Manuel Pellegrini press conference : Admits he rates Miguel Almiron and West Ham face tough test
Manuel Pellegrini was under pressure when he brought his West Ham team to St James Park.
A 3-0 win sparked a four game winning run in December, five wins in six, getting his team/season on track.
A seven game (all competitions) run with only the one win, has seen the Hammers becalmed in mid-table.
The West Ham boss thinks that now he has getting on for a full squad available, they can move forward again.
Manuel Pellegrini admits that the addition of Miguel Almiron (‘a very good player’) has made the task extra difficult for his team and he points out the consistency Newcastle are finally showing.
Rafa Benitez has seen a major upturn in home form, up until six weeks ago, the form at St James Park read two wins, one draw and eight defeats.
After four home wins in a row, Rafa will now look for more points away from home. Newcastle have only lost to top six teams on their travels and the overall away record reads won two, drawn six, lost five.
The six draws were achieved despite only scoring three goals in over nine hours of football, so the NUFC boss will be hoping that with his team looking to have more goals in them now (10 in last 6 PL home and away games, compared to 16 in the first 22 of the season), they can start picking up a few more wins away from St James Park.
Manuel Pellegrini pre-Newcastle press conference:
“When we went to Newcastle and beat them, they had won some games in a row.
“Now though, they’re more consistent and have won their last two games.
“Have signed Almiron too, so we know we need to play a very good game if we want to get points here.
“He (Miguel Almiron) is a very good player and will be successful for Newcastle.
“We will be in a better moment if we beat Newcastle.
“Felipe (Anderson) being called up for Brazil, Declan (Rice) winning his award (young London football player of the year), they are both doing very good seasons.
“They are both young players, as a manager I am very happy with them both.
“The problem is not when you have too many players, it’s when you don’t.
“We have our four strikers (now) without injuries.
“We are recovering our midfielders as well.
“So I think that we are well prepared for the last part of the season.
“We have had less than 72 hours to prepare (for this game against Newcastle), we made some changes against City to have some players fresh for tomorrow.
West Ham naming a stand after Billy Bonds:
“It is very good news.
“Billy Bonds is a very important player, he played a big number of games for West Ham and won trophies here.”
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