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.
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.
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)