Joe Kinnear and Newcastle United need a big win tonight, and he brought in 3 players in Enrique, Barton and Gutierrez to the side tonight as he fielded a powerful looking line up against WBA at St. James’ Park tonight.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, Joey Barton, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia, Claudio Cacapa, Xisco, Geremi, Andy Carroll
WBA: Scott Carson, Gianni Zuiverloon, Ryan Donk, Jonas Olsson, Paul Robinson, James Morrison, Jonathan Greening, Robert Koran, Borja Valero, Chris Brunt, Roman Bednar
Subs: Dean Kiely, Carl Hoefkens, Marek Cech, Ishmael Miller, Sherjill Macdonald, Luke Moore, Pedro Pele
Referee: Mike Dean
Newcastle as expected started like a steam train and after just 2 minutes Oba Martins made a fabulous run through and only a fine save by Scott Carson saved the day for West Brom.
But then that man Ameobi was brought down in the penalty area, and Joey Barton, back in the team, got exactly what Joe Kinnear had asked for — a repeat of his only previous goal to this – a penalty at Fulham last December.
And Joey sent Carson the wrong way as he put it to the goalkeeper’s left.
Newcastle were playing fine attacking football but on 36 minutes Shay Given, who was captain for the night, came to their rescue when he deflected a shot over the bar, from a shot that had looked destined for goal.
Then just before half time Newcastle went 2-0 up and it was an Oba Martin headed goal that did it, as a beautiful Habib Beye run and cross, opened up the West Brom defense and Oba headed what looked like an easy goal for him.
Joey Barton has been supreme in the middle of the park, and is keeping his promise to repay the Newcastle club for having stood by him during his recent problems.
What we need to do now is to fully press home our advantage in the second half, as we can do our goal difference a lot of good tonight – but we must keep pressing.
Howay The Lads!!!