the ball was pumped forward and Loverkrands sent Best clear and the Newcastle striker buried the ball from 8 yards.
Newcastle got their second in the 39th minute when West Ham went to sleep at a freekick, allowing Loverkrands to get to the byline and fire the ball across the box for Best to grab his second from 5 yards.
In the 44th minute a poor clearance by West Ham fell to Nolan at the edge of the area and he passed the ball into the back of the net for Newcastle's third.
West Ham brought on Behrami and Obinna for Kovac and Piquionne at the start of the second half. The changes didn't have much immediate effect however. In the 59th minute Best was left completely unmarked and was given a free shot on goal just inside the area to get his hat-trick.
In the 64th minute Barton crossed the ball from the right wing. Loverkrands strolled past Upson and fired the ball in from four yards. In the 70th minute Hines came on for Noble. In the 72nd minute a Cole overhead kick from 5 yards was saved by Harper.
In the 73rd minute with only Green to beat Ranger fired the ball well wide. In the 82nd minute Obinna played Cole into the area but Cole couldn't put the ball past an out rushing Harper. In the 90th minute Sears dribbled round Harper but was driven wide. He managed to screw the ball back across the goalmouth but no West Ham players were following up.
You have to say that this was a shambolic performance from West Ham. It was the kind of performance that you would think demands some sort of reaction from the owners. I just wonder if Avram will still be in charge for the Barnsley game?