February 03, (THEWILL) – Harvey Barnes emerged from injury to rescue a point for Newcastle in a dramatic 4-4 draw at home against Luton Town. The Magpies had led twice in the game through a Sean Longstaff brace, but found themselves 4-2 down after an Elijah Adebayo strike looked to have won it for the visitors.
However, inspired substitutes Kieran Trippier and Barnes sparked an unlikely comeback with two quickfire goals to level the scores. There was still time for late drama as both sides searched for a winner in 10 minutes of added time, but ultimately the points were shared in an English Premier League classic.
It was a full-blooded encounter right from the start as Lewis Miley set up Longstaff for an early Newcastle lead. Luton responded well though, with Chiedozie Ogbene and Ross Barkley impressive as Gabriel Osho and Barkley himself levelled the tie at 1-1 and 2-2. Carlton Morris’ penalty put Luton ahead before Adebayo struck what looked to be the winner.
However, Trippier volleyed home to give Newcastle hope once more, before Barnes marked his return from injury with an emphatic left-foot finish. More chances came and went at both ends as the frantic tempo continued into added time, but a winner proved elusive.
While Newcastle will be frustrated at squandering multiple leads, manager Eddie Howe will be delighted with the resilience and spirit shown by his side. Luton and boss Rob Edwards will also take huge belief from claiming a point at St James’ Park.
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