7/20/2019 7:12:51 PM (GMT+3)

Newcastle beat West Ham in pre-season event

Newcastle beat West Ham in pre-season event

SHANGHAI, China: Newcastle United beat West Ham United 1-0 on Saturday to get his reign off to a winning start in pre-season friendly.

In contrast to their meek 4-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday in Nanjing in Asia Trophy, Newcastle were committed and bit hard into tackles.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was prominent in the first half against an insipid West Ham and said afterwards that Bruce "deserved more credit than he gets”.

“Steve has come in and been a breath of fresh air,” said Shelvey. “The fans need to give him a chance and if we play like that (today) in the Premier League the fans can have no complaints.”

The 58-year-old, whose appointment as head coach has gone down badly with already disillusioned Newcastle fans, was unable to be pitch-side because of Chinese visa restrictions.

The former Sunderland boss is just three days into the job and this was only a pre-season friendly, but he will have been heartened by what he saw against what was on paper a strong West Ham side.