Newcastle 2 West Ham 2: Toon battle back twice to share spoils as Hammers miss chance to move further from drop zone

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NEWCASTLE twice battled back against West Ham to rescue a point and a share of the spoils at St James’ Park.

The hosts went behind after just four minutes when Michail Antonio slammed home from a few yards out after Jamal Lascelles made a hash of dealing with Jarrod Bowen’s ball.

But Steve Bruce’s side equalised through Miguel Almiron and went in all-square at half-time.

Two goals in two minutes saw the second-half burst into action.

Tomas Soucek scored for the second game in succession after Declan Rice’s header smashed into the crossbar.

But just 92 seconds later Jonjo Shelvey immediately pegged the Hammers back in the 67th minute.

Both sides pushed for a winner late on with David Moyes’ side looking the more likely winners.

Andriy Yarmolenko – who was the midweek matchwinner against Chelsea – made his way off the bench again and came closest to finding a decisive goal when his stinging strike thumped into the gloves of Martin Dubravka.

However, it was not to be and both teams had to settle for a draw.

It was yet another instance of West Ham dropping points from a winning position, Moyes’ men are the biggest culprits of letting points slip after leading in the Premier League this season.

They have missed out on 24 points but appear to have enough to keep themselves in the division.

Although the Hammers missed a great chance to create some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, after four points from their last two games, fans will be breathing a lot easier.

They are 16th in the table, four points clear of the drop zone.

Newcastle stay 12th after extending their unbeaten run at home, the Magpies have not lost at St James’ Park since New Year’s Day.

 

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