Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick bought the objectives as Newcastle received 2-Zero at West Ham on Saturday.
The Magpies’ two attacking new signings each scored on their debuts to present Steve Bruce’s aspect three factors on the opening day of the brand new Premier League season.
It was one other depressing begin to a season for West Ham who’ve now misplaced their final 5 opening-day matches – a Premier League file.
And with a horrendous run of fixtures to come back they may already be in deep trouble by the tip of October.
They had been in a light state of disarray even earlier than a ball was kicked this season, having angered followers and gamers – notably captain Mark Noble – with the controversial sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom.
That, and the shortage of incoming transfers, has seen the membership’s board come below fireplace once more and, though supporters are nonetheless not allowed in, a handful gathered exterior the stadium to protest.
The hosts not solely needed to deal with Wilson, but additionally the return of their former wrecking ball striker Andy Carroll who took simply 20 seconds to announce he was again, planting a stray elbow into the face of Tomas Soucek.
Regardless of the latest failed Center East takeover try at Newcastle, there appears to be some trigger for optimism on the membership for a change.
Two of their summer time recruits twice mixed effectively within the opening levels to virtually put them forward, Wilson narrowly astray with a near-post header after which a shot from Jamal Lewis’ crosses.
With Newcastle on prime, Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski needed to make a pointy save to dam a Federico Fernandez header, whereas Jonjo Shelvey hit the side-netting, Carroll volleyed over and Wilson curled inches extensive.
Nonetheless, in opposition to the run of play, it was West Ham who got here closest to opening the scoring within the first half, twice hitting the crossbar by way of Angelo Ogbonna’s header and a deflected Pablo Fornals effort.
Soucek additionally glanced a header extensive from Ryan Fredericks’ cross and Jarrod Bowen fired too excessive because the half got here to an in depth.
Newcastle continued to press after the interval and made the breakthrough within the 56th minute.
Javier Manquillo reached the byline and looped a cross in the direction of the close to publish which Hendrick flicked on for Wilson to bundle house.
West Ham tried to hit again and had been livid to not be awarded a penalty when Sebastien Haller’s shot struck Hendrick’s arm.
However their depressing night was compounded when Hendrick discovered the highest nook from 15 yards with three minutes remaining.