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Premier League

  • May 22, 2011
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 51678

Newcastle 3-3 West Brom: Goals galore at St James’ Park as Tchoyi’s hat-trick leads Baggies fightback

Newcastle 3-3 West Brom: Goals galore at St James’ Park as Tchoyi’s hat-trick leads Baggies fightback

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Tchoyi hat-trick seals a remarkable fightback for West Brom after being three goals down to Newcastle

West Brom midfielder Somen Tchoyi helped his side fight back from three goals down to claim a point for the Baggies in a final day thriller against Newcastle at St James’ Park.

The home side made only the one change for the final game of the season, with Danny Guthrie coming back from an ankle knock to replace the injured Jonas Gutierrez, meaning that Alan Pardew was forced to make tactical changes, with Ryan Taylor playing on the right wing, while Shane Ferguson moved over to the left side.

Roy Hodgson made four changes to his starting lineup, with both Gabriel Tamas and Peter Odemwingie being forced out due to injuries, while both Jerome Thomas and Simon Cox were left out of the team to make way for Somen Tchoyi, James Morrison, Abdoulaye Meite and Marc-Antonie Fortune.

With a near full house at St James’ Park, the home side looked to put on a show for its fans and as such the club started on the front foot, firstly with young winger Ferguson racing down the left wing and having a drive at goal, even though he had Jose Enrique available on the overlap.

Minutes later West Brom was gifted a chance to go into the lead, as Enrique gave the ball away on the edge of his own box, allowing Tchoyi to find the on-rushing Fortune, but the former Celtic striker lacked power in his finish and was easily cleared off the line.

Then, just after the quarter of an hour mark, Newcastle opened the scoring when a Ryan Taylor corner wasn’t dealt with by the Baggies defense, allowing Peter Lovenkrands to find Steven Taylor who scored from close range.

Newcastle kept the pressure on the visitors, with Lovenkrands going close from a Enrique cross from the left hand side, which he headed towards goal, but Carson managed to save comfortably.

Then Ameobi had two chances to double Newcastle’s lead, firstly with a shot that was deflected for a corner then as a result of a mistake by Jonas Olsson at the back for West Brom, as he gifted possession to the home side, allowing Ameobi to eventually get a shot on target, which was saved by Carson.

West Brom finally made the home side work with ten minutes left in the half, as Chris Brunt managed to get in behind the Newcastle backline on the left side of the penalty area, before unleashing a drive that was saved by Tim Krul in the home goal.

The home side finally doubled the lead, with a little help from West Brom, as Meite failed to clear from the edge of the area allowing Ameobi to head on to Lovenkrands, who tried to lob Carson. The keeper failed to get a full punch on the ball and as he raced back to retrieve it, he could only get it when it was already over the line, to give Newcastle a two goal halftime lead.

Taylor made | Steven Taylor opens the scoring for Newcastle

Baggies manager Hodgson wasn’t happy with how his defense played in the first period and as a result made a chance in his back line by bringing on Pablo Ibanez for Meite, but that didn’t help, as the team gave away a third goal within two minutes of the restart. Enrique swung a cross from deep on the left hand side which Olsson failed to deal with, stretching out and diverting the ball pass the helpless Carson in the West Brom goal.

On the hour mark West Brom should have gotten back into the game as Brunt swung in a free kick from the right wing which evaded every Newcastle player, but also wasn’t finished off by any of the Baggies players inside the box, as it went out for a goal kick.

The visitors finally got on the scoresheet, as Tchoyi managed to break the Newcastle offside trap, after a long ball floated over the home side’s defense allowed the Cameroonian midfielder to neatly put the ball under Krul, to the delight of the West Brom fans.

Newcastle could have reclaimed the three goal advantage twice in a matter of minutes, as firstly Kazenga LuaLua, who had come on for Ferguson, crossed into the box and once again Olsson failed to deal with it, allowing the ball to come out to Ryan Taylor, who’s shot was forced away by Carson.

Then Lovenkrands had a header from the edge of the six yard box after Ryan Taylor found the Dane with a cross from the right wing, by he could only head the ball wide of Carson’s left hand post.

With just under 20 minutes remaining in the game, West Brom reduced the deficit further, as Tchoyi got on the end of a cross from the right side and at the back post he went around Coloccini, before striking past Krul to take Newcastle’s lead down to only one goal.

The home side was forced into action as a result of that goal and LuaLua kept trying to get by the West Brom defense in order to make all three points safe and guarantee the Toon Army a top half finish at the end of the season.

Then, deep into injury time Tchoyi got his hat-trick from a ball from Olsson to put a damper on the Newcastle fans celebrations and claim a final day point for West Brom.

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