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Brilliant Jonjo Shelvey Orchestrates Newcastle Win

5:27 pm, Saturday, January 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

The way Newcastle played in the first half of this game and especially in the first 30 minutes, you would have thought we were leading the Premier League as new signing Jonjo Shelvey was majestic in Newcastle’s central midfield and he was stroking balls all over the place to Newcastle players everywhere.

He made all the difference and why we waited two years to replace Yohan Cabaye who did similar things for Newcastle when he was on Tyneside – we’ll just never know.

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Jonjo Shelvey – brilliant first half display today

But after being 2-0 up after 15 minutes Newcastle let West Ham back into the game just 5 minutes into the second half, when a bad mistake by Mbemba allowed substitute Jelavic to score his first Premier League goal in over a year.

Newcastle created chances but the need for a new striker was all too apparent as young Mitrovic missed some chances and a glorious chance towards the end of the game to make it 3-1.

And Rob Elliot was again Newcastle’s hero with two magnificent saves and one especially on 90 minutes when he somehow kept the ball out of the net with his left foot – there was 2 points saved by Rob right there.

What a season this likable lad is having for Newcastle.

This was a very valuable 3 points, but after being well on top and almost playing the Hammers off the park in the first half we let them back into the game and then had to hang on for the win.

It would be nice at some point if Newcastle can win a game and make it easy on their fans.


But this was a great 3 points for us – and we must press on from here.

Right at the start of this game Newcastle came out of the blocks like a steam train.

Ayoze Perez after missing a good opportunity after just four minutes when he was straight through in the inside left position then scored a magnificent goal as he curved the ball with his right foot brilliantly  beyond goalkeeper Adrian for his 5th goal of the season.

And then ten minutes a wonderful high cross-field pass by Shelvey found an unmarked Janmaat who broke past his defender and crossed the ball and there was Wijnaldum to score his 9th goal of the season.

A brilliant goal from Newcastle.

And Newcastle had chances in this first half to put the result beyond doubt but we missed chances as Sissoko was straight through and he did everything but score.

Mitrovic had a great shot that forced goalkeeper Adrian to put the ball over the bar as West Ham were fighting to contain an excellent looking Newcastle side full of verve and vigor.

It was 2-0 at the half but Newcastle could well have been further ahead but for missed chances.

Don’t believe people when they say we don’t need a striker but it will not be the cheap Charlie Austin who went to the Saints for just £4M – where were Newcastle?

Then five minutes into the second half Newcastle literally gifted West Ham with a goal and a way back into the game.

Mbemba put a poor back pass to the goalkeeper and that allowed Jelavic to score an easy goal – so after all the great play in the first half we were only 2-1 up and the Hammers were right back in it.

Newcastle hung on doggedly as West Ham came at Newcastle for the equalizer and the Magpies still created the chances but we just couldn’t put them away.

Mitrovic missed a golden opportunity when he was straight through to put the game beyond doubt, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper much to McClaren’s displeasure.

And then it was that man Rob Elliot again who saved is right at the end with a magnificent save following a corner on 90 minutes.

The referee played 7 minutes of stoppage time to give the Hammers every chance to equalize but they didn’t.

Comments welcome.

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Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett (Saivet, 56); Colback, Shelvey; Sissoko Wijnaldum; Perez (Gouffran, 80), Mitrovic (Lascelles, 90). Subs not used: Darlow, Aarons, Toney, Riviere.

Wert Ham: Adrian, Tomkins (Jenkinson, 75), Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang (Jelavic, 46), Noble, Kouyate, Antonio (Moses, 70), Payet, Valencia. Subs not used: Randolph, Reid, Song, Cullen.

Goals: Perez 6, Wijnaldum 15, Jelavic 49
Booking: Elliot 90

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston)

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonbrother // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    So proud of the boys
    Excellent performances all round
    But Wijnaldum was majestic

  • 2 Bambams // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Mahoosive 3 points. ….
    Will be looking forward to MOTD …rarity !

  • 3 toonbrother // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Not getting carried away though
    If colo stays fit i don’t see how we could possibly stave off relegation.

  • 4 nightfa11 // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Great performance by shelvey.. Also impressed with wini and Janmaat..

    As for motm goes.. I gotta hand it to colo.. For the past month hes been briliant..probably best defender in the league.. And for anyone to play his best football at 34..especially in england and during busy christmas speaks volumes.. Well done..

  • 5 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:33 PM


    Neither of your points is lateral or thinking.
    Both relevant nevertheless

  • 6 reilly // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    toonbrother,colo has made you look like a fool again,its time to man up and give lad some credit.

  • 7 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    We desperately need to climb this table too

  • 8 lesh // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:36 PM


    What happened to the bloodbath then?

  • 9 Wayayman // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Mitrovic was immense, his hold up play was superb and showed maturity beyond his years. Never underestimate what a cf that has the ball stick to his boots when it’s played into him does for the team. His work rate was fantastic.

    Thought Shelvey was unreal for 60 minutes, Saivet looked very good when he came in apart from the one time he got caught in possession. How bloody good was Gini though? Might have a new idol there if he can replicate more consistently.

