Graeme Souness assesses Newcastle United's survival hopes after 'enormous' win vs West Ham

Graeme Souness has argued that Newcastle United’s dramatic 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday afternoon will be enough to ensure their Premier League status for next season.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 9:00 am
Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United and David Moyes, Manager of West Ham. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)
Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United and David Moyes, Manager of West Ham. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)

The Magpies raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to an own goal from Issa Diop and a close range strike from Joelinton.

David Moyes’ side were also reduced to 10 men when Craig Dawson was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the buildup to Newcastle’s opener.

The Toon Army unravelled somewhat after the interval, however, and allowed the Hammers to draw level courtesy of goals from Diop and Jesse Lingard – with the latter converting from the penalty spot.

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Newcastle were able to battle back in the closing stages though, and had an effort cleared off the line before substitute Joe Willock bulleted home a headed effort late on.

The result leaves the Magpies nine points clear of the bottom three with six games left to play, and former Toon boss Souness believes that Steve Bruce’s men should be safe from hereon in.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “Enormous, and I think that will be enough for them.

"For West Brom, who have a bit of momentum, they’ll look on this result as a real kick in the teeth, and on Fulham also. I think they’ll be okay now.

"They did it in a fashion which won’t make Steve Bruce too happy. They were in the driving seat and they completely lost the plot with the other team down to 10 men, but they got there.

"They got a couple of large slices of luck. They will look back on the season and think that in the other games the luck has not been with them. Today they’ve got it and they’ll take it.

"I think that will be enough for them.”

Newcastle have moved above Brighton and Burnley in the table after Saturday’s win, with the Clarets playing Manchester United on Sunday and Brighton facing Chelsea on Tuesday evening.

Elsewhere at the bottom of the table, Fulham face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, with West Brom coming up against Leicester City on Thursday.