Newcastle United enjoyed a big afternoon in their quest for Premier League survival on Saturday when they saw off Southampton 3-0 at St James’ Park, and their fans were quick to praise one man for a wonderful performance.
It was entitled to be a tense and nervy affair on Tyneside with just one point and one place separating the sides in the table before kick off, but Rafael Benitez’s men blew their opponents away to ease fears of them going down.
A brace from on loan Kenedy and a goal from Matt Ritchie earned the Magpies a much needed victory, but it was England international Jonjo Shelvey who was the catalyst for the win and the man who received all the plaudits after the match.
The former Liverpool midfielder is really rising to the challenge in the heart of the park for Newcastle, with his form as good as it has been right now, and his range of passing and partnership with Mo Diame has given the Tyneside outfit the platform to launch an escape bid from.
It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Shelvey at St James’. He has been guilty of some disciplinary issues with a couple of sendings off this season, but when he plays like he did on Saturday he is a very important player.
His form is so good at the minute that many are touting him to be on the plane to Russia in the summer as part of Gareth Southgate’s squad, and based on their reaction to his performance against the Saints, few Newcastle fans would disagree with that.
A number of them took to social media to laud their star and make sure that everyone knew just how good he was on a pivotal day for their side.
Here is the pick of the Newcastle reactions:
Huge 3 points! So glad to see Shelvey back #NUFC
— Matty Taylor (@Matty_Taylor_94) March 10, 2018
WHAT A WIN! We were class from start to finish. Shelvey is something else when he's on form. Six points from safety IMO. #NUFC
— Adam Smith (@adam_smith1990) March 10, 2018
— Jaime Hopkins (@Jaimehop32) March 10, 2018
I’ll go out on a limb here and say 2 more wins and I think we’ll be absolutely fine… top class performance today, nobody pulls the strings quite like Shelvey does. 👏👏👏 #NUFC
I like it when twitter is happy and not full of post-match autopsies. 😁
— Kris (@geordiekris83) March 10, 2018
Jonjo Shelvey, your passing ability makes me swoon 😍😍😍 #nufc
— Michael Gallon (@HIZZEZZ) March 10, 2018
That’s exactly what was called for today. Good to see Kenedy get his first goals for us, magic 🎩 was back. Shelvey superb #NUFC ⚫️⚪️
— Paul Swinburn (@PSwinburn) March 10, 2018
Jonjo Shelvey was different class today. Finally seeing the real ability in him recently.👏🏻 #NUFC
— James Beedie (@17jamesbeedie) March 10, 2018
— Niall Flannery (@nyloflannaz) March 10, 2018
Jonjo Shelvey ran that game. #NUFC
— hasan. (@hasarnn10) March 10, 2018
Shelvey is a Rolls Royce of a mid fielder #nufc
— Dave sanderson (@autobling) March 10, 2018