34 mins Isaac
Hayden sprayed a pass
from central midfield to Jamie Sterry, whose sweeping cross was steered home
from eight yards by the unmarked Yoshinori Muto. 1-0
Half time: Magpies 1 Hammers 0
Full time: Magpies 1 Hammers 0 (or Black 1 Purple 0 as per the scoreboard)
Ben Dawson said:
new gaffer has come in and been able to express to the players what he expects
of them, with work rate and intensity obviously being the main things and we've
seen that in the performance.
"The players obviously recognise that there are some slots up for grabs. We
worked hard in the couple of days building up to the game and that has carried
over into the performance tonight.
"(Steve) Bruce has definitely made an impact. The tactical adjustments have worked a
treat tonight. Obviously, he hasn't had long to try and get those points across
to us as staff to try to influence the players, but they've worked hard and
taken it onto the pitch.
set up a different formation today which I think suited us perfectly with our
personnel. All the instructions he gave us we tried to do them to the best of
"We've had him for two days now in
training and straight away we've picked up and we've adapted very quickly. When
a new manager comes in you are always going to want to impress. The workrate has
always been there because that's the type of group we are."
"It feels like a club
that is moving on a bit, I think we've got to do that. Rafa (Benitez)
isn't here anymore, we need to get on with it.
"Steve has come in and it's been like a
breath of fresh air. The fans need to give him a chance because I think, if they
do that, if we play like we did on Saturday, we will do well week-in, week-out
and they won't have any reason for complaint.
think Steve is more straight with you. As soon as he came in, all he expects is
that you work hard. If you work hard you will be fine. That's what we need to
"We've constantly been told we are not good enough. People have kept
telling us we were going to go down, but we've proven them wrong and we stayed
up both times.
"The main motivation is to stay up,
that's the first target. We need to stay in the Premier League. We don't want to
drop down into the Championship, it's getting harder and harder to get out of
"We don't want to keep going down and
coming back up again. We are too good for that. We need stability and we need to
stay in the Premier League for a long time.
"I saw him in the summer in Portugal and we said hello. Obviously I didn't
know he was going to end up being my manager, so it's a good thing I did stop
and say hello!
"He deserves a bit more credit than he
gets. Even within two days, look at the difference from the other day. You won't
find many people who don't speak highly of Steve."
Manuel Pellegrini said:
think that we are working the pre-season in a way that we planned for at
the start. We had ten days in Switzerland where we worked mostly in a
physical way and in China we have played two friendly games to see what
level we are at.
"We used these two games also to give minutes to the whole squad for I
think that, for the moment, we are working well and we need to finish
the next few weeks trying to be mentally and physically ready.
"In this moment, we have Sebastien Haller who just arrived at the Club
and we also have Javier Hernandez and Antonio, who are two players who
can also play as a striker.
“Until the last day or the last hour of the transfer market, you can
make changes but I think, in this moment, with those players we have
Jack Wilshere commented:
"In the first half I think Newcastle played well – let's give them
some credit. They set up differently to what we expected and maybe they
caught us by surprise.
"We didn’t know who should press the
centre-back and who should stay and when you've got a player like (Jonjo)
Shelvey in the middle controlling the game it makes it difficult."
Bruce took charge of the Magpies for the first time, although his lack
of a work visa meant that he watched the game from the stand (although
he'd previously handled press conference duties and was present at the
final training session before the game.
That won't do much for
his confidence - kit
game ended with both Longstaff brothers on the field, the first
time that has happened at senior level for them and the first siblings to appear since
Sammy and Shola Ameobi. The last time Sean and Matty played together was in a rather different
setting: for United's second string
last December against Norwich City in front of 185 frozen diehards at Whitley Park.
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Muto 63+78=141 1 goal
Both sides wore kits with alternative branding for the second successive
game, due to restrictions on gaming advertising in China. While ours was a
short-term advertising deal though, West Ham's shirt merely had the word
"Hammers" printed in Chinese.
v Magpies - last 10:
2019/20 won 1-0 (n) Muto
2018/19 lost 0-2 (a)
2018/19 lost 0-3 (h)
2017/18 won 3-2 (a) Saivet, Diame, Atsu
2017/18 won 3-0 (h) Joselu, Clark, Mitrovic
2015/16 won 2-0 (h) Perez, Wijnaldum
2015/16 lost 0-2 (a)
2014/15 won 2-0 (h) Sissoko, Gutierrez
2014/15 lost 0-1 (a)
2013/14 won 3-1 (a) Cabaye 2, Remy
Courtesy of Sky's Martin Tyler, the unused West Ham substitute Martin
is goalkeeper David Martin. The 33 year-old joined the Hammers from
Millwall in June 2019 and is the son of Alvin Martin - who famously
completed a hat-trick against three different NUFC goalkeepers in the 1986
fail seen by
eagle-eyed reader Gryph Lane.
