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28 October 2012
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 49731
D. Ba 35'
P. Cissé 90'+
West Bromwich Albion
R. Lukaku 55'
So that's it from me on what has turned out to be a good day for Alan Pardew's men. The Magpies move into the top half on the back of that win, and that rounds off an impressive week for the Tyneside club following their win in Europe in midweek. This is Nicholas McGee, signing off!
The referee brings proceedings to an end and Newcastle have a vital three points. West Brom deserved at least a point from a superb display but they have to leave with nothing by virtue of Cisse's late late show.
90' + 3'
Assist Sammy Ameobi
90' + 3'
Goal Papiss Cissé
Newcastle have snatched it right at the death and it's Papiss Cisse who gets the goal! Hatem Ben Arfa breaks through the middle before laying the ball into Sammy Ameobi, the younger of the two brothers fires a long range effort which Cisse gets a touch on to divert the ball past Foster.
90' + 1'
There will be three minutes of added time. Tamas flashes another ball into the box which Coloccini deflects over his own bar.
Ben Arfa finds some space to shoot but fires well over from long range.
Newcastle are piling the pressure on here, flinging crosses into the box at every opportunity but West Brom are defending heroically.
The game has died down a little here and looks to be meandering to a draw.
There are eight minutes to play on Tyneside, Tamas whips a ball in across the face of goal but cannot find anyone there to provide the telling touch.
Apologies for the break in commentary, a few minor technical difficulties have left me just as frustrated as the home fans. Still 1-1 at St James' Park.
Yellow Card Jonas Gutierrez
Newcastle are beginning to get on top here but the fans show their frustration as their side loses the ball carelessly in midfield. West Brom remain a threat and this one could go either way.
Yellow Card Yohan Cabaye
Finally some signs of life from Newcastle as they win a corner, however the visitors defend it well and clear with little difficulty.
The changes have made no impact so far, West Brom are comfortable and Newcastle are struggling to find any cohesion at the moment.
Alan Pardew does not like what he is witnessing and makes a double change, Papiss Cisse and Gabriel Obertan replacing Simpson and Ameobi.
Newcastle can't keep hold of the ball at the moment and it is the visitors who look the more likely to find the game's third goal. Worrying times for the home side.
Assist Zoltán Gera
Goal Romelu Lukaku
West Brom have been much the better team in the second period and they deservedly level, Gera lofts a ball into the back post and Lukaku finally gets his goal, nodding past a stranded Krul to stun the home crowd.
Yellow Card Liam Ridgewell
West Brom are enjoying the majority of possession in the early throws of the second half. Liam Ridgewell is booked for a foul on Ba.
Yellow Card Youssouf Mulumbu
Simpson whips a ball into the path of Ba, but his tame header is comfortably gathered by Foster.
West Brom have made a bright start to the second half and have the ball in the net inside a few minutes. Youssouf Mulumbu's strike is deflected into the net by Lukaku but the goal is ruled out for offside.
We're back underway here at St James' Park.
Half-Time at St James' Park and it's Newcastle who lead thanks to a late first-half strike from Demba Ba. The Magpies have enjoyed more of the play and are good value for their lead, however, West Brom are still very much in the contest and could have scored a few themselves if Romelu Lukaku had been more clinical in front of goal.
James Perch is booked for a foul on Morrison but Zolton Gera's free-kick falls to nothing.
Yellow Card James Perch
Peter Odemwingie shoots from range but his effort grazes the side netting.
If West Brom are to score, it will come through Lukaku. The Belgian again breaks through the Newcastle defence but is denied by Krul once more as the Dutchman produces a fine point-blank save to maintain his side's advantage.
That goal will force the Baggies to come out and play, the visitors quickly win a corner which is easily dealt with by the home defence.
Goal Demba Ba
Newcastle lead and it's that man Demba Ba once again. Route one stuff from the Magpies as Ameobi flicks a Krul goal-kick into the path of the Senegalese, who out-muscles Gareth McAuley before firing a superb half-volley past Foster.
Hatem Ben Arfa has perhaps been Newcastle's best player so far, and it is he who breaks free down the left-flank to create another good chance for the Magpies. The Frenchman lays the ball back for Ameobi but his effort goes way over the bar.
West Brom win a free-kick in a dangerous area after Perch fouls Graham Dorrans. Zoltan Gera steps up but can only fire his effort way over the bar.
End to end stuff here, a Cabaye corner is eventually cleared by the Baggies, who counter rapidly before Krul produces a fine save to deny Lukaku.
West Brom have weathered the storm slightly in the last few minutes, Lukaku whips a ball into the box which Krul deals with easily.
More pressure from the home side, Cabaye's in-swinging free-kick is headed away but only as far as Davide Santon, whose rasping 30-yard effort is well saved by Ben Foster. Ameobi wins a free-header from the resulting corner but Foster saves comfortably.
A pattern is beginning to emerge, the Baggies are sitting deeper and deeper while Newcastle continue to press and probe for the opening goal.
Newcastle are beginning to enjoy more of the ball here, West Brom seem happy to play on the counter but the Magpies look to be in confident mood.
A huge chance goes begging for Newcastle, Hatem Ben Arfa picks out Shola Ameobi on the right-wing, the striker whips in an inch-perfect ball for Demba Ba but the Senegalese international's diving header goes wide of the near-post.
Yohan Cabaye has a go from the edge of the area for Newcastle but drags his effort harmlessly wide.
West Brom counter a Newcastle attack, Lukaku turns on the edge of the area but his shot is blocked by Danny Simpson and Tim Krul collects easily.
It's all a bit scrappy at the moment, the two teams are grappling for a foothold in the game but the two defences are on top.
A quiet start so far on Tyneside, not much in the way of goalmouth action.
We're underway at St James' Park.
The teams emerge to a typically raucous reception from the home fans.
The teams are in the tunnel. West Brom in their all-red away strip, Newcastle in their familiar black and white stripes.
We're just over five minutes away from kick-off at St James' Park. If Newcastle are successful this afternoon it will be just their third league win of the season.
Expect goals in this one, these two teams have scored 19 goals between them in their last four meetings. The Baggies won a 3-2 thriller at St James' Park last season, while Newcastle clinched revenge at The Hawthorns with a 3-1 triumph.
Steve Clarke, by contrast, has chosen to shuffle his pack. The Baggies make three changes to the team that suffered a last gasp defeat against Manchester City last time out. James Morrison comes in for Claudio Yacob in midfield, while up front Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie replace Shane Long and Marc-Antoine Fortune.
So Newcastle boss makes just one change from the side that drew with Sunderland last weekend, as James Perch replaces the suspended Cheikh Tiote. Papiss Cisse returns to the bench after starting in the Magpies' Europa League win in midweek.
Subs: Daniels, Popov, Jara, El Ghanassy, Long, Fortune, Rosenberg.
West Brom: Foster; Tamas, Macauley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Gera; Odemwingie, Lukaku.
Subs: Harper, S Taylor, Ferguson, Obertan, Anita, Cisse, Sa Ameobi.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Ben Arfa, Perch, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Sh Ameobi, Ba.
We start, as always, with the two team line-ups....
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Newcastle's clash with West Brom. I'm Nicholas McGee and I'll be taking you through the next 90 minutes as the Magpies look to move into the top-half of the Premier League table with a win against a Baggies' side that have performed brilliantly in the early stages of the campaign.
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