After Newcastle had got themselves 3-0 up after 46 minutes, they had a terrible final 30 minutes of the season in front of a packed out St. James’ Park, and managed to concede three goals to Somen Tchoyi, who had only previously scored once this season, the equalizer coming in the 89th minute.
So after looking like they would finish the season in 9th place – but it was all not to be.
And even worse for Newcastle fans, Sunderland beat West Ham 3-0 to finish above Newcastle in 10th place – so not a good way to end what has been a good season for the Magpies.
Birmingham lost 2-1 at Tottenham, and Blackpool lost 4-2 at Old Trafford and they join West Ham United as the three teams who were relegated this season, and it’s the first time a club who won the Carling Cup have been relegated.
The atmosphere was great at the start of the game, and Newcastle soon went ahead and who was the scorer – Steven Taylor of course – with his 3rd goal in as many games.
The goal came after 16 minutes from a Ryan Taylor corner, when Chris Brunt’s attempted clearance hit Peter Lovenkrands who headed the ball towards the goal, and it was Steven Taylor again who was there to sweep the ball home – 1-0.
This was anything but an end of season game, with both sides attacking each other, but Newcastle were starting to get the better of things.
Steven Taylor almost got a second goal when he headed just wide from Fabricio Coloccini’s left-wing cross.
Then on 38 minutes, and against the ruin of play, Albion almost got themselves level when Brunt controlled Tchoyi’s ball over the top, and held off Steven Taylor, but his left foot shot was well saved by Krul.
But almost immediately Newcastle stormed back and went 2-0 up.
In the 39th minute, Shola Ameobi headed a loose ball into the West Brom penalty area, and Peter Lovenkrands’ shot on the turn was well parried by Carson.
However the ball looped up and over and the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line, and Newcastle found themselves 2-0 up – but on merit too.
The on 42 minutes West Brom almost got their first goal, when Fortune’s drive was blocked on the goal-line by Krul and Coloccini.
At half time Newcastle were deservedly 2-0 up.
Roy Hodgson replaced the shaky Meite with Pablo Ibanez at half-time, but Newcastle made it 3-0, after the Spaniard had just come on.
Olsson attempted to clear Enrique’s harmless center but he miscued terribly, and the ball flew into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. An own goal by the center-back.
But West Brom are not a team that gives up, and they didn’t fold, but tried to get right back into the game, and Mulumbu hit a half-chance well wide after Newcastle had failed to clear a Brunt corner.
Then on 62 minutes West Brom pulled one back, as Tchoyi beat the offside trap and got onto Steve Reid’s through ball, and the Cameroon international calmly slotted home his second goal of the season past Krul.
But West Brom were still shaky at the back and another Olsson mistake gave Ryan Taylor a clear chance, but Taylor’s shot was blocked by a recovering Olsen.
And then Lovenkrands had a chance which he put just wide of the post.
But then after 72 minutes West Brom got their all important second goal to make Newcastle nervous and get right back into the game.
Tchoyi seemed to be offside, when he controlled Reid’s center at the back post, and he then held off Coloccini to hit a terrific 12-yard yard drive into the roof of the net.
That was Tchoti’s second goal in 10 minutes after he had only scored on previous goal all season, but it was game on.
Newcastle managed to hold on for the win to put them in 9th place in the league table, but then on 89 minutes it was that man again, Tchoyi, who got his hat trick when Olsson crossed from the left for Tchoyi to equalize with a diving header.
That last minute goal put both Sunderland and West Brom above Newcastle in the league and it was hardly a great final 30 minutes of the season, as Newcastle collapsed when all seemed so well after 60 minutes.
And the atmosphere at the end of the game was as if the side had just been relegated, such was the disappointment of the fans at Newcastle throwing away a 3-0 lead in the final 30 minutes of the season, and at home too, in front of just short of 52,000 fans.
Not a good time to have your worst collapse of the seaosn, and all in 30 minutes.
And that last minute goal cost the club around £2.4M in placement money – so it was not a good end to the season after all, and boos were even heard from the disappointed crowd.
We’ll not even mention the non-playing staff at Newcastle will not get their £500K bonus from owner Mike Ashley. 🙁
Newcastle should not collapse after leading 3-0 in the second half and Pardew will have a few questions to answer after this – if only they could have held out at 3-2 everything would have been great – but it didn’t turn out that way.
But we shouldn’t let this poor end to the season mask the fact the lads have done so well all season, but they let both the fans and themselves down down right at the death today – that’s also true.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Enrique; R Taylor, Guthrie (Best 72), Barton, Ferguson (LuaLua 64); Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Smith 70).
Subs not used: Soderberg (gk), Ranger, Tavernier, Kuqi.
West Brom (4-4-1-1): Carson; Reid, Meite (Ibanez HT), Olsson, Shorey; Tchoyi, Scharner (Thorne 60), Mulumbu, Morrison; Brunt; Fortune (Miller 72).
Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Cox, Thomas, Jara.
Goals: Newcastle: S Taylor (16), Lovenkrands (39), Olsson (own goal, 47). West Brom Tchoyi (62, 71 & 90).
Referee: M Halsey (Hertfordshire).