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West Ham star claims ‘perfect performance’ against Newcastle United

2 weeks ago
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Javier Hernandez felt Saturday was ‘perfect’ for West Ham.

As well as only their second win in eight games, the Hammers striker pointed to the two goals and a clean sheet.

Hernandez claimed as well that West Ham ‘generated a lot of chances’ but the statistics (see below) don’t really support this, as the home side only had two efforts on target, aside from the two goals Newcastle gifted. Plus I don’t really remember Martin Dubravka making any difficult saves.

On top of that, West Ham only had one corner compared to Newcastle’s six.

Nevertheless, Javier Hernandez is now thinking about Europe, the Hammers only four points off seventh.

Summing up how tight things are away from that top six, if Newcastle had won on Saturday they would have been only two points adrift of West Ham.

The West Ham striker won the penalty for the crucial second goal and has enjoyed playing against Newcastle this season, having scored two of only five PL goals this season, in the 3-0 match at St James Park in December.

Javier Hernandez talking to official club site:

“It was perfect because we managed to keep a clean sheet, we scored two goals, we generated a lot of chances so yes, it was a very good match and now we’re going to think about Cardiff to try and get three points and get into the European places.

“I want to thank the boss and all his staff because I’m trying to be in my best shape, I hadn’t scored that much, but I [was fouled for] a penalty, they have given me their trust and the most important thing is that the team is getting the results.

“That’s the great thing about internal competition, we’re all fighting for a starting spot, we all want to play as much as possible and now I want to thank the coach by playing well which is the best possible way.

“I don’t leave today 100% happy because as every striker I want to score goals, but we know that the most important thing are the results, to play well and get three points so can’t complain really.

“I’m only thinking about Cardiff, working for the coach to give me the chance to start again, play my best, score goals and help the team.

“That’s my future at the moment, as for the rest we will speak when the season is over, right now we just need to play well so we can finish in a European spot.

“This club is in a transition in which it wants to qualify every year for Europe, that’s the idea and that’s why they hired this coaching staff and a lot of players, we’re playing in this stadium that can fit 60,000 fans so that’s the idea in the short, medium and long term.

“We want to start doing it this year and help the club get used to be always fighting to finish in a top seven spot.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

West Ham 2 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Rice 7, Noble 42 pen

Possession was West Ham 56% Newcastle 44%

Total shots were West Ham 10 Newcastle 17

Shots on target were West Ham 4 Newcastle 2

Corners were West Ham 1 Newcastle 6

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar (Dummett 65), Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie,  Hayden (Atsu 79), Longstaff (Diame 45), Almiron, Perez, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Ki, Yedlin, Muto

(3 positives and 3 negatives from West Ham 2 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer verdict on the defeat HERE)

(Match ratings of all NUFC players HERE)

(David Pleat analyses the match but dodgy Mike Ashley comment – HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/write response to the defeat at West Ham – Read HERE)

(Sean Longstaff leaves London Stadium on crutches – Read HERE)

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