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!

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“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!”

Paul Lyon:

“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!”

Jamie Swan:

“Holy nativity!

“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!”

Toon Bano:

“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!!!”

Nat Seaton:


“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.”

Jamie Smith:

“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.”

George Stainsby:

“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”

David Punton:

“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!”

Ben Cooper:

“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.”

Paul Patterson:

“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

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)

(See Alan Shearer’s reaction to the win HERE)

  • TheNutJob

    Man Citee`s defence is dodgy, pity they have 6 world class forwards, not fair at all

    • TheNutJob

      Big Andy caused havoc when he came on but in injury time Jamaal beat him twice in the air what takes some doing.
      well done the lads.

    • Clarko

      They have conceded the least amount of goals in the Premier League…

      • TheNutJob

        thanks for the heads up Clarko

      • Geordiegiants

        He’s landed!

        • TheNutJob


          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha lol, ar nar he we go.

        • Clarko

          I bust in, deviIish grin, disgustin’

      • Mrkgw

        Would be good it we could get a freak result against them and win it. Watched their game last week vs Spurs and they look unbelievably strong though. Rafa will need to field his ‘strongest’ side.

        • TheNutJob

          i watched it as well they put the brakes on after 4, they could have had 8

          • Mrkgw

            Too right. Couple of seasons under new ownership and imagine if we could complete with that!

          • gallowgate26

            When the Germans beat Brazil 7-1 in their own back yard at last WC, they reckon the mighty Deutschland could have had 10+ but didn’t want to embarrass them and because kids were crying in the crowd etc… whahaha

        • Geordiegiants

          Yeah because playing a so called weakened team isn’t the answer?

          • TheNutJob

            i`d play them again bring the other lads back against Brighton they`ll be fresh & up for it

          • Geordiegiants

            Not that Rafa will keep the same team, he never does, but it would be mad to change the side after that.

          • TheNutJob

            he is mad

          • Geordiegiants

            That’s why he does what he does

      • Dillon Tovak

        Attack is the best form of defence. I guess you can’t learn that through stats.

        • Clarko

          You know what you can learn from stats? That Manchester City have the best defensive record in the league. Dummy.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Um what? Hahaha

          • Clarko

            I have come to the conclusion that you indeed, cannot read. Have fun dummy.

          • Dillon Tovak

            That’s an odd thing to say as I’m writing. I’m not sure if you can write if you can’t read hahahahaha!!

          • Clarko

            I mean, it seems as though your memory is also defective, we have been through this before, your condition, alexia without agraphia, a clinical disconnection syndrome, suffers (you) are able to write but cannot read.

          • Dillon Tovak

            You certainly are a fool aren’t you. Haha

          • Clarko

            And….. Nothing to say. As usual.

            Imagine losing the same argument about alexia without agraphia twice. Astonishing.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Oh you 😘 keep it up. You’re cute.

            Why’s it astonishing if I can’t read, you should expect to win surely?

            Oh little lamb x x

          • Clarko

            I expect to win everything, I participate in.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Why’s it astonishing then my little soldier?

          • Clarko

            Oh, it’s not my ability to win that’s astonishing, it’s your stupidity, it’s how easy you made it, that’s what was astonishing.

            Have fun 👍🏿

          • Dillon Tovak


    • Rich Lawson

      The odds on a draw or a home win must be stratospheric,well worth a quid with our pals at Bet Victor. (Other Bookies are available)

  • Alreet

    Very big result today. Get manc out the way. If we get a goal against them and keep it below 4 shipped at the other end it will be a miracle.

    Come on rafa. Show the doubters what u can do.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    22 points to go. Though, with as bad as the bottom half have been, it might only take 35 to stay up!

    • TheNutJob

      i think you`re right the bottom half are as bad as we are

      • Peaky Magpie

        Think 38 should do it.

        • TheNutJob

          i`m going for 36

          • Peaky Magpie

            So it’ll be 37 then ! 👍

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        West Ham lost the tie with us 6-2 this year. THAT says all you need to know about how mediocre the bottom 8-10 are.

        • gallowgate26

          Hiring Moyes tells you all you need to know about how incompetent West Ham are.

  • gallowgate26

    The nail biting thing is that we don’t need to be good, we just need to be better than Swansea, West Brom (with Pardew and Ugly John) and one other. I thought we needed 20 points by Christmas, we’ve got 18 and Rafa has performed miracles with this squad. A few disgraceful people turning on him after a slump in form, which was always going to happen this season at some point. 15th is fantastic for a championship squad.

  • Benmagpie

    It’s obvious my namesake didn’t watch the game. Joselu was not hopeless. I know he’s a scapegoat because he’s not scoring but watch his play on match of the day. Not brilliant but definitely not hopeless.

    • TheNutJob

      Ok then, we`ll just say he`s not upto scratch for this league & he isn`t

      • Benmagpie

        Maybe not but at least he puts in an honest shift unlike some we’ve had in the past. I just get the impression that some opinions expressed on here are by people that don’t go to games.

