Newcastle 1 – 1 West Ham


Newcastle were brought back down to earth following their Carabao Cup heroics in midweek as West Ham held them to a deserved 1-1 draw at St James’ Park.

The Magpies have made huge strides under Eddie Howe this season – with their Wembley date against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final at the end of the month clear evidence of their progress – but their form in the Premier League has been patchy of late.

Newcastle did make a stunning start to the contest, with Joe Willock’s strike inside the first minute ruled out by VAR, before Callum Wilson successfully opened the scoring just two minutes later.

But West Ham more than matched their hosts and equalised before half-time through Lucas Paqueta, who became the first player to score against Newcastle in the Premier League since November 6 and handed them their fourth draw in their last five games in the competition.

Gordon debut fails to inspire goal-shy Magpies

Anthony Gordon made his Newcastle debut as a second-half substitute

Newcastle remain in a strong position to return to the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2002/03 – with fifth-placed Tottenham four points behind them – but they have now drawn as many Premier League games as they have won this season (10).

Even more concerning is the number of goals the Magpies are currently scoring in the league – just two in their last five games – and they were unable to find their form in the final third after Paqueta ended their remarkable run of clean sheets.

The match started in incredible fashion, with Willock drilling the ball past Lukasz Fabianski within seconds of kick-off, but VAR ruled the strike out after the ball was shown to have just gone out of play moments earlier.

VAR rules out Joe Willock's early strike in Newcastle's Premier League clash with West Ham
VAR rules out Joe Willock’s early strike in Newcastle’s Premier League clash with West Ham

But Newcastle shook off that blow to score again just 11 seconds after the restart, with Sean Longstaff threading an excellent ball through to Wilson, who was handed far too much space by West Ham’s three-man defence before slotting past Fabianski.

But West Ham’s goalkeeper was largely untroubled for the remaining 87 minutes, and the visitors hit back when Paqueta latched onto Declan Rice’s corner and turned the ball past Nick Pope, who missed the chance to become the first English ‘keeper to record seven consecutive Premier League clean sheets.

Team news

  • Newcastle made just one change, with Saint-Maximin making his first Premier League start since August in place of the suspended Guimaraes
  • Gordon started on the bench following his £45m move from Everton to Newcastle
  • West Ham made five changes from their FA Cup win on Monday, with Fabianski, Coufal, Rice, Paqueta and Benrahma coming into the side

Nayef Aguerd missed a great chance to earn West Ham the lead just before half-time, and the home fans – perhaps still coming down from Tuesday’s celebrations – were noticeably subdued.

Anthony Gordon’s debut from the bench following his £45m move from Everton livened up the Newcastle fans and Allan Saint-Maximin – making his first Premier League start since August – and Wilson went close.

But ultimately West Ham were able to comfortably hold onto a draw that keeps them one point above the relegation zone and extends their unbeaten run to three matches in all competitions.

Moyes: We were fantastic

West Ham manager David Moyes thought his side’s performance was “fantastic”, but was still unhappy with the way they started the game.

“I think we deserve a little bit of credit because we’ve not been playing so well, but I thought we played very well today,” said Moyes. “We deserve a lot of credit for coming here and putting on such a good performance.

“That first minute was expected by how Newcastle have been starting games so we’ve only got ourselves to blame. We got away with the first one, but you’d have hoped the linesman would have seen it earlier. We then gave them a goal 20, 30 seconds later.

“We responded absolutely fantastically. We played brilliantly well in the first half. We passed the ball well, we showed good control and made some decent opportunities ourselves. I’m really pleased with how the players played.

“It’s only a point but we take it. It was a difficult game for us and it keeps a bit of a run going for us. We’d have liked to have come here and won, but we were up against a team in really good form.”

Lack of goals becoming an issue for Newcastle

Callum Wilson wheels away after giving Newcastle an early lead against West Ham
Callum Wilson scored for the first time in 11 games in all competitions

Sky Sports’ Joe Shread:

It’s certainly no time to panic, but Howe is surely becoming increasingly aware of Newcastle’s profligacy in front of goal.

The Magpies’ numbers pretty much match their league position, with the fourth-placed side ranking fourth for expected goals and sixth for goals scored in the Premier League this season.

As a result, it’s unfair to criticise Newcastle’s attacking play too much, but it’s clear a lack of cutting edge in the final third has been hampering Howe’s team over the past six weeks.

Seven points and two goals in their last five league games is form Howe will be keen to improve as the battle for the Champions League place increases, although just the one defeat and 12 goals conceded in 21 games are unmatched in the top flight.

Perhaps the addition of Gordon, who looked lively on his debut, and the return of record signing Alexander Isak, who missed the game with concussion, will relight the fire in Newcastle’s attack.

With a trip to his former club Bournemouth next weekend, followed by the visit of Liverpool and a cup final against Manchester United before the end of the month, Howe will hope that proves to be the case.

What’s next?

Newcastle are back on Sky Sports when Eddie Howe returns to former side Bournemouth next Saturday; kick-off 5.30pm. They’re also live on Sky Sports when Liverpool visit St James’ Park on Saturday February 18; kick-off 5.30pm.

Saturday 11th February 5:00pm

Kick off 5:30pm

West Ham face back-to-back London derbies and welcome Chelsea to the London Stadium on Saturday February 11 in the lunchtime game; kick-off 12.30pm. They then visit Tottenham live on Sky Sports on Sunday February 19; kick-off 4.30pm.


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