Alan Shearer had no doubts as to the importance of Saturday afternoon’s game at the London Stadium.

A 90 minutes that was packed with incident and a game where Newcastle eventually emerged triumphant.

Alan Shearer says it is a ‘MASSIVE 3 points’ for the team he supports and I don’t think you can underestimate how crucial this could prove.

This is a must see on Match of The Day and the scoreline of West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 doesn’t do it justice.

Not the greatest game by far when it comes to the quality but as Shearer says, ‘Great character’ shown by the team.

Fans reacted in disbelief when the team was announced.

Five changes made and Mohamed Diame and Henri Saivet starting in centre midfield would have been the stuff of nightmares for most Newcastle fans.

Knocks in training ruling out Merino and Hayden, with Shelvey stupidly suspended.

When Saivet’s first contribution was a horrible horrible assist for Arnautovic after six minutes, everybody must have feared the worst.

However, minutes later he produced a superb free-kick and then….it was Mohamed Diame of all people who put Newcastle in front after a flowing move on 53 minutes.

A penalty that shouldn’t have been given was saved by Elliot at the other end before Atsu capped a man of the match performance with what proved to be the winning goal.

As Alan Shearer says ‘Yesssssss!’.

A great day especially for those travelling Newcastle fans, having seen their team pick up only one point in the previous nine games.

Now for Manchester City…

Alan Shearer via Twitter:

“Yessssssss!

“Great character shown and a MASSIVE 3 points.

“Well done Rafa. Well done Newcastle United.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

West Ham 2 Newcastle 3

Goals:

Newcastle: Saivet 10, Diame 53, Atsu 61

West Ham: Arnautovic 6, Ayew 69 (Saved penalty by Rob Elliot from Ayew as well! 56 minutes)

Possession was West Ham 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were  West Ham 19 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were West Ham 6 Newcastle 4

Corners were  West Ham 6 Newcastle 3

Referee: Lee Mason

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Saivet (Mbemba 84), Atsu (Murphy 90+1), Gayle (Perez 76), Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Haidara, Dummett, Aarons

Crowd: 56,955 (Newcastle 3,000)



  • TheNutJob

    It was a great result, Park the bus against citee

    • Albert Stubbins

      Hadrian’s wall won’t be enough but let’s give it a go. Pointless sitting back. Need to perform to the same level and have the luck that got us a point at home to Liverpool. HTL.

      • TheNutJob

        that 11 won`t start on Wednesday although they did well

        • Albert Stubbins

          I hope merino is back. Crucial to our chances. Everyone who does play needs to play at their peak. Can we do it? You just never know but we need everyone and everything in our favour to have a chance.

          • TheNutJob

            it`s a funny old game Albert

          • Geordiegiants

            I think Merino has been terrible the last few games, he looks slow and uninterested for some reason.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Young and inconsistent mate. He’s definitely a talent, just has to be handled right imo.

          • Geordiegiants

            Let’s hope so because he certainly has quality.

    • Kev Newcastle England

      Totally agree with this.10 men behind the ball and 1 up front.Try to make a game of it and they will murder us

  • Leicester Mag

    Super win despite huge concern and to be honest anger before the kick off.

    • TheNutJob

      it`s a brief respite, we need those players in early in January

      • Geordiegiants

        We certainly do!

      • Jezza

        Exactly. A very welcome and unexpected win but nothing has changed. We are still in big trouble and without significant team strengthening next month we will go down.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          Can 3 other teams manage to be worse than us? West Brom and Swansea certainly seem up to the task. It’s a race to the bottom!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Everyone from Everton down can beat each other

        • Geordiegiants

          The things is Jezza this was always going to be the case with this squad, the whole season, us and around 7or 8 clubs are going to be in the same situation, it’s nothing unexpected is it?

  • Geordiegiants

    Howay the lad!!!!! It’s very spars this thread, where are all you doom and gloom Rafa haters tonight?

    • Albert Stubbins

      Lol. What aboot all the slomo haters? Do you think he read the comments yesterday? If he did it’s given him the kick up the a*** he needed!! Great result today.

      • Geordiegiants

        I think he’s had an E. Owld Usain Mo.
        He’s still shyte like, I hope the inbreds get him for the second half of the season.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Ha ha. mo diamE!! Rockshots let’s go.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Rockshots was ace in the 90’s.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Aye…it was canny….they even had holes in the walls of the stalls so you could hand toilet paper to the next fella if he ran out….very friendly place.

          • Kev Newcastle England

            I shat myself on the dance floor there but shagged the lass I was dancing with an hour later.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Did you give her the crocodile dundee test 1st?……you gotta be carefull in there.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I thought that feature was for the gay guys?

          • Mitros gotta start

            Dunno…..i will bow to your superior knowledge on this one

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Rockshots was gay friendly, and about 50:50 mix for the blokes that made it handy if you were on the tap and straight. More gay than Shindig was.

      • Mike Adam

        Really Albert, he knocked in a sitter that most of us could have put in, as much as I hate to say it Horselu made that goal with his assist. It doesn’t make Slomo a world beater all of a sudden.

        • Albert Stubbins

          I’m well aware of that Mike. It was said tongue firmly in cheek!!

