- Newcastle go nine points clear of the relegation zone after a thrilling 3-2 victory against West Ham
- Goals from Willock, Joelinton and an own goal from Issa Diop handed Newcastle the victory
- Issa Diop and Jesse Lingard got the the consolation goals for West Ham
Newcastle United took a major step towards securing their Premier League status at the expense of West Ham whose top four hopes took a major blow.
The Magpies snatched a dramatic winner thanks to Arsenal loanee Joe Willock, just when it looked like David Moyes’s side had salvaged a draw against the odds.
Issa Diop's own goal and a Joelinton tap in looked to have secured all three points for Newcastle in the first half, but West Ham, as has been the case on many occasions this season, showed some tremendous character to claw back into it.
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This was particularly impressive as the Hammers had to do so with 10 men after Craig Dawson was sent off right after Newcastle’s opener for a second bookable offence.
Issa Diop made up for his own goal in the first half as he halved the deficit in the 73rd minute and seven minutes later West Ham were handed a golden opportunity to level the scores as they were awarded a penalty.
In-form Jesse Linagrd stepped up to take the spot-kick and converted to draw West Ham level. But when David Moyes men thought they had rescued a point, Joe Willock gave Newcastle the lead with a well taken goal in the 82nd minute to make the scoreline 3-2.
It was the Arsenal loanee second goal in two games after he also scored the equalizer against Tottenham last week.
That was how the game ended as Newcastle move up to 15th position on the table with 36 points, nine points away from the danger zone.
West Ham on the other hand remain in 4th with 55 points but have played one game ahead of Chelsea who sit in 54 points.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Everton failed to complete a league double over Tottenham as both sides settled for a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park in an early Premier League weekend kick off.
Harry Kane and Gylfi Sigurdsson both scored a brace in the entertaining game as both sides shared the spoils.
Honours even as Tottenham remained seventh on the table while Everton who are winless in their last five games are in eighth.