Newcastle Lose Ground With 1-1 Draw At West Brom


Newcastle gained a point at the Hawthorns this afternoon, when the five Frenchmen we signed in January were all in the starting line up for the first time.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United - The Hawthorns

Billy Jones scores after 64 minutes to level the scores

Newcastle started the game well and looked a good outfit and then Newcastle got a goal out of nowhere when Papiss Cisse hooked the ball over for Gouffran to head over Foster, and give Newcastle a deserved lead.

But after Yoan Gouffran put Newcastle ahead after only eight minutes Newcastle missed a number of gilt-edged opportunities to go further ahead in the first half, and that’s getting to be too much of a common trait for Newcastle these days – we find it so difficult to score goals.

On 22 minutes Steven Taylor found himself clear just 5 yards out but his shot was blocked by Foster and then a great shot from Yohan Cabaye was turned for a corner by the West Brom goalkeeper.

On 33 minutes Papiss Cisse got to a terrible back pass to Foster, but instead of just hitting the ball into an open net, he tried to chip it and it went over the bar – a terrible miss by the Newcastle number 9.

Newcastle dominated the first half after the Gouffran goal – his second for Newcastle, but Ben Forster was in good form to keep the score at 1-0 at the half, with Papiss Cisse missing a couple of excellent chances.

A couple of minutes after Gouffran’s goal captain Yohan Cabaye put in an excellent shot from outside the box, and the ball flew only just over the bar.

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Yoan Gouffran – after scoring after only eight minutes

We never replaced Demba Ba in January and Newcastle now find it very difficult to score goals and we’ve only managed three goals in the last four league games.

Just before the break, it looked like Perch may have fouled in the penalty box, but the referee gave a free kick just outside the penalty box – it looked like ti was inside.

And as so often happens in these games West Brom looked a completely different side in the second half, after manager Steve Clarke introduced Shane Long at the break.

On 47 minutes Rob Elliot couldn’t hold a shot from Fortune, but the goalkeeper did well to get a hand to Shane Long’s follow-up shot, to divert the ball away from goal – but that was a warning.

Then Lukaku headed the ball against the bar following a corner, sent over by Brunt, and there followed an almighty scramble in the box, before McAuley hit the ball wide.

And then on 64 minutes it was Billy Jones who turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net, after he had been fed by Lukaka and it was all square.

And then it was West Brom who looked like they could win the game, but to their credit, our lads held out for what was a decent point.

We could have won this game – but our Achilles heel was all those missed opportunities in the first half – and we seem to miss far too many easy chances these days.

However, with Sunderland, Stoke and Norwich all winning they move above Newcastle in the league table, and we are now 5th bottom just 3 points above Aston Villa who play at Manchester United on Monday.

16th place is the lowest we’ve been this season, and we’re now back in the same place as we were after we let Reading beat us at home in January.

The good news is that West Ham beat Wigan 2-0 at Upton Park, so we are now 6 points above 3rd bottom Wigan with a better goal difference, but they have a game in hand.

We’ll take the point and not be too negative, but we lost ground to the teams around us in the league, and Sunderland go above us after beating Everton 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

We’ll have to hope that Wigan don’t go on a hot winning streak – but we must help ourselves and win our final two home games of the season against Liverpool and Arsenal.

5th top last season and with only four games to play we are now 5th bottom – quite a turnaround this season – in the wrong direction. 🙁

Teams:

West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2): Ben Foster; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Goran Popov; Graham Dorrans, Claudio Yacob (Shane Long 46), James Morrison, Chris Brunt; Marc-Antoine Fortune (Markus Rosenberg 90), Romelu Lukaku (Jerome Thomas 90)
Subs not used: Boaz Myhill, Steven Reid, Liam Ridgewell, Kemar Roofe

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara (Hatem Ben Arfa 77); James Perch, Yohan Cabaye (c) (Dan Gosling 90); Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 69); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Bookings: West Brom – none; Newcastle – Cabaye (86), Sissoko (90)



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99 comments so far

  • Ginger

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #1

    To those who are saying Pardew isn’t to blame:

    I was watching the match on a different stream as usual, so the commentators were different. We dominated the first half, but the commentators kept mentioning that Pardew was telling the players to stay back.

    At half time we come out and were back to Cisse the only person in the other half and he’s telling them to stay even further back.

    He subs Gouffran who was playing quality when Guttierez was playing sh*t for Shola. So that renders all subs useless as it’s only going one way and that’s straight up to Shola.

    He then decides to put Ben Arfa on with nearly no time left to go, instead of taking Guttierez off he takes of Haidara who was had a cracking game and puts Guttierez left back.