    • ghostrider

      It’s not about hating Rafa, it’s about Rafa being a strange and very weird manager, for me.
      What…so the team selection had you foaming at the mouth, right?
      I bet you must have wondered if Rafa had totally lost the plot.

      I saw nearly all Newcastle fans slating Diame as being worse than useless before this game.
      Saivet never got hardly a sniff since he joined this club and yet he was rated massively…but now he gets his chance because of injuries…like Diame.
      Now then, have we seen a battling performance from them because the shop window has been cleaned ready for their parading?

      I’m taking nothing from this game other than a glad 3 points.
      Rafa is not out of the woods with me by a country mile.

      Until that man shows that he knows what he’s doing with the players and not just tinkering for the sake of it or for pet lip reasons, then he’s getting it in the neck.

      Papering over massive cracks with tissue paper.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Nail on head….you would think the second coming of christ had just occured the way some on here were going on…..i still havent forgotten the 1 point from 27…. even if they have…..i still dont think rafa is the man to rebuild the team but the 3 points are certainly welcome wether it was luck or judgement remains to be seen….what is that saying about blind squirrels and nuts?

        • Damon Horner

          Of the men you want to replace him with, one of them sits in the bottom three and the other has 1 point from 18 with a more expensive and premier settled side.

          You can chose to view football how you wish from “shop window” to “fired up” poor form or lost the plot? Won’t select his best players or not viewed as best players (to some fans also). Personally, I just judge on league position at the end of season relative to target. We just need to stay up and we are so the jobs not a bad one.

          • Geordiegiants

            That’s exactly the case, it’s the same lot that we’re on at him last season, saying he wasn’t good enough and we won the league. I don’t know what they expect or want, other than what he has done so far. He has done exactly as expected. Does anyone on here think we should be riding high with these players? Even if we had the super mighty Mitro on, our first choice striker the last time we were relegated.

        • Geordiegiants

          Yeah cause Mitro playing would be the answer to all our prayers this season, even though he wasn’t the season we got relegated with a more talented bunch of players.

          • Mitros gotta start

            How will we ever know? He has never been given a chance which beggars belief looking at the utter dross that keep getting picked every week no matter how they play….perez and the hoss are useless……the lad is 23 years old and is scoring goals for fun for his national team despite not getting a kick for his club…..and he has one of the best scoring records at the club 70 in 140 starts….but dont let the facts get in the way of a good story you clown….if he got a chance he might just knock a few in…..or is that the point….rafa is so stubborn he doesnt want to be proved wrong?
            I dont want to get relegated because our tactical genius wants to save face!

          • Geordiegiants

            How will we ever know????????? We do know, he was in the last time we were relegated. Think of the Einstein Theory.

          • Mitros gotta start

            So was perez…..he still gets a game…..ever heard of the saying dont cut off your nose to spite your face?
            I wish someone would translate it into spanish for our 5 million pound a year genius

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t dispute Perez should not be on the pitch either. He is just as poor. What I’m getting at is let’s move forward, there is no pointing in going back, I do not rate Hoss at all, I do not rate Perez, in fact there are very few players in our squad that I do rate, but one thing is for sure Mitro is not the answer. He is just as shyte as the rest of them, the sooner you realise the better. He isn’t going to make any difference at all, and we do already know from our last season in this league.

          • Mike Adam

            See that is the problem, you cannot say Mitro is not the answer this year. You and Rafa DO NOT KNOW bevcause he doesn’t play, that is and always will be the point. The same goes for Aarons another player who gets no chance, and we do not know whether he could contribute becuse he DOES NOT GET A CHANCE. Yet garabage like Horselu, Perez, Diame, and Manquillo continue to get starts and produce NOTHING, again by your own words, INSANITY!

          • Mike Adam

            You mean like Rafa during the 1 point out of 27 run, what a hypocrite. Rafa now gives Saviet a CHANCE and he is a genius? I bet you weren’t thinking that when he made that beautiful assist to Arnautovic, were you?
            Some of us do believe that Mitro is better than what we have, but we have never said he was the answer, we have said why is he not getting a chance when the other strikers are not scoring and they still didn’t yesterday. When Mitro missed chances in past years many of you were all over him, what about Gayle yesterday?
            You say you are not a Mitro hater, sure sounds to me like you are.
            You say you and Rafa know, well our stikers who do play DO NOT SCORE, why not give the other one a chance?
            You and Rafa talk about trust, the biggest bunch of bull, Shelvey and Hayden continue to play and they are real hackers.
            Rafa talks about squad rotation, yet he doesn’t really rotate the squad.
            Running out the same strikers WHO DO NOT SCORE, game after game, that is INSANITY!!!!!!!!!!

          • Geordiegiants

            I wasn’t thinking any of it was going to happen, but I trust our manger and support him and our players, I don’t go on and on slagging him off no, do you or any other one of you think we seriously could or should be in a different league position than we are in now with this squad? And yes I can’t stand Mitro he is pure unadulterated shyte, so is Hoss, it makes no difference who we play apart from the stats show Hoss will stay on the pitch.

