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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Rafa Benitez bemoans lack of transfer spend as West Ham thrash Newcastle: Premier League round-up

Maddison dedicates goal for Leicester to late owner, Brighton earn first ever come-from-behind win, and Palace pile misery on Burnley

After three successive wins, Rafa Benitez watched his side lose emphatically at home to West Ham. Getty Images
After three successive wins, Rafa Benitez watched his side lose emphatically at home to West Ham. Getty Images

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said West Ham United's ability to spend money was the difference between the two sides as Manuel Pellegrini's team ran out comfortable 3-0 winners on Saturday.

Three successive wins moved Newcastle out of the Premier League's bottom three, but two goals from Javier Hernandez and a late finish by Felipe Anderson ensured a miserable afternoon for Benitez, who appeared to take a swipe at his employers for not spending enough money on new players.

West Ham spent more than £100 million (Dh470m) in the summer, while Newcastle made a net profit on their transfer business.

"It is very clear today again: take your chances and don't make mistakes," Benitez told BBC Sport. "They have spent the money on offensive players and they made the difference.

"We are working on [signings in January] that but it is a question of money. What they spend, what we spend, you can see that on the pitch.

"We cannot put our heads down. It is a battle. We will show the same character as we do in every game."

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison "bounced back" from his diving controversy to score in the 2-0 win over Watford, before dedicating his goal to the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Maddison, 22, was sent off against Brighton and Hove Albion last week after receiving a second yellow card for a blatant dive. However, the England international is sure to be back in the good graces of Leicester fans after a brilliant individual goal in the 23rd minute. Striker Jamie Vardy opened the scoring after winning and subsequently converting a penalty in the 12th minute.

The win was Leicester's first at home since September 22, and first since the death of Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash in October.

"That goal was right up there especially after a disappointing week last week," Maddison said. "I knew the best way to bounce back was to get a goal.

"I made a mistake last week, and I was the first one to hold my hands ups, I needed to make an impact to make amends and thankfully I did that and hopefully that is in the past now.

"I pointed to the heavens for Khun Vichai - he came into the changing room before the tragedy and said 'my No 10, you are due a goal.' That one was for him."

Brighton earned their first ever come-from-behind win in the Premier League by beating 10-man Huddersfield Town 2-1.

Mathias Jorgensen gave Huddersfield the lead in the first minute, but Steve Mounie's red card for a high challenge on Yves Bissouma turned the game in Brighton's favour.

Chris Hughton's men pulled level on the stroke of half-time through Shane Duffy, before Florin Andone scored his first goal for Brighton in the 69th minute.

"We were good after conceding the early goal. When they went down to 10 men you have to try and capitalise on that," Hughton said. "It is an important three points away from home. It is important we are picking up points. It feels like a big one for us as well."

Crystal Palace piled more misery on Burnley with a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park, which keeps Sean Dyche's team stuck in the relegation zone.

Goals in each half from James McArthur and Andros Townsend ensured a deserved win for Palace, and Dyche has urged his side to rally.

"We have to be a team, and we are a bit stretched at the moment. The effort’s good, but it’s a but misguided at the moment, we have to remind them how they can play."