Newcastle 2-4 West Ham: Hammers stage fightback to win thriller

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Newcastle 2-4 West Ham : Hammers showed a lot character to beat Newcastle – David Moyes

West Ham United came back twice to win their Premier League campaign. They beat Newcastle United in an entertaining match at St. James' Park.

Half time saw the Hammers trailing 2-1, but they rallied after the break to win with goals from Michail Antonio, Tomas Soucek, and Said Benrahma.

Callum Wilson scored Newcastle's first goal after five minutes. He then took Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross home to delight the stadium's 50,000 fans.

West Ham scored equal midway through the second period after VAR reviewed and ruled that Aaron Cresswell had crossed-shot all the way into goal unaffected despite Jarrod Bowen being flagged offside.

Newcastle took the lead again just before the break, when Jacob Murphy tapped in Matt Ritchie's cross. However, West Ham equalised soon after the restart, as Benrahma headed in.

After Pablo Fornals was found to have been fouled inside the box by Murphy, Antonio had his penalty blocked by debutant keeper Freddie Woodman. But Soucek reacted quickly to the rebound and put the Hammers ahead for their first time.

Antonio sealed the victory by driving in a thunderous shot to score his 47th Premier League goal, which equals Paolo di Canio’s record for the club in this competition.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce claims that the 'harsh penalty' was a 'big moment in his side’s loss

Newcastle's Hammers fight, but show no defensive concern

Although West Ham was unable to finish in the top four by two points last year, this performance and result were a great way to prove that they can fight for Champions League qualification this season.

Although the defense for the two goals they conceded was poor, David Moyes' team showed great spirit to defeat a hostile home crowd and win convincingly.

They won the second half. Their attack speed and numbers were so impressive that they dominated Newcastle's opposition.

The performance of Newcastle boss Steve Bruce will have both positives and negatives.

Newcastle fans applauded their team's attacking intent at half-time after they were criticised for being too pragmatic last season, when his Newcastle side was in danger of relegation.

Their weaknesses remain. West Ham scored three goals due to poor defending. Murphy was penalised for this decision. Bruce will be looking to improve that area to avoid another relegation battle.


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups Newcastle Formation 5-3-2 27 Woodman 23 Murphy 17 Krafth 18 Fernndez 2 Clark 11 Ritchie 14 Hayden 8 Shelvey 24 Almirn 9 Wilson 10 Saint-Maximin 27 Woodman

23 Murphy

17 Krafth Substituted for S Longstaff at 84' minutes

18 Fernndez

2 Clark

11 Ritchie

14 Hayden

8 Shelvey Booked at 51mins Substituted for Fraser at 70' minutes

24 Almirn

9 Wilson Substituted at Joelinton at 85' Minutes

10 Saint-Maximin Substitutes 5 Schr

6 Lascelles

7 Joelinton

12 Lewis

16 Hendrick

21 Fraser

29 Gillespie

34 Gayle

36 S Longstaff West Ham Formation 4-2-3-1 1 Fabianski 5 Coufal 15 Dawson 21 Ogbonna 3 Cresswell 41 Rice 28 Soucek 20 Bowen 22 Benrahma 8 Fornals 9 Antonio 1 Fabianski

5 Coufal

15 Dawson

21 Ogbonna

3 Cresswell

41 Rice

28 Soucek

20 Bowen Substituted at 90' for Yarmolenko

22 Benrahma substituted Fredericks at 88'minutes

8 Fornals

Substitutes 9 Antonio for Johnson at 90+3’ minutes Substitutes7 Yarmolenko

10 Lanzini

13 Areola

16 Noble

23 Diop

24 Fredericks

31 Johnson

54 Coventry

Referee for 75 Baptiste: Martin Atkinson. Attendance: 50.673 Match Stats, Live Text, Post update. Match ends, Newcastle United 2, West Ham United 4 End of the Full-Time Second Half, Newcastle United 2, West Ham United Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Ben Johnson replaces Michail Antonio. Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Andriy Yarmolenko replaces Jarrod Bowen. Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Ryan Fredericks replaces Sad Benrahma. Post update Attempt missed. Federico Fernndez (Newcastle United), right footed shot from centre of box misses to right after corner. Post-update Corner, Newcastle United. Tomas Soucek conceded. Post-update Attempt blocked Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United), left footed shot taken from outside the box is stopped. Post-update Corner, Newcastle United Craig Dawson conceded. Substitution Substitution Newcastle United Joelinton will replace Callum Wilson. Newcastle United Substitution Substitution Sean Longstaff replaces Emil Krafth. Post update Corner, West Ham United. Federico Fernndez conceded. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Blocking of Tomas Soucek's left footed shot, West Ham United, from outside the box Vladimir Coufal assisted. Post-update: Attempt saved. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United), right footed shot from left side box to save the goal in the middle. Declan Rice assisted. Post update Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United), right footed shot outside the box. It is close but misses to right. Declan Rice (West Ham United) - Post update Foul Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United), wins a free kick from the right wing after the update. Post update Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Newcastle United), right footed shot from centre of box misses to left. Jacob Murphy assisted with a cross. Substitution Substitution Newcastle United Ryan Fraser replaces Jonjo Shelvey. Goal! Goal! Goal! Right footed shot by Michail Antonio (West Ham United), from the middle of the box to bottom left corner. After a quick break, Sad Benrahma assisted. Page 1 of 4 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward

Benrahma Sad Benrahma was the player of the match with an average score of 8.44 Newcastle Newcastle United Newcastle United

West Ham West Ham United West Ham United Newcastle United Avg Squad number 2 Player name Clark Average rating 7.16 Squad number 10 Player name Saint-Maximin Average rating 6.42 Squad number 9 Player name Wilson Average rating 6.09 Squad number 27 Player name Woodman Average rating 5.61 Squad number 23 Player name Murphy Average rating 5.41 Squad number 24 Player name Almirn Average rating 5.12 Squad number 18 Player name Fernndez Average rating 4.99 Squad number 11 Player name Ritchie Average rating 4.94 Squad number 17 Player name Krafth Average rating 4.87 Squad number 14 Player name Hayden Average rating 4.86 Squad number 8 Player name Shelvey Average rating 4.55 Squad number 21 Player name Fraser Average rating 4.07 Squad number 36 Player name S Longstaff Average rating 3.95 Squad number 7 Player name Joelinton Average rating 3.88 West Ham United Avg Squad number 22 Player name Benrahma Average rating 8.44 Squad number 9 Player name Antonio Average rating 8.43 Squad number 28 Player name Soucek Average rating 8.09 Squad number 41 Player name Rice Average rating 7.97 Squad number 20 Player name Bowen Average rating 7.91 Squad number 3 Player name Cresswell Average rating 7.69 Squad number 8 Player name Fornals Average rating 7.64 Squad number 5 Player name Coufal Average rating 7.39 Squad number 1 Player name Fabianski Average rating 7.09 Squad number 21 Player name Ogbonna Average rating 7.05 Squad number 15 Player name Dawson Average rating 6.78 Squad number 7 Player name Yarmolenko Average rating 6.43 Squad number 24 Player name Fredericks Average rating 6.41 Squad number 31 Player name Johnson Average rating 6.38