Hernandez double helps West Ham to 3-0 win at Newcastle

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini

I'm not sure it's possible to win so easily and be lucky to do so but City took their chances well and West Ham didn't.

The Magpies are now tied on points with West Ham United but the fact that Rafa Benitez's men have won their past three games will certainly give them the upper hand.

Manuel Pellegrini has insisted he is not under greater pressure to deliver victories ahead of a month which could determine West Ham's season.

The Mexico worldwide struck either side of halftime, with Felipe Anderson adding a third in injury time to end Newcastle's three-game winning streak in comprehensive fashion on an afternoon when West Ham might have won by a bigger margin.

West Ham's 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% of them coming from inside of the box.

"I hope he scores more goals. well, not just him, also (Marko) Arnautovic and all the other players who are looking for a chance". Over 2 ½ goals is the odds-on jolly in the Over/Under 2.5 Goals market but less than three looks more likely and I'm happy to play Under 2.5 at [2.1].

"The best games we played here were against Chelsea and Manchester United".

"We don't want to go there and just roll over, give them an early goal and get the crowd up".

"Unfortunately, we lost today but we have another game on Wednesday, and that's really good, because it helps us to get this out of our system".

"There was stuff there we should be proud of".

This was the first of seven Premier League matches in December for West Ham and a sizeable points tally will be expected. It is important that we are very strong and well organised to start with.

"Felipe is improving game by game", said Zabaleta.

"He's a very professional player".

"He's had a career in which he was wanted by all the big teams and it's because he has something different".

The Chilean also admitted that he normally prefers playing with two strikers at the top, but stressed he needed time to choose what team to play.

"We've had good games against big teams, and played not so well against teams around us, so it is important to have a strong mind and understand that every game is hard".

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