Newcastle draw at West Ham to maintain climbing out of hazard zone


Newcastle showed further evidence of their gradual improvement under Eddie Howe by drawing 1-1 at top four-chasing West Ham to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games on Saturday.

Joe Willock’s deft finish in first-half stoppage time canceled out the headed opener scored by Craig Dawson in the 32nd minute at the Olympic Stadium.

Craig Dawson celebrates after scoring for West Ham against Newcastle on Saturday.Credit:Getty Images

Boosted by a slew of January signings funded by its new Saudi owners, Newcastle haven’t lost since December 19 and look to have enough quality now to avoid relegation.

West Ham went ahead when Dawson got on the end of a curling free kick to bury his header inside the near post.

Declan Rice, possibly West Ham’s best player this season, was at fault for the equalizer after misguiding his clearance from a cross into the center of the area. There, Willock stretched to poke his foot out between Dawson and Ryan Fredericks, guiding a volley with the outside of his boot in off the post.

Three of Newcastle’s five January signings started the game, with Kieran Trippier injured and Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes only coming on as a late substitute.

AP, Reuters

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