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Match Report : 26/08/2017 v West Ham United
Newcastle United   3 1

Scorer(s):     Mato (36),  C Clark (72),  A Mitrovic (86)

West Ham United   0 0
Competition: Premiership
Season: 2017-18
Venue: St James's Park
Kick Off: 3:00 pm
Attendance: 52,093
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Newcastle United
Manager: Rafael Benitez
 Robert Elliot
 Javier Manquillo Gaitan
 Jamaal Lascelles
 Ciaran Clark
 Chancel Mbemba Mangulu
Cautioned Mikel Merino Zazon
 Isaac Hayden(On As A Substitute Mohamed Diame, 82)
 Matthew Ritchie(On As A Substitute Jacob Murphy, 88)
 Ayoze Perez
 Christian Atsu Twasam
 Jose Mato(On As A Substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic, 72)
Unused Subs: Freddie Woodman, Jesus Gamez Duarte, Rolando Aarons, Henri Saivet
West Ham United
Manager: Slaven Bilic
 Joe Hart
  Pablo Zabaleta
  James Collins
  Angelo Ogbonna
  Aaron Cresswell
  Declan Rice(On As A Substitute Manuel Lanzini, 46)
  Mark Noble(On As A Substitute Cheikhou Kouyaté, 71)
  Michail Antonio
  André Ayew(On As A Substitute Diafra Sakho, 70Cautioned)
Cautioned  Edimilson Fernandes
Cautioned  Javier Hernandez
Unused Subs: Adrián San Miguel del Castillo, José Miguel da Rocha Fonte, Arthur Masuaku, Pedro Obiang
First Half
17 mins
 CAUTIONED
Javier Hernandez - foul
36 mins
Goal
1-0Jose Mato. Ritchie forced Rice into losing possession and the loose ball fell to Merino, who made a perfectly-weighted pass to Atsu. He squared the ball to Mato who, under some pressure, poked it right-footed into the centre of the goal from the centre of the box.
Second Half
46 mins
Substitution
Manuel Lanzini on for Declan Rice
65 mins
 CAUTIONED
Edimilson Fernandes - foul on Perez
70 mins
Substitution
Diafra Sakho on for André Ayew
71 mins
Substitution
Cheikhou Kouyaté on for Mark Noble
72 mins
Goal
2-0Ciaran Clark. Ritchie floated a great cross into the box from a free-kick and Clark put a header into the bottom-left corner from a central position eight yards out.
72 mins
Substitution
78 mins
 CAUTIONED
Diafra Sakho - foul on Merino
82 mins
Substitution
83 mins
 CAUTIONED
Mikel Merino Zazon - foul on Hernandez
86 mins
Goal
3-0Aleksandar Mitrovic. Perez played the ball through to Mitrovic who took it around the advancing Hart and slotted it home left-footed into the centre of the goal.
88 mins
Substitution

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Matchday Programme : 26/08/2017

Matchday Programme : 26/08/2017

Points on the Board!

Newcastle finally get their first points on the board this season, and their first league goals as well. After a 'mini' disaster saw them losing their first three games of the season, the last of which saw them fall at the first hurdle in the League Cup to 'lower division' opposition (again) we can look forward to a period of contemplation during the international break with a win at our back.

Mato (Joselu), in making his first start for club, opened the scoring in the first half, Clark scored midway through the second half and substitute Mitrovic sealed the win with four minutes to go, though in reality the game had long been over as a contest. Whilst Newcastle thoroughly deserved the win it was against a poor West Ham who where also without a league win and are sitting rock bottom of the table. All this amidst the strong rumors that Newcastle boss Benitiz is leaving to take Slaven Bilic's job at West Ham! You couldn't actually make this up could you!