A surprise move saw Rafa Benitez give Daryl Murphy a run out on Monday afternoon.
Usually passing up the opportunity to give first team squad players pitch time for Newcastle reserves, the 1pm kick-off at Whitley Park saw both Achraf Lazaar and Massadio Haidara involved as well as the Irish international.
Making his latest comeback from injury, Monday morning saw Curtis Good supposedly in line to play according to local media, only for the Aussie defender to be missing from the squad.
It was West Brom Under 23s providing the opposition and the general feeling about the involvement of Lazaar and Murphy, was maybe with next Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final at Hull in mind – the reserves not due to have another match until 28 November, the day before the cup-tie.
In-form attacking midfielder Sean Longstaff struck the woodwork after only seven minutes, whilst the first real impact from the first team squad players came on the half hour mark – an excellent Lazaar cross headed just wide by Daryl Murphy.
Five minutes before half-time though and Murphy got his goal, heading home this time from a Massadio Haidara cross from the left.
Luke Charman replaced Daryl Murphy at the break but it didn’t hamper Newcastle’s dominance.
Sean Longstaff could have made the game safe but once again struck tho woodwork with 12 minutes left, then only a few minutes later Freddie Woodman was given his first real save to make – a stunning stop that appeared to have earned him his clean sheet.
However, six minutes remaining and Callum Williams conceded a spot-kick, with Jack Fitzwater earning a draw for the visitors with the resulting penalty.
Ayoze Perez and Jamaal Lascelles were amongst those watching, alongside Manager Rafa Benitez.
Not sure what he will have learnt but Lazaar looked good going forward and Daryl Murphy did ok and got his goal – presumably his half-time substitution being planned rather than forced by any injury.
Newcastle United: Woodman, Williams, Bailey, Findlay, Haidara, Barlaser, Hunter;,Holmes, Longstaff, Lazaar, Murphy