Newcastle claim dramatic late win against West Ham


Harvey Barnes scores against West Ham
Harvey Barnes has scored four goals in the Premier League this season

Substitute Harvey Barnes scored two late goals as Newcastle edged a seven-goal thriller against West Ham at St James’ Park.

Newcastle made the perfect start when Anthony Gordon won a penalty with just three minutes played and Alexander Isak converted from 12 yards after a lengthy check by the video assistant referee (VAR).

But the game started to get away from the Magpies when West Ham scored three unanswered goals.

Michail Antonio brought the Hammers on to level terms before Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen scored within minutes either side of half-time.

Isak scored his second penalty of the afternoon after Gordon was again adjudged to have been fouled and Barnes grabbed the equaliser in the 83rd minute.

With momentum and a vociferous St James’ Park firmly behind them, Newcastle pressed on and Barnes emphatically fired in a 90th-minute winner.

There was further drama to come in injury time as Newcastle were reduced to 10 men when Gordon received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away, but they managed to hold out for a victory that could prove vital in their pursuit of European football.

Newcastle climb up to eighth, just a point behind West Ham in seventh.

Barnes boosts European hopes

Prior to kick-off Eddie Howe stressed the importance of Newcastle making a positive start upon their return from the international break, with 10 games to try and salvage something from an underwhelming season.

It was an emotional rollercoaster for the Newcastle faithful but, ultimately, an afternoon that could prove to be a pivotal moment.

There was little doubt that top-scorer Isak would dispatch his penalty to get them up and running, but things started to fall apart soon after when Jamaal Lascelles went off with an injury.

Emil Krafth came on in his place as Newcastle shuffled around their backline but they looked disjointed as Antonio found space to equalise.

After Kudus and Bowen gave West Ham a two-goal cushion the atmosphere within St James’ Park started to turn toxic, yet the players maintained their belief and fought to get back into the encounter.

Isak reduced the deficit with his second penalty, taking his tally for the season in the Premier League to 14, although the decision to award the spot-kick seemed harsh with Kalvin Phillips penalised for catching Gordon as he attempted to clear the ball.

Referee Rob Jones did not initially point to the spot but he changed his mind after being asked to review the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Newcastle, who have been plagued by injury issues all season, lost a further two players during the second half with Krafth and Miguel Almiron forced off.

But Barnes, returning from a two-game injury absence, turned the game on its head with two goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation time.

Gordon’s injury-time red card for petulant behaviour made Newcastle’s job of hanging on a little bit harder than they would have liked, and the winger will now miss a reunion with former club Everton on Tuesday.

With potentially the top eight places offering up European football in the Premier League, Newcastle have ensured they remain firmly in the mix.

Defensive woes for West Ham

After overcoming an early set-back of conceding inside three minutes, West Ham seemed to be on course to strengthen their grip on a European berth while denting the hopes of one of their rivals.

Antonio’s equaliser set them on their way, scoring his second goal in as many games, before Kudus and Bowen gave the visitors breathing space as they looked for a first win against the Magpies since August 2021.

But it was a familiar story for David Moyes’ men as they were exposed defensively.

West Ham have now conceded 54 goals this season with just Luton (60), Burnley (63) and Sheffield United (74) conceding more.

It is now three games without victory for the Hammers following draws against Burnley and Aston Villa, while they have won just one away game in the league since the turn of the year – losing three and drawing one.

Player of the match

BarnesHarvey Barnes

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  2. Squad number14Player nameIsak

  3. Squad number10Player nameGordon

  4. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

  5. Squad number20Player nameHall

  6. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  7. Squad number32Player nameAnderson

  8. Squad number21Player nameLivramento

  9. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  10. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  11. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

  12. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  13. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

  14. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

  15. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  16. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

West Ham United

  1. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  2. Squad number14Player nameKudus

  3. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  4. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá

  5. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  6. Squad number23Player nameAreola

  7. Squad number15Player nameMavropanos

  8. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

  9. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

  10. Squad number4Player nameZouma

  11. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  12. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  13. Squad number2Player nameJohnson

  14. Squad number18Player nameIngs

  15. Squad number11Player namePhillips

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 21LivramentoSubstituted forAlmirónat 56′minutesSubstituted forBarnesat 67′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 6LascellesSubstituted forKrafthat 17′minutesSubstituted forHallat 57′minutes
  • 5Schär
  • 33Burn
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Bruno Guimarães
  • 28WillockSubstituted forAndersonat 57′minutes
  • 23Murphy
  • 14IsakBooked at 90mins
  • 10GordonBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 15Barnes
  • 17Krafth
  • 18Karius
  • 20Hall
  • 24Almirón
  • 32Anderson
  • 40White

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23AreolaSubstituted forFabianskiat 45′minutes
  • 5CoufalSubstituted forIngsat 90+3′minutes
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 4Zouma
  • 33Emerson
  • 7Ward-ProwseSubstituted forJohnsonat 83′minutes
  • 28SoucekBooked at 40mins
  • 20Bowen
  • 10Lucas Paquetá
  • 14Kudus
  • 9AntonioSubstituted forPhillipsat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fabianski
  • 2Johnson
  • 3Cresswell
  • 11Phillips
  • 17Cornet
  • 18Ings
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 40Earthy
  • 45Mubama

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