Mexico’s Hernandez opens West Ham goal account
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Mexico international Javier Hernandez (pictured) scored two goals in West Ham’s loss to host Southampton in the English Premier League on August 19, 2017, in Southampton, England. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON, England – Mexico international Javier Hernandez scored his first two goals for West Ham United in a 3-2 loss to host Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday at St. Mary’s Stadium.

The 29-year-old forward netted twice -- in the 45th and 74th minutes – after the Hammers fell behind 2-0. Charlie Austin struck from the penalty spot in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to give Southampton the win.

"I will take confidence from my goals,” Hernandez was quoted as saying on the West Ham United website.  “They show the character of this team.  We never give up and we tried to improve as much as we can following the last game [the loss to Manchester United].

“I’m happy that I scored two goals.  You need to look on the bright side, at the positive things.  Getting off the mark gives me motivation and it gives me confidence.”

Hernandez, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, joined West Ham in July after nearly two years with Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen.  He has also played for Guadalajara, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

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