West Brom v Newcastle – Five in a row
West Brom v Newcastle
West Brom 0 Newcastle Saturday 9 November 1.30pm
For me today was the big test.
Yes wins over the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham were undoubtedly impressive and reassuring, neither side in great form but still with very decent teams and some talented players.
However, after the odd dodgy moment in the first half when the dangerous Berahino was threatening to show why he’d been called up for England, Newcastle started to tighten the screw.
The Baggies finding it harder and harder to exert pressure and United managing to get forward that little bit more.
A flowing team move ended with Daryl Janmaat squaring it across the West Brom box and Ayoze Perez added a sublime touch with the inside of his right boot to put it beyond the reach of Ben Foster in the home goal.
The forty fifth minute, never a better time to score.
Ideal really, as rather than the opposition being able to build a head of steam looking for parity, instead they had to go to the dressing room and fume for fifteen minutes as to why/how they were behind.
Emerging for the second period, the Baggies never did get up that head of steam, instead they totally ran out of ideas as Newcastle maintained their resolute defending.
No surprise when just after the hour mark, Janmaat switch the ball to his left boot then back to his right, before a gorgeous cross to the onrushing Fabricio Coloccini who powered it into the net for a very rare Captain’s goal.
Goals change games and getting the first one made all the difference here. West Brom have been doing OK and have had some pretty solid defending themselves.
However, with United getting that first strike, it meant the home side had to revert to a plan b that never looked like coming off.
Regularly beating teams such as West Brom away from home is something that can really give your season foundations, five wins now in a row and many more like this and I may just begin to believe that this team are capable of something under Alan Pardew.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini (Williamson 78), Dummett, Haidara, Colback, Abeid, Sissoko, Perez, Ameobi (Gouffran 78), Cabella (Ryan Taylor 82)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Cisse, Anita, Armstrong
Ref: Craig Pawson
Crowd: 26,476 (2,700 Newcastle)
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