18th January 2016, 3.00pm.
Venue: St. James' Park
West Ham United
2 - 1
Jonjo Shelvey's pinpoint forward pass to Georginio Wijnaldum saw him lay the ball off to
Ayoze Perez, whose curling finish
from the edge of the "D" was superb.
Jonjo Shelvey's exquisite 65 yard crossfield ball out to
Daryl Janmaat on the United right was
taken down at pace and the full back's cross picked out Gini Wijnaldum who smashed
the ball past Adrian into the Gallowgate net from close range.
Half time: Magpies 2 Hammers 0
49 mins Newly-arrived
substitute Nikica Jelavic was able to intercept
misplaced backpass and take the ball around Elliot
before slotting past Paul Dummett on the goal line.
Full time: Magpies 2 Hammers 1
McClaren said after the game:
"They must have gone in at half-time thinking 'wow, get in' because it
was only 2-0.
"Then we gifted them a goal, but we didn't get nervous. We kept playing,
we had chances that we didn't take but defended well and saw the game through.
"We never got nervous, we kept our composure
(speak for yourself, Steve)
"It shouldn't have been close. We had a great first half, 2-0 up after 25
minutes, it could have been more. Even in the second half, we gifted them a
"We said at half-time, we need a third, we definitely need a third just
to settle it down and see the game through.
"It didn't come, but we defended well and saw the game through - a good
performance. It's been a tough week, but we've ended it well.
"Jonjo (Shelvey) is a
very, very good player with real potential and it will suit him playing in
this team, a team of footballers.
"You always worry with the first game Ė will he blend
in and fit into the team? But I thought it was a perfect balance.
"He gave us that first pass forwards,
and I think that created the first goal. Then that cross-field pass (for
the second goal), because of the speed of it, it gives you that extra two
seconds and the defence canít recover.
"Thatís the difference between
top-quality midfield players and average ones. Heís got that potential to be
top. Heís got a long way to go, as you saw, but itís a nice start. And (Henri)
Saivet coming on was a nice start as well."It's an easy place to
come and play football, to be honest with you. The fans are behind you,
there are some tremendous players in that dressing room.
On injury victim Paul Dummett:
"Itís a hamstring, but hopefully itís just a little bit of
Debutant Jonjo Shelvey added:
"It normally takes a little bit of time
for players to settle, but I felt right at home. The players were reading my
passes very well and people were getting into position, so it was just easy. I
thought it would be a lot harder than it has been this week, but it has been
"It was a massive win. It's been a
great week for the club - it was a great point against Manchester United and we
have followed it up with a massive win against West Ham.
"It was a perfect performance, I think,
in the first half. We started really well, pressed the ball and they rarely
played out from the back. We showed real intent and got our two early goals.
"It's quite an easy pass to make. Daryl makes those forward runs all the
time - he's a very advanced full-back - and if he keeps making those runs, I'll
always try to find him.
Turning to the clash with Enner Valencia:
"It was more of a coming-together. He was trying to get in the box and I
was trying to get out of the way. I felt contact on my shoulder and have
obviously lent in with my shoulder.
"People are saying it's a red card, but
it's part of football, you are going to have comings-together. I did apologise
and he's apologised to me, it's one of those things that happens in
"I can't wait to get back out there
Slaven Bilic said:
"We prepared for the game all week and had a good warm-up and
everything, so I thought we were going to start better because we were
the team that should have started with more confidence than them because
we were up in the table, we were unbeaten for a number of games.
"They have improved a lot recently, but still they were down and we were
counting on the confidence to be on our side. Unfortunately, that wasn't
"We have to give them credit, Newcastle, who started bright and good and
everything, but definitely we helped them in that.
"In the second half, we can talk about positive things. We can talk
about good spirit, turning the game a little bit around, scoring a goal
and then putting them under pressure and having a few chances at the end
of the game.
"We had a great chance to equalise. Also they had chances in the second
half on the counter- attack as we took that risk, so we could have nicked
a point and it wouldn't be the first time.
"But to be fair, we have to admit, unfortunately, that they were better
and they deserved to beat us, they deserved three points especially with
their performance in the first half."
Jonjo Shelvey became the 203rd player to play for Newcastle
United in the Premier League and Henri Saivet the 204th when he
came off the bench.
United have now blooded no less than ten players so far this season -
one more than last season - and used 26 players so far in their 22 games.
Steve McClaren's side took maximum points at SJP for only the third time
in twelve games this season.
Goal number five this season for Ayoze Perez was the 700th that
Newcastle have registered at home in the PL, coming in the 415th game.
The Spaniard's twelfth Newcastle goal
(all in the PL) puts him level in
the scoring charts with Ruel Fox, Steven Taylor and Kevin Nolan, one behind
Hatem Ben Arfa and two off both Andy Carroll and Loic Remy.
Gini Wijnaldum meanwhile has now hit nine goals for the Magpies
- all of them coming at SJP.
