Newcastle United are on course for survival after their 3-2 win over West Ham.

They are now sitting on 35 points in the Premier League and have a tally that was sufficient to retain top-flight status last season, but the big plus for Steve Bruce is they have six games to build on it.

After the game, Bruce spoke about bettering last season's tally of 44 points and beating their 13th place position.

With trips to Liverpool and Leicester to come and home games against Man City and Arsenal, the odds are stacked against the Magpies to do so but you never know.

Very few predicted a 3-2 win over West Ham at the weekend and with games against relegated Sheff United (h) and Fulham (a) on the last game of the season, there is certainly scope to push beyond 40 points.

More importantly, Newcastle are on the same 35-point tally after 32 games as they were in the 2018/19 season when Rafa Benitez kept them up with four games to spare.

If they can pull off a shock and win at Anfield next weekend the current crop could do it with five games to go, providing Fulham lose at Chelsea.

Having helped the Blues by beating West Ham this weekend in the race for the top four, Thomas Tuchel's side get the chance to return the favour.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka
Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka

Martin Dubravka's perfectly timed gee-up for Joelinton which was missed by the TV cameras

As Newcastle struggled to keep possession in the opening exchanges against the Hammers, Brazilian striker Joelinton became frustrated and looked like he was losing patience.

But this was spotted by eagle-eyed stopper Martin Dubravka just before the goals started to flow.

Dubravka shouted at Joelinton: "Come on Joe, we need you."

And he was absolutely right, Joelinton's burst forward allowed Allan Saint-Maximin to make the first goal, he then weighed in with a second and rolled the ball to Matt Ritchie for the winner to help set up Joe Willock.

A third double of the season is the toast of Toon

As Newcastle played out their 3-2 win over West Ham, the beer gardens in the city centre were packed out as the lockdown starts to ease.

The fans that ordered a double at St James' Park also weren't left disappointed.

United's Premier League status is also becoming more secure with fans hoping to be able to cheer on a top-flight side next season after over a year without matches.

The win over West Ham secured a double over the Hammers, and Newcastle are the only side outside the top six to beat David Moyes this season.

The double also sits nicely with twin victories over Burnley and Everton this season.

For all the negativity at times this season, the 18-point haul against the Clarets, Toffees and Hammers has effectively kept them in the division.

Allan Saint-Maximin's half-century was marked in style - but Newcastle sweat over new injury

The winger was fantastic for the first 64 minutes before being forced off with an ankle injury.

Saint-Maximin took a knock early in the game but played on to help deliver the opener and keep West Ham on the back-foot.

His 50th appearance though did not come without concerns.

Steve Bruce confirmed after the game he had a swollen ankle and was now being assessed for next week's trip to Liverpool.

Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce looks on after winning the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United
Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce

The half-time team talk that players ignored but Bruce sympathised with his team

With Newcastle 2-0 up at the break, Steve Bruce asked his players for more of the same but given their Premier League position the team seemed fearful of pushing on and trying to kill the game off.

They sat too deep and given they were so close to a big result perhaps it was only natural.

The only problem was it invited pressure from West Ham and they managed to peg the game back to 2-2.

Thankfully, Newcastle showed character to go on and effectively win the game for the second time.

Bruce reflected afterwards: "All of the stuff in the first half, we didn't do in the second.

"It is understandable, you go too deep and we made it comfortable for West Ham."