But no-one was laughing when Yoan Gouffran spurned the chance to grab an injury-time winner.
Until the last three minutes it had been a drab game played under a drab Tyneside sky — that only two of Newcastle’s 16 shots in this match were on target tells the story.
“We had some positives defensively,” said Toon boss Alan Pardew.
“But in the offensive areas we needed more options, it would have been nice to have senior player to bring off the bench.”
Modibo Maiga thought he’d grabbed an injury-time winner for West Ham but was flagged offside after a simple tap-in.
A minute later Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi floated in a cross from the left but it hit the outside of the upright and Gouffran spooned the rebound over the bar from just three yards out.