West Brom 1 Newcastle 3 – Cisse Hits Brace – Magpies Fly High

Newcastle tore West Brom apart in the first half this afternoon, and scored three magical breakaway goals, two through number 9 Papiss  Cisse, and one from the mercurial Ben Arfa.

The goals came from Ciise after 5 minutes, Ben Arfa after 11 minutes and Cisse  again after 33 minutes  to make that five goals in just 6 appearances for the Senegal striker.

It seemed that the West Brom defense just couldn’t hold the free flowing Newcastle counter attacks from a slick passing Newcastle outfit, with Ben Arfa in mercurial form.

Ben Arfa ran at the West Brom continually and in this form the lad is a complete joy to watch and that left foot of his is golden.

This was an excellent win and a much better display than last week,  that manager Pardew had promised before the game, and indeed Newcastle looked a good side today.

Newcastle lost Coloccini at half time to some injury and James Perch moved over to the middle, with Davide Santon coming in at left back.

But to start the second half off, Newcastle gave away a terrible goal after 51 minutes.

There seemed to be some misunderstanding between Tim Krul and Mike Williamson, and Irish striker Shane Long, who had come off the bench in the second half, nipped in to put the ball home.

But Newcastle held out well and it was a great 3 points for Newcatsle, who are now on 50 points, level with Chelsea – and a full 8 points ahead of  Liverpool, who we meet next Sunday ar St. James’ Park.

A worry for Newcastle fans was that Cisse was stretchered off after 75 minutes,  but we have to hope it was only cramp, and it appeared to be some thigh muscle problem.

It was a good display from Newcastle today, a very good display with many positives, and here is  report of the game as we saw it.


Newcastle started the game with their orange shirts white shorts and black socks on a sunny day at West Brom.

Newcastle were starting to put some good passes together early on  until Danny Guthrie hit a wayward cross-field pass that went for a throw in.

But Newcastle were 1-0 up after only six minutes,  and it was that man Papiss Cisse agin with his 4th gaol for Newcastle in six appearances.

Newcastle broke quickly from defense and they stretched the West Brom rearguard, and then a perfect left wing cross from Ben Arfa,  and Cisse had the ball in the back of the net in an instant with his right foot.

On TV replays Cisse looked even a shade offside, but the goal stood.

West Brom came back and started to pepper the Newcastle goal,  but the Magpies defense seemed well organized and held steady,  and then would you believe it but Newcastle were 2-0 up after 12 minutes, and it was another brilliant goal by Ben Arfa.

It was another fast break and Ben Arfa got the ball into the penalty from the right, and he moved to his left and then rifled the ball past the goalkeeper, giving Foster no chance.

Ben Arfa had been involved in the first goal and now he scored his 5th goal of the season and looked to be in top form.

West Brom again tried to come back into the game, but again Newcastle held firm and then after 33 minutes Newcastle produced another lightning break,  and the ball came across to Cisse who again rifled into the goal first time – this lad seems made to score goals.

Half time came and then had been a little injury scare with Coloccini,  but he played out the first 45 minutes.

While Newcastle were 3-0 up the game wasn’t over,  as we remember well that we held the same score-line in May,  with just 30 minutes to go, and yet we only drew that game 3-3.

Davide Santon came on in the second half for Fabricio Coloccini, who couldn’t continue,  and he went to left back and James Perch switched to center-back.

After  53 minutes Newcastle gifted a goal to West Brom.

It was a long high through ball that came into the box,  and there seemed hesitation between Krul and Williamson and Shane Long nipped in to score.

So no clean sheet today, and that was poor defending from the Newcastle side, and it gave West Brom some hope, which was even worse at this stage of the game.

Some minutes later Ben Arfa shuffled through the West Brom defense again, and hit a left foot shot that Forster did well to save down to his left. Ben Arfa was having a great game,  and he was unlucky not to score more than one today.

On 75 minutes,  Shola Ameobi replaced Ben Arfa, who got a  great ovation fom the traveleling Geordies.

And then on 78 minutes Papiss Cisse went down injured with what looked to be a muscle injury in his thigh, maybe it was just cramp, but he  was taken off on a stretcher and young Shane Ferguson came on.

