Newcastle 4-3 West Ham: Toon rise from the dead in St James’ Park thriller!

One of the most crazy games of Premier League football I’ve ever witnessed, as Newcastle came from on the canvas and 3-1 down to beat European rivals West Ham 4-3 at St James’ Park.

Two penalties won from Anthony Gordon, two converted from Alexander Isak and a late brace from Harvey Barnes all featured as our six-pointer with the Hammers ended up a seven-goal thriller.

At 3-1 down with 13 minutes to go, it was looking so, so bleak and like our hopes of Europe had all but drifted away. The players’ confidence looked shot, we’d suffered three more injuries – Lascelles, Livramento and Almiron were all forced off – and the atmosphere was naturally flat. But we showed bags of fight, character and quality as Barnes’ brilliant double pulled off a heroic win, sending us up to eighth and just one point behind the Hammers with a game in hand.

Believe it or not, it was the first time in any competition this season where we’ve come from behind to win – and boy did we need it. It was another costly day on the injury front and we lost Gordon to two yellow cards in stoppage time, meaning he’ll now miss Tuesday’s clash with former club Everton, but this feels like a moment that could reignite a season that was in serious danger of fizzling out.

Eddie Howe made one change as Livramento replaced the injured Botman. The first half got off to a flier as Isak converted from the spot, but it was ultimately so frustrating, featuring yet another costly injury and ending with a farcical piece of refereeing.

After Gordon won the spot kick and Isak converted, Lascelles was forced off with a knee injury after a coming together with Antonio left him unable to continue. It was a long stoppage and halted the early momentum we’d created, seeing Krafth come on, Burn switch to centre-back and Livramento to the left.

West Ham’s equaliser was soft and all too easy, as a chipped ball in behind beat Burn for pace before Antonio slotted past Dubravka. Krafth was playing…

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Author : Olly Hawkins

Publish date : 2024-03-30 16:19:28

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