Allan Saint-Maximin rescues draw for Newcastle in first game under absent Eddie Howe, as Ivan Toney scores against former team in six-goal thriller with Brentford

Newcastle were without new manager Eddie Howe due to COVID-19, but still started the new era off with a bang as Allan Saint-Maximin secured a stunning 3-3 draw with Brentford.

In a game that swung back and forth and back again, Saint-Maximin was the star, securing a point that could have been three if his teammates could live up to his standards.

Saint-Maximin’s celebration was fitting for such an extraordinary game at St. James

A 10th minute Jamaal Lascelles header left Howe’s assistant Jason Tindall delighted on the touchline – the No.2 taking control with the new manager confined to his hotel after testing positive for coronavirus.

But the former Magpies youngster Ivan Toney rescued the narrative back with an instant equaliser for Brentford.

Flying left-back Rico Henry then restored the Bees’ lead with a smart header after a run to the far-post, only later to be cancelled out by Joelinton – yes, Joelinton – just before the break.

A Lascelles own-goal appeared to have condemned Newcastle to another defeat, but along came Saint-Maximin to joyously claim a point.

It could have been more, though, when the Frenchman ran the length of the field to play Joelinton into space in the box.

But the Brazilian, with the chance to seal Newcastle’s first win of the season in their 12th game, embarrassingly collapsed when attempting to line up a shot, leaving his teammate fuming on the other side of the box.

Joelinton’s goal was a highlight, but his late fall left his teammates gutted

The result, while spectacular and no doubt a positive after only a week of working under new manager Howe, still leaves the Magpies looking for their first victory of the season, as their winless start continues.

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