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It Shouldn’t Have Been Close And Shelvey Will Only Get Better

7:37 pm, Saturday, January 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

Newcastle got their first win of 2016 and first win in seven games as they beat West Ham 2-1 after almost blowing the Hammers away in the first 25 minutes of the game when we went 2-0 up and it could – and should – have been more.

Steve McClaren told Sky Sports after the game that England International midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will get even better following his impressive debut for the Magpies today when he was particularly outstanding in the first half and sprayed passes to Newcastle players all over the park.

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Jonjo Shelvey after the game with the boss
Very impressive in his debut for the Magpies

Shelvey was involved in both Newcastle’s goals Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum scored to lift Newcastle out of the relegation zone and onto 21 points from 22 games played.

Our other new signing Henri Saivet also cam eon after 56 minutes for Paul Dummett who seems to have picked up another hamstring strain – and jack Colback went to left back and Henri playing in defensive midfield.

It was good to see Saivet get his first taste of the Premier League.

This is what Steve McClaren told Sky Sports after the game today when he talked about an incident between Shelvey and Valencia that has blown out of all proportion by the press:

“Jonjo Shelvey showed his quality.” “In our team we’ve got good players around him and he will get better and better. But I thought his performance was very good.”

“It was shoulder-to-shoulder with Shelvey with Valencia.,” “It’s normal, it’s football. It’s a contact sport and we showed a great determination throughout the game.”

“It shouldn’t have been close,” “We had great intensity and tempo. We nearly blew them away but credit to them they stayed in the game.

“In the second-half we gifted them a goal but we never got nervous. We kept our composure and played football.” “We had so many chances in the second-half to get that third goal. It never came but we defended well and saw the game through.”

“It was a good performance. It’s been a tough week but we’ve ended it well.”

After the game Jonjo said it was easy to play with the Newcastle players today because they are so good – so maybe Steve is right and the still young 23 year-old  will get better at Newcastle.

He looked some player in that first half!

It was a good performance by Newcastle but we should have been more than two goals ahead at half time – and that’s one reason Newcastle must get another striker in this month.

It will not be Charlie Austin who signed on at Southampton for £4M and said he wanted to stay in the south.

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36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thump // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    @jazzyp: We’d have a hard job (signing Austin). He was unvailed as a a Southampton player today

  • 2 jazzyp // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    It was a joke mate, I spoke about him earlier today

  • 3 Thump // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    @jazzy: Ah, fair play. That’ll teach me to skim through comments hah.

  • 4 Nufc-83 // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Couple of points from me:
    – gini was easily the man of the match and class above the rest again. Everyone enjoy the rest of the season with him because he will move for big money in the summer.
    – been asking us to sign shelvey since cabaye left as he has all the same attributes and is top class. Was surprised when I seen people on this blog saying he will be useless and bad attitude etc..
    -People saying why didn’t we sign Austin for 4 mill how do you know we didn’t contact him As it was clear he wanted to stay down south. Southampton are also much more attractive than us at the moment so what the hell makes you think he would come.. No wonder us toon fans get labelled deluded!!
    – Have not rated Krul for a good while be thought he was a decent shot stopper but awful at everything else. Elliot much the better all round keeper and that was clear from the first couple of games he played yet when I said that I got slated as if krul was 1000x better and Elliot was awful.
    -colo, shelvey the other two stand outs with Mbemba (if you discount his mistake) Perez, jaanmat and sissokho all having a big impact.
    – mitro far to raw and we need someone who can compose himself and finish to drive us up the table.

  • 5 Nufc-83 // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    One thing I did get wrong is dummet. I’m starting to really like him and how solid he is defensively. He is also the 4th fastest player in the prem if you look at top speeds reached and he was top of that chart in this game again (can you believe that). There is obviously a difference between sprint speed and acceleration (as in Fifa lol) and I don’t think he has great acceleration to beat a man and create space. He needs to work everyday on crossing and just be like beckham in that when he gets the ball no need to beat anyone just wrap his foot around it.

  • 6 Harley // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Cannot see how we’ll hang on to winaldum in the summer. £30m and he’ll be off.
    Really think we can beat Watford away. We’re a far better team, just need to believe.

  • 7 Grafton83 // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Temuri Ketsbia mark II, his passing and vision gave everyone an extra second on the ball today and the team just looked like it was finally stiched together. West Ham tried to shut him out the game 2nd half and made it more difficult for him but that was a top draw debut, finally a player worth watching, great talent.

