It was a quality team victory and rare road conquest for West Ham United, as they handled Newcastle impressively by the score of 3-0 Saturday afternoon at St. James Park.
Two goals from the revived Javier Hernandez and a finish from Felipe Anderson were the key moments in a quality three points away from the London Stadium for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, as they overcame Newcastle’s early wave and constant threat throughout.
The Hammers took control of the match after the home side’s positive start in the 11th minute, when the returning Robert Snodgrass delivered a perfect cross into the box that Chicharito finished superbly. West Ham was able to hold onto their 1-0 lead as the first half festered out, but not without Newcastle showing why they don’t have an out and out goalscorer. Ayoze Perez just couldn’t get the job done for Rafa Benitez’s team once again.
And Pellegrini would see his side maintain their composure, even with the injury of Aaron Cresswell, with the second goal from Hernandez in the 63rd minute. Two great redirects from Declan Rice and Marko Arnautovic found the Mexican star into his path and slotted it home.
West Ham would close out a very happy afternoon when Anderson was rewarded for a fine performance with a cool finish between the legs of Martin Dubravka.
The Hammers hope they can continue playing like this on Tuesday, when they face off against Cardiff City back at the London Stadium.