Shelvey After Impressive Debut – Shocked Newcastle In Trouble

Jonjo Shelvey was the difference for Newcastle in this came as he provided the creative spark that has been missing from Newcastle’s play ever since we sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20M and din;t both to replace them until earlier this week when we brought in Shelvey from Swansea for what looks like a bargain price £12M.

And Jonjo in the first half made Newcastle look like a side challenging at the top of the league rather than fighting for survival at the bottom.

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Jonjo Shelvey – after the game today
Met by a thankful Steve McClaren

But our usual problems in games were still there to see – we do not have the killer instinct and missed a number of chances in both halves and we could have wrapped the game up by half time.

And then we gifted West Ham their goal after only 5 minutes of the second half and then we had to fight to hand on to all 3 points.

Jonjo was majestic in that first half and he looks like a steal at just 12M and he had this to say to BC’s Final Score program after his impressive first game for the Magpies:

“I’m very shocked that this team is in and around it considering the players that are in that dressing room.” “It’s a pleasure to play with them. They know where your passes are going to be and things like that.”

“So it’s not been hard.” “Normally it’s hard coming into a new team and slotting in straight away, but I feel straight at home and I think that’s a credit to the players and the staff that they’ve got here.”

This display today will do his chances of making the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in June no harm at all.

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22 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Some of our play in that first half was unreal that was like watching a Robson or Keegan team with the pace and work rate and slick passing

    Our finishing though needs to improve Mitrovic and Sissoko being the main offenders should have been out of sight which our play deserved !

    If we can start home games like that I think we could dish out a few beastings before the season ends if we can get the finishing sorted

    Wish we were playing the Mackems next week at home!!!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Likewise! Keep it up JonJo, make your mark and we’ll ascend the table for the rest of the season and you can go to the Euros with England.

    Could’ve just bought England’s best passer lads! At just 23 years-old.

  • CookyToon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Villa deffo relegated after this game. Would take Ayew off them no bother


    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #4

    He will be back to the metro playing on the dodgems with a grin on his face all night to celebrate…probably with Mbemba

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #5


    Every one is to blame at finishing. To buy a new CB. I would keep it with Mitro untilhe gets his shooting boots right. Coz wat he is doing now with his hold up play is so integral to our play.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #6

    @Will die

    Its possibly because of the pace we do some of our moves at which are catching player out and its only recently that we are creating some chances regularly!! Some of the chances we missed were criminal though no matter what level of football they should be getting buried !!

  • why oh why

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Shelvy was in a league of his own today
    U could count on one hand the players with the ability to play that 60yard pass.
    Gini top drawer again .

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #8

    If McClaren was instrumental in getting Shelvey here, then hats off to him.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Jonjo shelvey’s performance summed up what happens when you buy proven premier league quality. He slotted straight in and massively improved us

  • toonking

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #10

    The amount of use leicester city have on pace and speed could provide obatan a transfer away.

    They don’t have the same passing game as the top teams but each and every game you see the players working there socks of charging into the space a ball has been hoofed towards. Even a usain bolt could be a nice signing to this team coming on as half time sub and dashing into them spaces each and every ball reach

  • lukes26

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I think that because Jonjo looks like a bald Jaws from the bond films, his technical ability goes overlooked

    If he were a svelte Italian, people would be clamoring on about how he’s the next Pirlo

  • Bambams

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Some rumours Shelvey has ‘close lined ‘ Valencia and could be facing a three match ban.
    Fellas I wasn’t at the match and have no idea what happened.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #13

    We have actually scored more goals than Crystal Palace now !!

  • banjax

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Judging by Mitrovic’s missed chances we obviously need a proven striker whilst Mitovic gets his goal boots tuned in. The amount of goal chances missed lately could have seen us higher in the table. Maybe now Carr will stopped buying French players who take an age to acclimatise. Having missed out on Austin for a decent £4m (why we missed him who knows – maybe he didn’t fancy a relegation scrap or moving North away from kith and kin) we are badly in need of a Remy, Berhraino or whoever is decent.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Just got in from match first twenty minutes we were brilliant should of been out of sight but for some poor finishing.
    Second half – hanging on and sat back letting West Ham come on to us but still had chances to put the game out of reach.
    3 stand out players Shelvey, Wiljanum and Colocinni
    Mitro had a better game but he has got to start putting his chances away.
    Elliot outstanding point blank save near end.
    New lad Saviet looked OK and Goufran also did well when he came on.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #16

    If Shelvey gets a ban, i will confirm we are cursed.

  • toon kk

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Leicester’s game is all about hoof ball and pace in the champions league they’d struggle with lack of quality, should they make champions league next season.

    Great win for us today.

  • SA Toon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #18

    What a game! The lads were brilliant this afternoon. Shelvey definitely made an impact and Gini probably had his best game in the black and white. Perez was a lot better than he has been over the last few and Mitro was colossal. Good feeling to be out of the bottom 3 for now. I really hope we can start picking up points now and get ourselves up the table. The way we played today, we certainly should. HWTL ??????

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #19

    NUFC is on fire. I cant believe wat am seeing all we need is Mitro to become Shearer.

  • SA Toon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #20

    @bambams I watched the game on TV, and it wasn’t a clothes line. Shelvey did shoulder him though. Should probably have been a yellow, but no more than that. Hopefully the FA will let it go ??

  • neverwin

    Jan 16, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Why did it take brain dead McClaren so long to play Gini in his best position. Half the season gone before he realises what everybody else knew.

  • Premiership Manager

    Jan 16, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Wijnaldum for me was MoM Shelvey was excellent when he had the ball at his feet but he went missing in the second half which is one of the reasons why Swansea sold him. He may be just short of match fit as he hasn’t played a lot however needs to be more involved.

    Mitro’s hold up play and lay offs were superb however he needs to hit the ball first time and stop cutting in on his right. Some of his play is good but his finishing is poor. If he doesn’t start taking his chances Riviere or Toney need to be given a chance.

    Perez also deserves praise but one thing is for sure SDJ needs to be sold on as there is no place for him in that team, playing with the pace and passion showed today.

    I can’t remember cursing and shouting so much in 45 minutes as we scored and missed chance after chance, how it came out as 2-1 I’ll never know but Maclaren is making steady progress and it is starting to show. Some people expected change over night however it took Ferguson a while to get everything sorted at Utd, it wasn’t all plain sailing and they weren’t an overnight success like some may think


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