  • 10 VanBasten // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    First half was brilliant. If they keep playing like that there is NO CHANCE Newcastle will go down.

    Shelvey brought some passing skills that we have not seen since Cabaye left. Very encouraging!

    Three things that were evident from today’s performance that must be sorted in order for the club to perform better:

    1. Left Winger Needed

    As much as I like Perez, he offers very little on the wing. He doesn’t have the pace to get pass opponents, nor offer any crosses.

    2. Left Back Needed

    The left side is our weakest link. Dummet is good defensively but his passing and offensive skills are poor. In the modern game you need to be good a both. No attacking threats or support in attack from Dummet.

    3. A Lethal Finisher Needed

    Mitrovic’s hold up play today was excellent. But still lacks that lethal finishing you’d expect from a no.9. He is still young and will improve. But we need one that can take most of the burden now and score. I think Michy Batshuayi of Marseille will be a superb signing. He is strong and offers great pace too. We could even pair the two in a 4-4-2 system. They would complement each other well, I think.

  • 11 stevie101182 // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Honestly toon brother get over yourself I said on here a few weeks ago if we get a creative midfielder to take the pressure off out back 4 we will get out of trouble. Colo has been absolutely solid over the last 5 games and you still give him crap. It’s absolutely unfair and unjustified. We will start picking up point’s now we have a creative midfielder also people are forgetting jonjo has played since November he needs to get up to speed and fitness. For the first time since October I actually think we have a chance to stay up.

  • 12 toonking // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    toonking // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:36 PM


    Certainly dropped down the form table but they have had an away game against liverpool and a home game against city, had they could of had a win against bournemouth had they not missed that penalty but all in all they still doing astonishing from a neutral’s point of view and should be good enough to get that 4th place even if they don’t win the title

  • 13 manxpie // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    I said months ago shelvey is the player I wanted a proper all round midfielder and wow Wat a debut him and collo mom! !

  • 14 pawl250 // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Gini was by far hands down MOTM

    He was star quality.

    Colo had a great game, Mbemba had a good game if you remove that 1 error, still he picked himself up and carried on with composure, players in the past would crumble.

    Shelvey was amazing first half, average second half.

    Elliot, no doubt unsung hero again, 2 solid saves that were needed.

    Janmaat had a great game.

    Mitrovic was excellent, if he could just finish he would be a star. His hold up and link play is really strong. I think he lacks confidence in front of goal, or at least I hope it is just that and he is not a donkey. Its almost like he is scared to have a shot at times.

    Overall strong game from all, but MOTM is easy. Wijnadlum.

    He makes Cabaye look average, I doubt he will be here in a couple of years time.

  • 15 martoon // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Toonbrother your obsession is ridiculous Colo had a great game and is back to his best why don’t you support the whole team?

  • 16 Salim // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    looking forward to MOTD. #howaythelads

  • 17 toonking // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:43 PM



    without him we’d be sitting worse than villa, he’s a midfielder not a striker yet he’s our top goal scorer.

    reminds me of the scums who’s second best goal scorer was own goals for a certain length of time into season

  • 18 geordiemark // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    I give my MOTM to colo, am not a very big fan of his but he played very well today, 2-0 up inside 17 minutes and I thought well might just get my predicted score of 3-0 here but didn’t happen, id like to know why the team plays great one half and rubbish the second half I just cant get my head around that, did anyone notice when sissoko was marked he went out of the game he only woke up when he wasn’t marked I don’t like that, we still need a striker, central defender and a full back sooner the better with premire league experience please

  • 19 geordiemark // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    I think if we can stay in the league then mitro will come good next season always hard first season for a striker well for anyone who comes from abroad really

  • 20 TroubledToon // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Crying out for a striker….tracking him for 6 months… And yet Austin had signed for someone else!!

    Ed, no article on how we lost Austin?

    Brilliant performance by the lads today though. Shelvey was brilliant

  • 21 TroubledToon // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Crying out for a striker….tracking him for 6 months… And yet Austin had signed for someone else!!

    Ed, no article on how we lost Austin?

    Brilliant performance by the lads today though. Shelvey was class

  • 22 kimbo // Jan 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    We were great in the first half,Shelvey was superd and without him we would have lost.Sissoko is the laziest player and in the second half he was totally knackered and should have been taken off,if you study his play,his passing was poor.

  • 23 stretchintoon // Jan 16, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    HWTLs,great performance esp in yhe first half.what a debut from shelvey,he can only improve + hes young & English.get berahino in & next season we will be challengening for top 6!

  • 24 slim2202 // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    I said it last night in an article! Shelvey was exactly what his team needed. Him and cabaye of a similar mould. Albeit Shelvey isnt the finished product. Great game for him and that will only get him settled more quickly. I would welcome Andros Townsend no matter how much we shell out for him. He is an attack minded player with a determined attitude which is exactly what we need. Instead of taking Perez of for gouffran it will be him. The club can only benefit.

    Shelvey will be the kick up the arse that this club needs to turn out some sort of result week after week, and if we go one down give the team hope that they can still create some chances.

    HOWAY THE LADS! Getting me excited about football again finally.

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