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Newcastle United 2-4 West Ham United

West Ham would twice come from behind before scoring a rebounded penalty and then hitting Newcastle on the break to to break Newcastle's opening day hearts in the second half.


It had been the perfect start from Newcastle as the majestic Allan Saint-Maximin would turn his marker inside out on the edge of the West Ham box before crossing an inch perfect cross on to the head of Callum Wilson who, quite frankly, doesn't miss those.


West Ham though, would be back on level terms before the 20 minute mark. Replays showing that an offside flag shown against Bowen would be overruled as his touch on a Cresswell cross would be after the ball had already crossed the line.


But just before half time United would restore their lead. Some loverly possession football from the Magpies eventually ending with a Matt Ritchie cross nodded back across goal and into the back of Fabianski's net by the ecstatic Jacob Murphy.


2-1 at the break...


Inside 10 minutes of the second half and Newcastle had been pegged back for a second time however. A very similar goal to that scored by Murphy but this time at the wrong end of the pitch. Antonio this time the provider from the byline leaving Benrahma to nod home and make it 2-2.


And things would get immediately worse for Newcastle as Murphy was somewhat harshly judged to have felled a West Ham player in his own box. And whilst Woodman would save Antonio's penalty his teammates would not come to his aid with the follow up and Soucek would race in to fire home the rebound.


And moments later it would be much much worse. Newcastle being ripped apart as they went in search of their own equaliser with Antonio himself this time making no mistake to slam home his first and West Ham's fourth.

 

Match Report


Newcastle United's season opener is a winnable, on paper at least, tie against the Hammers in front of what should be an electric atmosphere at St James Park.

There would be no place in the team today for Joe Willock as Newcastle missed the deadline to sign him in time for this one by just an hour or so on Friday. Willock would however be paraded in front of a vociferous home crowd before kick off.


There would be a start for all the big names at the top end of the pitch with Wilson, newly sporting the number nine shirt, leading the line with Miggy Almiron and ASM in support. At the other end of the pitch there would be somewhat of a shock with Krafth getting the nod ahead of Lascelles and Schar who both would only make the bench. Freddie Woodman would start between the sticks as expected with Darlow and Dubs both out with illness and injury respectively.