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West Ham United 0-2 Newcastle United: Debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick give Magpies opening day win

West Ham United 0-2 Newcastle United: Debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick give Magpies opening day win
Callum Wilson scored his first Premier League goal since 7 March at West Ham

Debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick both scored as Newcastle made a winning start to the 2020-21 Premier League season against an uninspiring West Ham.

Wilson, a £20m summer signing from Bournemouth, was a threat throughout as the Magpies won their opening game for the first time since 2012.

Steve Bruce’s side were well worth their victory despite the Hammers twice hitting the crossbar.

Wilson prodded in Andy Carroll’s flick-on to open the scoring, while Hendrick sealed victory with a late effort into the top left corner.

While Pablo Fornals and Angelo Ogbonna both hit crossbar for the hosts, too often their attacks lacked the cutting edge to trouble a resolute Newcastle defence.

And it ensured their miserable recent starts to Premier League campaigns continued, as they became the first club to lose their opening match for the fifth consecutive season.

Magpies debutants steal the show

Magpies manager Steve Bruce had said he was pleased to see owner Mike Ashley “flex his muscles” with the summer arrivals of Wilson and Jamal Lewis, plus free agents Ryan Fraser and Hendrick.

And even more pleasingly for Bruce, Wilson, Lewis and Hendrick all made an immediate impression for their new employers.

Wilson, 28, who appears to thrive when facing the Hammers, was undoubtedly the pick of the bunch.

His pace and movement caused problems well before he scored his eighth goal in nine outings against West Ham, twice going close from Lewis deliveries from the left and teeing up Jonjo Shelvey after a surging run from his own half.

He also appeared to benefit from the freedom and flicks that Andy Carroll’s robust presence provided alongside him.

Newcastle had the fourth worst goal-scoring record in the top flight last term and Bruce will hope that combination can help to remedy that problem.

Wilson’s goal was a result of his opportunism after Carroll had got across the near post to flick on Javier Manquillo’s cross, and Hendrick’s late right-foot shot put the seal on a fine night for Newcastle’s new boys.

More to follow.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24FredericksBooked at 54mins
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 20BowenSubstituted forFelipe Andersonat 89′minutes
  • 16NobleSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 67′minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forHallerat 67′minutes
  • 30Antonio

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 8Felipe Anderson
  • 10Lanzini
  • 22Haller
  • 31Johnson
  • 35Randolph

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 19ManquilloBooked at 68mins
  • 6Lascelles
  • 18Fernández
  • 15Lewis
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forJoelintonat 75′minutes
  • 8Shelvey
  • 14HaydenBooked at 13mins
  • 16Hendrick
  • 13C WilsonSubstituted forAlmirónat 85′minutes
  • 7CarrollSubstituted forS Longstaffat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Joelinton
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Krafth
  • 21Fraser
  • 24Almirón
  • 29Gillespie
  • 36S Longstaff

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