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:
“Great character shown and a MASSIVE 3 points.
“Well done Rafa. Well done Newcastle United.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
West Ham 2 Newcastle 3
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
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Saivet (Mbemba 84), Atsu (Murphy 90+1), Gayle (Perez 76), Joselu
Darlow, Haidara, Dummett, Aarons
Crowd: 56,955 (Newcastle 3,000)