Rafael Benitez: 'Newcastle United players are giving everything'


And the Ghana global who made his 18th appearance for the Hammers this term is frustrated they could not make their fans happy.

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

"The fans were unbelievable".

Though they lost to Arsenal in the League Cup on Tuesday night after previously holding them to a stalemate, they have been impressive lately, having avoided defeat in the last three games including a victory over Chelsea.

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"We have to keep the team spirit. But I have a big respect for this team because they managed to get through this game without giving a chance to West Ham at all". We took a bit of responsibility on ourselves because we weren't performing well, and we have turned it around with the help of the gaffer. "We were happy we played Stoke last week... hopefully that's the case again this weekend". "I can not think of many clear chances after that".

"We're going to use this game to become better and work and be better for Saturday because that's what important at the moment". We have had a bad run but we are confident that we can do well.

"The good news is that Cheikhou Kouyate is back in full training so we hope he will be available for tomorrow", confirmed Moyes. We lose maybe 1-0 at the Emirates, with young lads also playing, it's good for them, it's good for the Club, for the future. Benitez is likely to stick with a 4-4-2 formation despite his side's recent struggles, with Dwight Gayle, Mo Diame and Matt Ritchie all pushing for recalls after beginning last weekend's defeat by Arsenal on the substitutes' bench.

West Ham United confront Newcastle United at the London Stadium for their English Premier League duel on Saturday.