Allan Saint-Maximin rescued a point for Newcastle United in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday, as new Magpies coach Eddie Howe got a glimpse of the scale of his challenge on Tyneside.
Former Bournemouth boss Howe, watching from a hotel room due to a positive Covid-19 test, will have been pleased with the tenacity of his new side - but not that they conceded three goals for the third successive home game.
Jamaal Lascelles headed Newcastle in front in the 10th minute, meeting a Matt Ritchie cross to the delight of the home fans. However, their joy was short-lived as Brentford equalised 75 seconds after the restart through the right boot of Ivan Toney, scoring against his former club.
The visitors then went ahead after the half hour mark when Rico Henry headed in a cross from Sergi Canos. But it was Newcastle's turn to hit back, this time through Joelinton shortly before the break. The Brazilian fired in from the middle of the penalty box for his first goal of the season.
Newcastle came out energised in the second half, playing some nice football but without the clinical touch in front of goal. They were left to rue their profligacy as a speculative curling effort from Brentford's Frank Onyeka in the 61st minute took a wicked deflection off Lascelles and went in beyond goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
That sucker-punch goal looked to have taken the wind out of the home side's sails until Allan Saint-Maximin popped up in the 75th minute to strike the ball into the bottom left corner.
Despite securing a draw, Newcastle slipped to bottom on six points after Norwich City's victory. Brentford are 14th with 13 points from 12 games, continuing to impress in their debut Premier League campaign.