Martin Dubravka reveals what was ‘unexpected’ about Newcastle’s defeat to West Ham

Virginia Santiago
December 6, 2018

Javier Manquillo admits the second goal conceded against West Ham "was a killer" as they fell to a 3-0 home defeat.

West Ham's fast breaks had toothless Newcastle reeling all afternoon and livewire Mexico worldwide Hernandez fired them ahead in the 11th minute with a sweeping close-range finish after a fine cross by Robert Snodgrass.

"We need to analyse the goals, have a look again at the mistakes we made, see where we need to improve".

He said: "Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson, Snodgrass and Hernandez, four players - all of them have quality, all of them have pace, they have ability, that's the point".

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Hernandez missed two more good chances before doubling West Ham's lead, running onto Arnautovic's flick-on and beating the advancing goalkeeper Martin Dubravka easily.

Ayoze Perez had Newcastle's best chance of the first half in the 26th minute when he headed over from close range. "We didn't, they did and that's what cost us, but this is football and that's the way it is".

"Momentum is always important and Newcastle have trust in this moment because they are winning", said Pellegrini.

The Mexico forward had been hampered by a virus, but Pellegrini said: "He has recovered his shape now and I hope he will continue to score lots of goals for us".

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Hernandez was recalled by West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and took his tally of Premier League goals to 48 with an opportunistic strike in the 11th minute and a near finish in the 63rd. We'd had three victories in a row, and wanted to show our fans we could give them another one, but sometimes things just don't go the right way for you.

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.

West Ham made four changes as Cresswell, Noble, Snodgrass and Hernandez replaced Masuaku, Obiang, Diangana and Antonio.

Hernandez, 30, has previously been linked with Newcastle.

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"But I know he's a scorer and a player who plays very well inside the 18-yard-box, so I started with him today because before that he was not able to play a complete game".

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