We have to hope Cisse is not hurt too badly,  but Newcastle lost Coloccini and Cissee through injury today,  and there will be some concern until we know the extent of those injuries.

Newcastle were still playing solidly although West Brom came into the game more in the second half – and there was massive 7 minutes added on for stoppage time,  because of the injuries, not only to Cisse, but to a couple of West Brom players too.

It was an excellent win by Newcastle and our goal difference is now +2 and we are a massive 8 points above Liverpool.

But the worry is that we lost captain Coloccini and Papiss Cisse, and we have to hope they are not serious injuries.

The next game is against Liverpool at St. James’ Park nest Sunday afternoon and Newcastle will go into that game full of confidence after ripping West Brom apart in thatfirst half today.

It was the second great result in a row for the Magpies and a much better performance than last week against Norwich.

Well done to the lads today – they were great!


West Brom: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Odemwingie, Mulumbu (Scharner 73), Morrison, Andrews (Long 46), Thomas (Brunt 46); Fortune

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini (Santon 46), Williamson, Perch, Jonas, Guthrie, Cabaye, Ben Arfa (Ameobi 75), Ba, Cisse (Ferguson 78).
Subs: Ferguson, Abeid, Gosling, Elliot, Vuckic,

Referee: C Foy (Merseyside).

Attendance: 25,049

18 comments so far

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #1

    GeordieGesus // Mar 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    cally22001. “big dippers”?

  • colwell

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Cisse’s injury is just bad cramp in both calfs

  • krijo

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew just said Colo is out 2-3 games :s

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #4

    colwell, don’t say that to loud. Otherwise the “bin dippers” may catch on.

  • toonking

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #5

    so colo could be out for 2-3 weeks
    well i have looked at the fixtures and we have liverpool H
    swansea A
    bolton H
    then it fa cup weekend

  • Dannyo

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #6

    No, Cisse has a bad stretch imo.
    Also, Pardew says Collo is out for 2-3 games 🙁
    Oh dear.

  • 9

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    What a front 3 we’ve got – at least until the end of the season!

  • toonking

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #8

    might be 3-5-2 formation that might be best

  • colwell

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #9


    No Cisse has bad cramp Pards just said he is like an old man in the changing room they are all laughing at him.

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Obviously Perch is going to play at CB with willo next week but with Saylor, Collo and even young Streete out injured who else is there if they go down?

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Great game, this is the Ben Arfa show!

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #12


    we are 8 points clear, liverpool are missing Agger so maybe go 3-4-3

    if we loose still 5 ahead so why not play to our strengths and just attack

  • FatmanJoe

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #13

    We’re going to struggle against the bin dippers next week I reckon. But i’ll enjoy this moment for now. Yippee!

  • 9

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Everybody – EVERYBODY- knew we needed a centre-half in January. We’ve got away with it until now- sort of- (check the massive dip in defensive record)- but the brown stuff is headed for the fan pretty much now. We get a lot of thigs right under current managemenet/ownership, in fact it’s a fantastically successful combination, but not in this instance. Could be very costly, given how fantastically successful we have been. This is an obvious and glaring weakness and there can be no excuse for not fixing it 2 months ago. Let’s hope our luck holds again!

  • Sheikh MagToon

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #15

    9. A fairly obvious point is that buying a centre half would have meant not buying a centre forward. Cisse’s got us 6 points in last 2 games, and how many has not having a CB cost us? None!

  • cally22001

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Lol I blame auto correct. Bin dippers not big dippers hahah

  • Shearer260

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    It was a joy to watch today, especially with Ben Arfa and Cisse playing so well. the only thing wrong with it was their goal, which wouldn’t have happened if Williamson realised that when krul’s coming out to get it, he doesn’t want it headed out of his reach and straight to an attacker. If Colo’s out, might see gutierrez playing in defence again? Hopefully Cisse will be fine by next weekend.

  • Constanstine

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #18

    To be honest, I am less worry about Liverpool’s game because they’re playing shite football at the moment. Carroll might be a threat to Perch as CB though. Heads up!


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