Draw with Newcastle a 'fair result' but Clarke rues lack of West Brom penalty

The 49-year-old feels that a free kick given in favour of Billy Jone should have been more, while the Magpies manager laments that his men might have won the game by half-time
West Brom manager Steve Clarke was disappointed that his side were not awarded a penalty but feels that the 1-1 draw with Newcastle was a "fair result".

The Baggies conceded early to Yoan Gouffran but the decision to award a free kick instead of a spot kick for a challenge on Billy Jones denied the hosts a chance to draw level just before half-time.

While Clarke rued the decision, he accepted that his side were sluggish in their first game for two weeks.


Got forward well to support the attacking ranks and dealt well with everything defensively. Something of an unsung hero for the Baggies and his display was topped off with a deserved equaliser.
"If the referee gives the foul, which he did, it's a stonewall penalty because it happened in the box," the Baggies boss told reporters.

"A draw was a fair result. They were quicker out of the traps first half and you could tell we haven't played many games recently.

"It's difficult chasing a game at this level but we made a tactical change at half-time and it paid off with an equaliser. We had a right go second half but couldn't quite get a winner."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was pleased with the commitment of his players but was left ruing the chances missed in the first half having seen his side squander a dominant position.

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"We did what we had to do," the Magpis boss told SkySports. "We put energy on the pitch, commitment and character. Technically, we could have been better but, my goodness, that game should have been over at half time really.

"We had to have two sides because West Brom went direct the second half and it worked for them because they've got really powerful strikers and they started causing us a problem.

"I think, first half, we should have had two goals and that would have been enough but fair play to West Brom; they put us under a lot of pressure, a lot of corners and we had to play well. All parts of our team have played well."