Newcastle take another step towards safety
Steve Bruce took the positives from Sunday's 2-2 draw at home to struggling West Ham, with the Newcastle manager hailing the spirit of his team as they came from behind twice.
West Ham got off to a flyer at St James' Park, taking a fourth-minute lead through Michail Antonio, but Bruce's men rallied well to get themselves back on level terms thanks to a second goal in as many appearances for the Magpies' Miguel Almiron.
The Hammers again took the lead midway through the second half, with Tomas Soucek netting from a corner to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage, but could only hold the lead for just 92 seconds as Jonjo Shelvey struck back for Newcastle.
Neither manager will be too disappointed with the point as it edged David Moyes' West Ham side four points clear of the relegation places and, with games against three of the bottom four still to play in their remaining five matches, the Hammers will feel confident of avoiding the drop.
The point consolidated Newcastle's position in 12th place and, following Aston Villa's defeat to Liverpool, confirmed the Magpies will again be playing top-flight football next season.
It extends Newcastle's unbeaten run to six matches, with Bruce's men losing just twice in 12 Premier League matches since New Year's Day.
Bruce was satisfied with the performance, admitting: “We didn't start well, and we knew they would be a threat from set-pieces. But we have managed to dig deep and find a reaction."
"The draw was probably a fair result. West Ham were very well-organised, they’re fighting for their lives and they’re a big powerful side. Some of the stuff we have played, I was pleased with."
Next up, Newcastle face a trip to Manchester City on Wednesday.
The Magpies are 21.00 to spring a big surprise, while City are 1.11 and the draw 10.00.
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