Newcastle come back twice to deny Hammers

Newcastle came from behind twice to deny West Ham a second successive Premier League win, with the Hammers having to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Michail Antonio got the visitors off to a perfect start with a thunderous finish inside four minutes. But Newcastle reacted well and equalised 13 minutes later as Miguel Almiron (17) tapped home.

It was a similar and much quicker story in the second half. Thomas Soucek (65) scored in his second successive Premier League game to put West Ham ahead once again, but less than two minutes later, Jonjo Shelvey (67) found the back of the net.

West Ham pushed hard for another late winner but were unable to find it this time. However, the point does edge them further away from the relegation places with 31 points, although they stay in 16th. Newcastle remain in 12th with 43 points.

How Hammers were pinned back

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Thomas Soucek scored in another Premier League game, but could not win it for West Ham

West Ham picked up where they left off against Chelsea on Wednesday and scored within four minutes of kick-off.

Pablo Fornals’ sweeping diagonal pass found the feet of Jarrod Bowen down the right of the area. Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was perfectly placed to sweep Bowen’s cross away – but didn’t – with the ball finding Antonio, who finished emphatically into the top of the net.

The fast start continued as both goalkeepers made vital saves. West Ham stopper Lukasz Fabianski got down low to push away a low Dwight Gayle free-kick before Antonio almost added a second, but his hooked effort was pushed away well by Martin Dubravka.

Player ratings

Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Krafth (7), Lascelles (7), Fernandez (7), Manquillo (7), Shelvey (8), Hayden (6), Saint-Maximin (7), Almiron (7), Joelinton (6), Gayle (7).

Subs used: Bentaleb (6), Ritchie (6), Lozaro (6), Carroll (n/a).

West Ham: Fabianski (7), Fredericks (7), Diop (6), Ogbonna (7), Cresswell (6), Rice (7), Soucek (7), Bowen (7), Fornals (7), Lanzini (6), Antonio (7).

Subs used: Noble (6), Yarmolenko (6).

Man of the match: Jonjo Shelvey.

Newcastle had responded well to going behind and scored a deserved equaliser in the 17th minute. It was a superb Newcastle move, with Allan Saint-Maximin – who nabbed three assists against Bournemouth in midweek – driving towards the area before laying the ball off for Emil Krafth on the right.

It was an inviting fizzing cross from the Swedish defender that allowed a lurking Almiron in the middle of a packed six-yard box to turn home from close range.

West Ham improved after the drinks break, and almost scored another just after the half-an-hour mark. Aaron Cresswell hit a low, hard ball into the area – looking to be a shot – and Bowen just popped a foot out to try and guide it goalwards. However, Dubravka made an instinctive save with his legs to see the ball away.

Team news

  • Steve Bruce made two changes with Nabil Bentaleb dropping to the bench and Sean Longstaff out with a muscle injury. Isaac Hayden and Miguel Almiron came in for the pair.
  • West Ham name an unchanged XI from the side that beat Chelsea 3-2 on Wednesday. Their major injury doubt, Felipe Anderson, did not make the matchday squad.

The second half was a mostly meandering affair, although Almiron did have a few sights of goal.

He fired wide not long after the break following a neat Saint-Maximin lay-off. He then sent a volley goalwards after some neat play between himself, Joelinton and Shelvey, but it went over the crossbar.

On 65 minutes, West Ham took the lead again. Bowen delivered a corner which Rice powered to meet at the far post, but could only smack his effort off the crossbar. The loose ball then fell to the waiting Soucek who hammered home.

But 87 seconds later and Newcastle were once again level. It was another neat passing move as Joelinton picked out Shelvey at the top of the area. He then laid the ball off for Gayle, who guided the ball around in a half-circle before finding the run of Shelvey again, with the midfielder finishing well.

Having twice been ahead and with a chance to pull six points clear of the relegation places, West Ham went close to the winner in the final few minutes.

Soucek saw a header saved by Dubravka before substitute Andriy Yarmolenko unleashed a powerful drive goalwards, but the goalkeeper was there to stop. Soucek again went close in the 87th minute, but could only loop a header over the crossbar.

Man of the match – Jonjo Shelvey

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Newcastle scored two equalisers soon after going behind

It was a good performance from the midfielder, who is Newcastle’s top Premier League scorer with six goals from just 12 shots on target.

He ranked the highest for the highest number of successful passes (63/74) and made a total of eight crosses with a total of 63 good passes. Shelvey also had 91 touches, made three key passes and scored with his only shot on target. Not a bad day at the office.

Opta stats

  • Newcastle have played out more home draws than any other team in the Premier League this season (8), with this being their most in a single campaign since 2010-11 (also eight).
  • Despite losing their lead on two occasions, West Ham have gone consecutive games without defeat in the Premier League for the first time since September 2019.
  • Newcastle have scored 10 goals in four games since the Premier League season restarted, as many as they netted in their previous 14 league games before the break.

What’s next?

Newcastle face a huge test on Wednesday as they travel to Manchester City in the Premier League (kick-off 6pm), having been beaten 2-0 by Pep Guardiola’s side in their FA Cup quarter-final last weekend.

West Ham are also in action again on Wednesday as they host Burnley at the London Stadium (kick-off 6pm).

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