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West Ham United 2-3 Newcastle United: Match report

Newcastle United earned their first Premier League victory since October 21 as strikes by Henri Saivet, Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu settled an entertaining contest with West Ham.

The result eased some of the pressure on manager Rafa Benitez even if it didn’t lift Newcastle out of the relegation zone with Stoke beating West Brom.

West Ham took a sixth-minute lead at the London Stadium when Marko Arnautovic seized upon a poor pass by Saivet inside his own half, advanced on goal and slotted past Rob Elliot.

But Saivet was quick to atone for his error when he curled home a 30-yard free-kick just inside Adrian’s near post five minutes later.

Newcastle went in front shortly after half-time when Diame fired high into the net after Christian Atsu’s cross from the left found him inside the box.

West Ham then won a penalty when Michail Antonio was brought down by a combination of Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin right on the edge of the area, but Andrew Ayew’s spot-kick was saved by Elliot.

Newcastle extended their lead a few minutes later when Atsu picked up a loose pass, swapped passes with Joselu before firing home at the near post.

The home side, however, set up a grandstand finale when Ayew lashed home a close-range shot after Andy Carroll’s effort was blocked by Elliot.

More to follow. 

Christian Atsu celebrates with his Newcastle United team-mates after scoring their third goal against West Ham

Christian Atsu fires past Adrian at the near post to extend Newcastle's lead over West Ham to 3-1 just after the hour mark

Christian Atsu fires past Adrian at the near post to extend Newcastle’s lead over West Ham to 3-1 just after the hour mark

Hammers goalkeeper Adrian yells at his defence as they concede twice in quick succession during the second period

Hammers goalkeeper Adrian yells at his defence as they concede twice in quick succession during the second period

Mohamed Diame refused to celebrate after scoring against his former club West Ham as Newcastle took the lead

Mohamed Diame refused to celebrate after scoring against his former club West Ham as Newcastle took the lead

Diame celebrates with a far more animated Joselu after putting Newcastle United into a second-half lead at West Ham

Diame celebrates with a far more animated Joselu after putting Newcastle United into a second-half lead at West Ham

Diame is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Newcastle's second goal as they led for the first time in the match

Diame is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Newcastle’s second goal as they led for the first time in the match

 

Marko Arnautovic celebrates after firing West Ham into a sixth-minute lead against Newcastle United at the London Stadium

Marko Arnautovic celebrates after firing West Ham into a sixth-minute lead against Newcastle United at the London Stadium

Arnautovic drifted past the challenge of Ciaran Clark before slotting home to give West Ham an early advantage

Arnautovic drifted past the challenge of Ciaran Clark before slotting home to give West Ham an early advantage

Ciaran Clark slid in but his efforts proved in vain as Arnautovic fired home past goalkeeper Rob Elliot for the opener

Ciaran Clark slid in but his efforts proved in vain as Arnautovic fired home past goalkeeper Rob Elliot for the opener

The bubbles soar at the London Stadium as West Ham's players mob Marko Arnautovic after scoring their opening goal

The bubbles soar at the London Stadium as West Ham’s players mob Marko Arnautovic after scoring their opening goal

However, West Ham's lead was short lived as Henri Saivet (right) drew Newcastle level about five minutes after conceding

However, West Ham’s lead was short lived as Henri Saivet (right) drew Newcastle level about five minutes after conceding

Saivet quickly atoned for his loose pass for West Ham's goal when he curled home a 30-yard free-kick just inside the post

Saivet quickly atoned for his loose pass for West Ham’s goal when he curled home a 30-yard free-kick just inside the post

Saivet celebrates with his Newcastle team-mates after quickly erasing West Ham's early lead at the London Stadium

Saivet celebrates with his Newcastle team-mates after quickly erasing West Ham’s early lead at the London Stadium

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian looks back in dismay as Saivet's free-kick beats him at his near post for Newcastle's equaliser

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian looks back in dismay as Saivet’s free-kick beats him at his near post for Newcastle’s equaliser

 

 

Newcastle's players remonstrate with referee Lee Mason after he awarded West Ham a penalty in the second-half

Newcastle’s players remonstrate with referee Lee Mason after he awarded West Ham a penalty in the second-half

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot guessed correctly to keep out Andre Ayew's spot-kick and keep the Toon in front

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot guessed correctly to keep out Andre Ayew’s spot-kick and keep the Toon in front

Ayew did atone for his penalty miss by scoring West Ham's second goal shortly afterwards as they rallied against Newcastle

Ayew did atone for his penalty miss by scoring West Ham’s second goal shortly afterwards as they rallied against Newcastle

 

Matt Ritchie curls a shot past Aaron Cresswell's outstretched leg - the effort struck the post as Newcastle pushed forward

Matt Ritchie curls a shot past Aaron Cresswell’s outstretched leg – the effort struck the post as Newcastle pushed forward

Ritchie reacts after his curling effort came back out off the post late in the first-half at the London Stadium

Ritchie reacts after his curling effort came back out off the post late in the first-half at the London Stadium

At the other end, West Ham's Michail Antonio reacts after he sent a header from eight yards off target 

At the other end, West Ham’s Michail Antonio reacts after he sent a header from eight yards off target 

Arthur Masuaku of West Ham attempts to cut inside with the ball past Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin

Arthur Masuaku of West Ham attempts to cut inside with the ball past Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin

Hammers forward Michail Antonio controls the ball in the air under pressure from Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin

Hammers forward Michail Antonio controls the ball in the air under pressure from Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin

 

Andre Ayew takes the ball infield under pressure from his Ghanaian compatriot Christian Atsu at the London Stadium

Andre Ayew takes the ball infield under pressure from his Ghanaian compatriot Christian Atsu at the London Stadium

Marko Arnautovic, scorer of West Ham's opening goal, tries to get beyond the challenge of Newcastle's Mohamed Diame

Marko Arnautovic, scorer of West Ham’s opening goal, tries to get beyond the challenge of Newcastle’s Mohamed Diame

Hammers striker Michail Antonio heads over the bar as the home side threaten another goal during the first-half

Hammers striker Michail Antonio heads over the bar as the home side threaten another goal during the first-half

Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark holds his face after taking a blow, while West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate is also floored

Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark holds his face after taking a blow, while West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate is also floored

Andre Ayew sets off with the ball as Newcastle players Mohamed Diame and Henri Saivet set off in pursuit of him

Andre Ayew sets off with the ball as Newcastle players Mohamed Diame and Henri Saivet set off in pursuit of him

 

There was a festive atmosphere in and around the London Stadium as West Ham hosted their last game before Christmas

There was a festive atmosphere in and around the London Stadium as West Ham hosted their last game before Christmas

The Redbridge Brass band, sporting very festive jumpers, perform for the crowds inside the London Stadium

The Redbridge Brass band, sporting very festive jumpers, perform for the crowds inside the London Stadium

Novelty jumpers - such as this one featuring a West Ham-supporting snowman - were the order of the day on Saturday

Novelty jumpers – such as this one featuring a West Ham-supporting snowman – were the order of the day on Saturday

 



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