  • 8 Nufc-83 // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    9 goals from midfield already for gini he will be gone for 35M+

  • 9 jazzyp // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:46 PM


    No worries buddy.

    Sounds like Shelvey had a corker today as well as Gini.Hopefully they wont be sold in the summer

  • 10 jazzyp // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Newcastle 5th on match of the day tonight

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    We keep Mitro

  • 12 Nufc-83 // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    It was rather funny how every time shelvey got the ball within 35yds 50k people were screaming shoot. Lots of pressure on the boy

  • 13 Munster Mag // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Great win and munster beat stade francais. Looking forward to Motd tonight and sky, for once, with a few vinos. Pardew beginning to struggle without bolasie. They are not scoring goals so a double good day for Catchy and co! Have a good evening fellow mags fans. Htl

  • 14 Munster Mag // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Jazzy, what time wud 5th be approx. 11pm ?

  • 15 will die for the toon army // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    If we have a strong finish to the season we will keep our players for one more season then all will break loose in 2017.

    It will be easy for Mcca to keep them this summer next summer will be hard.

  • 16 jazzyp // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    How did Saivet do on his debut lads ??

  • 17 Pitmatic // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    What a debut from Shelvey! He’s completely transformed this team already. The comparisons with Zidane aren’t entirely fatuous. Similar physical stature, temperament, and style. Very composed throughout, and loved the incisiveness of his passing. Once everyone gets on his wavelength – e.g. the ball he played into Mitrovic when he had Sissoko on the overlap – we could do some serious damage.

    Agree though, that Wijnaldum was man of the match. His best game yet. He must now be in the £40-50m category, if you take de Bruyne as a marker. Let’s hope we hold on to him for one more season at least. I can seriously see this team doing a Leicester next year with a few more sensible additions.

  • 18 jazzyp // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:56 PM


    Haven’t a clue mate, Gotta stay up and watch the first half performance. Apparently we were quality from what everyone says

  • 19 Jib // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Oh Dear
    A win for the Toon and all the halfwits disappear.
    Jesper , Geordie 2 , Tsunki , and all the usual suspects — not a sniff — praise be !!!!

  • 20 will die for the toon army // Jan 16, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    I have mixed feelings about Mitro. There is wen am angry at him then u see him make a 1-2 with Wijanldum and you say we have a player on our hands.

    Mcca better do his work.

  • 21 sparky55 // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Cant see how sissoko and Townsend can play in the first team together so if we get Townsend I think it will only be after the deal has been done to sell Sissoko.

    Saivet will need a few more games to get going but I’m sure he’ll come good.

    I think the team will look something like this in a couple of weeks time


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Colback

    Townsend Shelvey Winjy Saivet Perez


    My only wish now is a left back because Colback will be very useful when rotating the squad, and a CB to get Colo out of the defensive line up would be great…I don’t think we need a striker as much as people say…Mitrovic, Rivi and Perez can deliver between them and we’ll have Arma back next year

    Mbabu if he stays could play left or right back but in certain games I can see Mbabu playing right back and Janmaat right wing…he’s got great delivery and can be very instrumental in games.

    We’re starting to get a good squad together now but we all have to remember fat man never spends big without selling very shortly afterwards.

  • 22 WWSBRD // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    35 mill won’t buy Gini with the huge influx of money our valuations will hit the roof I’d expect us to be asking for more than that…it might finally be more cost efficient for tubs to keep our best players and take the ever increasing TV money to the bank instead

  • 23 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Really impressed with shelvey’s passing today he made it look so easy, gini is fantastic in the 10 role, mitro is good all round needs to learn to put his foot through the ball, sissoko looked knackered in the second half and needs to learn how to shoot. Colo had another top performance. Elliott looks a great keeper made some important saves today.

  • 24 Nufc-83 // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Pitmatic shelvey and Zidane you are kidding? Zidane was my favourite player growing up (along with ginola). Zidane used unreal technique,ball control and power to beat opponents with ease and shelvey is more of a sit back and ping it around the park player. Shelvey and Gerrard is a good example if shelvey can move up about 50 levels lol

  • 25 will die for the toon army // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Our players r getting better. Mcca talks about the squad but he nver utilises it.

    But he will have one come 2016 summer

  • 26 WWSBRD // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Would it be madness to have a squad where the unfit Townsend and the inconsistent Sissoko could push each other for a starting spot?

