Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player In 3-0 Win Against West Ham?


Newcastle easily put in their best performance of the season this afternoon and came out 3-0 winners with an excellent first win of the season against West Ham at St. James’ Park.

Joselu scored his first goal for the club after 36 minutes and put in a very good all-around performance in front of an appreciative Geordie crowd.

Goals from Clark and Mitrovic in the second half sealed the win for the Magpies and there were positives all over the field for Newcastle as Rafa’s coaching was there for all to see.

Newcastle looked like a Rafa Benitez team this afternoon.

Newcastle were very tight at the back and the first clean sheet of the season will give the lads a lot of confidence.

And for our next game at Swansea two weeks tomorrow, we should have Florian Lejeune back from injury and Jonjo Shelvey back from suspension.

Joselu after scoring first goal ever for Newcastle

The mood of the Newcastle fans will have been lifted a lot by this very good performance.

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Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against West Ham?

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21 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Would like to see this team given a go, don’t want gayle, shelvey to just walk back in the team. Only bring players in if a player doesn’t perform. Even dummett and Lejuene should work to get back in.

    4
  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #2

    manxpie

    Aug 26, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Mitro last 10 prem apps
    5 goals 2 assists not bad for someone who can’t hit a barn door

    18
  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Atsu played really well, completely shut zabaleta down from getting forward.

    1
  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #4

    manxpie

    Aug 26, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Perez was terrible 1st half couldn’t control it slow with the pass easily brushed of it total opposite 2nd half

    0
  • Bambams

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I would vote Rafa

    Huge 3 points here, let’s not Do what we did last time in PL and fail to win bank to back games.

    Cashless must back Rafa in this window, he cannot be that stupid or blind.

    We need a keeper and Reina would be tremendous especially for the development of Woodman.

    A left sided player to battle with Dummet

    A striker of quality that can score goals from the no 10 position and create chances. Who that is ….Over to Rafa

    Imo

    5
  • Bambams

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Predictive text

    Back to back wins*

    0
  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Good to have a happy football day. Think we look so much better with Merino in the side; always looking to get the ball forward which means there’s space for passes and runners as the opposition’s defence organise. Shelvey’s first move is usually sideways or backwards as he slows play up looking for the hollywood pass. If it’s straight over the top for a runner to be in on goal then fantastic, but too often it’s floated to a winger and by the time it’s under control the opposition defence is set. I like some others on here would like to see him tried further forward.
    On Manquillo, I think he looks goodish on the ball, but his off the ball positioning and choices leave a lot to be desireded. But in his defence, he often gets left with difficult decisions, as Ritchie quite often moves inside, or has taken a corner on the other side, leavining Manquillo outnumbered. Not excusing him though. And before I get a hammering, I am not slating Ritchie, thought he had a great game today; just wish (like with most players) he would pass instead of shoot. So many times I see an outside the box shot taken when a simple pass has someone on goal (talking in general there).

    1
  • Tsunki

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t know about anyone else but chuffed that mom contenders are midfielders and not keeper or a defender for a change. Midfield is the engine that won this game today and that, children, is the way it should be!

    7
  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #9

    missed the bus, too busy typing
    Good to have a happy football day. Think we look so much better with Merino in the side; always looking to get the ball forward which means there’s space for passes and runners as the opposition’s defence organise. Shelvey’s first move is usually sideways or backwards as he slows play up looking for the hollywood pass. If it’s straight over the top for a runner to be in on goal then fantastic, but too often it’s floated to a winger and by the time it’s under control the opposition defence is set. I like some others on here would like to see him tried further forward.
    On Manquillo, I think he looks goodish on the ball, but his off the ball positioning and choices leave a lot to be desireded. But in his defence, he often gets left with difficult decisions, as Ritchie quite often moves inside, or has taken a corner on the other side, leavining Manquillo outnumbered. Not excusing him though. And before I get a hammering, I am not slating Ritchie, thought he had a great game today; just wish (like with most players) he would pass instead of shoot. So many times I see an outside the box shot taken when a simple pass has someone on goal (talking in general there).

