EPL Wrap: West Ham Slip Up, Door Open For Top 4

EPL Wrap: West Ham Slip Up, Door Open For Top 4 Photo: TT
Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United celebrates an own goal by Issa Diop of West Ham to make it 1-0

Sheffield United were officially relegated on Saturday while West Ham United’s top four aspirations copped a dent after a 3-2 loss at Newcastle.

West Ham United were reduced to 10 men when Craig Dawson committed a second bookable offence after a poor touch, leading up to the opening goal yet fought back to level after trailing 2-0.

However, Newcastle found a winner from Joe Willock’s 82nd minute header which helps the Magpies move away from the drop zone, but significantly hampers West Ham’s UEFA Champions League hopes.

“I didn’t think we deserved to be 2-0 down, but we did because of our mistakes,” Hammers boss David Moyes said.

“We made a couple of horrendous mistakes today, which has not been like us really, but anyway, we showed great character after half-time.

“The players put themselves in a position to be brave with the ball and how we decided to play. We didn’t alter too much, but we decided to play with one less centre-back and just tried to push on in the same fashion.”

West Ham remain fourth for now, but open the door for fifth-placed Chelsea to move past them when they play Brighton in midweek.

“We go again,” Moyes said. “I’m not going to make a big deal about it, like I said.

“We know we’ve lost a game wed like to have won, but were also just off a really good win over Leicester and a really good win at Wolves, so well move on. We’ve got some big games to come up and we want to take them full on and give the same effort and commitment.”

Newcastle’s win sees them move in 15th and nine points clear of 18th-placed Fulham having both played 32 matches.

Down the bottom, Sheffield United were officially relegated after a 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton. The Blades have endured a miserable campaign, collecting only 14 points from 32 matches.

Ben somerford
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