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A header from a corner and a penalty took West Ham to victory over Newcastle in a game of few chances and little inspiration
And that’s all from me. It wasn’t a great game, with Newcastle in particular decidedly sub-par. They are 14th tonight, five places and eight points below the Hammers, and six points above the bottom three. With 31 points to their name already a couple more wins should see them safe, but they will have to improve on this performance if they are to get them. West Ham didn’t play as well as they can, but then did they have to – though Diop in particular made a series of Benítez-frustrating blocks. Bye!
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Rafa Benítez does some chatting:
We had 17 attempts, and I think they were lucky in some of the situations when they were blocking our shots. Both goals poor. These mistakes against these teams, when they have so much quality in attack, then you pay for that.
You have to credit their defenders. There were two or three occasions when they blocked the shot. In a normal game it would be a clear chance. When you go away and you have 17 attempts, you have to score at least one goal.