Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has told The Chronicle that he was impressed with West Ham United playmaker Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini on Saturday.
The Magpies travelled down to the London Stadium on Saturday evening following successive home wins over Huddersfield Town and Burnley, with fans buoyant once again.
West Ham had been in fine form of late too, meaning Saturday's game was a tricky one to predict – and it was the hosts who claimed all three points.
Declan Rice headed West Ham in front from a Robert Snodgrass corner, before Florian Lejeune tripped Javier Hernandez inside the penalty area, with Mark Noble stepping up to score the spot kick.
Newcastle couldn't get back into the game and went home with a 2-0 defeat, halting Rafael Benitez's momentum ahead of this coming weekend's game against Everton.
After Saturday's defeat, Newcastle ace Hayden has admitted that he thought Anderson and Lanzini were the difference for West Ham, praising their pace on the counter-attack.
“They were difficult to handle; Anderson and Lanzini were the difference for them,” said Hayden. “On the counter-attack, their pace was very, very good, but sometimes that can happen in games,” he added.
Anderson and Lanzini bring a real spark to the West Ham side with their ability to carry the ball and create chances, with both players worth absolute millions – Newcastle just have to hope that Miguel Almiron emerges into a player of similar quality.
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