The Hammers, who boosted their hopes with a hard 3-2 win over Chelsea midweek, led 1-0 and 2-1 to St James’ Park, but ultimately emerged with only one point to show for their efforts in a 2 -2 draw.
Michail Antonio’s strike in the fourth minute was canceled by Miguel Almiron and the 24 minutes by Tomas Soucek by Jonjo Shelvey seconds later, the Magpies stubbornly defending an undefeated league which now spans six games.
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West Ham got off to a perfect start when Antonio’s clever move allowed Pablo Fornals to place the ball in Jarrod Bowen’s run to the right and after his center got a misplaced defender Jamaal Lascelles, Antonio took it hit in the roof of the net to the extreme Publish.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski came down to the other end six minutes later to block the deflected free kick from Dwight Gayle after the striker attempted to break it under the defensive wall, but was beaten 17 minutes from the end.
Joelinton, Gayle and Allan Saint-Maximin combined to bring the ball in the path of side back Emil Krafth, and his center allowed the fast-arriving Almiron to slide past the goalkeeper and the home of the prod.
West Ham’s response was impressive as, after resisting a period of pressure, they brought the game back to their hosts, who needed a good reaction from Martin Dubravka to refuse Bowen after setting foot on strike from the 32nd minute of Aaron Cresswell to the 32nd minute. right in front of the guard.
Saint-Maximin, who had been relatively well contained by the Hammers for much of half, swapped his arm remotely after cutting inside Bowen six minutes before the break, but Fabianski was more than equal to task.
The home team regained their positive mood, Almiron pulled wide from three minutes after half time, and with Nabil Bentaleb – a 43th-minute replacement for injured Isaac Hayden – snapping tackles in the middle of the field, they were the ones who looked most likely to take the lead.
Hammers boss David Moyes replaced Manuel Lanzini with Mark Noble looking for fresh impetus, and he arrived 66 minutes late when, after Bowlan’s Declan Rice’s header fell from the crossbar, Soucek stabbed the rebound after Dubravka.
However, the advance only lasted a few seconds as Shelvey swapped passes with Dwight Gayle inside the box and shot in the bottom corner, with Fornals playing it backwards.
Although the replacement Andriy Yarmolenko forced a late stop from Dubravka, there should not have been any late heroism.