Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has confirmed that Allan Saint-Maximin is struggling with a fresh fitness problem, on the back of his side’s win over West Ham United.
Hosts hold on
The Magpies of course played out Saturday’s opening Premier League fixture a short time ago.
Bruce and co. welcomed high-flying West Ham to St. James’ Park, aiming to build on a morale boosting downing of Burnley last time out.
And when all was said and done on Tyneside, bag all 3 points is precisely what Newcastle managed, in the process all but securing their spot in the English top-flight for another season.
A chaotic first-half saw the hosts take full advantage of a disastrous defensive showing from West Ham, as Craig Dawson’s dismissal was followed by an Issa Diop own goal, and Joelinton finish, all within the space of five minutes.
West Ham are imploding at St James’ Park! It’s a long way back for the Hammers now!
â Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 17, 2021
Incredibly, despite having long been reduced to 10 men, the visitors then pulled level late on, as the aforementioned Diop atoned for his error with a goal at the right end, before Jesse Lingard slotted home from the penalty spot with ten minutes remaining.
But the heroic efforts of David Moyes’ men, in the end, were not enough, as a fine header from substitute Joe Willock put a major dent in West Ham’s top-4 hopes, whilst guiding Newcastle up to 15th.
‘Hope he’s okay…’
As outlined above, however, on an otherwise fine afternoon for the Magpies, Steve Bruce and co. have also been dealt a blow on the personnel front.
Speaking during his post-match interview this afternoon, the Newcastle boss was drawn on his decision to haul off star man Allan Saint-Maximin shortly after the hour-mark at St. James’.
And Bruce went on to reveal that the French attacker, who has of course spent much of the season to date confined to the sidelines, has picked up yet another ankle problem:
Steve Bruce: “ASM has a swollen ankle, we hope he is OK.” #nufc
â Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) April 17, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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