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:

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