Monday 26 September 2016

Shelvey makes instant impact for Magpies

Newcastle United 2 West Ham United 1

Daniel Spellman

Published 17/01/2016 | 02:30

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle United with Jonjo Shelvey. Photo: Lee Smith / Action Images via Reuters
Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle United with Jonjo Shelvey. Photo: Lee Smith / Action Images via Reuters
West Ham's Nikica Jelavic attempts to challenge Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko. Photo: Andrew Yates / Reuters
West Ham's Nikica Jelavic in action with Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini. Photo: Lee Smith / Action Images via Reuters

Steve McClaren hailed debutant Jonjo Shelvey after seeing him inspire his new club to a priceless victory. The Magpies climbed out of the bottom three as a result - their first in a Saturday 3.0 kick-off since February last year - although £12m signing Shelvey could yet find himself in hot water after an off-the-ball clash with Enner Valencia.

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Newcastle raced into a 2-0 lead and Shelvey played a part in both goals, feeding the ball into Georginio Wijnaldum to set up Ayoze Perez and then picking out Daryl Janmaat with a raking cross-field ball and watching as the full-back crossed for Wijnaldum to score.

McClaren said: "You always worry, the first game. Will he blend in? Will he fit into the team, the balance? It was a perfect balance.

"That first pass forward created the first goal and that crossfield just gives you, because of the speed of it, that extra two seconds that the defence can't recover. He's got the potential to be top. There's a long way to go, but it's a nice start."

The only blot on Shelvey's copybook was his 38th-minute collision with Valencia in which he appeared to body-check the striker, although he was not punished at the time. Half-time substitute Nikica Jelavic pulled a goal back for the visitors, but there was no way back.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was less than impressed by his team's first-half display. "We have to admit, unfortunately, that they were better and they deserved to beat us," he said. "They deserved three points, especially with their performance in the first half."

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