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West Ham manager David Moyes was happy to take the point after the Hammers and Newcastle fought out a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.

He saw his team take the lead before the visitors went ahead with two goals in five second half minutes before a brilliant strike from Mo Kudus two minutes from time earned us the draw.

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In fairness, Newcastle had been the better team in the second period after we had carried far more threat in the first when we had really defended well. We showed more punch than Eddie Howe’s team and our entire performance was extremely measured.

But the Toon slipped into top gear at the opening of the second half, grabbed two goals, which could have been three but for a brilliant left handed save by Areola from a close range header.

So Moyes had every reason to be happy with a draw and grateful that one of his sub in Kudus had paid off so well.

And afterwards he said,  speaking at the post patch presser: “I’m pleased to get a point.

For long periods in the second half Newcastle were the better team and we were struggling to contain them at times.

I thought the substitutes today made a bit of a difference, especially Mo who gave us a different impetus and obviously then got us the equalizing goal as well, which helped us.

I’m quite pleased with a lot of bits of the performance, especially in the first half when we got in front and we defended well when we needed to.

But I think we played a top side and the level of some of the teams in the Premier League at the moment is really, really high and Newcastle are one of those teams.

We hadn’t really had much of the ball leading up to the point of our first goal, but Emerson made a good run and went around the goalkeeper, so it was another great assist from him and Tomáš got into the box, which we wanted.

I’m pleased for Tomáš as he is making a good contribution with his goals, as did Mo today who got his first one for us, which was great.

We have played Tomáš a bit higher in the last couple of games to try and get him near the box. Today was tough because we couldn’t get enough crosses or balls near the edge of their box, but he made it and he got the goal.

I felt it was a really good point, today.

The biggest part was after going 2-1 down, how we were going to go and if we were going to fold.

They had a chance and we got away with it [when Isak hit the post] which could have obviously finished the game off, but it didn’t and we hung in there and were resilient.

We had our moments and we got a bit from it when we played a bit better with the ball in the last 15 minutes, and Mo helped us in that situation, and we worked a goal, so we were pleased.

We won last week against Sheffield United and we got a point today.

I always knew in between the international breaks that we had four games which were Manchester City, Liverpool, Sheffield United and Newcastle, so it was always going to be hard to take too many points.

In my head, I thought ‘if we can get four points from those games, that won’t be too bad’, but obviously I was hoping to get more.

In between, we had a couple of cup wins as well, which helped, so I’m quite pleased with the way the last month has gone.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Buster says:

    I’m looking forward to the next six games before West Ham meet Tottenham.

    Aston Villa (A), Everton (H), Brentford (A), Forest (H), Burnley (A), Palace (H)

    I’m expecting our team to move up a place or two by the first week in December.

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