    The man is an idiot who trys to retain onto 1-0 leads every friggin game. ANYBODY would have been a better manager that game, hell even the fans were screaming for Ben Arfa to come on at the sixty minute mark.

    Pardew is an idiot, plain and simple.

    I have no idea how he does it, but he manages too.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #2

    come on – enough is enough , youve had your bit of fun, now do the honourable thing and get rid of this excuse for a manager before we get relagated

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  • kevymartins

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #3

    @Ginger I noticed that myself it was after they had like 3 corners in a row the commentator said pardrew is telling his player’s to stay back. What manager would do that? Surely after the corner is cleared the first thing that should be said is get out. That way it puts players offside and gives you the chance to get the ball back and attack.

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  • kilcline

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #4

    We will be ok if we get 38 points.

    Pi$$ poor we are in this position.

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  • Ginger

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5

    My first ever first, beast.

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  • futurefanbaseofNUFC

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #6

    ” it was Billy Jones who turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net ”

    lol wouldn’t say he “smashed the ball”

    at least one positive game from this game.

    my dad agrees with me Pardew is a complete imbecile when it comes to tactical changes. shola for benny. its like picking shola over shearer back in the day

    I saw at the 51 minute that they were all over us.

    case of the 1 half on 1 half off syndrome….

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  • Tinman - Catchy for Manager

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle v WBA, 28/10/12, Cisse scores winner in 90th min – 3 points
    Newcastle v Soton, 24/02/13, Cisses scores screamer to change the game – 3 points
    Newcastle v Stoke, 10/03/13, Cisse scores winner 90th min – 3 points
    Newcastle v Anzhi, 14/03/13, Cisse scores winner 90th min – Quarter finals Europa
    Newcastle v Fulham, 07/04/13, Cisse scores winner 90th min – 3 points

    Arguably got us 12 points this season and Europa league Quarter final with some vital goals

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  • Ginger

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #8

    @Kevymartins

    No no no!! Because that doesn’t make sense mate, you sit back and invite the pressure on knowing full well that they are eventually going to equalize. Then you do one better and hold out for the draw!!!

    He’s an idiot, I imagine we weren’t the only ones that noticed this.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Manxpie

    The game could, and should have been won in the first 45mins, is Pardew to blame for that? No, as he set the team up the right way.

    We dominated the first half, Clarke made changes tactically to get the upper hand and they managed to do just that.

    So when Clarke made changes to turn the tide of dominance what was Pardew’s reaction? To reclaim the advantage by making positive tactical changes? No. Sit back and hope for the best, maintain the point and stick Ameobi on the pitch.

    Is he accountable for player errors, no of course not, but player error wasn’t the reason we didn’t win this game. We still had the entire second half to go on and try and win the game, we even still had another half hour or so to get the winner after the equaliser yet we showed no intent to do that.

    I ask you, how is Pardew not responsible for that? We never created a single chance in the second half, that tells its own tale for me.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #10

    About 40% of you are too diplomatic, and refuse to say anything one way or the other.
    Another 30% are already typing in rants after 70 minutes of the match waiting on the final whistle so they can write, hoof, pardew out blah blah blah.
    Can we meet somewhere in the middle and not yap at each other, we all support nufc, we all want whats best for the club.
    Now consider this, Di Canio has absolutely transformed Sunderland, there is no reason he would not have done the same here. We were as much in need of a manager as Sunderland when they got him, and have much the better team.
    I started watching Swindon as regularly as I could when he got the job there, he is a hot headed but there is something special about him.
    He’ll never manage us now anyway that’s for sure, neither will Michel Laudrup as his next job will be real madrid.
    I want us to move for Poyet or Solsjkaer before we miss out on them too.

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  • BigKirky

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #11

    John Anderson saying on Total Sport as we all know, we’ve very rarely been able to see teams out by defending. He is massively bemused at the second half tactics and subs.

    Pardew interview on radio now: “team disciplined, good energy, showed all sides of our game today. We had to dig in in second half. I dont care if we finish 16th as ling as we stay in division. Shola looked more like himself today, more energy(!!!!).”

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #12

    ginger @1 i think at this stage of the season , to try and justify why pardew must go, imo is a waste of time . lf some people think that he isnt doing a bad job , then trying to explain now tells me you are wasting your time mate . the man is sh.te – end of .

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Ah yes now I remember why I don’t come on here on matchday. Same old stuff. I said before the game I would take a draw away in this one and we got one. I haven’t seen the match but I care not, sounds like an away performance and a panicky manager holding out for the point. Can’t say I blame him given our circumstances. Scousers at home I will take a draw there too.

