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25 March 2012
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 25049
West Bromwich Albion
S. Long 53'
P. Cissé 6', 34'
H. Ben Arfa 12'
That win also puts Pardew's men eight points clear of Liverpool, who they play next Monday, make sure you join us for that one and all the rest of the Premier League action this season. Thanks for joining us this afternoon and have a very good evening!
90' + 7'
FULL-TIME! That's that, Newcastle go level on points with Chelsea after an easy win against West Brom. Two goals from Cisse and one from the brilliant Ben Arfa secured the victory before half-time with Long pulling one back in the second. Hodgson's men never really got going and certainly looked like a team with nothing left to play for.
90' + 6'
Fortune shows spirit on the right-flank pushing past his man, but Gutierrez slides in to somehow prevent another corner.
90' + 4'
Great ball in from Ridgewell, Long was lurking at the back post but Perch does well to head it behind. Corner to the hosts is cleared by Newcastle.
90' + 3'
I think West Brom just want the whistle to go now, down to ten men after Morrison's injury and out of ideas victory is surely the visitors'.
An incredible seven minutes of added time. Still a chance for West Brom...
Ridgewell fires the ball across the face off the box, it gets a couple of deflections and could go anywhere but is eventually cleared. Brunt's effort goes behind off a Newcastle man for a corner.
Our man Jake Watson reports from the ground: "West Brom have huffed and puffed in the second-half but have just lacked any quality in the final third to break down Newcastle. Just 3 minutes left here at The Hawthorns and it appears the points are safe for Alan Pardew's men who are looking a good bet for a European finish."
Guthrie tosses the ball into the box, but the offside flag is up against Ba.
Decent move from the hosts as Odemwingie slides in through to Scharner down the left-flank, but the Austrian over-hits his cross and it goes straight out for a goal-kick.
The flow has completely gone from the match now. West Brom hit it all the back to Krul, as Ridgewell comes back one, let's hope we can get to 90 minutes without any more stoppages.
And it continues, Ridgewell now down and receiving treatment. Expect a fair few minutes of injury time.
Morrison is being helped off the field, to applause from the crowd. Hodgson has already made three changes so West Brom will have to battle on with ten.
Couple of scrappy moments coming into the game now. Ba and then Guthrie are brought down in the middle of the park. Morrison seems to have come off worse after his challenge on the striker and is the next player to receive treatment while on the ground.
The stretcher is out for Cisse and he will be coming off. Second injury of the day for Pardew, he'll be hoping they're not too serious.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Cisse is down and looks in pain, he stretched to intercept a pass from Gareth McAuley and then immediately clutched his leg. The physio is on.
Chances all round, in fact, as the superb Ben Arfa comes off for Shola Ameobi.
Cabaye hits it over, poor attempt. Mulumbu will now be replaced by Scharner who makes his 200th Premier League appearance.
Mulumbu fouls Ba a few yards outside the box, dangerous free-kick for the visitors...
Our man at the Hawthorns Jake Watson on the state of play: "Liam Ridgewell has just blazed over to spurn a good chance for his side. There is certiainly more goals in this game and the next one will define whether West Brom have a chance or not. Newcastle are content to play on the break whiel West Brom are looking far more potent with Shane Long on the pitch."
Mulumbu seems to be struggling and with Paul Scharner warming up it looks as if he may be brought off soon.
Yellow Card Mike Williamson
Williamson crashes into the back of Long, free-kick in a good position for the hosts, Chris Brunt's delivery is deflected, the ball still falls to Ridgewell however his shot is off target.
Newcastle are going about their business at a leisurely pace, as they are awarded a deep free-kick, much to the annoyance of the home crowd.
Another dazzling run from Ben Arfa, he's looked superb today and was only denied a good chance by a fantastic last ditch tackle.
The hosts are managing to pin Newcastle back but are still lacking quality in the final third, you can just sense a Magpies goal on the counter to wrap things up.
Great effort from Mulumbu! He shows good skill to skip past his man before hitting it with his left, Williamson gets a block in though and the danger is cleared.
Cisse latches on to a through ball, he then passes it on to strike partner Ba who cuts in and tries an ambitious effort from far out on the left. He gets a good connection but it's a comfortable save for Foster.
Foster hoofs a long ball which goes straight to the opposing keeper. Impressive distance but overall a waste of possession. The Baggies need a second soon as we approach the hour mark.
Cisse is back on his feet and has returned to the fray.
SAVE from Foster. Wonderful solo run from Ben Arfa, who picks up the ball inside his own half, he gets the low shot on target but the keeper manages to parry it away leaving Jonas Olsson to hack it out for a corner.
