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In the long term, however, it may be the greater good as West Ham United can continue their focus on avoiding the drop heading into Saturday's potential six-point belter at London Stadium versus Newcastle United.

Heading south the mood music around United is far from positive.

"It is very important".

"We have players in other positions, quite a few of them, but at this moment in time we are short on midfield players". We know it is hard because the situation is not good but the team, the club and the staff are all together and we will fight for the three points. Joselu opened his scoring account with the Magpies on 36 minutes before second-half goals by Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic secured the three points.

Following the meeting with West Ham, Newcastle play Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Stoke City over the Christmas and New Year period.

"We were happy we played Stoke last week after the power cut threatened to have the game postponed, because we thought it was a good time to play them, and hopefully that's the case again this weekend". We need to play well, stay calm in the game and score more goals than West Ham. West Ham are now out of the relegation zone, and looking to climb the table over Christmas.

The Hammers bowed out in the quarter-final stage of the Carabao Cup after losing to the Gunners and the forward is displeased with their failure.Andre Ayew is disappointed with West Ham United's exit from the League Cup after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday night at the Emirates Stadium. Against Arsenal, we were pushing and making chances at the end.

"The club know. I think they knew before I came in that they needed it".

"It's very good when you have that quality at that age", he said.

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