Souness says Newcastle's win is 'enough' for them to avoid the drop

Graeme Souness says Newcastle’s dramatic 3-2 victory over West Ham is a ‘kick in the teeth’ for West Brom and Fulham as he claims the result will be ‘enough’ for Steve Bruce’s side to avoid relegation

  • Joe Willock’s 82nd minute goal secured a dramatic victory for Newcastle 
  • The result puts Steve Bruce’s side nine points clear from the drop zone in 15th 
  • It comes as a blow to West Brom and Fulham who are looking to avoid the drop 

Graeme Souness says Newcastle’s victory over West Ham will be ‘enough’ for them to avoid relegation this season.

Joe Willock scored an 82nd minute winner against the Hammers to move onto 35 points – nine clear of 18th placed Fulham, with six games to play.

Steve Bruce’s side made it hard for themselves as West Ham fought back from 2-0 down with ten men, but Sky Sports pundit Souness said Newcastle’s winner was a ‘kick in the teeth’ for their rivals.

Graeme Souness said Newcastle’s victory over West Ham should be ‘enough’ to avoid the drop

The Sky Sports pundit said it would also come as a ‘kick in the teeth’ to West Brom and Fulham

He said after the game: ‘It’s enormous. I think that will be enough (points) for them.

‘West Brom, who have a bit of momentum, will look on this result as a kick in the teeth – Fulham, also. They’ll be ok now. 

 ‘They did it in a fashion which won’t make Steve Bruce too happy: they were in the driving seat and completely lost the plot when the other team were down to 10 men, but they got there with a couple of large slices of luck. 

‘They will look back on this season and think “in other games, Lady Luck has not been with us. In other games we got it and we’ll take it.”’

Newcastle had taken a 2-0 lead into half time thanks to an Issa Diop own goal and a second by Joelinton.

The Hammers who went down to ten men in the first half when Craig Dawson was sent off, showed tenacity to fight back with goals by Diop and in-form Jesse Lingard.   

Fulham on a run of four defeats are seven points off safety with six games left to play

West Brom who have won their last two games are nine points off safety with a game in hand

Willock’s goal though was huge for Newcastle and a blow to both West Brom and Fulham who are running out of time to salvage their seasons and avoid the drop back down to the Championship.  

The Baggies have found form winning their last two games and are nine points behind 17th placed Burnley. Newcastle’s victory puts them 11 points clear of the Sam Allardyce’s side who do have a game in hand over them.

Fulham meanwhile are on a run of four straight defeats and are seven points off Brighton and Burnley having played a game more – with six games left to avoid dropping straight back down to the Championship. 

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