West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Saturday 23 December 2017 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
A first win in 10!
“Rafa deserves enormous credit.
“His subs were the perfect adjustment needed towards the end to make sure we survived a chaotic finish.
“We still make far too many poor decisions and have quite a few mistakes in our game, but if we can get a little run going through the Christmas period, we have a chance.
“Enjoy Match of the Day everyone, it’ll be my first in months!”
“The starting line-up didn’t fill me with confidence but Saivet is a relative unknown quantity so I hoped he’d surprise us and that he did!
“Absolutely delighted to get three points which on balance I felt we deserved.
“Jingle bells, jingle bells… Rafa all the way!”
“Best Christmas present we could ever wish for in these troubled times!
“Lads were magnificent and lets face it, when seeing the team sheet who fancied two of our three wise-men goal scorers being Diame and Saivet?
“Probably would have had better odds of Joseph believing Mary was up the duff to a miraculous conception!
“Massive, Massive, MASSSSSSSIVE three points!
“Pens saved, woodwork rattled, defibrillator charged – all in a day’s work for NUFC. Don’t care how the points come, but we were brave today.
“Christ knows where we go from here, but the only was is up (I hope).
“Over to a massive pair of baubles in Mike and Lee to get some players in to give us a boost.
“Merry Christmas all. Lets hope we are under new owners for 2018 – Cheers!”
“Have some of that!!
“We never doubted Diame and Saivet as a pair for a second……!!
“Chuckle Brothers produce when we most needed it.
“Biggest win of the season without a doubt and with City next, it was a must win.
“We can survive. Come on!!!”
“Great to come to London and win and see us score three goals and a penalty save.
“Great day and so pleased to get a win before Christmas.”
“Thank God for West Ham.
“Having provided our first points of the season we now record an urgently needed double over the Hammers that hopefully stops some rot.
“Some incredible performances from unlikely sources and surely we’ll be up first on Match of the Day?
“Not often United miss a chance to spoil Christmas so enjoy everyone.
“Unfortunately, we have the seemingly irresistible force of Man City up next, to say I’d take a point would be an understatement.
“Great result for a Merry Christmas. Relief.”
“Did it make a difference to not score first after a few minutes?
“Whatever it was, gerrin!
“This could be a huge turning point in our season.
“Thrash Manchester City, then… whoa there, Neddy!
“But if we get four points from Stoke and Brighton, we could really help ourselves”
“Three goals. A penalty saved. Hitting the woodwork twice. A first win in two months. Welcome to the madness of following Newcastle United.
“Only we could go in against West Ham with a centre mid pairing of Mo Diame and Henri Saivet and bag a much needed victory. Hopefully our luck is finally changing a bit, we deserve it for sure.
“And it was all played out at the former Olympic Stadium, our first visit there to boot!
“An early Xmas present for the fans. The club needed that, so badly. Credit to the players for sticking at it.
“Special mention for Henri Saivet for a delicious free kick, less so for the ref who appeared to give West Ham a penalty for a tackle that was outside the box.
“On to the next challenge – Manchester City.
“Gulps. For now – merry Xmas!”
“A bizarre game but a welcome win.
“Saivet and Diame in central midfield, it will never work, but it did.
“We battered them down our right, then they battered us down their left as the momentum changed.
“We created some great chances/goals with some sweet passing football, then in the last 20 minutes we couldnt string 2 passes together.
“Them lumping the ball up to Andy Carroll looked like it would destroy us, then it looked desperate and hopeless. Marvellous.
“Manquillo, Perez and joselu were all hopeless. Lascelles, Yedlin, Ritchie and Atsu magic.
“To tell the truth, I missed most of the first half, pottering around without getting anything done, the second half i spent most of the time hiding, hoping we would win.” 23rd of december diary entry, Joselu, aged 27.
“Merry christmas and howay the lads.”
“A resolute performance.
“Well done lads.
“A welcome 3 points.”
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)
(See Alan Shearer’s reaction to the win HERE)