In London, teams from completely different parts of the table faced each other. West Ham are dreaming of a much needed promotion to the Champions League, and Newcastle United are still defending themselves from relegation after a disastrous start to the season. Most importantly, the fans were not deterred even by the strong winds that blew in Great Britain, thanks to which the meeting at the London Stadium watched a full audience.
The battle began quite quietly. Both teams attack from time to time the opponents’ goal, but they miss the most important goal, that is, shots that force the goalkeeper to intervene. The match ended in the 32nd minute, when Aaron Cresswell’s great free kick throw for West Ham was replaced by Craig Dawson, the “Młoty” defender.
The joy of the local fans was short-lived, as Joe Willock capitalized on the massive chaos in the home side’s penalty area before the first half whistle. Łukasz Fabiański was close to a successful intervention, but in the end the goal line system showed that the pole took the ball just behind the goal line.
In the second part of the match, the guests did not intend to stop, as a result of which the ball was often in the middle of the “hammers”. Bottom line, the Eddie Howe players’ preparation was for nothing, with the two teams finally sharing the points. However, this does not mean that guests go home with their heads lowered. A draw in the difficult terrain of London has to be seen in terms of success.
West Ham United – Newcastle United 1:1 (1:1)
Objectives: Craig Dawson (32), Joe Willock (45 + 1)
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