Newcastle - England midfielder Jonjo
Shelvey made an impact on his Newcastle United debut as the Magpies boosted
their hopes of avoiding relegation by beating in-form West Ham United 2-1 at St
James' Park on Saturday.
Shelvey was involved in the build-up to
both goals as Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum scored in the first half to
give Steve McClaren's side a 2-0 interval lead.
Substitute Nikica Jelavic got a goal back
for West Ham after the restart but Newcastle held on to build on their 3-3 draw
with Manchester United in midweek and claim a first win in seven games.
They climb out of the relegation zone at
the expense of Swansea City, while a first defeat in 10 in all competitions for
West Ham means they risk dropping out of the top five in the Premier League
before the weekend is up.
West Ham beat Newcastle 2-0 in East London
in September so McClaren was this time looking to avenge his infamous defeat to
Slaven Bilic's Croatia in 2007 that cost England a place at Euro 2008 and
seriously tarnished his reputation.
McClaren handed a debut to Shelvey after
his $17.1m move from Swansea and he combined with Wijnaldum to set up Perez,
who curled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net for his fifth goal of
the season just five minutes in.
West Ham 'keeper Adrian tipped over an
Aleksandar Mitrovic shot before the home fans were off their feet again
celebrating a second goal in the 16th minute.
Shelvey's ranging pass to the right flank
found Daryl Janmaat and he centred low for Wijnaldum to convert his ninth of
the season from close range.
West Ham brought on Jelavic for Pedro
Obiang at the break and he needed just two minutes to get one back,
intercepting a back-pass by Chancel Mbemba and rounding Rob Elliot to score.
McClaren then sent on his other new recruit
Henri Saivet for a debut following his move from Bordeaux for 5 million and
Newcastle held on for all three points.
However, they had to survive as a Cheikhou
Kouyate header from close range was saved by Elliot before six minutes of time
were added on, ensuring a nail-biting finale.