The talkSPORT host claimed the Hammers’ loss to Newcastle was a big shock and asked O’Hara for his opinion on the result, the former Tottenham player replied that he hadn’t been overly impressed by Manuel Pellegrini’s side, so it didn’t surprise him.
O’Hara also pointed out that he thought Newcastle United had gotten better in recent times as Steve Bruce had sorted his side out to make them better at the back.
“I think was a big shock West Ham- Newcastle, don’t you?” pondered Brazil (talkSPORT, 6:41am, Thursday, November 7th).
O’Hara replied: “I’m not sure Al, I haven’t been overly impressed by West Ham this season.
“There’s been a lot of talk about them, they started well, but they haven’t set the world alight and Newcastle have got a good side, and he has started to sort them out defensively so they look like they can get results.
“It’s a big result, don’t get me wrong, but they could have won that game by four or five.”
While O’Hara normally gets Hammers fans rightly grabbing the pitchforks with his remarks, see his previous comments on the “overrated” Declan Rice, his latest words won’t be ripped to pieces by West Ham’s fanbase. The Hammers losing to Newcastle wasn’t a shock to the system as West Ham have been poor ever since losing to Oxford United 4-0 in the EFL Cup. Ahead of the loss to Steve Bruce’s side, the Irons hadn’t won any of their last four league games and had even suffered two defeat in the process. The only reason West Ham’s loss to Newcastle may have caught some by surprise was due to how quickly the Magpies went 3-0 up in the game. Jonjo Shelvey made it 3-0 to Bruce’s team in the 51st minute, and Newcastle have struggled for goals this season. The Magpies had only managed six goals in 10 league games ahead of clashing with the Hammers, so hardly looked capable of scoring three in a single game.