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Lucas Paqueta insists West Ham must learn their lesson after Newcastle defeat

Lucas Paqueta insists West Ham must learn their lesson after Newcastle defeat

Lucas Paqueta has insisted West Ham needs to learn their lesson after their shock Newcastle United defeat.

The Hammers seemed to be streaking to victory during Saturday’s (30.03.24) match against The Magpies, leading 3-1 by the beginning of the second half. However, the team’s defences crumbled and allowed their opponents to score another three goals. Now, the 26-year-old West Ham midfielder has emphasised the club needs to learn from its mistakes for future games.

Taking to Instagram, he wrote: “Sad about the result, we played a good game and let the win slip away, learn from the mistakes to continue improving!

“Thank you for everyone’s support! Grateful to God always.”

Paqueta’s teammate Jarrod Bowen - who assisted Mohammed Kudus’ late goal in the first half - also admitted he was disappointed by the result, and emphasised the club needed to do “the right things” in order to leave matches with the victory once they have a lead.

Speaking to, he said: “We knew if they got a second goal it would give them a big boost, and that’s what happened. At 3-2 we needed to manage the game and do the right things, but we weren’t able to do that and they went on and got the win.”

Manager David Moyes admitted bringing on an additional midfielder, Kalvin Phillips, “did not work” when The Hammers were 3-1 up.

Reflecting on the situation after the game, he said: “I actually thought at that time when we went 3-1 up, Newcastle were there better team and still were.

“I thought an extra midfield player would give us more control in the middle of the pitch. Obviously, it didn’t work.

“We needed a defensive structure that could be steady and see themselves through. We tried to find it by the change [Phillips on]. We tried to find something that would give us more structure and a bit more organisation."

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