Martin Dubravka reveals what was ‘unexpected’ about Newcastle’s defeat to West Ham

Newcastle's De Andre Yedlin is challenged by Marko Arnautovic

Through the first 13 games of the Premier League season, Newcastle and West Ham are level on points with 12.

Opposite number 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.

"Of course, we made three or four big mistakes, and West Ham took advantage of that".

The Newcastle vs West Ham game should have been an evenly matched contest but the fact that Pellegrini has as many as six injury concerns puts the initiative aptly in Rafa Benitez's lap.

The goals are starting to be shared around a bit more now and the heavy reliance on Marco Arnautovic is lessoning.

This was the first of seven Premier League matches in December for West Ham and a sizeable points tally will be expected.

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

Arnautovic could not complete the 90 minutes as Manchester City ran out 4-0 winners at the London Stadium but the Austria global, who has scored five times in the Premier League this season, has been in training and will make the trip to the north-east on Saturday.

"In the end I went with two strikers and finally we played a very good [game]".

Those Newcastle fans who took part in an 11th-minute "walk-in" protest against owner Mike Ashley arrived into the ground just in time to see West Ham take the lead. They stuck four past a sorry Burnley a month ago and they beat Manchester United 3-1 at home back in September but in their other five games at the London Stadium they've found the back of the net just once, when losing to Bournemouth back in August. Both will be assessed before Cardiff's visit.

"We felt confident beforehand, especially at home. Attacking, we scored three goals and we created a lot more chances and defending, we kept a clean sheet and really Newcastle didn't have clear, clear chances".

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The 29-year-old picked up a hip injury last week against Manchester City and multiple reports have suggested that he might not be fully fit for the Newcastle vs West Ham clash.

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