Newcastle United 2-1 West Brom – Match Review

Newcastle United didn’t seem to have a Europa League hangover as they snatched a late win against West Brom in a scrappy game at St James Park.

Demba Ba was partnered by Shola Ameobi for the second league game in a row as Papiss Cisse was once again confined to the bench and it was that partnership that gave the hosts the lead as Ba made the most of an Ameobi flick on to slam home the opener.

Tim Krul was impressive in the Toon goal and he had to regularly be at his best to keep out Steve Clarke’s side as West Brom regularly threatened to level the game with Romelu Lukaku a constant thorn in Newcastle’s side.

It was Lukaku who grabbed the Baggies equaliser after Zoltan Gera lofted a ball into the six yard box for the on loan Chelsea striker to powerfully head home the deserved equaliser.

West Brom have been impressive so far this season under Clarke and had their own late chances, however substitute Papiss Cisse came off the bench to score a last minute winner after Sammy Ameobi’s shot struck him on the back and went in.

Newcastle were without midfield maestro Cheick Tiote after his red card against Sunderland last week and the five in midfield for West Brom regularly dominate the centre of the pitch in an impressive away performance despite losing.

West Brom are still sitting pretty in 8th with Newcastle jumping into the top half of the table and are now just one point behind the Baggies thanks to the late winner.