Former Hammer, Paul Ince, has given his verdict on Saturday’s clash between his old team and Newcastle.

Ince called it a ‘great result’ for Newcastle and believes that they are starting to play much better football now – which he says he would expect under Steve McClaren.

The player turned pundit thinks the fans are now back onside as well and that the team is heading in the right direction.

As for West Ham, Paul Ince says they are having a ‘brilliant season’ but didn’t take their chances to get back into the game on Saturday, with the game lost in the first 15 minutes.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ince was asked to also rate each team from A to F for their efforts this past weekend.

He gave Newcastle an ‘A’ and West Ham a ‘B’, though he appears to be trying not to fall out with anybody, as Sunderland got a B- and Crystal Palace a C- despite losing 4-1 and 4-0 to Tottenham and Manchester City respectively.

Paul Ince speaking to Sky Sports:

Newcastle United – A

“A great result for Newcastle at home to West Ham.

“They are now playing much better football and starting to score more goals, which you expect under a team managed by Steve McClaren.

“The fans seem to be back onside and they’re going the right way.”

West Ham – B

“They’re having a brilliant season, I’d give them an A+ so far, but in the game they had chances in the second half to get back into it and didn’t.

“Newcastle did too, and West Ham are always a tough team to play, but the Hammers just couldn’t quite overcome a poor opening 15 minutes.”