A first half effort from
Yoshinori Muto secured third place for Newcastle in the Premier League Asia
Trophy in the Chinese city of Shanghai,
West Ham having lost 1-4 to Manchester City in Nanjing immediately after our 0-4
reverse there at the hands of Wolves.
With Steve Bruce and coaches Stephen Clemence and Steve
Agnew watching from the stand, interim coach Ben Dawson again oversaw the team from the dugout.
A tactical change from the back four fielded against Wolves saw
the black and whites revert to the 3-5-2 (or 3-5-1-1) formation that they were
more familiar with last season.
There were a trio of changes from that defeated by Wolves;
Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar and Elias Sorensen in as Karl Darlow, Achraf
Lazaar and Jacob Murphy dropped to the bench. However, there was again no place for Dwight Gayle
or Paul Dummett among the substitutes due to fitness issues.
Newcastle came close to an eighth minute opener when Jonjo Shelvey's long ball
out of defence reached Isaac Hayden in space down the right. His rapid low centre
eluded the onrushing Yoshinoro Muto, but fell perfectly for Sorensen in a
Sadly though the Danish youngster was unable to mark his first senior start
for the club with a goal, sending his first-time volley over the crossbar.
A speculative effort from Muto then flew narrowly wide of the Hammers goal
shortly after, as the Geordies continued to shade the early exchanges.
Newcastle deservedly went ahead on 34 minutes when Hayden sprayed a pass
from midfield to Jamie Sterry, whose sweeping right wing cross was touched in from eight yards by the unmarked
The Magpies survived a penalty appeal in the closing stages of the first half,
when Ciaran Clark was struck on the arm in the box by a ball propelled at
close range from Andriy Yarmolenko.
Thankfully though, the VAR system that could well have ruled out Muto's goal
for offside isn't in use at this tournament and the local referee waved play
on rather than pointing to the spot.
The expected half time replacements preceded a scrappy opening to the second
period, neither side creating a meaningful chance until Felipe Anderson grazed
Dubravka's crossbar with a header from a corner in the 63rd minute.
Newcastle thought that they'd extended their advantage ten minutes later
following a water break, when West Ham's corner was cleared and Jacob Murphy
led the counter attack.
Muto took the ball forward towards the left before picking Shelvey on the far
side of the box and his low drive was helped into the net by Sean Longstaff,
only for it to be disallowed for offside.
There were two chances for Rolando Aarons (on as a makeshift striker)
finishing off one good combination involving Matty Longstaff and Achraf Lazaar.
only for the Moroccan to be flagged offside. Aarons was then out-muscled after
bursting into the opposition area.
Two minutes of added time concluded a typically slack second half in 31 degree
temperatures, West Ham's best chance of taking the game to a penalty shootout
in the Hongkou Stadium snuffed out by a timely challenge from Jamaal Lascelles
on Grady Diangana.
An improved performance and a victory then, abetted by the listless nature of
the Hammers. Despite the Premier League opposition though, it's all a million
miles from the real stuff and once again we're playing pre-season games with no
real idea of who will be in the starting XI come August 11th.
Jonjo Shelvey's improved mood was noticeable on and off the field (obviously
people have better manners in China than Morpeth) and he heads the line of
players seemingly destined for pastures new had Benitez stayed, but now given
another chance. He'll rarely get the time and space he enjoyed today
though, when the real stuff begins.
Hopefully Bruce's considerable experience will sniff out the undoubted wrong 'uns
among them though and ship them out, rather than falling for the "like a
new signing" line that his predecessor Alan Pardew was palmed off with. Who
goes is as vital as who stays.
If nothing else, this was a memorable for the long-suffering followers of this
club based across Asia who made it to Shanghai from elsewhere in China in
addition to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and various other far-flung outposts.
Hopefully memories of this trip will provide some solace after yet another
fruitless early morning gathered round the TV during the following season....
PS: The Asia Trophy was won by Wolves in the final that followed, 90
minutes failing to produce a goal between them and Manchester City. With no
extra time played, the game went straight into what was an error-strewn penalty
shootout that Wolves eventually won 3-2 - City having also missed a spot kick
during the game.
Thanks to Paul English for photos