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Published: 08:56 | 13/1/16

United and Newcastle share the spoils

Local boy Paul Dummett struck a last minute equaliser for Newcastle as they twice came from behind to draw 3-3 with Manchester United St James's Park.

The defender volleyed into the top corner from just outside the penalty area to give Steve McLaren's side a deserved share of the spoils after Wayne Rooney looked to have won it for United with a fine strike eleven minutes from the end.

The England captain had put the visitors ahead from the spot early on before setting Jesse Lingard up to double the advantage on 38 minutes.

But Georginio Wijnaldum gave the Magpies hope with a superb volley just before the break before Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised from the spot midway through the second half after being fouled by Chris Smalling.

Rooney finished superbly for his second of the game on 79 minutes, but Newcastle refused to lie down and Dummett was on hand to volley home from 20 yards after the United defence had failed to clear a Daryl Janmaat cross.

Newcastle started well, but the visitors were ahead on nine minutes courtesy of Rooney's spot-kick after defender Chancel Mbemba was controversially adjudged to have handled Marouane Fellaini's header in the penalty area.

The goal helped settle United's nerves and they began to play with more ambition than they had shown for many months and could have been further ahead on 26 minutes when Rooney shot narrowly wide from a tight angle after latching onto Jesse Lingard's through ball.

But Newcastle were almost on terms moments later after Wijnaldum played a neat one-two with Ayoze Perez before shooting from ten yards, but David de Gea saved well with his feet.

The home side might have had a penalty just after the half hour mark when Janmaat appeared to be fouled by Lingard in the box, but referee Mike Dean waved play on much to the annoyance of the Magpies faithful.

They were even more unhappy eight minutes later as United doubled their advantage after breaking from inside their own half. Anders Herrera picked out Rooney whose deft reverse pass allowed Lingard space to finish low past Rob Elliot from eight yards.

Newcastle were back in the game on 42 minutes as Wijnaldum latched on to Mitrovic's cushioned header ten yards out before sending a superb side-foot volley past De Gea.

The Spanish goalkeeper saved well from Moussa Sissoko just after the break as Steve McLaren's side showed plenty of urgency after the restart.

They were deservedly level on 67 minutes after Smalling wrestled Mitrovic to the ground at a corner and the Serbian striker got up to send De Gea the wrong way with the resulting spot kick.

Wijnaldum had the ball in the net again moments later, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Newcastle looked the side more likely to find a third goal, but it was United who were back in front eleven minutes from the end.

The ball fell to Rooney just outside the penalty area after a dangerous run from substitute Memphis Depay and the England captain sent an unstoppable shot beyond Elliot into the top corner.

Louis van Gaal must have thought his side were heading for three wins on the trot following a run of eight games without a victory, but it was not to be as Dummett struck in the final minute of normal, his volley taking a slight deflection off Smalling to give De Gea no chance and keep the pressure on United's under-fire boss.

Aston Villa recorded their first home win of the season and only their second victory in all as Joleon Lescott's 58th minute header saw them past Crystal Palace at Villa Park.

But things could have been very different as Palace were almost ahead within a minute when Wilfried Zaha combined well with Jason Puncheon before curling a shot against the foot of the post.

But Palace were well below their best for long spells and rarely troubled the Villa defence, with Remi Garde's men full value for their victory in the end.

The only goal of the game came just before the hour mark as Lescott headed in Jordan Veretout's corner, although Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will probably feel that he should have done better as the ball somehow squirmed under his body into the net.

The result leaves Villa still rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, eight points from safety, but they may feel that all is not lost just yet.

Meanwhile, West Ham climb to fifth in the table after coming from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1 at Dean Court.

The Hammers netted three times after the break after Harry Arter's low shot had given the Cherries a first half lead.

After losing Andy Carroll to injury inside the opening quarter hour, Slaven Bilic's men hit back and were level on 67 minutes courtesy of substitute Dimitri Payet's superb 30-yard free-kick.

They were ahead seven minutes later as Enner Valencia drove home from 15 yards following a good run by Payet.

The Ecuadoran striker grabbed his second and West Ham's third six minutes from time with another excellent free-kick as the Hammers registered three league wins on the trot to keep themselves in the picture for Champions League qualification.

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