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Atsu shines as Newcastle move out of bottom three

23 Dec 2017
Christian Atsu, Newcastle

Magpies hold off West Ham United comeback at London Stadium to claim thrilling 3-2 victory

A first victory in 10 matches lifted Newcastle United out of the relegation zone as they held off a West Ham United comeback to win 3-2 at London Stadium.

Marko Arnautovic put the Hammers ahead on six minutes, firing past Rob Elliot.

Henri Saivet levelled for Newcastle just four minutes later with a superb free-kick.

Mohamed Diame put the visitors ahead on 53 minutes from Christian Atsu's cross, before Atsu finished off a counter-attack to make it 3-1.

Andre Ayew drilled in after Andy Carroll’s header had been saved to make it 3-2 on 69 minutes, but Newcastle held on for three points that raised them above their opponents to 15th.

See: West Ham report | Newcastle report 

Next fixtures

West Ham: 26 Dec v AFC Bournemouth (A) 
Newcastle: 27 Dec v Man City (H)

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