Newcastle United produced a stunning performance to crush West Ham United 5-1 at the London Stadium on Sunday. The visitors took control of the game early on, with Callum Wilson and Joelinton scoring two goals within the first 15 minutes of the match. West Ham managed to pull one back through Kurt Zouma, but it was not enough to stop Newcastle from running riot.
Here are some key points from the game:
Hapless Hammers taken apart West Ham United had a nightmare of a match as their defensive mistakes cost them dearly. Thilo Kehrer’s own goal and Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross found Wilson unmarked 12 yards out to head in the opener. Joelinton then scored a goal that was initially flagged offside but was allowed following a VAR check. Nick Pope was caught under a Jarrod Bowen corner, allowing Zouma to head in, giving some hope to the home fans. But seconds into the second half, Nayef Aguerd’s defensive error allowed Jacob Murphy to set up Wilson for a tap-in. Finally, Lukasz Fabianski’s rush out of his goal and miscontrol of a long ball allowed Alexander Isak to lob into an empty net, with Joelinton adding a fifth in stoppage time.
Newcastle stay on top-four course
The win takes Newcastle United to third in the Premier League table, three points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand, following a fourth successive win for Eddie Howe’s side. Wilson’s double brings his tally to 12 in his last 13 games against West Ham, making him a nightmare for the Londoners. Newcastle have now won 11 away Premier League matches against West Ham, their joint-most against a single team in the division alongside Spurs.
The result leaves West Ham outside of the relegation zone on goal difference, with David Moyes’ position at the club now even more tenuous. The Hammers have a lot of work to do to improve their defensive capabilities if they are to climb up the table. Meanwhile, Newcastle United will be looking to continue their impressive form as they aim to secure a top-four finish this season.