Eddie Howe said that Harvey Barnes was incredible after the winger came off the bench and scored two goals as Newcastle won a dramatic seven-goal match against West Ham at St James Park

Barnes, who returned after missing two games due to a thigh injury, was brought on as a substitute in the 67th minute when Newcastle was trailing 3-1.

The English international then boosted Newcastle’s hopes of securing another European campaign by scoring two goals late in the game.

“He is an incredible player,” Howe told BBC Match of the Day.

“We have missed him this season and he would have given us quality wherever he played. He is a goalscorer and they are so valuable, and his two finishes today were of the highest quality. Of course, the last one was memorable and will always be remembered – and what a finish it was. That’s the quality he has.”

Newcastle made a perfect start when Anthony Gordon won a penalty after just three minutes, and Isak converted from 12 yards.

But the game started slipping away from the Magpies when West Ham scored three unanswered goals.

Michail Antonio equalized for the Hammers before Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen scored within minutes around half-time.

Isak scored his second penalty of the afternoon after Gordon was again adjudged to have been fouled, and Barnes equalized in the 83rd minute.

With momentum and support from St James’ Park, Newcastle continued to press, and Barnes emphatically scored the winning goal in the 90th minute.

There was additional drama in injury time as Newcastle played with 10 men after Gordon received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away, but they managed to hold on for a crucial victory in their pursuit of European football.

Newcastle climbed to eighth place, just one point behind West Ham in seventh.

Barnes Boosts European Hopes
Before the game, Eddie Howe emphasized the importance of Newcastle making a positive start after the international break, with 10 games left to salvage something from a disappointing season.

It was an emotional rollercoaster for the Newcastle faithful but, ultimately, an afternoon that could prove pivotal.

There was little doubt that top scorer Isak would convert his penalty to get them back on track, but things started to unravel shortly after Jamaal Lascelles went off with an injury.

Emil Krafth came on as a replacement as Newcastle reshuffled their backline, but they looked disjointed as Antonio found space to equalize.

After Kudus and Bowen gave West Ham a two-goal lead, the atmosphere at St James’ Park started to turn toxic, yet the players maintained their belief and fought to get back into the game.

Isak reduced the deficit with his second penalty, taking his tally for the Premier League season to 14, although the decision to award the spot-kick seemed harsh with Kalvin Phillips penalized for catching Gordon as he attempted to clear the ball.

Referee Rob Jones initially did not point to the spot but changed his mind after being asked to review the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Newcastle, plagued by injury problems all season, lost two more players during the second half with Krafth and Miguel Almiron forced off.

But Barnes turned the game around with two goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation time.

Barnes, who joined from Leicester in a £38m deal in July, has struggled with injuries during his debut campaign with Newcastle and was making just his 12th Premier League appearance.

“They are the moments I have missed so much,” Barnes told BBC Match of the Day.

“For me, I miss that feeling of being out there, and when I am I want to make up for lost time, and today was a great step forward with that.

“You can’t really describe those feelings sometimes, so late on in the game, and then after that it was just hoping we can hold on to the result and get the three points and we did that.”

Gordon’s injury-time red card for petulant behavior made Newcastle’s job of hanging on a little bit harder than they would have liked, and the winger will now miss a reunion with former club Everton on Tuesday.

With potentially the top eight places offering up European football in the Premier League, Newcastle have ensured they remain firmly in the mix.

After overcoming an early setback of conceding inside three minutes, West Ham seemed poised to strengthen their grip on a European berth while denting the hopes of one of their rivals.a a a a a a a a a a

Antonio’s equalizer set them on their way, scoring his second goal in as many games, before Kudus and Bowen gave the visitors breathing space as they looked for their first win against the Magpies since August 2021.

But it was a familiar story for David Moyes’ men as they were exposed defensively.

West Ham have now conceded 54 goals this season, with only Luton (60), Burnley (63), and Sheffield United (74) conceding more.

It is now three games without a victory for the Hammers following draws against Burnley and Aston Villa, while they have won just one away game in the league since the turn of the year – losing three and drawing one.