Former Magpies striker Micky Quinn has laid into West Ham United's full-backs ahead of the weekend.
Quinn was critical of Hammers full-backs Carl Jenkinson (who was sent off) and Aaron Cresswell during the club’s last game, which they lost 4-3 at the hands of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will be determined for his team to react in the right manner this weekend when the club travels to Liverpool.
“We all got carried away with that first result against Arsenal – The West Ham full-backs had an absolute nightmare (against Bournemouth), poor discipline all over cost them the game,” he told talkSPORT.
The surprising points over the full-backs performances
The surprising thing about Jenkinson’s red card is that it’s prolonged a theme of poor discipline, which has existed in the side since before the Premier League season started.
The Hammers seem to have a negative habit of picking up red cards this season, which is counterproductive because it leaves the club without key players at key times.
The surprising thing about Cresswell’s performance against Bournemouth is the fact that he was the club’s player of the season last year.
It’s far too early to be able to judge West Ham based on this season and too early to judge Bilic as a manager at the club, but the team have been challenged and need to get back on track with a positive result at Anfield.