Newcastle boss Steve Bruce warns ’35 points is not enough ‘and insists magpies are still focused on survival despite West Ham’s massive win
- Newcastle caused a shock, beating 10-man West Ham 3-2 on Saturday
- It’s a huge three points, putting the magpies eight points above the drop
- Steve Bruce is not convinced they are safe and says he is still pushing for more
West Ham hit the self-destruct button and Newcastle tried hard not to make it a routine 10-man win. But the result was huge for the northeast side.
If Newcastle fans want their club to be bought, and Mike Ashley wants his £ 300 million valuation to be met by potential buyers, then they have to be in the Premier League.
West Ham suffered five minutes of insanity that they can look back on if they miss qualifying for the Champions League.
Newcastle took a massive win over West Ham to pull the Magpies further from the drop
Steve Bruce will be relieved to have a buffer over the bottom three, but he’s not satisfied yet
Craig Dawson was sent off for two crazy challenges, Issa Diop comically kicked the ball into his own goal and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski dropped a flyout for Joelinton to make it 2-0.
In the second half, Bruce decided to try and defend the lead. It failed, with West Ham taking the score to 2-2 via Diop and a penalty from Jesse Lingard.
But Joe Willock saved his manager’s blush, scoring a minute after following his recent late equalizer against Tottenham.
Bruce could do well that his side produced more of the football that could be seen in the first half. The way Newcastle frustrated West Ham by breaking forward in numbers was impressive and again, Allan Saint-Maximin was their best player.
The Hammers imploded, dropped to 10 men, and questioned their shock-resistant top-four tilt
Bruce is worried that Newcastle’s 35 points will not be enough to be safe this season
But he insists Newcastle is still focused on a fight for survival, saying, ‘I’ve always said it’s the accumulation of points, and 35 isn’t enough in my opinion. So you won’t make me jump and scream at this point. ‘
Moyes said: ‘We made some horrible mistakes, which were not like us, but we showed great character after half time. The players have put themselves in a position to be brave with the ball and how we decided to play.
“We know we lost a game we would have liked to win, but we still have some big games ahead and want to play them to the full and give the same effort and dedication.”