Hammers in Toon - PL era:
Won 2-1 Perez, Wijnaldum
Won 2-0 Sissoko, Gutierrez
2013/14: Drew 0-0
2012/13: Lost 0-1
2010/11: Won 5-0 Best 3, Nolan, Lovenkrands
2008/09: Drew 2-2 Owen, Carroll
2007/08: Won 3-1 Viduka 2, N'Zogbia
2006/07: Drew 2-2 Milner, Solano
2005/06: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Won 4-0 LuaLua 2, Shearer, Solano
2001/02: Won 3-1 Shearer, LuaLua, Robert
2000/01: Won 2-1 Cort, Solano
1999/00: Drew 2-2 Dabizas, Speed
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Beardsley
1995/96: Won 3-0 Albert, Asprilla, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 2-0 Clark, Kitson
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole 2
Total record against West Ham:
A good week for Newcastle got
better when they improved on a deserved point against Manchester United with an
excellent 45 minute showing that left an in-form Hammers side chasing shadows.
And although the magic wore off after the interval and a gift of an early goal
to the opposition gave home fans an anxious conclusion to the afternoon, the
black and whites successfully saw the game out to claim a priceless three
Much of the credit for the victory goes to Jonjo Shelvey for an inspirational
debut following his £12m switch from fellow strugglers Swansea City and he was
the only change to the lineup
that shared six goals on Tuesday, a like for like replacement of the
China-bound Cheick Tiote in central midfield.
Actually, that last sentence is wrong - comparing the Essex-born player with the
Ivorian is both misleading and unfair, as Shelvey displayed a range of accurate
passing and timing only seldom glimpsed from Tiote since his first season as a
Magpie. We'll sharp get that stopped.
Such was his impact both on the game and his new colleagues that both fans and
media watchers were united in declaring afterwards that a successor to Yohan
Cabaye had finally been sourced by the club after a two year delay. Just Demba
Ba (three years and counting) to replace now then....
The frustration of a midfield anchored by two non-creative players has been a
familiar lament and the change to our approach that came from Shelvey's arrival
could hardly have been more obvious - Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat both
finding their forward runs suddenly picked out by accurate and dangerous
Boosted by Paul Dummett's late leveller on Tuesday and the two new faces, the
crowd responded immediately and new life was breathed into St.James' Park - a
timely reminder of what this place is like when there's something on the field
Early goals of course helped, with a raker from Ayoze Perez after just six
minutes setting the tone nicely - the quickest strike we've managed in the
league since November 2013. And it was 2-0 less then ten minutes later when Gini
Wijnaldum profited from an even better Shelvey pass to slam in.
A stunning first half
display should have brought more than those two goals, but the fluency of
our attacking play was a joy to watch - and a bugger to defend against -with 22 attempts on
goal more than we managed in three games earlier this season.
The lack of quality in front of goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic was apparent, but
partly because our resurgence meant that he far more involved and less isolated
than of late. Like the spot kick award in the last game, we actually spent more
time in the opposition box - something of a novelty.
Rob Elliot once again made some vital saves to preserve the lead and in
front of him, there were crucial tackles and blocks from a revitalised
Fabricio Coloccini. Shelvey's arrival also seemed to improve the mood of Moussa Sissoko
- although frustratingly inconsistent with his first touch.
A hamstring pull for Paul Dummett saw him replaced just before the hour,
with fellow new arrival Henri Saivet brought on to occupy Jack Colback's defensive midfield slot
as he went to left back.
Fit-again forward Emmanuel Riviere was then stripped for action on the
touchline before McClaren responded to increasing pressure in the
closing moments by sending on Jamaal Lascelles instead.
Elliot kept his best for last, making a vital save after 84 minutes from Kayoute, whose
goalward header was blocked by the goalkeepers legs before Yoan Gouffran
survived penalty claims in a frantic finale,
Newcastle holding on for a first Premier League victory in six games and a first
Saturday 3pm kickoff success anywhere since February 2015.
For McClaren there was the satisfaction in finally getting one over his opposite
number Slaven Bilic -
meeting for only the second time since his Croatia side beat McClaren's England 3-2 at
Wembley in 2007 to end their Euro qualification hopes - and call time on his
reign as national team boss.
More pertinently though, there was the satisfaction in seen his judgment of
Shelvey as the player needed to improve the side quickly validated, after having
won the casting vote.
The timing of his arrival is also worthy of note; the club acting quickly after
a visible failure in front of the watching owner at Watford on Saturday - shades
of 2013 and the home loss to Reading that prompted an influx of signings the
Waiting until deadline day might have saved us a few quid but given the
tightness of the league with up to ten teams in possible peril, every game and
every point needed to be contested.
If there's a concern, it's that five goals and four points from two games lead
the powers-that to conclude that they've done enough in the signings department
and we can now muddle through.
Hopefully McClaren now enjoys enough kudos and support within the club to
influence what happens in the rest of this window and can stave off any attempt
at penny-pinching, book balancing or "will this bloke do" sort of
recruitment policy that brought us Shefki Kuqi.
If not, the owner still could end up losing his shirt, not just the lorryload of
unsold coats that he gave away to punters for winning this game as a
cringeworthy - but successful - publicity stunt.