Newcastle 1 West Brom 1 Saturday 9 May 3pm
Goals: NUFC Perez 41 West Brom 1 Anichebe 32
Two goals from free-kicks means that United are still masters of their own destiny.
West Brom took the lead when poor marking allowed Victor Anichebe to head home without a challenge.
Nine minutes later though and Ayoze Perez brought some relief to a crowd who had been supportive despite the setback. Ryan Taylor’s not great delivery still found its way to the feet of the Newcastle striker and his quick feet ensured United came away with a point.
it could have been a lot worse as a nervous United were let off the hook by amazingly ultra negative tactics from visiting boss Tony Pulis.
Despite the Baggies being safe, Pulis ignored the fact of just how fragile Newcastle have become in recent times, meaning that the attacking play from West Brom was kept to a minimum.
Not the greatest game but a point is a point and when you have lost your last eight matches then like a very thirsty man (or woman) in the desert, you are desperate for every drop you can get.
John Carver talking to Sky Sports:
‘What have you learnt in recent days?’
“I’ve learnt to keep my gob shut from now on.”
As for the game itself, John Carver says he saw a great response from his players to battle back, with the particular challenge of playing against what he described as – ‘The land of the giants’.
“I thought there was only one side trying to win the game.
“We knew where their threat was going to be, it was like the land of the giants. Their back four are all centre-backs – their last four goals, now five, have all been from set-plays, so we knew what the threat was and tried not to give away silly fouls.”
“I saw a great response from the guys, they could have thrown the towel in but they didn’t. Sometimes you have to be patient with sides that park the bus.
“I have just said in there (dressing room) Vurnon Anita and Jonas Gutierrez don’t want to play at full-back but this has been going on all season, blow after blow.”
Meanwhile, Fabricio Coloccini thought that Newcastle had done everything they could to win.
The Newcastle Captain saying that United showed ‘good spirit’ as they created more chances than they had done recently.
After a fractious last seven days, Coloccini also thanked the supporters and said that they needed to stay with the team for the final two matches.
Fabricio Coloccini talking to Sky Sports:
“I think we tried everything to win the game and we created some chances, more than in games that we’ve played before.
“We gave everything and it is good that we showed good spirit.
“To the fans….I say thank you, because they were with us and we need them to be there for the next two games.”
Whilst over on the BBC, Coloccini talked of Newcastle moving forward and not putting themselves similarly at risk next season:
“We have to look forward now and try to make sure that we don’t put ourselves at risk next season.
“This result leaves it in our hands, we have to win (at QPR) and then we will be safe.”
These are the key stats as provided by BBC Sport;
Possession was 61% Newcastle and 39% West Brom
Total shots was 15 for Newcastle and West Brom 8
Shots on target was Newcastle 5 and West Brom 3
While corners was Newcastle 7 and West Brom 2
Team: Krul, Anita (Abeid 92), Coloccini, Dummett, Jonas, Colback, Ryan Taylor, Sissoko, Cabella, Perez (Ameobi 85), Riviere (Cisse 69)
Unused Subs: Woodman, Satkaa, Gouffran, Aarons
Ref: Chris Foy