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

Newcastle's De Andre Yedlin is challenged by Marko Arnautovic

"We need to stay concentrated for 90 minutes". The Austria global found space time and time again in the first half and was also at the heart of West Ham's best efforts on the counter-attack prior to his 70th-minute withdrawal.

Jack Wilshere is nearly 100 per cent fit but it remains to be seen if Manuel Pellegrini names him in the first eleven.

And a late strike from Anderson, superb all game, capped a miserable afternoon for Newcastle.

Perez headed over from close range after meeting Ritchie's 27th-minute corner and then dragged a shot wide, but his side was living dangerously and Arnautovic might have increased the Hammers' lead in the meantime had either Aaron Cresswell or Anderson been able to produce a better final ball.

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.

"I can not complain of the effort of the players or the commitment but again today we had chances, but they scored theirs".

"We were too open, and they punished us for it".

Javier Hernandez celebrates his first goal for West Ham
Javier Hernandez celebrates his first goal for West Ham

Pellegrini said: "If you review his career, Javier had played at Manchester United, at Real Madrid, at Bayer Leverkusen, in the national squad of Mexico, different countries and everywhere he has scored. I hope we give maximum of our pace and quality to have three points more (against Cardiff) and after that to think of the next rival".

Dubravka, however, felt there were some "good things" to take from the game.

Rondon powered a header wide from Ritchie's near-post corner as the pressure on the West Ham goal mounted, but the game should have been effectively over before the hour-mark.

Asked the reason for the transformation of results, Pellegrini said: "Manchester City is a top team that doesn't allow you to make mistakes".

"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".

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.

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