Tuesday 17 September 2019

Boss wants more of same from Hernandez

Newcastle 0 West Ham 3

West Ham's Javier Hernandez celebrates their third goal. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters
West Ham's Javier Hernandez celebrates their third goal. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters

Damian Spellman

Manuel Pellegrini is hoping Javier Hernandez is back to his best after plundering a double at Newcastle yesterday. The Mexico international struck after 12 and 64 minutes before Felipe Anderson sealed victory at the death. Hernandez has had only limited involvement this season after being floored by a virus.

"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," said Pellegrini.

"He's had a career in which he was wanted by all the big teams and it's because he has something different. I hope he will continue in the same way if he can have a normal season from now."

Asked about the illness which had hampered the frontman in recent months, the manager added: "It was five weeks that he couldn't move, he couldn't work."

Newcastle had gone into the game on the back of three successive wins, but were undone within 12 minutes when Hernandez steered home Robert Snodgrass' cross, and all but beaten when he converted from Marco Arnautovic's flick.

The home side spurned chances with Ayoze Perez the main culprit, and Anderson ended their slim hopes of a fightback in stoppage time.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez admitted that the visitors, who spent around £100million this summer with Anderson alone costing £40million, had simply had too much quality for his side.

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."

Huddersfield Town 1 Brighton 2

Florin Andone's first goal in English football earned Chris Hughton's Brighton side their first win in four Premier League matches.

Romania striker Andone, signed from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer and making his first Premier League start, headed home a second-half winner.

Huddersfield, who played for the last hour with 10 men following the controversial dismissal of striker Steve Mounie, had stormed into the lead through Mathias Jorgensen after 55 seconds - the quickest goal in the Premier League this season.

Brighton equalised in first-half stoppage time through Shane Duffy's towering header and made their numerical advantage tell in the second period.

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