The Eddie Howe managerial era at Newcastle United started with a draw after French attacker Allan Saint-Maximinrescued a point for the Magpies in the last quarter of the Premier League clash with London side Brentford. The goal from the former OGC Nice player ensured that Newcastle United and the Bees shared a six-goal thriller.

Ex-Bournemouth boss Howe was named the new Newcastle United manager earlier this month and his reign began with the home game with the Bees on the Premier League scene. However, he was unable to attend the game played at St. James Park on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19. In his absence, long-term assistant Jason Tindall directed affairs from the Newcastle United dugout.

Newcastle United turned to Howe after the sacking of Steve Bruce last month. Graeme Jones was made the caretaker manager for three Premier League games on the back of Bruce exit. Jones had a return of two points from those three games and he paved the way for the new era under Howe.

Despite the absence of Howe for the Brentford game, Newcastle United made a bright start through skipper Jamaal Lascelles who produced a fine header from a Matt Ritchie corner kick. The Magpies could not hold on to the lead after star striker Ivan Toney scored the equaliser for the Bees with a shot that Karl Darlow should have dealt with in the Newcastle United goal.

Bees right-back SergiCanos provided the assist for his team’s opening goal and he repeated the feat for left-back Rico Henry to score as the away team turned the game on its head. Newcastle United then got back into the game through the impressiveJoelinton to ensure that the two teams went into the break on level terms.

Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka came off the bench to score a third goal for Brentford but they could not hold on to the lead for the second time in the game thanks to the goal from Saint-Maximin.

Despite the draw, Newcastle United drop to the bottom of the table after previous recipients Norwich City beat Southampton 2-1 at home. The Magpies are now two points off Norwich City, while they are five points adrift of safety.