Newcastle held by Hammers
Newcastle welcomed West Ham to St. James’ Park on Sunday, as they looked to continue their fine recent run of form.
Since the Premier League returned to our screens in June, Newcastle have gone undefeated in league action – with their sole defeat in all competitions having come vs Manchester City in the FA Cup.
And whilst West Ham did nick a win over Chelsea in mid-week, the Magpies still probably fancied their chances against the relegation-battling Hammers on Sunday.
However, when all was said and done in the North East, the points were shared.
Michail Antonio fired the visitors into the lead with less than five minutes of action played. The forward’s effort was cancelled out just shy of 15 minutes later, however, via Miguel Almiron.
Tomas Soucek put David Moyes’ men back in front after 65 minutes. But, yet again, Newcastle hit back with a quick reply, as Jonjo Shelvey made it 2-2 just two minutes later.
Highlights: Newcastle 2-West Ham 2
Bruce provides updates on Saint-Maximin, Hayden & Longstaff
Newcastle must now turn their attentions to a mid-week trip to Manchester City.
As already mentioned, City are the only side who have managed to get one over on Newcastle sine the season’s restart.
So, Steve Bruce will no doubt be desperate to put out his strongest possible eleven on Wednesday.
However, that doesn’t look as though it is going to be possible, because, speaking post-West Ham, Bruce revealed that he doesn’t think he can ask Saint-Maximin to play again in 3 days’ time:
“Unfortunately I don’t think I could ask Allan to go again on Wednesday, that’s for sure.”
The Newcastle boss then claimed that the Magpies are also likely to be without midfield duo Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden, after the pair picked up respective hamstring injuries:
“Our two, arguably, fittest players in Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden have both got hamstring injuries. They’re not serious but it’s two or three weeks which probably rules them out.”
SB: “Unfortunately I don’t think I could ask Allan to go again on Wednesday, that’s for sure. Our two, arguably, fittest players in Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden have both got hamstring injuries. They’re not serious but it’s two or three weeks which probably rules them out.” pic.twitter.com/E0AK2NSXFJ
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