WEST HAM defender Craig Dawson was left embarrassed during their match against Newcastle after he was sent off for a challenge committed in the build-up to a comical own goal.
The Hammers were reduced to 10-men just seconds after Allan Saint-Maximin's shot ricocheted off Issa Diop and keeper Lukasz Fabianski before ending up in the back of the net.
Dawson, who has been superb for West Ham this season, committed a clear foul on the halfway line in the lead up to the goal and was shown a second yellow immediately after the ball hit the net.
David Moyes was left crestfallen on the touchline as he saw his team lose a player and go behind in the 36th minute.
And six minutes later it went from bad to worse for West Ham as Joelinton added another for the Magpies.
Fabianski was again involved in gifting the relegation-threatened side their second goal of the afternoon.
The Hammers keeper came to collect a routine cross from a corner but got it all wrong as he spilled it inside the six-yard box and Joelinton made no mistake.
Newcastle went into the break with a 2-0 lead as they close in on securing Premier League safety for another year.
A win for Newcastle would move them up to 15th place, nine points from the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, a defeat for West Ham will allow the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham back into the race for a Champions League place.
Newcastle are set to do the double over West Ham having beaten them 2-0 on the opening day of the campaign at the London Stadium.
But the two sides have suffered very different fortunes since then, with the north east club floundering at the bottom while Moyes' team challenge for Europe.
Steve Bruce has come under increasing pressure in recent months but looks set to now make it seven points from three games.
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