Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 13 December 2019

Newcastle beat West Ham in Shanghai as Steve Bruce watches from the stands

Yoshinori Muto scored the only goal in the Premier League Asia Trophy game

Yoshinori Muto celebrates after scoring for Newcastle against West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy. Getty Images
Yoshinori Muto celebrates after scoring for Newcastle against West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy. Getty Images

Steve Bruce watched from the stands as his Newcastle United side beat West Ham United 1-0 on Saturday to get his reign off to a winning start in Shanghai.

Bruce, whose appointment as manager has nor gone down well with already disillusioned Newcastle fans, was unable to be pitch-side because of Chinese visa restrictions.

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

Bruce, 58, is looking for forward reinforcements but Yoshinori Muto made his case by poking the ball in from close range in the first half after full-back Jamie Sterry crossed.

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

It may have been the other side of the world, but the disenchantment among Newcastle fans was never far from the surface in humid Shanghai.

They desperately want owner Mike Ashley to sell the club and in the 25th minute at Hongkou Stadium came the first chant of "we want Ashley out". There were more just before half time.

Newcastle and Bruce, who took over on Wednesday from the popular Rafael Benitez, begin their Premier League campaign proper on August 11 when they face Arsenal at home.

West Ham host champions Manchester City in their opener.

The final of the Premier League Asia Trophy was later Saturday between Pep Guardiola's City and Chinese-owned Wolves.

Updated: July 20, 2019 03:27 PM

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