Mohammed Kudus scored his first Premier League to help West Ham deny Newcastle capping off a special week.
Eddie Howe’s men were on cloud nine following an emphatic 4-1 statement win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League days earlier and it seemed another success was on the cards following an Alexander Isak brace.
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The visitors had fallen behind through Tomas Soucek before Isak became the third Swedish player to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances, after Freddie Ljungberg (a run of five in April 2002) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (two runs in 2016/17).
Isak’s second was assisted by Kieran Trippier who has now created a goal in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time, while no player has more assists in the competition than him this season (five).
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Kudus, a 76th-minute substitute, would equalise in the 89th minute subsequently becoming the 167th player to score a Premier League goal for West Ham United, with no team having more different goalscorers in the competition’s history (level with Spurs, excluding own goals).
“A frustrating game for us. Probably a hangover from midweek. A really good response in the second half but we’re frustrated not to get over the line,” Howe told BBC Sport afterwards.