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Newcastle United 3-0 West Ham United

Joselu
Joselu slotted in Newcastle's opener in the first half

Promoted Newcastle scored their first goals and recorded their first points of the Premier League season with an impressive win over a struggling West Ham side.

Both teams began the new campaign with two defeats, and it was anticipated this contest would be a war of attrition, even at this early stage of the season.

There was little to entertain the crowd until the 36th minute when Joselu poked in after good work from Mikel Merino and Christian Atsu.

Newcastle grew in confidence after the break and it was 2-0 when the brilliant Matt Ritchie delivered a great ball into the area which was nodded in by Ciaran Clark.

And in the closing moments, substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic made sure of the three points when he took the ball around keeper Joe Hart before slotting in.

The Hammers remain rooted to the bottom of the table, having conceded 10 goals in three games.

A brighter future for the Magpies?

Rafael Benitez
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been in charge since March 2016

Two defeats, injuries to two key defenders and their playmaker suspended - somebody forgot to put out the welcome mat out for Newcastle on their return to the top flight.

Manager Rafael Benitez, who guided them back to the promised land, suggested this week that he does not plan to stay at the Magpies for too long.

However, in the short time he has been at St James' Park, he has endeared himself to the fans - so much so that they were chanting his name prior to the goal when the home side were creating very little.

They recognise that Benitez appears to have done the best with what little transfer budget he has. Against West Ham, it was the system he played and the determination his players showed which won the day.

Both Ritchie and Isaac Hayden were exceptional with their dogged work in midfield, especially ex-Bournemouth winger Ritchie.

He forced midfielder Declan Rice into losing possession which resulted in the opener. The loose ball found its way to Merino, who played a beautifully-weighted pass for Atsu. The Ghana winger squared the ball for Joselu, who poked in under pressure.

The Magpies increased their lead when Scot Ritchie's cross from the right found defender Clark, who nodded in. And then Mitrovic, perhaps lucky not to see a card for a stray arm which caught Manuel Lanzini, added the third after Newcastle had again pinched the ball from West Ham in their final third.

Hammers teenager learns harsh lesson

Joe Hart
West Ham's Joe Hart - who made five saves - was kept busy in the second half

Rice, 18, was taken off at half-time, seemingly because his confidence was shattered after the mistake that led to Newcastle's opener.

He was consoled by Hart straight after the goal, but the teenager knew the significance of his mistake in a side that was also short of confidence.

Their best chances came after the break when Rob Elliot blocked Aaron Cresswell's effort and took the sting out of Javier Hernandez's follow-up before Clark cleared the ball off the line.

The international break will give Hammers boss Slaven Bilic time to work out why it is not clicking for his side.

'It was a game of mistakes' - reaction

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Newcastle worked hard for win - Benitez

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "When you are losing it is difficult, when you are winning everyone is happy.

"We won with everyone trying so hard. The fans were crucial last year and they have to be crucial this year - they are trying to help. I think I have some friends in the stands.

"I said before that Joselu needed to be fit. He did well. It was a great effort. Matt Ritchie is an important player - the way he works is an example for the others.

"We will try and bring in players that will give us something different. We know these players."

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West Ham did not look good - Bilic

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: "We made a mistake that led to their first goal and it gave them a boost.

"We came back in the second half and we better in the first 10 minutes, but it's a game of mistakes. We didn't play good. They were the better side. The goals helped them. They deserved those goals because they pressured high up the pitch.

"We have to admit they were better in everything, especially in determination and wanting to win second balls and making a transition when doing that. We didn't deserve anything. We had a midweek game but that had nothing to do with today's performance.

"We are trying to be active [in the transfer market] still but I was happy with the team, it was just the performance that was not good. We can talk about the away games but I expected a lot, lot more."

Man of the match - Matt Ritchie (Newcastle)

Matt Ritchie
Why is he not a regular in the Scotland team? Against West Ham, Matt Ritchie was a dynamo - he covered more turf (10.34km) than any other player, bar Merino (11.21km), and made more sprints than any other player (57)

Hart not keeping it clean - the stats

  • West Ham have lost all three of their Premier League games this season - the last time that they did this was in 2010-11, when they finished bottom
  • This was Newcastle's 18th Premier League win against West Ham - only against Aston Villa (22) and Tottenham (21) have they won more often
  • This was the 18th time (in 79 games) that West Ham have conceded three or more goals in a Premier League match under Slaven Bilic, including all three games this season
  • Mitrovic has scored five and provided assists for two more in his last 10 Premier League appearances
  • It is now 22 league appearances without a clean sheet for Hart (Premier League and Serie A combined) - last keeping one on 8 January for Torino against Sassuolo
  • In fact, Hart has conceded 20 goals in his last six appearances in league competition
  • Joselu has now scored in five different Premier League matches and has ended on the winning side on each occasion
  • Joselu became the fourth different Spanish player to net a Premier League goal for Newcastle, after Ayoze Perez (13), Albert Luque (1) and Xisco (1)

What's next?

Newcastle are at Swansea on Sunday, 10 September (16:00 BST) after the resumption and the Hammers host Huddersfield on Monday, 11 September (20:00).

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Elliot
  • 19Manquillo
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 18Mbemba
  • 23MerinoBooked at 83mins
  • 14HaydenSubstituted forDiaméat 82'minutes
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forMurphyat 88'minutes
  • 17Pérez
  • 30Atsu
  • 21JoseluSubstituted forMitrovicat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Murphy
  • 10Diamé
  • 16Aarons
  • 24Saivet
  • 27Gámez
  • 41Woodman
  • 45Mitrovic

West Ham

  • 25Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 19Collins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 41RiceSubstituted forLanziniat 45'minutes
  • 16NobleSubstituted forKouyatéat 71'minutes
  • 30Antonio
  • 20A AyewSubstituted forSakhoat 70'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 31FernandesBooked at 65mins
  • 17HernándezBooked at 17mins

Substitutes

  • 4Fonte
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 10Lanzini
  • 13Adrián
  • 14Obiang
  • 15Sakho
  • 26Masuaku
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
52,093

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 3, West Ham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, West Ham United 0.

Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Foul by Diafra Sakho (West Ham United).

Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Collins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by James Collins.

Attempt blocked. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Matt Ritchie.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 3, West Ham United 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez with a through ball.

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mikel Merino.

Attempt missed. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Mikel Merino (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chicharito (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mikel Merino (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Isaac Hayden.

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Booking

Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Diafra Sakho (West Ham United).

Mikel Merino (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Isaac Hayden with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by James Collins.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Attempt missed. Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chicharito.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 2, West Ham United 0. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Joselu.

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Cheikhou Kouyaté replaces Mark Noble.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Diafra Sakho replaces André Ayew.

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joselu (Newcastle United).

Booking

Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United).

goal

As It Stood

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1Man Utd3300100109
2Huddersfield32104047
3Man City32105237
4West Brom22002026
5Watford31205325
6Southampton31203215
7Liverpool21104314
8Everton21102114
9Swansea311124-24
10Tottenham21013213
11Arsenal21014403
12Chelsea21014403
13Burnley21013303
14Newcastle31023303
15Stoke21011103
16Leicester310256-13
17Brighton301204-41
18Bournemouth300315-40
19Crystal Palace300306-60
20West Ham3003210-80
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