Newcastle took a big step towards securing their Premier League title with an impressive victory against ten West Ham players.
However, West Ham, who Craig Dawson had twice knocked out in the first half, equalized with Diop’s header and Jesse Lingard‘s penalty awarded after the VAR review.
But as the visitors looked to be on top. Newcastle had the final say, replacing Joe Willock leading a crucial winning goal that lifted Steve Bruce’s team to 15th. With an assist of nine points to three lower.
West Ham has always been fourth. But it has now played more games than any other Champions League hopes that Chelsea and Liverpool will have a chance to beat Hammers before playing again.
David Moyes’ side had come to the northeast of England, seeking a third consecutive victory. But they were eventually penalized in the first round of laziness. Where they doubled, and Dawson was sent off.
Before Dawson got sacked, he saw him collide with Joelinton, allowing Allan Saint-Maximin to run. And shoot as Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, and defender Diop tried to turn it into their goal.
Dawson, who had previously been booked for Joelinton’s misconduct, received his second yellow card, after which he was fired.
To put it bluntly, Fabianski dropped an easy catch in the corner. Five minutes later, to introduce Joelinton with a chance to get a second chance for Newcastle.
However, guests have improved after the break. And are unlucky not to seek a share of the spoils in a thrilling conclusion.
Saint-Maximin promotes Newcastle
Steve Bruce has repeatedly said that the Newcastle season could have been different if he could include Miguel Almiron, Saint-Maximin, and Callum Wilson regularly.
By the time Wilson started on the bench against the Hammers. Almiron and Saint-Maximin had both come out on top as the management was in control of the competition.
Saint-Maximin, in particular, provided Newcastle’s first attacking game. After beating opponents to their liking to open the best openings after entering the left flank.
And he would contribute as Newcastle did the job quickly away from Mark Noble even though they benefited from some catastrophic game from Fabianski and Diop.
They were having just returned to a state of complete anxiety. Newcastle will be very concerned that the Frenchman played for them after 64 minutes.
They went back to their midfield in his absence, empowering West Ham before securing a league victory late for the second time this season.
Moyes influences Hammer’s show of character.
With the construction of this merger, Bruce suggested that what Moyes had done this season. He deserved the manager of the year award.
When Lingard set the record straight after defender Ciaran Clark was fined for handball. His claim became more serious.
Scotland has put West Ham on a path to a successful finish in the Premier League. Whatever he says in the open has encouraged the former side.
They make light of their shortcomings, show good manners. And may one day come up with an unexpected point.
Jarrod Bowen, Lingard, and Vladimir Coufal all had a good experience on the poles before Diop came in to give them a boost.
And when Manchester United midfielder Lingard scored his seventh goal in most Hammers games. It looked as if there would be a reward for their dominance in the second half.
Moyes will now hope they can continue that level of play to the most crucial match. They will play against Chelsea in the race for the top spot.
‘There always seems to be drama’ – they say
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, speaking to BBC Sport: “I couldn’t be happier with the way we played in the first half. We were threatening, and we were always dangerous. We got men ahead.
“Everything is done in the first half. However, we didn’t do it in the second half though. Understandably, he was intense and made you comfortable at West Ham.
“I have seen the referee running to check. But I did not understand the reason. By all accounts, it is a punishment. Suppose we have to accept it. We tried to change immediately and put two strikers on the field. It has been achieved.
“It was a shock to Saint-Maximin as he must stay fit. He has a badly swollen ankle. He’s an excellent player.”
Safely? “I can’t say that. With this club, there is always cruelty in the tail. No rivalry has been hard in the last few weeks. But we lost in one of our last seven games and are starting to show that consistency.”
West Ham manager David Moyes, speaking to BBC Sport: “It was a grave mistake that could have happened in football. We were not playing badly. But a few serious errors gave Newcastle a leg up.
“Maybe during the 2-2 draw time, they had no choice. But to go out and do something else. At 2-2, I was hoping we could see it. I thought we played well. However, we made individual mistakes, and we got the export. It wasn’t because we played badly.”