A comedy of ‘woeful’ errors gave Newcastle a two-goal lead and a person benefit towards West Ham – however that just about wasn’t sufficient within the Magpies’ thrilling 3-2 victory.
An Issa Diop header and a Jesse Lingard penalty noticed the guests stage a outstanding comeback, earlier than Arsenal loanee Joe Willock restored their lead moments later and received the sport for Steve Bruce’s males.
It’s a hammer blow for West Ham and their hopes of creating the highest 4, made worse by star man Lingard limping off within the latter phases of the defeat.
The Hammers’ afternoon began with a minute from hell Diop received his legs tangled on the road to show residence Allan Saint-Maximin’s tame effort – with Craig Dawson getting a second yellow for a stunning sort out within the build-up.
“I’m nonetheless attempting out how he did that, he’s knowledgeable footballer,” former Leeds defender Danny Mills mentioned on commentary for talkSPORT. “I’m undecided how he’s received his legs combined up that badly.
“The ball hit each legs. There was no actual sting or energy within the shot, and Fabianksi would have gotten a hand to it, however between them it was a proper mess.”
After which issues received even worse when goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski dropped a Newcastle nook onto the foot of Joelinton, who actually couldn’t miss.
“It’s straight into his arms,” Mills added, virtually in disbelief at this level.
“There’s no rhyme or motive why he’s completed that. He’s beneath no actual problem, he’s not excessive, there’s no problem, it simply bounces off his arms and Joelinton is there. Even [talkSPORT commentator and the man sitting besdie Mills at St James’ Park] Nigel Adderley is deadly at that distance!
“I simply marvel if that mishap for the primary purpose was nonetheless taking part in on his thoughts, it wasn’t like he was beneath a great deal of strain. VAR didn’t even have to have a look at it as a result of there wasn’t even a suggestion of a foul.
“So proper now Newcastle can’t imagine their luck – they’re 2-Zero up, two terrible errors on the again from West Ham and West Ham are a person down!
“It’s two horrific errors. It’s woeful. There aren’t any excuses for that, it’s simply woeful goalkeeping.”
It definitely wasn’t the half many have been anticipating, with West Ham answerable for fourth-spot and Newcastle nonetheless battling to beat the drop.
The Magpies discover themselves nine-points away from the drop now, whereas West Ham miss the possibility to go third regardless of their second-half comeback.
Diop made amends with an excellent header and VAR awarded a penalty which Lingard dispatched, however Willock got here off the bench to spare Newcastles blushes.
And Mills believes the way of the Newcastle targets will depart Hammers boss David Moyes completely livid.
“West Ham are making Joelinton look good, they’re leaving so many areas,” Mills continued.
“I guess David Moyes is fuming. There received’t be teacups thrown however there could be a number of hairdryers in there at half-time.”