Newcastle did just exactly what we all hoped for and what was required of them this afternoon when they put in a good organized performance and were better than winless West Ham and trotted out good 3-0 winners.
Joselu scored after 36 minutes to put Newcastle ahead at the break and it was an excellent team goal. as West Ham
West Ham were dispossessed in midfield and Mikel Merino strode forward with the ball and put a great ball through to Atsu on the left wing and Christian crossed the ball into the middle and Joselu beat two West Ham defenders to the ball to score his first goal for the club.
A great way to open his account at the club.
Early in the second half, it was great play from Clark that saved Newcastle after Rob Elliot had saved from Aaron Cresswell.and Clark cleared off the line from Javier Hernandez as the Mexican followed up with his shot – a crucial play by Ciaran who had another good game for Newcastle.
Ciaran cleared off the line from Javier Hernandez as the Mexican followed up with his shot – a crucial play by Ciaran who had another good game for Newcastle.
Ciaran Clark scores vital second goal for Newcastle
Matt Ritchie had another outstanding game for us – what a buy this lad has been for Newcastle – and he forced England goalkeeper Joe Hart after some good play from Spaniard Ayoze Perez.
After 72 minutes Joselu was replaced by Aleksandar Mitrovic and he put in an excellent and cultured performance up front and he got a great round of applause from the appreciative Geordie crowd.
The goal will also give him all the confidence in the world going forward.
After 73 minutes Ciaran Clark put Newcastle 2-0 and it was the vital second goal for Newcastle and excellent play again from Matt Ritchie as he got his cross over and Ciaran headed home.
And then Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his second goal in two games for Newcastle as he took the ball around goalkeeper Joe Hart after 87 minutes to put the score at 3-0 and a really great win from the lads.
Newcastle looked a well-coached side and they obviously prepared thoroughly for this game to do the basics. and we were better than West Ham and looked very solid at the back and it will give the lads a lot of confidence with our first clean sheet of the season.
We were better than West Ham today and looked very solid at the back and it will give the lads loads of confidence with our first clean sheet of the season.
Rafa will have seen positives all around the field this afternoon, and although we don’t have star players in the side, Rafa has shown today how he can get the very best out of players and out of the team.
Rafa is Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley, please get some good players in for him before Thursday night.
It’s just one performance we know, but it means the next two weeks will be a lot better and the next five days could be very exciting for the fans if we can get some good players in.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Elliot; Manquillo, Lascelles, Mbemba, Clark; Hayden (Diame, 82), Merino; Ritchie (Murphy 88), Perez, Atsu; Joselu (Mitrovic, 72).
Subs not used: Woodman, Gamez, Saivet, Aarons.
West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble (Kouyate, 71), Rice (Lanzini, 46); Antonio, Fernandes, Ayew (Sakho, 70); Hernandez.
Subs not used: Adrian, Fonte, Obiang, Masuaku.
Goals: Joselu 36, Clark 73, Mitrovic 87