    1
  • jasper

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    To beat Charlie to it….
    Elliott. Did ok. Kicking variable but fix pick out Joselu with some accuracy at times. WH played high so rarely had chance to roll it out. Saved what shots and crosses came his way.
    Manquillo. As everyone says fine going forward. But persistedly out of position. I could have sworn that on more than one occasion the WH midfield just banged the ball without looking in the direction of our right corner flag sure in the knowledge that he would have gone AWOL.
    Lascalles. No complaints. One of those games where a player does nothing remarkable either good or bad.
    Clark. Looks to lead defence and has the ability to be dangerous at set pieces.
    Mbemba. Let Antonio get yo the byline once, then tied him up. Moved up with ball when space in front of him. Good game.
    Hayden. Put in a lot of distance. Would like to see the stats. Real effort.
    Merino. Great game. Much better than Forest where he got caught in possession too often. Really stared to boss things. However what I really noticed was the huge number of headers he won when being challenged.
    Ritchie. Another tremendous effort. Harried to make first goal and assist on second.
    Atsu. Unselfish pass to Joselu. But he got no change out of Zabeletta, didn’t get past him once out of 6-7 attempts. Crosses and passes into box poor as well. I was disappointed with him.
    Perez. Chased a lot and closed opponents down but tried to dribble out of trouble and lost the ball much too often. Failed to anticipate Joselu’s flicks. I would have much preferred if he had been subbed rather than Joselu.
    Joselu. Great game. Frequently beat Collins in the air. Good spins and movement behind defenders. Ball stuck to him unlike Gayle….
    Subs
    Mitro. Hope he didn’t do anything stupid, whatever it was was off the ball and I was looking elsewhere. But picked up where Joselu left off and took his goal very calmly.
    Diame. Not on long, did ok.
    Murphy. Hardly got a touch but twice was in scoring positions but no pass came from Atsu and another.
    Altogether a much more fun afternoon.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    i hope david prutton watched today, and maybe M lawrence

    3
  • toon kk

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Brilliant win, we prooved we can play as a team even if it was against a terrible West ham.
    Three winable games to follow the international break so come on Newcastle.

    6
  • Bambams

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Twitter has us linked with this Argentinean left back at £4 million

    Hearing it could be Nicolás Tagliafico’s last game for @Independiente tonight; offers from Europe & @NUFC negotiating over a €4M move #NUFC https://t.co/q76kGV6Zs7

    0
  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #14

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolás_Tagliafico

    Looks like were signing this guy.

    0
  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Well. Well. Well. Merino, Ritchie, Atsu for me.

    1
  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Hand held up, I thought we’d get beat today, but I believe Slavvery Billic helped us inadvertently, by trying to play mind games with Rafa, which could hardly have failed more spectacularly.
    Excellent game plan, very well executed, some quality performances and a goal for the new lad.
    All over the pitch we chased, hassled, harried and made wet spam work for what they saw of the ball.
    Merino is going to be some player for us, hope he has a £145m buyout clause 😉

    Wishing you the best Ed. If I’ve not said it before, huge thanks for the site and the work you put in.

    4
  • hibbit

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #17

    just got back loved it st James was jumpinggot behind the team and Rafa from the KO
    very hard to pick a mom but if i had to it would be Ritchie closely followed by Clark plus a very good team performance it could have easily been 5/6

    not to burst the anyones bubble but WH were shocking

    7
  • hibbit

    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #18

    jumping got behind

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 26, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye hibbit, it was jumping in there today, hopefully the fans showing Rafa love will have strengthened his hand in this pivotal week.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 26, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m going for Ritchie today as he never stopped, I’d like to have seen Aaron’s on for ten minutes mind.

    2

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