West Ham Boss On Selections For Win At Newcastle

Lynette Rowe
December 4, 2018

Rafa Benitez says the money spent by West Ham United made all the difference at St James's Park. We were a little bit open on the counter-attack with their movement and control and the pace, and you suffer.

West Ham have been left sweating over the fitness of defensive duo Aaron Creswell and Fabian Balbuena ahead of the visit of Cardiff.

Snodgrass curled in a fine cross from the right and Hernandez ran behind a static defence to finish from close range.

The Hammers boss said: 'There were very few words that I spoke with him at the beginning of the season.

Newcastle did have chances to equalise before the break, with Ayoze Perez failing convert any of the four that came his way, while Salomon Rondon had a shot blocked well by Pablo Zabaleta on the stroke on half time.

The first major concern for West Ham will be the injury status of their forward Marko Arnautovic.

Anderson told West Ham TV: "Certainly this season we haven't been able to be consistent". A run of matches against Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton and Burnley, in addition to this contest, appears to give Pellegrini's team a real opportunity to climb the table.

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Hernandez wasted two good chances to score, failing to connect with a cross from Arnautovic before firing into the side-netting when he only had Dubravka to beat.

The second half started in a similar vein to the first, with both sides spurning chances, as Rondon could't direct a near post header on target, while Hernandez passed up two great efforts in the space of a minute.

- West Ham recorded their biggest Premier League victory against Newcastle at St James' Park since October 1998 (also 3-0).

- West Ham have kept their first away clean sheet of the season and their first on the road in the competition since their final away game of the 2017-18 campaign against Leicester (2-0).

The Hammers, on the other hand, have picked up only a single win in their past six games and their last one was a drubbing at the hands of league leaders Manchester City.

- Javier Hernandez has scored 48 Premier League goals with all of those strikes coming from inside of the box - only Tim Cahill (56) has scored more goals in the competition with 100 per cent of them coming from inside of the box.

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