John Carver can breathe a little easier after Newcastle United ended its losing run with a 1-1 draw versus West Brom.
Newcastle United ended its eight-match losing streak, but still remains very much in the Premier League relegation mire following a 1-1 draw with West Brom.
Having seen rival Sunderland win 2-0 at Everton earlier Saturday, John Carver's men approached the fixture under severe pressure to end a miserable run of form in front of their own fans at St. James' Park.
West Brom increased the nerves among the home support when Victor Anichebe converted from Craig Gardner's free kick in the 32nd minute.
But West Brom's advantage lasted only nine minutes as Ayoze Perez leveled for the hosts with a precise low strike.
Tony Pulis' West Brom was on the back foot for the majority of the second 45 minutes, yet would have taken all three points had Chris Brunt not struck the crossbar after 74 minutes.
The stalemate leaves Newcastle two points above 18th-place Hull City — which lost 1-0 to relegated Burnley — with two games remaining.
Only the woodwork prevented West Brom from taking an eighth-minute lead as Youssouf Mulumbu headed against the upright from Craig Gardner's near-post corner.
Newcastle responded well, though, and would have gone ahead had Moussa Sissoko's effort not been cleared off the line by Joleon Lescott after Fabricio Coloccini had done well to nod Ryan Taylor's free kick into the midfielder's path.
And Carver's men were immediately punished by Anichebe, who met Gardner's free kick from the right with a well-executed header into the bottom-right corner.
Again Newcastle displayed good spirit and was rewarded for its determination by a superb finish from Perez.
The Spaniard controlled Taylor's short free kick and fired a precise shot through a sea of bodies and beyond a stranded Boaz Myhill.
West Brom came close to taking the lead three minutes after the restart, Brunt shooting wide at the far post at the end of a well-worked move from the visitors.
Brunt was somehow denied again as his second attempt cannoned off the crossbar after seeing his initial effort blocked by Paul Dummett.
Substitute Saido Berahino was then twice thwarted by Tim Krul as West Brom threatened to deepen the gloom on Tyneside.
Still, Newcastle finished the match on the front foot, creating multiple chances in the closing minutes.
Remy Cabella shot over, Sissoko produced a diving save from Myhill and Sammy Ameobi came close with an overhead kick, but Newcastle could not find the goal that would have put it on the verge of survival.