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Analysis: Newcastle 4-3 West Ham

Harvey Barnes celebrates scoring against West Ham
[Reuters]

After the highs of finishing fourth in the Premier League and reaching the Carabao Cup final in 2022-23, Newcastle have struggled to maintain those levels this campaign.

Exiting the FA Cup following a 2-0 loss at Manchester City in the quarter-finals saw them sign off for the international break in disappointing circumstances.

But they still have the chance to end the season positively with a European berth in their sights and there is clearly still plenty of fight left in the players.

Trailing 3-1 with 77 minutes played against West Ham, Newcastle appeared to be heading for a third successive loss across all competitions.

However, Alexander Isak pulled them back into the encounter with his second goal from the penalty spot, having opened the scoring inside three minutes, before substitute Harvey Barnes struck twice in the final 10 minutes to deliver a thrilling win.

Injuries remain a major issue for Eddie Howe with Jamaal Lascelles, Emil Krafth and Miguel Almiron all limping off, while Anthony Gordon's stoppage-time red card means he will miss Tuesday's game against Everton.

With nine games left to play, Newcastle need to dig deep to stay the course in their pursuit of European football but, on the basis of this performance, there is more than enough in the tank to get them over the line.