Two Newcastle United stars named in Premier League team of the week for West Ham heroics

A jubilant Eddie Howe punches the air with glee at the full-time whistleA jubilant Eddie Howe punches the air with glee at the full-time whistle
A jubilant Eddie Howe punches the air with glee at the full-time whistle
Anthony Gordon and Harvey Barnes had eventful games during Newcastle United's 4-3 win over West Ham

Garth Crooks has picked Anthony Gordon and Harvey Barnes in his Premier League team of the week.

One Toon star had a whirlwind game against West Ham United, earning two penalties and being sent off in stoppage time. Gordon followed up on his maiden England call-up with an all-action 90 minutes for Newcastle United.

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As for Barnes, he came off the bench to bag a stunning brace - including a last-gasp curler to send St James’ Park into raptures. The 26-year-old has endured a frustrating debut campaign since his £38million move but remanded Toon fans - and Eddie Howe of his talents.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Crooks named the Newcastle duo in his BBC team of the week. Other stars included Heung-min Son, Luis Diaz and Cole Palmer.

“It's been one hell of a week for Gordon,” he wrote in his weekly column. "He played for England against Brazil in midweek only to return to the North East to preside over the thrilling 4-3 comeback win over West Ham at St James' Park and get sent off in the process. His second yellow card was his only mistake throughout the entire match against the Hammers. 

“But why Vladimir Coufal felt the need to try to win a ball in his own box he didn't need to and give away a penalty during the first three minutes of the game takes some explaining. Gordon was smart enough to know that if he got to the ball first the defender would clatter into him and so he did. Newcastle lived dangerously but West Ham were reckless to lose a two-goal lead when looking so comfortable. 

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“Meanwhile, Harvey Barnes looks every bit rejuvenated and back in business having come on for the Magpies and scored two brilliantly taken goals - and he could have had a hat-trick within 30 minutes. Both these players have suffered recently for various reasons but have the ability to get back playing international football. Phillips would do well to get signed and settled permanently at West Ham as soon as possible, while Barnes needs to remain fit for the rest of the season.”

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