Cisse is currently down receiving treatment after a nasty fall following an aerial challenge.
Goal Shane Long
GGGOAAAALLLL!!! Shane Long capitalises on a mix-up between Mike Williamson and Krul. 3-1. Odemwingie chases a long ball, the Magpies centre-back chases it down but runs straight into his keeper leaving Long to finish into the empty net. Could we have a comeback on our hands?
Cisse should have a hat-trick!! The Magpies striker is played through on goal and is one-on-one with Foster but hits his shot straight into the keeper's body.
Good early pressure for the hosts, Mulumbu hits it from outside the box but his shot is deflected over for a corner.
Morrison hits one with his left after Fortune sets him up, but he slices it wide.
One change for Newcastle. Perch moves to centre-back as Davide Santon comes on for Coloccini, the substitute slots in at left-back. Pardew will be hoping it's not too serious.
West Brom kick-off in the second-half.
A little half-time fact from Opta Sports on Twitter: "6 - Papiss Cisse is the joint-quickest Newcastle player in PL history to reach five goals (six games, same as Les Ferdinand). Adapted."
Our reporter at the ground, Jake Watson, has this to say on that first period: "Half-time at The Hawthorns and it is 3-0 to Newcastle. The visitors have been by far and away the better side as they have mastered the counter-attack with the trio of Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa being involved at all stages. The Baggies appear to have taken thier foot off tha gas as they are all but guarenteed safety for another season."
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME! The whistle is met with boos from the home crowd after a very poor first-half from their point of view. Two goals from Cisse and one from Ben Arfa give Newcastle a 3-0 lead, and to be honest it's looked easy for them. Hodgson will have some firm words during the break.
45' + 1'
Goal.com's own Jake Watson at the Hawthorns: "Papiss Cisse recently said in an interview that his struggles to grasp the English language was preventing him from showing his full potential on the pitch but he has now taken his Newcastle tally to 5 in 6 which begs the question, how good will he be when he learns the language!"
Two minutes of added time signaled.
The hosts are enjoying a couple minutes with the ball but aren't really going anywhere, Hodgson will need them to push on after the break if they are to get anything from the game.
Fortune is played in and turns past his man beautifully before forcing a good save from Krul. No wait, the flag goes up late and Newcastle have a free-kick anyway.
The visitors are looking very comfortable on the ball and are just knocking it about leisurely as they wait for the next opening.
Coloccini isn't moving right just now, Pardew has a man warming up on the sidelines but may wait until the break to make a change.
Surely no way back for West Brom now? I know it's not even half-time but they have created nothing and Newcastle look like netting each time they attack.
Assist Hatem Ben Arfa
Goal Papiss Cissé
WHAT A GOAL!! 3-0 to Newcastle! The front-thre link-up for create a fantastic third. Ben Arfa broke down the middle before playing it to Ba, the striker then back-heels it through to the midfielder, he finds Cisse in the box who finishes the move off.
GOAL DISALLOWED for West Brom. Fortune has the ball in the net but the flag is raised on the far side. Replays show it's the right decision, just.
Cisse gathers a long-ball expertly before trying to guide it into a team-mate's path but he just over-hits the ball.
West Brom are managing to get back into the game with some decent forward play, however they need to create clearer chances if they're to peg back Newcastle's lead.
Great ball in from Ridgewell, who is getting forward well, he cuts onto his right and teases the ball to the back post but the defender just heads it behind.
Good move from West Brom, Jerome Thomas sprints away on the counter before Ridgewell delivers, his ball is headed away but the Baggies work it back to Keith Andrews whose shot is deflected away from goal. The ball comes back in but Fortune's header goes just over.
Our man Jake Watson reports: "The game has calmed down a bit now as West Brom find their feet and start to pass it about. They have a lot of work to do to claw back that dire opening 20 minutes."
Decent move by West Brom ends with Ridgewell putting the ball in the box from the left wing but it's headed clear. Billy Jones then flies into Gutierrez with his studs showing. Free-kick to the visitors.
Marc-Antoine Fortune tries to burst past Fabricio Coloccini down the right-hand-side but loses control of the ball. Goal kick to the Magpies.
Let's just have some reaction to the second goal from Jake Watson at the ground: "WOW! What action here at The Hawthorns as Hatem Ben Arfa doubles Newcastle's lead in just the 12th minute! A fantastic one-two break-away with Danny Guthrie and Ben Arfa found the Frenchman with acres to run into. He played the ball into Papiss Cisse who suddenly found himself with Demba Ba and Ben Arfa for company. Newcastle had a three on two scenario and Cisse played in Ben Arfa who cut inside and dropped the shoulder to delay the shot before firing in emphatically into the bottom corner."
