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 him onside, but Burn never looked comfortable after moving into the middle and we went back to a side looking low on confidence, with too many misplaced passes and a lack of tackles in midfield.

It was such a stop-start opening 45, thanks to VAR, Lascelles’ injury and some amateur dramatics from Paqueta, but we did have our moments. Isak looked sharp and smashed a half volley over before Gordon headed a big chance wide and Bruno struck the bar with a lovely effort from just outside the box.

However, it was the Hammers who went ahead during 10 minutes of added time thanks to some shocking refereeing from Rob Jones. Schar went down with a head injury after fouling Kudus, but the play wasn’t stopped and the Ghanaian scored seconds later. “You’re not fit to referee” rang around St James’ Park and we went into the break 2-1 down with it all to do.

It felt like a huge 45 minutes in our season and we made a disastrous start. A Newcastle corner at the Gallowgate quickly turned into a West Ham counter, where Kudus slid in Bowen who did the rest. 3-1 down and a mountain to climb; not just with 40 minutes to go but in our season.

It then got worse, as Livramento was forced off after going down in pain from an inocuous challenge on Paqueta. That sprung Howe into a triple change, as Tino, Krafth and Willock were replaced by Hall, Anderson and Almiron. This saw Murphy move to right-back and Almiron operate just ahead of him, yet the Paraguayan quickly came off with a problem of his own after feeling something in his knee, allowing Barnes to come on.

In between all of that, we had chances to make it 3-2. Cut backs to Isak and Longstaff presented huge opportunities for both inside the six-yard box, but both were miscued well wide before Gordon – who was now playing on the right – delivered a brilliant ball to the back post that was almost tapped home by Barnes.

The start of a memorable comeback came on the 77th minute, as Gordon won another penalty. He was brought down by former loan target Kalvin Phillips, VAR intervened and Isak made no mistake at the Gallowgate to make it 3-2.

St James’ Park sensed blood and the players jumped all over a West Ham side who were suddenly hanging on. Isak was brilliant all afternoon and played a key role in our equaliser, dropping short, turning and slipping Barnes in behind. The winger made a great run in field and slotted calmly past Fabianski – who was brought on at the break – to bring us level!

Just as we were getting our breath back and praying for a late winner as stoppage time was signalled, Barnes stepped up with a moment of sheer magic. After latching onto Gordon’s flick and cutting inside, he curled a shot into the far corner and sent St James’ wild.

Sadly, Gordon received a second yellow in added time for kicking the ball away and adds to the growing list of players unavailable for Everton, but that all feels immaterial right now.

What a comeback, what a game and what a huge result for Howe, who jumped down the touchline to celebrate in amongst all of the chaos after Barnes’ winning strike nestled into the corner in stoppage time.

Barnes’ two moments of class won us the game, but a special mention must go to Lewis Hall. He was positive on the ball, strong in the tackle, made some great forward runs and dealt with West Ham’s Mohammed Kudus so well after most in black and white couldn’t get close to their star man on the day. Elliot Anderson was also superb, with his quick-thinking, aggression and footwork causing havoc late on.

Only at Easter could Newcastle rise from the dead like that. 

Next up, a much-needed lie down and Everton on Tuesday night!

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

  1. What a match. Talk about highs and lows. Thought the ref was just going to keep adding time at the end too. Awful ref. With some odd decisions. Gordon was amazing, involved in everything, but then stupid too getting sent off. So many goddam injuries too. Not sure my heart can stand being a toon fan, but what a win that was. I see people saying Murphy was rubbish, I have to disagree, I actually thought he did well. Put in loads of decent crosses and filled in in defence when needed.

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  2. Gilly – I agree regarding Murphy. I still think it’s a position that needs improvement but Murphy worked his socks off. He made one or two mistakes in the final third, but he wasn’t the only one.

    I thought Hall came on & really took his chance. He got to grips with Kudus & passed the ball well.

    Still don’t really know what’s going on with that one. He’s never looked that bad that would warrant such a lack of game time. Howe may not have wanted him – but he’s got him now & it feels like cutting your nose off despite your face at times.

    Howe admitted to making a mistakes bringing Krafth on & having to move 3 defensive players as a result. To be fair, taking Krafth off & putting Hall on was a bit of a hands up moment.

    To end on a positive – a front 3 of Isak, Gordon & Barnes could be very fun to watch. Their pace, intelligence, quality and ability to create & score goals could make them as good as most front 3s in the league – provided we can get all 3 on the pitch at the same time on a regular basis 🤞🏼

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  3. What a game man. A txt the wife sayin if we concede again am coming home. We go and win and a stopped out, the ground erupted man, hall deserves to play after what a seen

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  4. What’s the word of Trippier? Do we know how long he’s out for?.

    Is it too cocky to say I’m not overly worried about Everton? – I think we still have enough to beat them despite how many we have out injured – in fact my only concern for Tuesday is more injuries 😖.

    ——————– Dubravka ——————-
    Krafth —- Schar ——-Burn —- Hall
    — Longstaff — Bruno — Willock —-
    Murphy ——-— Isak ———- Barnes

    I honestly think that 11 is strong enough to take 3 points from Everton – particularly at home.

    It’s what our bench will look like & who we will have to turn to should one of those 11 take a knock & need to come off.
    I expect Karius and Anderson will be there, and Ritchie and Dummett if fit – but then we have only youngsters left beyond that.

    I don’t think it’s the end of the world. I think of Miley & being forced into using him – that worked out well in the end.

