Callum Wilson is chirpy:
I’m thankful for the goal. First and foremost great team performance, solid at the back, and that’s what gave us the platform today. I’m quite a confident person anyway, I’ve come in the door and my job is to score goals. Iw as confident coming into the game today and for future games. I feel this is a great squad with great potential, I’m just trying to be the finishing piece in the puzzle and put the ball in the net. I like playing against West Ham. It’s not disrespectful, I just keep scoring against them. For me it’s about being consistent, building on this performance and taking it into the next game.
Jacob Steinberg was at the London Stadium to see West Ham’s season start with a wimper:
The only consolation for West Ham was that no supporters were present to turn on the board. In normal circumstances the mood would have been toxic after a display that did little to alter the impression that David Moyes’s team are in for yet another relegation battle.
Small mercies. One game in and West Ham are already in crisis. Under pressure after the controversial sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom, they needed a response. Instead, they were uninspired as Newcastle earned an impressive win thanks to fine finishes from Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick on their debuts.
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Final score: West Ham 0-2 Newcastle
90+5 mins: It’s all over! Newcastle claim three deserved points, West Ham show the world why all their fans are so depressed.
90+4 mins: What’s worse, Newcastle go straight up the other end and have a chance for a third, but Almiron’s shot deflects wide.
90+3 mins: Yarmolenko’s shot is pretty decent. Darlow dives to his right to push it away but it goes straight into Lascelles and could have bounced anywhere from there. It bounces to a defender.
90+1 mins: Antonio drives in a low cross, actually a pretty decent centre that was just begging to be turned in, but none of his teammates anticipated it.
90+1 mins: The good news for West Ham fans is that they’ll only have to endure five more minutes of this (well, five minutes and then another nine months).
89 mins: Felipe Anderson comes on for Bowen.
88 mins: Almiron, from the left side of the area, spins and passes across the edge of the box to Hendrick. He controls, waits for a couple of defenders to close him down, and then, from a standing position, hammers a shot into the top corner from 18 yards!
GOAL! West Ham 0-2 Newcastle (Hendrick, 87 mins)
85 mins: Callum Wilson’s race is run, and Miguel Almiron will replace him.
84 mins: West Ham win another corner, which is played short, bunged into the area, and sent feebly goalwards by Haller. Darlow catches.
80 mins: West Ham do win a corner, which falls to Yarmolenko outside the area. His shot goes wide, but the referee charitably gives them another corner anyway.
79 mins: West Ham are WestHamly attempting to find an equaliser, by repeatedly running with the ball towards the Newcastle area and hoping vainly that the defenders leave them alone.
75 mins: Chance! Well, there should have been a chance! Hendrick plays Manquillo into space on the right, and any kind of decent cross would have set up Wilson for a likely goal, but his cross was rubbish so it didn’t. Joelinton comes on for Saint-Maximin.
73 mins: Manquillo requires a bit of physiotherapeutic assistance here, so there’s a bit of a break in play.
71 mins: Yarmolenko fouls Saint-Maximin and the referee books Soucek. The VAR eventually informs him of his mistake, and he books Yarmolenko instead. In further officiating news Manquillo had been booked a few seconds earlier, for a foul on Bowen.
69 mins: All sorts of stuff is going on now. A ball driven across the area hits Hendrick, leading to loud handball appeals from every West Ham player, even those who couldn’t possibly have seen anything.
68 mins: Plus the substitution is made, with Noble and Fornals going off.
67 mins: The ball rolls off the pitch, and to get it back as quickly as possible Antonio tackles Steve Agnew, Newcastle’s assistant manager , who had controlled it. The referee has to have a word, so actually Antonio’s efforts had the opposite effect to the one he intended.
65 mins: Cometh the hour, cometh Yamolenko and Haller. West Ham are preparing a double substitution, with the two players coming on enjoying a preparatory Kevin Nolan iPad presentation.
64 mins: The best through-ball to Antonio all night, and it came from a Newcastle player. Darlow races from his goal and just about gets to it first.
61 mins: West Ham win a corner, which Carroll thumps clear with his head. West Ham are showing a bit of fight, though they’ll probably need more than Antonio long throws and hopeful set pieces for it to come to much.
58 mins: Moyes immediately tells his subs to get warmed up, but hopefully the entire match will heat up from here. Saint-Maximin, who to be fair has been enormous fun throughout, crosses from the left but it’s headed behind by Diop.
GOAL! West Ham 0-1 Newcastle (Wilson, 56 mins)
The new boy gives his side the lead, and the game has the goal it needed! Manquillo’s cross deflects up off Fornals but Hendrick flicks it on and Wilson turns it in at the near post, getting his boot to the ball before Fabianski can get a fist to it!
54 mins: Fredericks fouls Saint-Maximin. He might have got the ball, but he definitely got booked.
51 mins: I think it’s fair to say that half time hasn’t brought an instant improvement.
48 mins: Newcastle work a good situation here, but when Wilson gets the ball in the centre he doesn’t know Carroll is free on the left. Eventually he spots his attacking partner, but his cross deflects wide.
46 mins: Peeeeep! Mark Noble gets the second half started.
“Well we wondered how West Ham v Newcastle would follow the Liverpool v Leeds showpiece and now we know,” writes Brian Withington. “Chronologically.”
It’s been, well, you know, OK. It’s not bad, certainly. Wilson has played reasonably well on his Newcastle debut. Both teams look a morale-boosting goal away from potentially firing. If the goal continues to not come, though, I fear it might become increasingly unlikely until the game eventually fades away into nothingness.
Half time: West Ham 0-0 Newcastle
45+2 mins: It didn’t.
45+1 mins: There’ll only be one minute of stoppage time, unless something very exciting happens during it.
44 mins: Every now and then Antonio just decides, irrespective of his position on the pitch and the number of defenders around him, to just have a shot. There have been two this half where the chance of scoring has been pretty close to none whatsoever, and which have just been thwacked straight into one of several nearby defenders.
42 mins: The game is currently hovering somewhere near quite good, but might need a goal to actually get there.
38 mins: An excellent move from West Ham. Rice’s pass to Fredericks is superb, his pull-back to Bowen is very good, and his shot flies high.