  • 27 SA Toon // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Fortunate to watch the game live on SS8, and the lads were impressive. Such a pity we gifted them a goal early in the second half as it lifted their game, but we should’ve closed the game out a number of times. I’m optimistic for Watford next weekend. HWTL

  • 28 Nufc-83 // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Wwsbrd thats why I said + meaning I would expect it to be upward of 35m. I don’t think it would take much more as if city came in for example then the players head would turn and he would simply want to leave meaning we pretty much have to sell.

  • 29 Harley // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Also I think we look far more solid with Elliott in goal. I feel he is the better keeper of the 2.

    Townsend and Remy this window. Then a new left back and centre back in the summer.

    The way coloccini is playing he’ll get another extension. He’s been amazing the last 7-8 games.

  • 30 WWSBRD // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Sissoko has wanted to leave for…well all but his first 6 months with us and he’s not been allowed to go yet

  • 31 CookyToon // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    One step at a time lads, at home to west ham are your bread and butter games let’s not get complacent and slip off the boil!

  • 32 giimps // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    I would like to see a striking coach come in to help Mitrovic with his shooting, everything else is clicking into place and with a few sessions with say a Shearer, Beardsley or someone similar may just get us the points we deserve from the chances were creating.
    He’s probably only a half a second too early or late stroking the ball when under pressure ,a bit of guidance from. A legend like Beardsley or Shearer may just do the trick.
    Great win today , we can beat Watford away judging by the way we.played vs them at home, we were the better team and lost that one but hopefully our quality will show like today and we get another deserved 3 points.
    The bottom of the league is very open and a couple of good results will see us rise like a Phoenix from the ashes of Fraudew and Carvew and playing nice football to boot……hopefully

  • 33 SPRINGY // Jan 16, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    evening all
    great win today,but put ourselves under pressure with a bit stupidity from mbemba…which led to a very nervous half…but heres my view…
    elliot……solid enough with 2-3 crucial saves if he keeps this form up krul has a problem
    janmaat…..a lot better quality today a willing runner and im sure i heard a commentator say “excellent defending”at one stage,think he’s going to love having shelvey picking out his runs
    mbemba…..solid enough bar his mistake,seems like he’s rushing out more..needs to pick his battles better, when to come out with the ball and when to just clear ya lines or pass…but he is young.
    colo….ive had a go at him when he deserved it and praised him when deserved, today was strong a played really well motm contender… good to see
    dummett…..tackled well tried to push up to get involved cant knock his performance,hope his injury is’nt to bad.
    shelvey…..looked like the missing piece of the jigsaw,cool calm passing and always looking to open up the opposition….great passes for the goals….tailed off in the second half but has’nt played much apparently so can only get better.
    colback…..grafted well all game and slotted into LB easily…and done a great job all game.
    sissoko…..powerhouse performance with only the odd quality decision or final ball letting him down…good game.
    gini…..fantastic performance linked well,pace,full of running and strong on the ball,not frightened to get stuck in great game motm.
    perez….looked sharp first half after a poor display tuesday….and a fantastic finish….chased,hurried the opposition..while also showed good movement attacking…..not really in the second half should of maybe been off earlier as he looked knackered again in 2nd half.
    mitro….thought he was good today…strength,hold up play,bringing others into play….his finishing needs work and could do with a bit of luck in front of goal….but at 21 wont tear him to bits…we still need a striker tho….he needs the competition.
    saivet…..hard to see what he did there were a few nice touches and closing down…cant really knock the lad as he done nowt wrong.
    goofy…usual goofy performance…ran alot, got stuck in without showing much….cant really knock him,he worked decent enough

  • 34 lesh // Jan 16, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Didn’t Gini say that he joined under the impression that he was part of a team rebuild?

    If that’s the case, I’m confident he’ll be happy to stay – provided he sees signs of progress and ambition.

    We all know that Ashley’s record in the ambition department’s been awful but hopefully that’s history and top players won’t be sold – unless they want to go.

    Hopeful? Optimistic? Yup.

  • 35 Jib // Jan 16, 2016 at 9:29 PM

  • 36 Malta Mag // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Great win yesterday and still there’s negativity on here.
    I have to say something on Mitrovic as I think patience is needed because yesterday gave an insight into what he is capable of. With Shelvey in the team we saw an extra dimension to his gave as the ball was pinged off him and Gini and Perez were able to come in as the “third man running”. Once we get Townsend and get more delivery down the left you will see the other side of his game which is to get onto the end of things. He’s only 21 is strong, passionate and has that edge that all great forwards need. For me I’d be looking at Berahinho as the incoming striker as he would offer a Plan B, but talk of Carroll would in my mind undermine Mitro’s progress as they are too similar. Give him a chance and see him grow into that No9 legend status.

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