In the 35th minute of this afternoon’s Premier League encounter between relegation battlers Newcastle and Champions League hopefuls West Ham, the East London outfit crumbled with some big mistakes.
Centre-back Craig Dawson forced himself into a reckless slide tackle with a horror touch on the halfway line, with the already booked loanee absolutely cleaning out Joelinton.
The ball still found its way to Newcastle live-wire Allan Saint-Maximin and West Ham hero Mark Noble had absolutely no chance as he tried to defend the attacker, being turned inside and out several times.
Saint-Maximin fired off a pretty lax shot from a difficult angle, it looked to be a simple save for Lukasz Fabianski, but Issa Diop intervened and turned the ball into the back of his own net.
With one centre-back scoring an own-goal, it was a double defensive nightmare once the play was over as Dawson was rightfully shown his second yellow card and sent off.
What a disaster for West Ham! It’s a double blow for the Hammers…
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If David Moyes’ side aren’t able to at least salvage a point in a second-half comeback, they face the very real possibility of falling out of their Champions League spot once the game-week is completed.