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West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna was a rare positive against Newcastle

There aren’t many reasons for those associated with West Ham United to be positive after their 2-0 loss against Newcastle United.

Having lost the opener in a tame fashion, they now face Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool in their upcoming Premier League matches.

There are also no new faces in the camp to add extra positivity, so it really is difficult to find too many things for Hammers fans to feel good about.

Angelo Ogbonna’s performance against Newcastle was arguably a rare sign that West Ham can have even a trace of confidence.

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The £5.85m-rated man has shown natural leadership over the last couple of seasons, which was also the case in this match, as he was constantly communicating with his teammates and encouraging them.

He was also pretty solid in his general defensive work, coming up against the varied challenge of Callum Wilson and Andy Carroll.

The 32-year-old won half of his 10 aerial duels, with his total of five successes only being exceeded by Carroll.

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In addition to that, the centre-back won one of the two tackles that he attempted, as well as completing one interception and five clearances.

He also completed 86% of the 54 passes that he attempted throughout the match, with only Issa Diop and Declan Rice completing more.

Ogbonna was even close to getting on the scoresheet, as he hit the bar with a strong header, which was the closest the Hammers got to beating Karl Darlow.

He may not have got any reward for his performance, in terms of points, but Ogbonna does deserve some recognition for his display.

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