West Brom boss refuses to give Newcastle any credit for 2 goal fightback
Gary Megson indicated after the Newcastle match that it is almost certainly his last game as caretaker boss.
Megson saying after the 2-2 draw: ‘I’m in at 10am (on Wednesday morning) to see the chairman. I’m not aware of what it is about’.
With Alan Pardew’s appointment imminent, he is expected to be in place before Saturday when West Brom face Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns.
Caretaker boss Gary Megson followed up a 1-1 draw with Spurs at Wembley, by picking up another point against Newcastle.
Both matches saw West Brom leading, for 70 minutes on Saturday and then on Tuesday night it took 37 minutes for Rafa Benitez’ players to pull back a two goal deficit.
However, Gary Megson was in no mood though to give any credit to the visitors, declaring ‘It is our fault and I don’t think it was anything that Newcastle particularly did’.
He summed up what is likely to be his final game in charge as ‘A right kick in the whatsits’.
For Newcastle fans it was a relief that at the very least all the players, both starters and subs, are still giving their all for manager and fans.
Vital that the Magpies didn’t lose at West Brom and full credit to them for the fightback, no matter what Megson says, after what had been a very poor/average opening 58 minutes.
“It’s a right kick in the whatsits.
“It is our fault and I don’t think it was anything that Newcastle particularly did.
“We have scored two really good, well worked goals, had other opportunities as well, passed the ball fine.
“They swung a corner in and scored from six yards, then spanked a free-kick in that ends up with an own-goal.
“It’s difficult to take but it’s not anything that the opposition have done.
“We haven’t had one of those draws where we think it’s a good draw, you know…playing poorly and managing to nick a point.
“They have all been ones where we’re winning and then it ends with disappointment.
“When the opposition are losing, they tend to play a little bit more direct and sling in a lot of set-pieces.
“All the goals that have come against us have cost us leads, enabling the opposition to get draws.
“Newcastle got more direct and we didn’t handle it.
“It should have been easy for us!
“In terms of the crowd and myself, and the team, it was a good 70 minutes and a really poor 20 minutes.
“The players are off tomorrow, they have not had a break for eight days.
“I’m in at 10am to see the chairman. I’m not aware of what it is about.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
West Brom 2 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Clark 59, Evans (OG) 83
West Brom: Robson-Kanu 45+1, Field 56
Possession was West Brom 48% Newcastle 52%
Total shots were West Brom 8 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were West Brom 4 Newcastle 4
Corners were West Brom 1 Newcastle 6
Referee: Lee Probert
Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 80), Merino, Murphy (Aarons 64), Perez, Joselu (Mitrovic 73)
Elliot, Manquillo, Gayle, Diame
Crowd: 25,534 (Newcastle 2,600)
(Read what Rafa Benitez said after the 2-2 draw HERE)
(Read the reaction from NUFC fans/writer to the West Brom match HERE)
(Alan Shearer ‘Feared the worst’ – Read HERE
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