West Ham bounced back from their disappointing 4-0 home defeat to Manchester City last weekend with a remarkable win at in-form Newcastle on Saturday.
The Hammers’ Chilean manager, Manuel Pellegrini, found much to be happy with when speaking after today’s win.
“Really satisfied because the team played a very good game. We scored three and create four or five clear chances. We kept a clean sheet which we haven’t done very often this season. They didn’t create many chances,” Pellegrini told BBC.
“If you keep a clean sheet you can play different. We work hard during the week and today we played in the way we need if we don’t want to concede goals.”
Pellegrini also gave Mexican striker, Javier Hernandez, only his third Premier League start of the season today. ‘Chicharito’ repaid his manager with two well-taken goals to set them on their way to victory.
“We arrive with the World Cup and Javier (Hernandez) was five weeks ill. It is not easy to recover his best moment but he is a scorer. When I start with him today because before that he could not play a complete game. I am happy for him,” he said.
Another player whose form has improved greatly after a few poor appearances in the early stages of the season is Felipe Anderson. The former Lazio midfielder scored West Ham’s third goal today, deep into injury time.
“Felipe (Anderson) played a very good game also. He scored one and had a lot of important passes. He is more used to the Premier League and is improving every game.”
The former Manchester City boss then called for focus as all Premier League sides face two more games within the next week.
“The worst mistake is to think the future is regular for us. We need to play the next game in the same way as today. An important three points but it is not enough. We need to think to the next game and three more.”