Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, speaking to BBC Sport: "I couldn't be more pleased with the way we played first half. We had threat, were dangerous every time, we got men forward.
"All of the stuff in the first half, we didn't do in the second. It is understandable, you go too deep and we made it comfortable for West Ham.
"I had seen the referee running over to have a look and I couldn't understand why. By all accounts it is a penalty. If it is we have to accept it. We tried to change instantly and put two strikers up the pitch. It has paid off.
"It was terrific from Saint-Maximin - it is important that he stays well. He has a badly swollen ankle. He is a very very good player."
On being safe? "I can't say that. With this club there is always a sting in the tail. There is no disputing it has been a difficult last few weeks but we have lost one of our last seven games and are starting to show that bit of consistency."