NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) - West Ham United manager David Moyes said "horrendous mistakes" during a calamitous five-minute spell cost his side a 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United which dented their Premier League top-four hopes on Saturday.
Moyes's team could have gone third with a win but they were stopped in their tracks in the 36th minute when Issa Diop scored an own goal and Craig Dawson was sent off.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski then dropped a routine catch from a corner to allow Joelinton a tap-in.
Ten-man West Ham battled back after the break with Diop's header and Jesse Lingard's penalty but Joe Willock won a thrilling game for the hosts with a header.
West Ham remained in fourth place with 55 points but Chelsea are only one point behind with a game in hand while Liverpool, who face Leeds United on Monday, are three points worse off, also with a game in hand.
"I don't think we deserved to be 2-0 down, but we did because of our mistakes," Moyes told reporters. "We made a couple of horrendous mistakes today, which has not been like us really, but anyway we showed great character after halftime.
"The sending-off was a disappointing situation because I don't think it was necessary and even that, we stopped the first shot and it ended up with an own goal going in.
"Then the second one it was just a mistake but, look, these things happen. We have to move on, we've been very good, so we'll try not to make too much of it and see what happens."
West Ham are on course for their best top-flight finish since coming third in 1986 and the prospect of Champions League football is tantalisingly close for the club more used to relegation battles in recent seasons.
While Saturday's defeat was a setback, they have six games remaining, beginning with a clash against Chelsea next weekend, after which their run-in is enticing.
"We know we've lost a game we'd like to have won but we're also just off a really good win over Leicester and a really good win at Wolves, so we'll move on," Moyes said.
"We've got some big games to come up and we want to take them full on and give the same effort and commitment."
Newcastle boss Bruce was breathing more easily after the win put his side nine points clear of third-from-bottom Fulham and within sight of securing their top-flight spot.
"I can't say (we're safe)," Bruce said. "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."
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Clare Fallon)