Papiss Cisse scored his first Premier league goal of the season this afternoon, in the third minute of the three minutes added time, to give Newcastle a dramatic 2-1 win at St. James’ Park, but we lost Demba Ba with injury after 72 minutes, so we have to hope he’s not too badly injured. But it was a lucky goal from Cisse, as a Sammy Ameobi shot deflected off the Senegal striker and into the net past a helpless Ben Foster.
Ben Arfa in action this afternoon
Newcastle had looked quite good in the first half against a slick West Brom side and Demba Ba put Newcastle ahead in the 35 th minutes with a good goal following a Tim Krul; kick and a head on from Shola Ameobi.
But West Brom came out in determined fashion in the second half and were level after 55 minutes through a well worked goal from Lukaku, on loan for the season from Chelsea, and West Brom looked the better side in the second half until the last minute dramatic winner from Papiss Cisse – his third goals of the season.
Here’s how we saw the game that was played in front of just over 49,ooo fans.
Both sides started quietly and cautiously and after 12 minutes if was ben Arfa whose shot from 30 yards was blocked, and Yohan Cabaye, his French International team-mate hi the rebound wide.
After 12 minutes, Newcastle’s top scorer missed a golden opportunity, as strike partner Shola Ameobi did well to put across a great right-wing cross, and Ba dived to head the ball, but the Senegal striker headed it wide when it was easier to score – Newcastle should have scored there.
And then just 5 minutes later Newcastle had an appeal for a penalty turned down, as Olsson seem to go over Demba Ba to get to the ball, but referee Chris Foy waved play on.
On 25 minutes West Brom got a breakaway that caught Newcastle short at the back, and Graham Dorrans slid the ball through to Romelu Lukaku in the box, but Tim Krul blocked the shot with his right hand, to make one of those saves that can be so important in a match and kept the score at 0-0.
On 31 minutes there was some excellent wing play by Ben Arfa on the left-wing, as he ran down the wing, and then the Frenchman cut the ball back to Shola Ameobi, who hit the ball first time and blazed it over the bar – that was a good chance missed and Shola had more time than he realized.
And then after 35 minutes Newcastle took the lead and it was that man Demba Ba with his 7th league goal of the season.
Tim Krul kicked the ball downfield, and Shola Ameobi won the header and when Gareth McAuley didn’t clear the ball it was Demba Ba who spun and hit the ball past goalkeeper Forster, who managed to get a hand to the ball.
That was as simple as goal as you can get and another good opportunist goal from Demba ba.
On 40 minutes Tim Krul, who was looking good in the Newcastle goal, when Lukaku was clean through, but Tim blocked the shot to save the Magpies.
It was 1-0 to Newcastle in a closely contested game.
West Brom started after the break with renewed vigor and then 10 minutes into the second half West Brom, equalized through on loan striker Lukaku, when Gera sent over a perfect cross and the big man headed the ball home from just six yards out.
On 61 minutes Alan Pardew made a double substitution and he brought on Papiss Cisse is on in place of Danny Simpson, and the in-from Gabriel Obertan in place of Shola Ameobi, and it was an attacking move from the Newcastle manager.
Jonas Gutierrez went to left-back, which he has played for Argentina, and Davide Santon moved over top the right back spot, with Obertan on the left-wing.
Newcastle were then forced to make their final change when Sammy Ameobi had to replace Ba, after the striker picked up a knock on his ankle and limped off.
Newcastle were not playing well in the second half and West brom were the better side, but then in added time Sammy Ameobi ran through and hit a shot which deflected off the Senegal striker and into the net past a helpless Foster.
It’s what we would have called a jammy goal back in the olden days – but it went into the net and gave Newcastle a valuable three points this afternoon, even though we probably didn’t deserve to take the win.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Papiss Cisse 61), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi (Gabriel Obertan 61), Demba Ba (Sammy Ameobi 73)
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Gabriel Tamas, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Youssouf Mulumbu, James Morrison; Peter Odemwingie, Zoltan Gera (Goran Popov 88), Graham Dorrans (Markus Rosenberg 72); Romelu Lukaku (Shane Long 65)
Subs not used: Luke Daniels, Gonzalo Jara Reyes, Yassine El Ghanassy, Marc-Antoine Fortune
Referee: Chris Foy