Pellegrini admits West Ham haven't performed 'against teams around us'

Matt Ritchie for Newcastle

"Marko has worked the whole week without any problem", said West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Mexico worldwide struck either side of half-time with Felipe Anderson adding a third at the death to end the Magpies' three-game winning streak in comprehensive fashion on an afternoon when the Hammers might have won even more handsomely if they had been more composed in front of goal.

West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic is set to start against Newcastle despite limping off with a hip injury last weekend.

His positioning and reading of the game was excellent throughout, something which shows his maturity and he also has general Fabian Balbuena acting as a calming influence alongside him.

The Hammers, on the other hand, have picked up only a single win in their past six games and their last one was a drubbing at the hands of league leaders Manchester City.

"Javier has always been a very important player for us".

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The task for West Ham the defender feels will be to play with full concentration for the full 90 minutes and not drop important points that they have been dropping this season.

"It was certainly not our best performance, and unfortunately we lost".

Hernandez will get the headlines, but Arnautovic was similarly impressive in attack for West Ham.

- West Ham recorded their biggest Premier League victory against Newcastle at St James' Park since October 1998 (also 3-0).

Newcastle United had won three in a row, but they put in a poor display against West Ham and were punished as Javier Hernandez scored two.

West Ham's Javier Hernandez has scored 48 Premier League goals with all of those strikes coming from inside of the box - only Tim Cahill (56) has scored more goals in the competition with 100% of them coming from inside of the box. But after Hernandez made it 2-0, Newcastle's heads dropped and the wind was really taken out of their sails. He couldn't keep the Magpies in the top flight, but did stay to guide them back at the first attempt the following season. He then made little impression after the break and was replaced by Joselu with 12 minutes remaining.

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