        • Phil

          Well said!!!

        • TheNutJob

          i don`t go but i haven missed a game this season & if you`re happy with the likes of Joselu is it any wonder we are where we are. i say you`re a fool but that would amount to a compliment, now run along.
          ambition nil. IQ even less

          • Soldier

            i`m a season ticket holder and agree with everything you have said. the club has stagnated under Ashley and we need him out

          • BenMagpie

            i’m not sure why you have to resort to personal insults. I didn’t insult you or the author. My point is that in todays game and only todays game…..that was what the article was about……Joselu and Manquillo were not hopeless. That was it.Thats all. End of story. Nowhere did I say I was happy with them over the season. I made a statement based only on todays game, opining on an article based on only todays game.

        • Soldier

          he`s one of the worst i`ve ever seen at Newcastle but then i`m only 28

    • Benmagpie

      And Manquillo, whilst again not brilliant, may have had his best game. His running and his crosses were better than usual.

    • MYOFB

      Joselu was fine. Poor players have good games. He did today

    • Mike Adam

      Good luck with that. The strikers still did not score. I am sure Saviet and Diame will score us to safety!

  • TheNutJob

    i`m waiting to see Golem Moyes interview

  • Panzerfaust

    The fat pig is hopefully not thinking the team is good enough, and doesn’t need to invest in January. That’s how little piggies’ minds work.

  • robbersdog

    On the one hand, this is a great win and it takes us out of the bottom three; on the other hand, Mike Ashley is sitting in his pants whilst downing a pint of rum in his Caribbean villa, and he’s just downgraded next month’s transfer budget from thirty million pounds to zero.

    • HarryHype59

      The same thought crossed my mind!

    • Jezza

      Don’t worry, this surprise win hasn’t changed anything regarding the January window. The budget was always going to be zero.

    • Rich Lawson

      What’s the weather report for there ? Hurricane season ?

  • Andy Mac

    Coming home for Christmas so I missed the match. However I have three questions for those that went.

    1. Saivet is up for sale, never fancied by Rafa all season yet MOTM today ?
    2. 4-2-3-1 is a thing of the past or not ?
    3. Manquillo still playing at LB yet Dummett available ?

    Never were 3 points needed more !

    • Kneebotherm8

      Saivet never had chance for McLaren either.

  • gallowgate26

    Anyone who thinks we’ll use this as a springboard to get a result against Manc Citeh, is living on a planet that I like to refer to as Zog10. Where the temperature is currently 183 and a half degrees Fahrenheit, poofts of blueish green smoke bellow out of the ground and Davey “Gollum” Moyes sings, ‘so here it is Merry Christmas’ whilst riding on a unicorn.

    • Panzerfaust

      Not Planet Zog10, but Planet Rafa. A point against City is not impossible. We can do it. We have the conjones for it.

    • Kneebotherm8

      If we’d won 6-0 today it wouldn’t have been a platform for Man city,quite simply they’re going to beat us.

      • Jezza

        Agreed 3 points from our two Christmas games was the very best we could have possibly have hoped for.

  • 1957

    A really welcome result given our next opponents who are in a league of their own footballwise. We need to win these games against the teams in the bottom half, that to me is the key staying up, three points from say the Bournemouth game and the world would have been looking much better.

    I’ve watched some highlights of the MC game and they had 79% of possession and scored 4 without being outstanding. How do we approach the game, give it a go and probably get thrashed or play without much ambition park the bus and try to sneak a goal.

    I would normally want us to give it a go but considering how important goal difference might be I’d go for the latter.

    • GToon

      If we sit back and let them play they will take us apart. For a game like this I would just long ball it like Wimbledon or Bolton used to. Shove Joselu or Mitro, if he is fit, right up top and just bypass the whole of the pitch. Just play for knock downs. They can have the best technical players in the world playing for them but they are not much use when the ball is hoofed over their head.
      Alternatively we can get right into them from the start and kick them upside down but I can’t see that working unfortunately. But I’d try and employ every kind of underhand unsportsmanlike tactic going, from the ball boys to the tea lady.

      • mentalman

        Its how celtic have beaten Barcelona in the champions league

        • GToon

          Yes and I imagine the Wimbledon teamtalk before their cup final success v Liverpool didn’t focus on keeping the ball on the ground and quick passing moves.

  • HarryHype59

    Fantastic win, and by accounts we bossed midfield! The relief at ending the dreadful run is shared by all NUFC fans.

    Christmas is looking better already!

  • Soldier

    the win today whilst welcome knocks £10m off the transfer funds next month.
    if there was £10m in the first place that is

  • Saul Williams

    I always knew that team selection was right!Was it inspired or did Rafa get lucky,or maybe he had no choice because of injuries.Whatever it’s a vital 3 points.get in!!