    The big gripe is the other results but as someone already mentioned the other bottom feeders have some tasty run-ins so that won’t happen every week. The smell of panic here is overpowering ha ha 🙂

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  • nick_9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Nothing wrong with Pardew…..until he opens his mouth to talk to the media or ask the players to do something. We did well today according to him and showed a good response to the derby game after the team got criticised too much? Did they heck. If he is telling us the criticism is unfair what is he saying to the players? It doesn’t sound like they get much of a telling off.

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  • El Sleeve

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #15

    did pardew honestly say he didnt care if we finished 16th?! does the man know who he is manager of? we’re not Reading Alan ffs!

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  • manxpie

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #16

    ruddy “but player error wasn’t the reason we didn’t win this game.”
    so the fact you say we didn’t take our chances and the fact we couldn’t keep the ball or pass to our own players isn’t player errors then??
    all pardews fault!?

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  • DS_NUFC

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    pardew says he is pleased with the result. the man is so negative

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  • rfcready

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #18

    WOW!!!!!!! How did we go from a team on FIRE to a bunch of whimpering idiots??????

    PARDEW.

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  • El Sleeve

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #19

    manx, are u really happy watching this drivel week in/week out?!?!?! please!

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  • nick_9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Manx who trains the team? We need some new input for sure because the current staff aren’t improving our play at all. I see a lot of old English people at the club, perhaps a foreign coach would help if we are to stick with Pardew

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Just think for a minute,
    There was a stage where we lost 10 out of 13 games.
    Before today we lost 3 out of our last 4, should have won today too.
    But we have thrown away points left, riht and centre consistantly. That is the only thing we have done consistantly.
    Yet, and yet.. we are 8 points of 8th? Imagine if we pushed on from last season like we should have. Easily could have got top 4 this year.
    Think all the big teams will strengthen big time in the summer, opportunity missed imo! :/

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  • DS_NUFC

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #22

    pardew makes allardyce look like mouriniho

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  • BigKirky

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #23

    El Sleeve – yes he said that to Mick Lowes on Radio Newcastle just now.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Manxpie

    If you genuinely believe that Pardew had an attacking philosophy in the second half and tried to win the game then there is not much else I can say to you.

    It is his fault that we camped inside our own half for large periods of the second half, it is his fault that he made no significant tactical changes to turn the game back in our favour, and it is his fault that he set out the team to defend the point.

    Now I know what I must have sounded like to people when I was staunchly defending Pardew….

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  • manxpie

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #25

    and DC how well are scumderland playing in terms of entertaining football they were dire verse chelsea and moyes has just said how poor the whole game was would some of the posters on here welcome that?

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  • El Sleeve

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #26

    BK – that is a statement that really should seal his fate then. honestly. i am in despair

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  • DS_NUFC

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #27

    pardew says the criticism last week was unfair. is the man actually thick or what

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #28

    the fact that pardew thought the the flak they took last week waswell over the top, suggests to me – he fully dosnt understand what that game means to real fans.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Of course its the manager fault.Clarke made a change at halftime which changed the game and even went for the win.What did Pardew do oh yes put Ameobi on who made no impact what so ever

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  • peaco1980

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Pardew = Parpoo

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Criticism was unfair? Doesn’t care if we finish 16th? Seriously!?!?!

    I despair, I really do.

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #32

    i’m fine with this tbh ! just hope all those that are desperate for him out do not regret it if we get a new manager who wants there own players in and have to fund it by selling cabaye/arfa/krull ect.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #33

    manxpie – or could it be the tea ladys fault we dont play attacking football. justa thought,

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #34

    @manxpie
    Scum got another WIN and another clean sheet against a team going for a euro place.We scraped a 1-1 against a team playing for nothing go figure

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  • DxSkyline

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh at least we know are manager got balls lol “happy to finish 16th” “team dont deserve criticism” words of a deluded man!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #36

    If you lot think that Mike Ashley is going to fire a manager and replace with a man who might not be entirely comfortable standing in front of the cameras and blatantly lying to some of the most passionate fans in the country then you’ve got a torrid time ahead.

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  • DS_NUFC

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #37

    manxpie

    watch the sunderland and everton game and then come back and criticize me.
    he dosent play entertaing football WHAT they beat us 3 nil last week. what plant are you living on. so you enjoy the way pardew plays football. so if pardew is not to blame who is in your eyes?????

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  • nick_9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #38

    If anyone follows NUFC STATS on twitter. Jonas first half position was closer to our goal than Haidara, Taylor and Debuchy yet the official site described him as an attacking player today. Rubbish

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Croftus

    Obviously a new manager might have his own ideas about what players he wants, and if he values passing football then it is unlikely he’d want to sell either Cabaye or HBA.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #40

    25manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    the difference between sunderland and us is we have much better players, like nearly a full team better

    they beat a good newcastle team & a very good everton team,

    there manager spreads belief , our talks shit and panics

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