Antacid sales may be up in Newcastle this evening as the lads allowed West Ham to come back to within a goal. However, they were able to see the game, and it was one we really should have won by three or four goals.
The Magpies came out with an unchanged side after their dynamic first half. They did not make the same mistake as against Wolves last week as they came out on the front foot.
It paid immediate dividends as Newcastle added a third goal just five minutes into the second half.
It was from another set-piece, but this time it was a blast from the architect of the first two, Jonjo Shelvey. He banged in a free-kick from 30 yards out to add to the lead. This was such a massive goal to settle the nerves and give the lads some breathing room.
West Ham got one back in the 73rd minute on a corner of their own. Felipe Anderson’s low corner was headed down to a charging Fabian Balbuena, who guided it into the net. It was a poor goal to concede and brought some hope to West Ham.
Steve Bruce then made his first change with Christian Atsu coming on for Allan Saint-Maximin a few minutes after the West Ham goal.
Newcastle lost their stranglehold on the game after conceding, and West Ham put in a few good crosses. However, the lads made some crucial stops and made excellent decisions to maintain possession when they got it. Especially Christian Atsu, who was superb as an outlet late in the game.
Bruce made a couple changes to try and see out the game as Paul Dummett came back into the side at left-back for Jetro Willems in the 87th minute. Joelinton made way for Andy Carroll as he got a cameo against his former team.
West Ham would make it a nervy game with a Robert Snodgrass strike in the first minute of stoppage time. The lads would have to hold out for a full five more minutes to see the game out.
It’s a wonderful three points for the lads, but it should never have gone down to the wire. This game should have been put to bed long before. Newcastle climb to 15th but are only 1 point behind tenth place Manchester United.