James Morrison flashes a powerful strike just past the post, that was moving and if on target would have beaten Krul. Unlucky.
Perch is down after being winded by the ball, think it hit him in the manly area. Nasty one. Meanwhile West Brom have their fourth corner but it's over-hit and comes to nothing.
The hosts have two corners in a row but fail to make them count, Liam Ridgewell headed the second over although he was put under a lot of pressure from other players.
Assist Papiss Cissé
Goal Hatem Ben Arfa
GGGOOOOAAAAAALLLL! 2-0! Ben Arfa on the counter. Scorer turned provider, and vice-verse, as Cisse slides the ball to the midfielder who then slots it past Tim Krul with his deadly left boot. It gets worse for Hodgson's side.
Gutierrez embarks on a decent run as he looks to charge into the Baggies' box, but he's stopped at the last second. West Brom have been very sloppy so far, giving the ball away numerous times when passing out from the back already.
Let's hear from our man at the Hawthorns, Jake Watson, on that goal: "Brilliant early pressure from Newcastle as they take the lead in just the 6th minute from Papiss Cisse. From a corner Guiterrez picked up the cleared header from the edge o the are and played a sumptuous through ball for James Perch who had three Newcastle teammates to aim for in the middle and it was Papiss Cisse on hand to open the scoring and continue his fine start to Premier League life."
Pardew's side just having some possession now as they look to secure dominance.
Assist Hatem Ben Arfa
Goal Papiss Cissé
GOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL! Cisse makes it 1-0 to the visitors! What a start for Newcastle! They've put the early pressure on West Brom with a well worked goal, Ben Arfa put the low ball across the face and left the striker with the simplest of finishes.
SAVE from Ben Foster! The Magpies toss the ball into the hosts' box but it's headed clear, only as far as Ba though whose volley, hit into the floor, is tipped over by the keeper.
Great ball from Jonas Gutierrez plays James Perch in down the left-flank for Newcastle, the left-back looks to cross it but Odemwingie tracks back well to intercept.
A bright start for the hosts as an early long-range effort from Youssuf Mulumbu goes over the bar.
The visitors get us underway.
It's a lovely day in the midlands and kick-off is imminent. It looks as if Newcastle are going to line-up 4-3-3 so West Brom will have to be in good form at the back with a promising front line of Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to deal with. Let's hope for good'un.
The teams are on their way out with both sides sporting t-shirt in support of Fabrice Muamba.
Alan Pardew's side's win over Norwich ended a run of four league games without victory, while West Brom have won their last two home ties. The only ever time they have won three in a row at the Hawthorns was in December 2008/January 2009.
The Baggies beat Newcastle 3-2 at the Sports Direct Arena earlier this season making them one of just two clubs to have beaten them on Tyneside.
Hodgson's men are undefeated in three matches against the visitors since the two sides returned to the Premier League in 2010 (W2, D1).
Some facts facts before kick-off now...
As always we'll be having some updates from our man at the ground throughout the match. Today that man is Jake Watson, and he reports: "Good afternoon and welcome to a beautiful afternoon at the Hawthorns where Newcastle are today’s visitors. Baggies fan Adrian Chiles is all set to do a charity run around the pitch for Sport Relief and with the sun out in its full glory this game almost has a pre-season feel to it. Roy Hodgson’s side have picked up a number of impressive wins in recent months to all but assure their Premier League status for next season while Newcastle are flying high and appear set for a return to European football, with the Champions League still a genuine possibility. "Roy Hodgson has made four changes to the side that drew last time out against Wigan as Nicky Shorey, Paul Scharner, Chris Brunt and Shane Long drop to the bench. The good news for the home side is that top scorer Peter Odemwingie is fit enough to start after missing the last game with a calf problem while Paul Scharner, if brought on today will make his 200 Premier League appearance. Newcastle have named an unchanged side following the 1-0 win over Norwich last time out after Cheick Tiote has not recovered in time from his thigh injury to even make the substitutes bench."
West Brom (4-4-2): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Morrison, Andrews, Thomas; Odemwingie, Fortuné. Subs: Daniels (gk), Scharner, Cox, Long, Brunt, Dawson, Shorey. Newcastle (4-3-3): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Perch; Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Abeid, Gosling, Vuckic, Ferguson, Ameobi.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of this afternoon's clash between West Brom and Newcastle. The Magpies can go level on points with Chelsea if they secure all three points at the Hawthorns. Let's have some team news...
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