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  5. Hall and barnes on left and livramento and gordon on right for the future looks tasty like, longstaff isnt good enough. He does nothing

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  6. Lascelles out for 6-9 months, bonkers what is happening to us, typical as well about a month after we extend his contract for a year! Gutted for him though thought he’d had a really good season and I’ve always thought he got a bit too much stick. Real test of the squad and time for some other leaders to step up if Trips is still out.

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  7. Newkie – I think it’s fair to ask the question regarding training programmes with both Botman & Lascelles doing their ACL. It might be freak coincidence, but equally there may be a drill they are doing that is weakening or putting unnecessary strain on the players.

    With the amount of sports science that goes into fine tuning these athletes, I believe more in human error and incorrect application of fitness methods than I do luck.

    Again, it’s not to stick anyone’s neck in the chopping block. It would be to re-educate firstly.

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  8. Yeah there definitely need to be questions Sharpy, I do think we’ve had shocking luck but no question there has been some serious mismanagement across the season in terms of injuries – whether that is decisions being made or poor advice being given.

    It’s always seemed like we’ve mismanaged players – or managers just constantly lying saying how long people would be out for – but this season is another level entirely.

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  9. I watched City v Arsenal – 2 top teams that cancelled each other out and might have just handed the title to Liverpool.

    I wonder what’s going on with Grealish. He’s so poor this season – likewise Haarland.

    I wouldn’t swap Gordon or Barnes for Grealish … I’d still probably take Haarland like 😂

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  10. Gordon is going to be class like, hes quality now but hes going to get better. Barnes got huge potential too.

    At work me and the lads do this thing were we spend 250m and on who and cost obvs this summer and a always buy a lethal rw. Spend most of me money on him. We defo need better subs than murphy and almiron but a think barnes could be little gem next season

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  11. Even replace hall at lb. But after seeing him is hall and targett good enough for next season

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  12. Coutts – our average summer spend has probably been closer to £150m though mate, so £250m isn’t realistic – unless we sold Bruno or Isak.
    2 questions then – 1st would you sell either Bruno or Isak to raise that extra £100m?
    2nd – if not, how you spending you £150m? (of £250m if your answer is yes)

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  13. A wouldnt want to sell either, but av got a feelin we might spend big this summer. So al meet u in middle and spend 200m ha. Braithwaite from everton, neto from wolves so say thats 130m, lloyd kelly on a free from bournmouth. Only because hes free and howe likes him, a like the bloke from sporting lisbon. The greek striker. So thats me 200m gone. Ad bring minteh back too. Also me outgoings wilson, almiron longstaff and would have been lascelles

    What about you sharpy

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  14. Both Isak and Bruno are worth more than 100 mil in the crazy current world, but if we had to sell one I’d sell Bruno because he has the clause we can’t avoid, we’d also make more profit as Isak was already 70 odd mil purchase…plus we already need two new strikers as it is.

    Happy with our cover at LB as long as Howe is willing to play Hall now…with the current injuries we need a new CB or two as a priority.

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  15. We will have the big money coming in from Sela and Adidas for the summer transfers which should give us a bit more leeway. Also we should be getting rid of a lot of wages with Fraser, Hayden, Lewis, Dummet, Hendrick, Karius and a few others cleared out, even if we don’t get transfer money we’d get the salaries off the books. We also have Tonali back. This summer should be a good window I think. If we spend clever we can get some good players in with maybe just 1 or 2 big signings

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  16. Honestly a think we going spend between 250-300m, loads off books and ppl sold. Exciting window for sure

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  17. I would do whatever it took to keep both Isak & Bruno.

    I get Newkies point re Bruno, and reluctantly agree. But I’d spend trying to keep those 2.

    I’d go and get Tosin from Fulham on a free now before they offer him a better contract. If not him the Taylor Harwood-Bellis who is a City youngster on loan at Saints at the mo. Alternatively if Forest go down or struggle with FFP – Murillo from them.

    I’d give Hall a run of games at LB. The question mark seems to be around his defensive ability so let’s see what he can do – give him the last 9 games as a guaranteed start 🤷🏼‍♂️.

    I like Neto RWF, but I know some worry about his injuries and that can’t be ignored to be fair. He’s only managed 19 games this season & only 2 goals which isn’t great.

    I’d love Bowen but I don’t see that happening. Probably Raphinha or Torres from Barca – or Bakayoko from PSV but he’s only 20 and it may be a bit soon.

    Next season id probably go Barnes LWF and Gordon RWF – behind them I’d have Anderson as back up to Barnes & Murphy back up to Gordon.
    I’d bring back Minteh & Kuol as they both play those positions too – develop them & if they are decent we have our answer – if not, move them on & spend the season after.

    I’d like a new RCM in place of Longstaff – one that could get 5-10 goals a season ideally.

    I’d also want a back up CF for Isak and a back up keeper to Pope.

    So I’m bring in Tosin on a free, Kelly only if Hall doesn’t prove himself before the end of the season.

    Buying a GK, RCM and CF in the summer – I’m not spending all my £150m there like.

    I’d get rid of Longstaff, Miggy & Wilson – so probably only spend a net £50m on the 3 I’m buying

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  18. Coutts – I’m not so sure mate. There’s a real chance we don’t have European football to offer next season – and if that’s the case, we potentially have more chance of losing players than spending as big as your suggesting.

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  19. Would be gutted to lose either Bruno or Isak, if we do sell I would rather it wasn’t to a PL club.

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