Joselu (36),C Clark (72),A Mitrovic (86)
Newcastle vs West Ham
3:00pm Saturday 26th August
St James' Park, Newcastle
NEWCASTLE 3-0 WEST HAM
FT: That's it. A thoroughly deserved first Premier League victory of the season for Newcastle, but winless West Ham were awful.
Rafa Benitez is the main man here, as Toon fans sing his name, and goals from Joselu, Clark and Mitrovic give them lift-off on their Premier League return. Matt Ritchie is man of the match.
90+3: Terrific from Merino again to square for Mitrovic, but he blazes it over.
90+1: Four minutes added on.
90: Corner to Newcastle, Murphy takes, but Clark gives away a free-kick.
88: Newcastle change. Ritchie, who has been superb, is replaced by Murphy.
GOAL! NEWCASTLE 3-0 WEST HAM (Mitrovic 86)
A fine third goal for Newcastle! Perez's lovely touch allows Mitrovic through on goal... he just has Hart to beat, rounds him calmly, and pokes it into the empty net.
Superb from Newcastle, but really poor from West Ham. That all came from a long punt upfield from Elliot.
NEWCASTLE 2-0 WEST HAM
86: SAVE! Merino plays a nice forward pass for Perez, who touches it on for Mitrovic to shoot, but Hart closes down the angle and saves well!
84: Lanzini has a go from a 30-yard free-kick, but it's poor, and well over the bar. Slaven Bilic looks despondent on the touchline...
81: Booking for Sakho after a meaty challenge in midfield.
79: Newcastle looking for a third... Hayden bursts into the box, squares from the left, but Ritchie can't collect as he slides in.
77: CLOSE! The ball falls to Ritchie in the box, but Cresswell's out-stretched leg blocks it for a corner. Nearly a third...
75: St James' Park is a very happy place right now. They're singing Rafa Benitez's name in all four stands...
GOAL! NEWCASTLE 2-0 WEST HAM (Clark 72)
Clark is the scorer, but Ritchie is the architect. The Scot plays a one two near the byline after wrestling the ball off Cresswell.
As he gets the ball back, his first touch is superb, and the cross into the area is plum on Clark's head. He finds the corner of the net off the far post. Lovely header, and is that game over?
NEWCASTLE 1-0 WEST HAM
72: Goalscorer Joselu is replaced by Mitrovic for the final 20 minutes for Newcastle.
71: Two changes for West Ham; Ayew and Noble come off, Kouyate and Sakho are on.
69: Fantastic ball from Ritchie to release Joselu down the left, with acres to run into as Zabaleta is caught out of position, but Joselu's touch is poor!
If you fancy a dramatic recovery from West Ham to claim all three points then Sky Bet offer them at 22/1. The hosts are 1/4 chances with a draw 4/1 - both teams to score has been PRICE BOOSTED to 15/8 from 13/8. Get all the in-play odds here.
67: Fernandes is booked for a foul in midfield on Mbemba. Second yellow of the game for West Ham.
65: Hernandez gets a header on target from Ayew's cross, but it's too weak. Elliot easily collects.
63: SAVE! Ritchie with a lovely nutmeg on Noble on the edge of the box, and he sees dollar signs. He should square for either Joselu or Perez, but goes for the bottom left corner, from 20 yards, and Hart tips it away well!
61: Newcastle currently camped in their own half, but have defended really well to keep West Ham away from their defensive third.
59: Hayden is down after being caught accidentally by Ayew, but he looks to be OK. The game has opened up a tad in the second half...
57: Lanzini's loose pass allows Newcastle through, and they have men over! They overplay the ball outside the box, however, as Joselu struggles to get possession back. Relief for West Ham and Lanzini.
54: CLOSE! So close for West Ham! Ayew releases Cresswell down the left... he lines up a fierce effort, Elliot can only beat it into the path of Hernandez, but he can't shuffle his feet to get a good enough effort on goal! Newcastle eventually clear off the line!
