Steve Bruce guided Newcastle United to a much-needed win over West Ham United on Saturday.
Alan Shearer was left stunned and pleased with the performance Allan Saint-Maximin produced as Newcastle United beat West Ham United 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Club legend Shearer stated that Saint-Maximin ran the Hammers ‘ragged’, as he described his pace on the counter-attack as ‘just staggering’.
Steve Bruce’s side raced into a 2-0 lead inside 22 minutes, and truth be told, Saint-Maximin should have scored at least a brace during the game, as he missed a number of one-on-one chances. In the end, Jonjo Shelvey’s wonderfully placed free-kick ended up proving to be the difference-maker in the game.
Speaking to Match of the Day on BBC One (02/11/2019 at 11:10 pm), BBC Sport pundit Shearer was seriously impressed with the performance Newcastle’s front three put in, as he highlighted Saint-Maximin.
“A concern for Newcastle this season has been a lack of creativity and a lack of link-up between those three at times – Saint-Maximin, Jolineton and Almiron,” Shearer told Match of the Day. “But not against Wes Ham. I thought they got the balance, in terms of attacking play, absolutely perfect.
“Saint-Maximin ran them ragged – the pace from Saint-Maximin [on the counter-attack] is just staggering. The ball in behind on the counter-attack is superb, and being critical, he has to score [his one-on-one chance].
“Identical [counter-attack again from Newcastle]. Almiron and Saint-Maximin [showing] great pace once again, they [West Ham] cannot get near him [Saint-Maximin]. And he should put the ball into the back of the net the first time, and the second time and then he sets up Almiron and he cannot put it away. But they are getting into those positions – West Ham couldn’t cope with them [Newcastle’s front three].”
It hasn’t been said much under Bruce this season, but Newcastle were absolutely devastating at the London Stadium, as it could be argued that they should have scored more goals in the game.
If Newcastle went into the half-time break 4-0 up then West Ham wouldn’t have had much to complain about as Bruce’s side were very dangerous on the counter.
That win moves Newcastle into 15th place and it is now a case of adding consistency to their game and trying to produce these kinds of performances at St James’ Park.