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Match-winner Hernandez eyes European competition

Filed: Saturday, 16th March 2019
By: Staff Writer

Javier Hernandez insisted that he wants to start every game for West Ham - despite scoring twice from the bench in this afternoon's 4-3 win over bottom of the table Huddersfield Town.

The Mexican international replaced a disappointing Marko Arnautovic - back in the starting XI today at the expense of Hernandez - before scoring twice, with his head, to turn the game in West Ham's favour.

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"Our comeback was pretty good with the effort of the whole team," he said. "In the second half we found ourselves behind, tried to overcome that and we did it.

"I want to be on the pitch as much as I can. If I need to help my teammates as a substitute, Iíll try to do my best, but I want to start and to play as many minutes as I can.

"Hopefully I can keep proving that by scoring goals, with assists and good performances - and we can try and get in the top seven."

West Ham's bid to earn European competition next season was boosted today by the injury-time win against a side who had previously scored just 15 league goals this season.

And the three points leave West Ham just two points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers, who currently hold seventh spot in the table.

"The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and because of that every game, home or away, is going to be difficult," added Hernandez.

"I try to do my best to be in my best shape and give my best performances for this club - and like I said, hopefully we can finish in the top seven."

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