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  • Updated: January 26, 2021

EPL: West Ham Into Top 4, Newcastle Rot Continues

EPL: West Ham Into Top 4, Newcastle Rot Continues

West Ham United entered the top 4th spot after a well-deserved 3-2 win at London rivals Crystal Palace while Leeds United defeated Newcastle 1-2 at home to heap more pressure on Steve Bruce on Tuesday.

Relegation battlers last season, David Moyes's Hammers side are now contenders for a European spot in what continues to be a fluid situation in the upper reaches of the table.

Palace had made a perfect start when Wilfried Zaha struck after two minutes at a drizzly Selhurst Park but a West Ham side brimming with confidence hit back to claim a fourth straight league victory.

Czech Soucek headed the equaliser in the ninth minute and gave his side the lead after 25 minutes in a dominant first half by the visitors for whom Michail Antonio twice struck the post.

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Craig Dawson's header gave West Ham breathing space midway through the second half and Palace could not respond until deep into stoppage time when Michy Batshuayi struck a consolation.

West Ham moved above Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool into fourth place with 35 points from 20 games although their nearest rivals all have games in hand.

Palace have now won once in their last seven league games and remain in 13th spot on 23 points.


Leeds United wingers Raphinha and Jack Harrison secured a 2-1 win at Newcastle United on Tuesday, piling more pressure on Magpies manager Steve Bruce after the north-east club's poor Premier League run stretched to nine games without a win.

With seven defeats in those nine, the result left Newcastle 16th on 19 points from 20 games, seven points above the drop zone, while Leeds stayed 12th on 26 from 19 after ending their three-game winless streak in all competitions.

Leeds also failed to score during that run and Harrison pointed out that manager Marcelo Bielsa had asked his side to show grit against Newcastle, who seem to be heading into a relegation battle after another poor performance.

Brazilian Raphinha fired Leeds ahead in the 17th minute when he sidefooted a clinical finish into the bottom right corner from 15 metres after a fine build-up, as Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo carved open the Newcastle defence.

The home side lacked any bite upfront and were fortunate not to be trailing by more goals in the first half but they equalised out of the blue in the 57th as Miguel Almiron burst forward and steered a low shot past goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Leeds had lost the ball in the danger zone and Jonjo Shelvey took advantage as he fed Callum Wilson, who in turn released fellow forward Almiron to sidefoot home as Meslier got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.

Newcastle's joy was short-lived, however, and they fell behind again four minutes later when Harrison was given time and space on the left to take Raphinha's pass into his stride and volley past keeper Karl Darlow into the far corner.

Newcastle pressed in the closing stages and missed several chances to salvage a point, with Meslier pulling off two good saves to deny the Magpies who were also guilty of some poor finishing.

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