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Newcastle United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

By Becky AshtonBBC Sport
Yoan Gouffran celebrates his goal for Newcastle with team mate Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle United moved up to fifth in the Premier League table with victory over West Brom.

Yoan Gouffran scored for a third successive match at St James' Park to make it four wins out of four for Alan Pardew's side.

Albion's Chris Brunt equalised before Moussa Sissoko stole the headlines with one of the goals of the day.

His driven shot, with the outside of his boot, gave Boaz Myhill in the visitors' goal no chance.

Victory means the Magpies are now enjoying their best run for 19 months, as Alan Pardew prepares to celebrate three years in charge of the club.

The only surprise was Loic Remy's failure to find the net after scoring eight goals in his previous eight games for Newcastle - though he had the only other chance of a flat first half, rising highest to head an effort off the shoulder of Billy Jones and out for a corner.

The opening goal was gifted to the hosts by Myhill, who failed to properly clear a high hanging corner from Yohan Cabaye and punched it straight to Gouffran, who headed into an empty net.

But it was only in the second half that the game came alive, Myhill immediately forced to save at the feet of Remy to keep the Baggies in the match.

Newcastle wouldn't be denied - Pardew

Their equaliser came completely against the run of play, Brunt smashing home from a tight angle after Morgan Amalfitano's cross was flicked on by Shane Long.

If Brunt's finish was impressive then what followed from Sissoko was superb - not only the strike but the clever low header from Remy to play him into space.

West Brom tried in vain to find the equaliser, although the introduction of striker Saido Berahino, who signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal in midweek, gave them more purpose.

The visitors swung cross after cross into the home side's penalty area but Newcastle, and centre-half Mike Williamson in particular, stood strong.

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I genuinely sensed in the dressing room today that they believed they could win and they put the effort in to get the win and that resilience is what got us the victory.

"We have got a tough game on Wednesday against Swansea and a real humdinger against Manchester United next weekend, which we look forward to."

West Brom boss Steve Clarke: "I think in the first half we were a bit passive. We didn't pass the ball well enough but the reaction in the second half was good. We got back into the game but a wonder strike has stopped us getting anything in the end."

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Krul
  • 26Debuchy
  • 3Santon
  • 24TiotéBooked at 32mins
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 7SissokoSubstituted forCisséat 90+5'minutes
  • 4Cabaye
  • 14RemySubstituted forAnitaat 84'minutes
  • 23Ameobi
  • 11Gouffran

Substitutes

  • 8Anita
  • 9Cissé
  • 10Ben Arfa
  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 21Elliot
  • 25Obertan
  • 28Ameobi

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Myhill
  • 28Jones
  • 6Ridgewell
  • 21MulumbuBooked at 88mins
  • 23McAuley
  • 3Olsson
  • 18AmalfitanoSubstituted forGeraat 88'minutes
  • 7Morrison
  • 9Long
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forAnichebeat 77'minutes
  • 11BruntBooked at 27minsSubstituted forBerahinoat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Popov
  • 5Yacob
  • 14Lugano
  • 16Anichebe
  • 19Daniels
  • 22Gera
  • 38Berahino
Referee:
Phil Dowd
Attendance:
49,298

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Papiss Demba Cissé replaces Moussa Sissoko.

  4. Post update

    Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a through ball.

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

  9. Post update

    Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth McAuley with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Zoltán Gera with a cross following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

  14. Post update

    Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Booking

    Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Zoltán Gera replaces Morgan Amalfitano.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United).

  20. Post update

    Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal13101227101731
2Liverpool1273224131124
3Chelsea1273221101124
4Everton136612113824
5Newcastle137241918123
6Man City1271434122222
7Southampton12642157822
8Man Utd126332015521
9Tottenham12624912-320
10Aston Villa134451314-116
11Swansea124351716115
12West Brom133641516-115
13Hull12426915-614
14Norwich134271123-1214
15West Ham133461214-213
16Stoke133461218-613
17Cardiff133461120-913
18Fulham133191124-1310
19Sunderland13229824-168
20Crystal Palace132110722-157
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