Rafa Benitez was left with a frustrating sense of deja vu as Newcastle succumbed to West Ham for the second time this season, calling Saturday's 2-0 defeat at London Stadium 'the same situation' as the Magpies loss to the Hammers at St. James' Park.
After losing 3-0 to West Ham at home in December, Benitez would have hoped that his recently revitalised Newcastle side would put in a significantly better performance in the reverse fixture. However, after an unconvincing 90 minutes in East London, Benitez was left bemoaning frustratingly similar mistakes.
As quoted by Chronicle Live, Benitez said: "We made our own mistakes. We started with a lack of concentration and we conceded two goals from set-pieces against a good team. It was the same situation that we had at home.
Slack marking from Newcastle
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It's all over here at the London Stadium, where first half goals from Declan Rice and Mark Noble condemned the Magpies to defeat.
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Mark Noble made no mistake from the spot to give West Ham