Late strike upsets Hammers Euro hopes

Newcastle United 3-2 West Ham United 

A late goal from Newcastle United substitute, Joe Willock saw West Ham United slip to defeat at St James Park after initially recovering a two-goal deficit.

An instantly forgettable opening period for the visitors saw Issa Diop bundle the ball into his own-goal and fellow central defender Craig Dawson shown a second yellow card for his part in the build-up as West Ham made a disastrous start.

Joelinton made it two before the interval. However, the East Londoner roared back after the interval with Diop making up for his earlier error by nodding home seventeen minutes from time, shortly followed by Jesse Libgards ninth goal in ten games – the Manchester United loanee converting from the penalty spot after VAR had adjudged Kieran Clark to have handled.

But having climbed the mountain, West Ham were to trip at the final hurdle. Willock nodded home seven minutes from time to all but secure Newcastle’s Premier League place and leave the Hammers in fourth, a point clear of Chelsea.

West Ham United return to Premier League action on Saturday, April 24 when Chelsea visit the London Stadium (5:30pm).

Newcastle United: Dúbravka, Fernández, Clark, Dummett, Murphy, Shelvey, S. Longstaff (Willock 81), Ritchie, Saint-Maximin (Wilson 64), Almirón, Joelinton (Carroll 90+7) Subs not used: Gillespie (GK), Gayle, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Manquillo

West Ham United: Fabiański, Diop, Dawson, Ogbonna, Coufal, Noble (Benrahma 75), Souček, Johnson (Fredericks 90+5), Fornals, Lingard (Lanzini 87), Bowen Subs not used: Trott (GK), Martin (GK), Alves, Balbuena, Coventry, Yarmolenko

Referee: Kevin Friend

Assistants: Simon Beck and Adrian Holmes

Fourth Official: Darren England

VAR: Simon Hooper

Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes

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Brian Jeeves

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