Newcastle Twice Come From Behind To Get The Draw

Newcastle conceded two goals this evening against WBA – which is fully half the goals they have conceded at home in all their previous league games this season, as they came from behind twice to draw with a strong and determined WBA side. It was a below par performance tonight from the Magpies, but the game itself was good entertainment for a disappointing crowd of only 39, 291.

And but for some good saves from Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper, WBA could have just edged this game, and got the valuable 3 points, but with a draw, Newcastle have split the points, home and away with their promotion challengers.

But Newcastle have now dropped 6 points in their last 3 games, and they are certainly  in a  little bit of a rut right now – with Nottingham Forest having gained 6 points on the Magpies in 3 games.

After a hectic opening spell with the play end to end it was surprisingly WBA who went ahead, with Newcastle guilty of some sloppy defending.

A Brunt corner went deep and was retrieved by Graham Dorrans who managed to put in a nice cross to the edge of the six-yard area where Jonas Olsson beat Ameobi to the ball to touch the ball beyond Harper with his left foot.

Newcastle then started to come into the game and assume control and it was a great goal from Danny Guthrie that pout Newcastle level. From a free kick 25 yards out, Guthrie unleashed a wonderful dipping effort over the wall and into the far corner beyond a surprised Scott Carson – a wonderful goal from the 22 year-old.

It was all square at half time but WBA got off to an excellent start in the second half, when on 46 minutes, Graham Dorrans ran at the Newcastle who backed off far too much, and Dorrans put in a cross onto the head of Roman Bednar, whose first effort was palmed onto the crossbar bny goalkeeper Harper.  But the rebound was headed home easily by the Czech striker.

Newcastle were then pout on the back foot by the attacking Baggies and it was Jose Enrique who got in a good cross from the left and Peter Lovenkrands flashed in a a header on target which Scott Carson could only flap at, as it went into the net.

Peter, whose father died on Friday, pointed to the heavens, one for you Dad, and received a tremendous roar from the delighted Toon Army. It was Peter’s 4th goal in 2 games and he now has 6 goals on the season.

It was anybody’s game from this point on, but if any team should have won the game, it was WBA, with Ishmael Miller guilty of a glaring miss from just two yards out, as the striker poked the ball from a cross, onto the base of the post, in front of an open goal.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper pulled off two fine saves in injury time, one from Jerome Thomas’ deflected close-range effort and the other was from Gabriel Tamas’ 30-yard cannon shot.

Newcastle will feel grateful for the draw, more so than WBA, as it keeps their unbeaten streak going, but we need to put together a winning run – as draws are really 2 points lost, given where we are in the league.

Newcastle remain 6 points ahead of WBA, and now 3 points ahead of Nottingham Forest, with a game in hand. Our next league game is at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening, 27 January, with a 7:45 pm kick off.  We just have to get back winning these games.

Next up is the 4th round of the FA Cup at WBA on Saturday, and on this performance the Baggies will be favorites to progress.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far


    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope that west brom feel lucky – they were sure lucky the night, the ref was on totally on their side.

    I was not impressed by either side but Newcastle at times looked like the away side.

  • OHurley

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    The lads needed a little more HP sauce before this game… Still, WBA was out for blood and we denied them the win. There IS good in that, to be sure.

  • jim

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Welcome back Ed-and a truthfull post too-we were bollox yet again-west brom battled like it was an FA cup final! They deserved the 3 points so lets take the let off and go from this to stringing a couple of wins together-having said that tho, the ref was canny bad-they were really dirty and kept gettin away with it-overall, im happy we didnt get beat- as i was expecting west brom to take the points cos they wanted it more-sad old days to be top of the league but useless -oh and Chris Hughton-erm… sign half of west broms team man! lol

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #4

    It was on the cards that WBA where going to come at us all guns blazing after their dreadful home defeat against Forest. Hey we could have nickeed it very late on when their right back jusy got to Jonas’s ball to Carroll.
    We are going to win this league with WBA in second place, Forest have yet to feel the pressure.

  • SFIan

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d say both teams were lucky to escape with points, the baggies shouldve put that 2 yard effort in and we had 2 golden chances in injury time, as well as the bumbling ball that nearly fell to nolan that carson nabbed.

  • jim

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #6

    warwick-wish i could agree-but i reckon weve no chance-play offs for us on recent form-thats being realistic-unless luck gets us the results to keep our little buffer -like it has up til recently-theres no way on earth forest and west brom are gona give up on chasing the title-why would they? not every team hits a bad patch-weve dropped loads of points and will continue to-i tell u why-cos the luck ran out weeks ago-sorry about the pessimism like but its there for all to see-lets just hope we hit form again and il eat my words-gladly!

  • hayward223

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Jim, completely disagree. Weve had a couple of bad patches and still can be 6points clear. The league is very poor. Have to say Smith and Nolan were awful tonight, the game just passed them by. We need to move guthrie infield and get a right winger.

