Debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick both scored as Newcastle make 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.
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson tells Sky Sports: “I seemed to get off to a good start on my debut and it was a great team performance. We were solid at the back and that gave us the platform.
“I am quite a confident person anyway and my job is to score goals. I feel this is a great squad with great potential and I am trying to be the definitive piece in the puzzle, putting the ball in the net.
“I like this place, I like playing against West Ham. It is not a disrespectful thing but I keep scoring against them. It is about being consistent and building on this performance for the next game.
“We were well organised, the shape and the way we set up gave us that platform. The reason I joined here was great players in the squad and I could have had a hat-trick. As long as they keep coming, I’m happy.
“It is disappointing that my debut goal wasn’t in front of the fans who would have travelled down.”
STARTING THE SEASON WITH A WIN! 😍
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 12, 2020