Can Issa Diop grow into West Ham talisman?

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The Mexico worldwide netted twice in the Hammers' 3-0 win at Newcastle United at the weekend to take his Premier League goals tally for the season to three.

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

West Ham responded from a 4-0 home loss to Manchester City by winning 3-0 at Newcastle and Pellegrini added: 'I hope we give maximum of our pace and quality to get three points more (against Cardiff)'.

Ayoze Perez had Newcastle's best chance of the first half in the 26th minute when he headed over from close range.

"I know West Ham played reasonably well, but they got picked off", he told Yellow Sport.

Andriy Yarmolenko started the season in fine fashion but then he went on to pick up an achilles injury and reports have suggested that the summer signing could miss the whole length of the season.

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

However, the striker made amends in the 63rd minute as he slipped a low shot past the goalkeeper from Arnautovic's header over the top of the defence. Newcastle lost the match 3-0. On Saturday, the Magpies welcome West Ham to St. James' Park, with one team looking to move ahead of the other in the table.

West Ham's fast breaks had toothless Newcastle reeling all afternoon and livewire Mexico global Hernandez fired them ahead in the 11th minute with a sweeping close-range finish after a fine cross by Robert Snodgrass.

- West Ham's Felipe Anderson has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games having netted just one in his opening 10 appearances in the competition for the Hammers.

After a poor start to the season, which saw West Ham lose their first four games, the Hammers are improving nicely under new manager, Manuel Pellegrini, and they've lost just one of their last five (4-0 at home to Manchester City) but that result wasn't as terrible as it looks on paper.

Hernandez might have outscored Anderson, but the Brazilian produced an excellent all-around display.

Andy Carroll took has done full training during the course of the week and like Wilshere, he too is expected to start the Newcastle vs West Ham game on the bench. But after Hernandez made it 2-0, Newcastle's heads dropped and the wind was really taken out of their sails. "And then it was all killed off in the final few minutes".

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