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  • October 28, 2012
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: C. Foy
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Newcastle 2-1 West Brom: Cisse nets priceless stoppage-time winner

Papiss Cisse's late winner broke a deadlock and delivered three points to the Magpies, as Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku also found the back of the net.

A stoppage-time winner from Papiss Cisse saw Newcastle United take all three points in a 2-1 victory against West Brom at St James' Park.

Newcastle top scorer Demba Ba opened the scoring with a 34th minute volley, but Albion hit back through the impressive Romelu Lukaku, whose 55th-minute header looked to have ensured that the Baggies take a share of the spoils. Second-half substitute Cisse stole the points though, deflecting a Sammy Ameobi effort past Ben Foster for the win.

Alan Pardew made nine changes from Thursday night’s 1-0 win over Club Bruge in the Europa League, with only James Perch and Davide Santon starting successively. West Brom made three changes to the side that narrowly lost at home to Champions Manchester City last weekend. Steve Clarke brought in Zoltan Gera, Peter Odemwingie and more surprisingly, Lukaku, who started in place of top scorer Shane Long who was dropped to the bench.

Ba opened the scoring with his seventh league goal of the season. Tim Krul’s Route 1 approach worked perfectly. His lump up field was flicked on by Ameobi and after a poor attempt at a clearing header from Jonas Olsson, Ba spun round the Swedish international and pounced to volley home.

The goal woke up the visitors, and Lukaku should have equalized five minutes later. Youssouf Mulumbu played a superb through ball, splitting the Newcastle backline and Albion’s front man saw another left footed effort in the box saved by Krul.

On 55 minutes, though, the tireless Lukaku finally got his goal and leveled the game. After some excellent hold up play by the Belgian striker, he picked out Gera on the left-hand side. Lukaku then converted Gera’s superb cross, his strong header finally beating the impressive Krul.

The game seemed destined for a draw after Cisse missed the chance to convert a late header after some good work from Obertan down the right hand side.

There was still time for some late drama in the Northeast though. After some good advantage play from referee Chris Foy, Sammy Ameobi smashed a 25-yard effort toward goal. With the ball heading wide of the target it deflected off Cisse, whose touch took it away from Foster and into the net to claim his first Premier League goal of the season and steal the win.

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