          • Mike Adam

            But it could make a difference, neither you nor Rafa can say otherwise.

          • Geordiegiants

            Well I think Rafa can considering he used the super mighty Mitro the last time we were in this position. And look how well that worked out.

          • Mike Adam

            He is a true Mitro hater, facts don’t matter, nor the fact that the strikers who do play, DO NOT SCORE GOALS. But that is ok Saviet and Diame will carry us.

          • Mike Adam

            You are the only one who keeps saying he is the answer. The strikers who play, DO NOT SCORE! W e arw asking the question why not try your other striker? Pretty simple concept, when one or two in this case don’t do the job, you try the third.

          • Geordiegiants

            So why play him if he isn’t the answer?

          • Mike Adam

            Becuse he is better than what we put on the pitch match after match, the facts/stats prove it. Again, Horselu 3 goals in 1224 minutes played, Gayle 3 goals in 824 minutes played, Mitro 2 goals in 192 minutes played. I’ll take Mitro. I bet Saviet gets more starts now, but Mitro didn’t after his positive time on the pitch. Insanity, as you call it is continuing to play the two strikers who DO NOT SCORE!!!

        • Mike Adam

          More luck, dusting Saviet off all of a sudden. And Zabaleta!

      • Geordiegiants

        Strange and weird mangers win things, boring predictable ones don’t.

      • Mike Adam

        That is some nice figurative language Ghost and so very true.

    • Mike Adam

      Howay the lads! , yes great win! We are not doom and gloomers. We are simply expressing our opinion on all things NUFC, including not just the manager but the owner and players as well. It is simply an opinion, as is yours. It doesn’t mean one is right or one is wrong, just opinions.
      Just because we finally got 3 points doesn’t change my opinion or the battle we are in. I have never called for Rafa to be sacked as some have. I hope he does get money to spend next month because I want to see want he can truely do.
      What I will say though is,” see what CAN happen when players are given a chance! ” That is really what I have asked of him. Nobody thought that Saviet and Diame would score and Horselu would have a nice assist. What did happen was Saviet got a start and Diame and Horselu got another start unlike a few others in the squad. Without playing time players cannot produce positive results. And with the thin squad we have why he refuses to use some players. That is my main problem with Rafa, and still is. NO MANAGER knows for sure that a player cannot help the team earn points unless that player is given a chance to play, like happened yesterday.

      • Geordiegiants

        Rafa obviously did or he wouldn’t of played them would he?

      • nufcslf

        Exactly. Not that hard to see, because in a results business the league table tells a sad story unless you are Cashley and 17th is good enough. Rafa has had plenty of chances to at least give players a chance and has been happy to go with his favourites and lose. The training well reason is a load of shyte as well. If you have played at a good enough level at all it is what can get you a chance to make the starting 11, but not performing during your chance gets you dropped again. Rafa simply has not done this and 1 win in 10 with pretty much the same under performing player’s proves it, speaks for itself cries foul and so on. What I see anyway.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Exactly….benitez just said today that mitrovic likes to train hard so there is another myth blown out of the water.

    • Mike Adam

      Here is a really cool fact for you, Saviet is only “2” goals behind our two “playing” strikers who have played 1224 and 837 minutes respectively!!!!

  • Leazes Ender

    We seem to live in a world of reactionaries…. I hope he reacts to yet another instance of Refereeing marginal ‘calls’ going against United….. its beyond a joke it really is!

    • TheNutJob

      it was never a penalty yet the linesman confirmed it to the ref

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        Hard to believe they’d have done any worse with a free kick than Ayew with that penalty.

        • thewildchimp

          Absolutely awful kick. I hope Elliot will gain confidence from this game.

  • joe mac

    my my…the vast majority of people on this site had us beat today…..just shows yas we know f*ck all!………the lads are trying their plucks off!…..just get behind them eh!….that was a total commited perfomance by every body!!…

    • Geordiegiants

      Well said Joe, we have our faults and we have our difference of opinions, but if they all got behind the team and the manger, we would get a lot more out of it. People questioning every single little decision Rafa makes is crazy, he is in the job because he is not frightened to make these decisions, and more often than not it pays off for him. That’s why he is so highly regarded.

  • IT WAS A THRILLER! My GOD was I entertained! Pure football at it’s best. Who could have guessed this game, our team showed great character most of all. I believe we may have found the perfect partner in the middle for Merino! Saivet deserves a shot with Merino in the middle. Showed he can do well against experienced players and will not likely make a mistake like that again :D What guts he has stepping up and delivering from a free-kick! I think Shelvey must be fuming by now and will probably not get another game, and rightfully so!
    BRING ON MAN CITY!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Has Shearer taken drugs he said we played well being playing the same all season just got the rub of the green today unlike Everton or Bournemouth he talks rubbish
    we do our best every game just went our way.

    • Kev Newcastle England

      Clown

  • Mike Adam

    He did knock in a few in the 192 total minutes he has gotten and that is including Cups! The INSANITY is that he has only been given 88 minutes in the PL!!! That is just plain INSANITY considering that the two strikers who play ahead of him have scored 6 goals in 2048 minutes of PL playing time, that is PURE INSANITY!