53: Big decision for referee Neil Swarbrick. Hernandez is very late on Lascelles with a nudge, similar to the first half booking, but the referee gives him a stern talking to, rather than a second booking.
51: Ritchie never needs much of an invitation to shoot... he has a go from 25 yards, but it's a few yards wide of goal.
49: Hernandez looks frustrated up top. It's been long ball after long ball so far, and he nudges Lascelles to give away a free-kick in a desperate attempt to get to a loose ball.
47: Joe Hart asks a lot of Ogbonna with a short pass, and it runs out of play.
SAVE! Hart is then tested by Perez as his cross-shot is parried clear of danger. From bad to good by the England goalkeeper...
46: Back underway in the second half here. Lanzini is on for West Ham, replacing Declan Rice, the youngster who gave the ball away for the only goal of the game.
The new signing has Newcastle ahead here
HT BET UPDATE
Toon are in pole position and 1/3 with Sky Bet to go on and collect all three points. West Ham have been pushed right out to 12/1 with a draw trading at 7/2. One of the HT PRICE BOOSTS sees a penalty to be awarded at 5/1 from 9/2 - get all the in-play odds here.
HT: That's the half. Newcastle deserve to be in front, but it hasn't been the greatest of encounters.
Harsh lesson for Declan Rice, who gave the ball away in midfield, allowing Atsu to square to Joselu. A happy St James' Park at the break.
45+7: Atsu races forward and has a pop from 25 yards... Hart gets down well to his left to save.
45+6: Joe Hart kicks the ball into the back of Ritchie, who had jumped in front of him as he booted it out of his hands. It bounces wide...
45+5: Better from Declan Rice, he concedes a corner at the byline from Atsu's run. Ritchie takes, Hayden heads on, Perez recovers it, but his cross is too close to Hart.
45+3: Another Noble corner, but Newcastle clear yet again. They've defended very well so far.
45+1: Six minutes added on after the injury to Ayew earlier in the first half.
45: Just after the goal, Joe Hart rushed out to young Declan Rice to gee him up, a word of encouragement in the ear after his mistake. However, it looked like the 18-year-old didn't need telling, and could have done without Hart's input...
43: Joselu nods on a long ball for Perez, he's at an acute angle, and can't get a strong shot on goal. Hart gathers.
41: At the other end, Merino has a go from 20 yards, Hart slightly fumbles it, but recovers it eventually before Joselu can close in.
39: Noble corner from the right, and Lascelles is all over Collins in the box. The ref doesn't spot it, and play goes on. West Ham furious.
GOAL! NEWCASTLE 1-0 WEST HAM (Joselu 36)
Finally, we have a goal in the Premier League! Young midfielder Declan Rice sloppily loses out around 40 yards from his goal... Perez feeds Atsu through on goal, with Joselu running beside him to his right.
Hart comes out, Atsu squares it, and Joselu bundles it home for a goal on his full debut!
NEWCASTLE 0-0 WEST HAM
35: Defences really on top here. It's not necessarily lacking in attacking quality, but this has the feel of a real nervy encounter.
32: Some head tennis in the area, as the ball falls to Cresswell on the half volley at an angle, but he slices it over Elliot's bar.
30: Ayew turns on the edge of the box and looks for the far corner, but it's awful, and into the stands. Not a great start to this game.
28: Manquillo's wayward cross nearly heads for the top corner, but misses it by about half a yard. Joe Hart was clutching at thin air, there...
26: After a lengthy delay, and some work done to Ayew's nose, he's up and walking, and will change his shirt before coming back on. Five-minute delay there.
No goals halfway though the first period with the hosts 5/4 for victory at Sky Bet. The Hammers can be backed at 9/4 and a draw is 2/1 with Javier Hernandez PRICE BOOSTED to 13/2 from 6/1 to break the deadlock. Get all the in-play odds here.
24: Ouch. Looking at the replays, Ayew's sliding tackle on Merino resulted in the midfielder's boot hitting the West Ham man in the face. Painful.
©2018 Sky UK