It was a very good win for Newcastle on Saturday against West Brom and such an important time to win only our sixth league game of the season.
It’s a time to celebrate for Newcastle fans too, since we haven’t had too many wins this season, but we also know the team has to become a lot more consistent if we are still to survive relegation.
Newcastle dominated this game from start to finish and the only mystery was how we only scored one single goal – although it was a good one from Aleksandar Mitrovic – brilliantly set up by Jonjo Shelvey.
Alan Shearer raved about Jonjo on Match of the Day on Saturday night and fans agreed – Jonjo is our Man of the Match with 31% of the vote.
Jonjo Shelvey – 31% – Man of the Match
Jonjo Shelvey gave another great performance at St. James’ Park and he was our main man against West Brom as he took or was given the ball out of defense.
Jonjo stroked the ball all over the place.
He used short passes, long passes, passes out to either wing, balls through the middle as for Mitro’s goal – and very few of his passes were misplaced.
This lad gives another dimension to the side that we haven’t had since 2013 when Yohan Cabaye was our creative midfielder and could make things tick for the side.
Shelvey will soon become the darling of the Newcastle fans if he can keep up these displays, but we also need to see Shelvey in this kind of form on the road too.
We have to start picking up away points as well as points at home and we have to try to win every single game of the 13 left this season.
At £12M Jonjo is looking like one of the best buys made in the January transfer window.
Cheick Tiote – 21%
Cheick Tiote is second in the voting and he was supposed to be off to China last month, but he´s still at Newcastle and he was the shock selection on Saturday – starting in place of Henri Saivet, who had a good game at Everton.
Steve McClaren put him in after only two days of training and we have to believe that Cheick was looking very good in training.
He was the perfect foil to Shelvey on Saturday and just like the Ivorian played very well when the creative Yohan Cabaye was on Tyneside – it seems like he will do that with Shelvey.
Cheick has struggled at Newcastle when we haven´t had a creative player playing alongside him and Cheick isn´t too creative – but that´s not the type of player he is.
He does a great job for the team when he´s in the form he´s been in this year.
We dominated the game so it shouldn´t come as too much of a surprise that our best two players were in central midfield – in Newcastle´s engine room.
And there´s just no way Cheick should be allowed to leave for China this month.
His vast experience in the final games of this season will hopefully help Newcastle remain a Premier League side before he finally leaves us this summer.
There were lots of other great performance right down to young Rolando Aarons at left-back – and for one so young he had an excellent game and didn’t seem to put a foot wrong.
Mitrovic, new boy Townsend, Janmaat and Steven Taylor all had games to be proud of.
Now we need the same thing in each of our final 13 games of the season – nothing less than that will be good enough
And if we can do that we should still be a Premier League club next season – but we can take nothing for granted.
Here are the results of the Man of the Match poll.