West Ham United dished out a clinical performance against Newcastle United as they brought about a crucial win at St James Park. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez struck twice to secure the victory for the Hammers and Felipe Anderson put the final nail in the coffin for the Magpies with a late goal in the 93rd minute. This win puts the West London side in the 13th place in the league table while the Tyneside club goes down to the 15th place.
The Hammers started to put pressure on the Magpies since the beginning of the match and their ploy was successful. Hernandez put the visitors in front with an opportunistic finish from an inch-perfect cross from Robert Snodgrass in the 11th minute of the match. He doubled the lead with another brilliant finish past Martin Dubravka in the 63rd minute and literally ended all hopes for a Newcastle United comeback into the game. Felipe Anderson added to his tally in the dying moments of the match to wrap up the 4th win for West Ham this Premier League season.
Here is how the West Ham United players were rated from their win against Newcastle United.
Lukasz Fabianski: 7
Brilliant goalkeeping from the Polish international as he looked determined to keep the opposition attackers at bay.
Pablo Zabaleta: 8
The Argentine veteran is ageing like fine wine as he once again made sure that nothing went into the goal on his watch.
Issa Diop: 7
Dished out tackles and interceptions to assure three more points for his side.
Fabian Balbuena: 7
Partnered Diop in the backline to keep his side out of harm’s way.
Aaron Cresswell: 6
Good performance while going forward with the ball as he was fouled thrice throughout the match. Looked a little shaky defensively.
Declan Rice: 7
Showed a lot of maturity in the middle of the pitch as his decision making was spot on in case of interceptions and passing.
Mark Noble: 6
Another good performance from the Englishman as he kept creating spaces to get the ball to the forwards.
Robert Snodgrass: 7
Pinpoint crossing from the midfield ace as he made it possible for Chicharito to break the deadlock and kept the pressure on the opposition throughout the match.
Felipe Anderson: 8
Went forward with the ball on a number of occasions and got his reward right at the death.
Marko Arnautovic: 6
Looked subdued compared to his fellow teammates and was not able to have an impact on the match other than assisting Hernandez for his second goal.
Javier Hernandez: 8
Brought out his predatory instincts which were missing so far this season. Looked in sublime touch from the word go and led his side’s attack fearlessly.
Arthur Masuaku: 6
Good defensive performance after he came on for Cresswell.
Pedro Obiang: 5
Did well within his limited time on the pitch.
Jack Wilshere: 6.5
Had an immediate impact as his well-timed pass helped Anderson to score the third goal of the match.