Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren​ heaped praise on his side after their 2-1 victory over West Ham United and reserved special praise for new signing Jonjo Shelvey.

Goals from Ayoze Perez and Georgino Wijnaldum were enough to clinch the three points for the Magpies despite Nikica Jelavic's best efforts for West Ham, as Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone at Swansea City's expense.

Shelvey orchestrated a lot of Newcastle attacks from midfield, however, including a superb 30-yard assist for Wijnaldum, and but for the antics of West Ham stopper Adrian, it could have been much more comfortable for the home side.

Speaking after the match to ​BBC Sport, McClaren hailed his side and their mentality in the win, admiring how they stuck to his game-plan and to their respective tasks, while singling out Shelvey for what he believed was a magnificent debut - with plenty more to come, too.


"They (West Ham United) must have gone in at half-time thinking 'wow, get in' because it was only 2-0," McClaren said.

"Then we gifted them a goal, but we didn't get nervous. We kept playing, we had chances that we didn't take but defended well and saw the game through.

"Jonjo is a very, very good player with real potential and it will suit him playing in this team, a team of footballers."

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While Swansea will put Newcastle back into the relegation zone on Monday if they defeat Watford, in any stage of a relegation battle, points on the board are far more important than games in hand.

Newcastle could also make further acquisitions in the January transfer window, as it is believed that the club are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over a possible transfer for England international Andros Townsend.

The Magpies' next fixture in the Premier League will be an away tie against an impressive Watford side.