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

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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