Newcastle produced one of their best all round display since the start of a new campaign to see off West Ham and secure a first win of the Premier League campaign, having lost previously to Huddersfield and Tottenham in the League.
Joselu – making his first start for Newcastle, and gave Newcastle a deserved lead on the 36th minute heading into the interval, prodding the ball beyond Joe Hart following Christian Atsu’s square.
Westham almost restored parity through Javier Hernández shortly after the break, only for Ciaran Clark to hack the frontman’s goalbound effort away from goal.
It was Ciaran Clark himself who all but put the outcome beyond doubt by scoring in the 72nd minute and with five minutes remaining, substitute Aleksandar Mitrović capped off a fine day at the office for Newcastle.
Westham Coach Slaven Bilic’s brutal summary of West Ham United’s latest defeat illustrated why he is the overwhelming favourite to be the first managerial casualty of this Premier League season.
“It was a very difficult afternoon,” Bilic said after a series of errors contributed to a defeat that could have been even more decisive. “Newcastle were better than us in every aspect of the game. They simply had more power, more determination.”
Rafa Benitez was in a bouyant mood after the victory.
Benitez said: “It’s always good to win, but especially the way we won, scoring three goals at home with a clean sheet and a great team effort. It was really positive.” The fans’ reaction was a reminder of why he has stayed at Newcastle – and may remain: “The fans, the city, the stature of the club, you can enjoy it when everything is right – and today everything was right.
“The team was working very hard and the fans appreciated that. They can be the difference for us.”