Left hopelessly exposed in the first half though made a top save from Papiss Cisse at 3-0 to give his side a glimmer of hope.
In the side in the place of Nicky Shorey to offer a more solid backline though in a rare venture forward he wasted a good chance as he sliced an effort over.
Powerful in the air though was unable to deal with the pace and power of Ba and Cisse driving through the middle
Struggled with Cisse as he drifted out-wide and improved second-half, coinciding with the Newcastle striker playing more centrally.
Loves a physical battle though saw his lack of pace exposed as Newcastle countered at real pace leaving the Swede often treading water.
A real fans favourite but was brought off at half-time after a turgid first-half display where he gave the ball away countless times.
Was one of West Brom’s brighter players but was taken off at half-time with Hodgson clearly having a different opinion.
Ghosts into the box looking to score goals from midfield though today simply replicated a ghost.
Usually a wide midfielder he was brought into the middle and although he was steady his pace would have been much better utilised out-wide.
Works very hard and deserves his place in the side, was unlucky not to get an assist in the first half when his cross was turned in though he was adjudged to have been offside.
The Baggies' top scorer drifts in and out of games though needed to step up this afternoon when his side was desperate for an attacking threat.
Minus the goal from Long, it's hard to remember another telling contribution from Krul who might as well have had the day off.
Was his usual composed self at the back mopping up everything coming his way but was forced off at half-time with an injury.
A surprisingly quiet afternoon where he was tested rarely by the lack of a wide threat from Albion.
Is enjoying his best run and form in a Newcastle shirt and was an impressive performer at right-back once more.
Dominant in the air and assured in his tackles but will be very disappointed with the part he played in the goal shortly after half-time.
H. Ben Arfa
A goal and an assist for the Frenchman who was involved in nearly all of Newcastle’s attacking play. Showed the ability that saw him regarded as one of the most highly rated youngsters in world football, though was often wasteful in possession to show just why he is yet to nail down a first-team spot.
One of the Frenchman’s quieter afternoons but when you set yourself such high standards you are expected to deliver week-in-week-out.
In a central role today the Argentine is always a non-stop runner though is certainly more effective when played on the wing.
A midfielder that prides himself on his passing abilities though was so often wasteful and at times struggled to keep up with play as he was either unfit or carrying a knock.
Five goals in six now for the January signing, Cisse is looking every penny worth the £10million outlay. Two goals sc.
Newcastle’s top scorer will be delighted to have Cisse up alongside him and taking the goal scoring burden off and, although not on the score-sheet, was pivotal to a number of good moves.
- 19 L. Daniels
- 20 N. Shorey
- 25 C. Dawson
Another one of the half-time subs brought on by Hodgson to bring the game back though was unable to have a telling influence.
Came on in the second-half to make his 200th Premier League appearance.
- 31 S. Cox
Introduced at half-time and scored less than 10 minutes after his introduction to reduce the deficit
- 35 R. Elliot
Came on at half-time for Coloccini and dealt with Fortune well. Assured in possession and surprisingly quick, there is still more to come from Santon.
Came on for the final ten minutes for man-of-the-match Papiss Cisse.
- 15 D. Gosling
- 29 H. Vučkič
- 13 M. Abeid
Will be wondering how he is going to get a start with the form of Ba and Cisse currently keeping him sidelined.