Newcastle played very well in the first half at the Hawthorns yesterday, and a goal after eight minutes by Yoan Gouffran had Newcastle in the ascendancy.
Alan Pardew – pleased with the performance
But Steven Taylor and Papiss Cisse missed golden opportunities to put Newcastle further ahead before the break, and West Brom woke up in the second half and pressed Newcastle, and eventually got the equalizer after 64 minutes through Billy Jones.
So it was again a game of contrasting halves, but we missed our chances, otherwise we could have had only our second away win of the season, which is what we really needed after last Sunday’s humiliation.
This is what the manager said on nufcTV immediately after the game:
“It was a tremendous first half, real energy on the pitch and you could see that the team had its function back,” “We had an idea about what we were doing and that comes from having the rest we’ve had this week.”
“We should have been leading 2-0 at half-time – we had the game exactly where we wanted it.” “But in the second half West Brom changed it and went really direct, as direct as any team has against us.”
“And they found that beneficial because they were bashing us about a bit.” “We had to show a different side to us, a resilience and a character.
“We conceded a goal but we certainly deserved the point, no doubt about that.”
And 3000 loyal Geordies made the trip to cheer on the lads at the Hawthorns, and Alan Pardew paid tribute to them after the game:
“They were absolutely brilliant,” “I’d like to say a big thank you to them because it was important we got a good reaction from them after last Sunday, which they gave us.”
We suppose if was a decent result, and only our 9th point in our 17 games on the road this season, and West Brom are a good side.
But we still managed to drop three places in the league table, with Norwich, Sunderland and Stoke all winning and going above us.
Wins is what we need to get to safety this season – and that’s what we need at home against Liverpool on Saturday.
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