Newcastle came out in a fluid 4-4-2 with Jeff Hendrick on the right and Allan Saint-Maximin on the left. Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson were together at the top.
The lads created a decent half chance early on when Allan Saint-Maximin drove into the box before pulling the ball wide to Jamal Lewis. The left-back whipped in a corner that Callum Wilson glanced wide of the net.
After a challenge on Michail Antonio earned Isaac Hayden a yellow card, the subsequent free-kick from deep resulted in a header off the crossbar by Angelo Ogbonna.
There was another chance for our new striker in the 20th minute. Saint-Maximin fed Lewis down the left and the fullback swung in a low cross that Wilson struck just wide with his left foot.
Jamaal Lascelles gave the ball away when trying to advance which led to an opportunity for Antonio whose tame effort was straight to Darlow. Just a minute later, Ryan Fredericks found Tomas Soucek in the box but his header was guided wide of the post.
West Ham looked to be growing in confidence after a tepid start and the game became a back and forth affair. In the 31st minute, Newcastle hit West Ham with a counter-attack. Callum Wilson found a trailing Jonjo Shelvey in the box but his shot whipped against the side netting.
Both sides continued to create decent chances but failed to threaten either goalkeeper too much. However, the change in this Newcastle team with the new signings has been very evident.
With Wilson spearheading the Newcastle attack, there were plenty of touches inside the opposition box. Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lewis linked up very well down the left flank.
While we’ll need to put the ball in the back of the net, this was a very promising first half from the lads. They should only get better once they get some more time together to gel.