West Ham extended their unbeaten run at home to six games in all competitions with a comfortable 2-0 win against Newcastle.
Declan Rice put the Hammers ahead with just seven minutes gone, nodding in after losing his marker from Robert Snodgrass’ corner.
Captain Mark Noble doubled the home side’s lead from the penalty spot just before half time, after Javier Hernandez was fouled in the box.
Chances were few and far between in a relatively uneventful second half, with Newcastle failing to create anything to trouble West Ham.
Ayoze Perez wasted a good chance for the visitors, dragging his shot wide early in the second half, and Salomon Rondon hit the post from a free kick in the final few minutes, but Rafael Benitez’s side ultimately didn’t do enough to threaten the Hammers’ lead.
Victory moves Manuel Pellegrini’s side up to ninth in the league, while Newcastle remain in 14th, six points clear of the relegation zone.
Here’s how we rated West Ham’s performance on Saturday evening.
Lukasz Fabianski - 7
Was rarely tested in a comfortable evening for the Pole.
Ryan Fredericks - 6
A fairly slow start from the full back in a relatively average performance.
Angelo Ogbonna - 9
A brilliant defensive display. He nullified the threat of Rondon expertly and produced a fine block to deny Newcastle’s front man in the second half.
Issa Diop - 8
A strong performance alongside Ogbonna.
Aaron Cresswell - 6
Looked solid before picking up an injury and being replaced just after the half-hour mark.
Declan Rice - 9
A fine header to put the Hammers 1-0 up and another incredibly strong performance in the middle from the youngster.
Mark Noble - 7
Dispatched his penalty with aplomb; the 19th he’s scored from the spot out of his last 21. A solid display from the captain, clouded slightly after he picked up a yellow for a poor challenge on Miguel Almiron.
Robert Snodgrass - 7
A brilliant delivery for Rice’s opening goal, and an industrious display in midfield.
Manuel Lanzini - 8
An impressive display on his return to the starting lineup, and he always looked to create something when he had the ball.
Felipe Anderson - 6
Looked sharp with a few bursts through Newcastle’s midfield, but his final ball wasn’t quite good enough to create the chance to stretch West Ham’s lead.
Javier Hernandez - 7
Won the penalty for West Ham’s second but had no other chances to speak of before being replaced by Marko Arnautovic with 20 minutes remaining.
Arthur Masuaku - 7
A solid display after replacing Cresswell.