Jonjo Shelvey equalised for Newcastle just 92 seconds after West Ham took the lead for a second time

Newcastle United twice came from behind to deny relegation-threatened West Ham a second consecutive Premier League victory for the first time since August.

The Hammers took the lead for the second time when Tomas Soucek fired in from close range, but the Magpies drew level just 92 seconds later through Jonjo Shelvey.

Buoyed by their recent victory over Chelsea, the Hammers started brightly and took an early lead at St James’ Park when Michail Antonio pounced on Jamaal Lascelles’ loose touch to open the scoring.

The hosts responded well and drew level when Miguel Almiron converted Emil Krafth’s low cross from close range.

Substitute Andriy Yarmolenko – whose goal sealed victory over the Blues on Wednesday – came closest to finding another late winner, but his stinging strike was well kept out by Martin Dubravka.

West Ham remain 16th in the table and move four points clear of the relegation zone after ending their run of seven consecutive away defeats in the top flight, while Newcastle stay 12th.

A valuable point, but an opportunity missed

West Ham were surprise winners over London rivals and Champions League-chasing Chelsea in their last outing, but they will feel this was an opportunity missed in the north east of England.

Antonio played a vital role in the win over the Blues and his physical presence and relentless running provides David Moyes’s side with a focal point to their attack.

With the game just four minutes old, the Hammers fired the ball to Antonio straight from the back. It was played wide to Jarrod Bowen, who delivered the cross for the lone striker to fire into the roof of the net, after Lascelles failed to clear the danger.

The second goal was equally reliant on instinct as Soucek reacted quickest to smash the rebound past Dubravka after captain Declan Rice’s powerful header clattered off the crossbar.

But teams are always most vulnerable just after scoring, and a lapse in concentration by Pablo Fornals played Dwight Gayle onside in the build-up to Shelvey’s equaliser just moments later.

West Ham have now lost 24 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other side, but on recent evidence they should have enough to remain in the division.

More to follow.



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