What a fantastic win it was on Monday night, and another victory with a clean sheet pushed us up to fifth in the table.
Two goals from French superstar Dimitri Payet was the difference between the two teams, with Moses being handed his debut for West Ham, and he has done himself no harm with the fans with very impressive performance.
The match started lively with our first goal coming in the ninth minute after Diafra Sakho’s back heel found Mark Noble. The midfielder took his time, turned and then squared it for Payet, who placed it first time into the top right hand corner from 20 yards.
The next 25 minutes were sloppy, with Newcastle having the better of the ball, but being ineffective in the final third.
Angelo Ogbonna was forced off in the 42nd minute, due to what looked like a hamstring injury, and was replaced by Carl Jenkinson who had lost his place in the starting line-up to James Tomkins after sitting out the win at Liverpool through suspension.
It wasn’t the best 45 minutes of football you’ll ever see at the Boleyn Ground, but in the second half we soon showed everyone how dangerous we are on the counter attack.
Moses latched on to a clearance by outpacing two Newcastle defenders, cut inside and smashing the cross bar with his effort.
It was a piece of play that deserved a goal, and we were rewarded for our efforts after Payet managed to squeeze the rebound past the back tracking defender and Tim Krul on the line to give us a 2-0 lead.
Pedro Obiang replaced Mauel Lanzini just before the hour mark and it was apparent that we were going to sit on the break.
The next 10-15 minutes of the game we found ourselves under a lot of pressure and really we were pinned back without being able to counter attack effectively.
Sitting in the crowd, it was a very nervy point of the match and it was great to see that we didn’t allow Newcastle back in to the game.
Defensively we were looked much more solid, with Tomkins having a superb game once again, firstly at right back and then at centre-half after Jenkinson replaced Ogbonna.
We then got back into the game and we were able to retain possession for the latter stages of the game.
It was also very encouraging to see the big man Andy Carroll come on in the 88th minute, and what an outstanding reception he got from the fans. If he can stay fit he’ll be a very important player for us this season.
After the game, Slaven Bilic was full of praise for Man of the Match Payet. He said: “He is one of those players who is not only a great player, but he makes players around him better.”
Next up are Manchester City, who are looking to make it six wins out of six and are yet to concede a goal this season.
The players should be full of confidence having come off the back of two impressive wins against Liverpool and Newcastle, with two clean sheets to boot.
We are also yet to concede on the road, and considering the opposition we have faced away from east London so far this term, that is some achievement.
So, overall it was a good win, another clean sheet and another star performance from the French playmaker.
Things are starting to look very positive with a bright future.
Roll on Man City!