Newcastle United 0 West Ham 3

Tyler Owen
December 6, 2018

The 29-year-old picked up a hip injury last week against Manchester City and multiple reports have suggested that he might not be fully fit for the Newcastle vs West Ham clash.

Benitez told BBC Sport: "Always it's important to win games in a row".

West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena believes that Newcastle United are more of a force now than they were at the start of the season and insists his team will need to focus at St. James' Park.

"Andy is maybe one step (further) forward than Wilshere because he played 45 minutes in the friendly game that we had against Brentford", added Pellegrini.

The centre-back has quickly established himself as a regular in the starting XI and must be one of the first names on the team sheet of boss Manuel Pellegrini.

"It was certainly not our best performance, and unfortunately we lost".

Jack Wilshere is nearly 100 per cent fit but it remains to be seen if Manuel Pellegrini names him in the first eleven.

The Newcastle vs West Ham game should have been an evenly matched contest but the fact that Pellegrini has as many as six injury concerns puts the initiative aptly in Rafa Benitez's lap. "We didn't, they did and that's what cost us, but this is football and that's the way it is".

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"We have to be critical of ourselves, but I think we also showed some good things in the game", said the goalkeeper.

"You can see Newcastle are more of a force and they are more dynamic".

"After that, we were trying to do everything, but sometimes the anxiety doesn't allow you to make the right decisions".

West Ham looked threatening on the break and Marko Arnautovic couldn't finish from a tight angle after taking the ball around Martin Dubravka from Anderson's through pass.

"I hope he scores more goals. well, not just him, also (Marko) Arnautovic and all the other players who are looking for a chance".

West Ham are level with The Magpies on 12 points so Saturday's meeting between the two teams is a very tough one to call.

Anderson's pace down the left caused Newcastle all kinds of problems, but it was Mexico worldwide Hernandez who put them to the sword.

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