  • listie

    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Hayward223 – spot on the CCC league is very poor, we are a poor side in a thakfully worse league, but it does show that even when we play badly we can still get a result. Nolan looked 2 yards behind the play tonight, and Colo I thought had ones of his worst games for us. We desperatly need some creativity in midfield.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Warwick: I thought you were having a problem with premature eaculation coz you keep saying you’ve been missing the crack. Mebees it’s coz. like toon the neet, you’ve twice come from behind.

  • Dragonera

    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Thought i would just give my two pence.

    – West Brom were quality today…but this is no reflection of their usual standard of play. Yes, they are a good side, but today they passed like a top 6 premiership side, defended far better than i have seen them do all season, and fought for every ball in an attempt to make up for their humiliating destruction at the hands of Forest.

    – We were lucky to get the point, but only because of Miller’s shocking miss (contender for miss of the season…Actually, just give him the prize today as it doesn’t get much worse than that)

    – I am delighted at the resolve of our side, every single player worked their socks off and deserve a bit of credit from the fans. Especially Jonas, who did not stop running the whole game. Coloccini and Taylor were fantastic in defence and we probably wouldn’t have conceded at all today if we had a half decent right back, which brings me to my next point. Smith had his first poor game for us as he looked off the pace, Nolan was also off the pace…but that is nothing new. Some bloggers are slating Ameobi, but i thought he did very well up top as he was constantly being kicked and shoved in the back.

    – Danny Simpson is utter s***e and has been since about his 4th appearance for the club. Shocking player, and i am delighted he is returning to United. I almost cried when i saw the line-up and it had Simpson taking on, the very underrated, Jerome Thomas. One look at that team sheet and you just knew it was going to be a long night for Simpson. For all of West Brom’s dominance in midfield, they never looked a threat anywhere other than our right side (terrible right back and central midfielder playing right midfield), which just happens to be where both their goals and best chances came from.

    – Referee had a shocker, he should have set a precedent early on by booking Jonas Olssen and Java (or whatever his name is) for their disgraceful fouls against Shola everytime he attempted to control the ball with his back to goal. In another match, both players could have seen red for their disgraceful antics, but as the ref let it slide time and time again, the fouls continued throughout the 90mins.

    – Lovenkrands deserve a special mention. Very brave decision he made to not only play, but start in the game. He deserved his goal, and what a fantastic header it was.

  • thud and blunder

    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #11

    here here Dragonera about Simpson. He shouldnt have even been in the first 11 after he rejected the contract last week. his positional sence and full back play is awful. Sometimes I thought he was trying to control a balloon at times. Going forward he is a non entity, esp compaired to Enrique. Jerome Thomas murdered him, and he was found out to be a poor full back.

    Thank god we aint going to sign him. Give Ryan Taylor a chance a full back or even move Steven taylor to right back and play Tamas Kadar alongside Colo!

    Nolan was p!ss poor, game totally passed him by, his best position is unfortunatley behind a lone striker which we wont play at home, so its making us week in the middle of the park at home, so maybe once we get Barton back, play him in the centre with Smith.

    Still need a fast right winger, maybe even put in a cheeky bid for Jerome Thomas and another defender.

  • NewcastleMole

    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Problems are clear we lack creativity.

    I feel Enrique’s pain, he’s one of our best players he gets in good positions but is let down by his team mates lack of movement. Hence giving the ball away often.

    How often did we have 1 man in the box?
    How often did the strikers hold it up?
    How often did we get in behind West Brom?
    How many clear cut chances on goal did we get?

    From tonights match for me it was clear to see West Brom wanted it more, they just lacked the ability in the final 3rd.


    5 West Brom players got booked, the Ref was pretty fair in my honest opinion. Only issue i have is when Carroll got Body Checked at the end.


    I’ve thought about Guthrie in the centre too, i know its his natural position but he doesn’t stamp his mark when he’s there.


    Coloccini has played in a lot of games and performed a lot worse than tonight. Bit harsh.

  • Free Scoring Smudge

    Jan 19, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Simpson did look like crap. Shola was also at clear fault for one of the goals, and it could have been more. He was supposed to be marking Olssen and consistently left all alone to watch the ball.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 19, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    I dont care the talk of championship being a poor league but we are in it and we have to concentrate on that we will take care of EPL when we are there.

    Talking abt EPL, Liverpool has been in the worst form ever but if it wins it will take them jst two points behind 4th place now are all the above teams poor. The league is the league it hard to understand.

    No disrespect but u can take any team in the Scottish league and fail to win all games however poor the league is and u fail to win all games. You adapt to the league not the league to adapt to u.

    So we wait when we are in the EPL and think abt it but now we are in the Championship. We are on the top so we are the best team.

  • ziad

    Jan 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    3 players were shokingly poor last night : simpson , nolan and smith !!

    Good thing we maintained our unbeaten run… 🙂


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