Newcastle got the job done against a tough West Brom team in a close game at St. James’ Park this afternoon, and it was fitting that the winner should come from a magnificent first goal of the season from French International Moussa Sissoko.
Yoan Gouffran had headed Newcastle in front after 36 minutes, but then Chris Brunt pulled one back just eight minutes into the second half, before the great effort from Sissoko just three minutes later give Newcastle our fourth win on the trot.
And we now have 23 points from 13 games and are up to 5th place in the league.
West Brom started the game on the front foot, as Newcastle were slow out of the blocks.
After 36 minutes of fairly even play Newcastle went ahead, and it was again from a corner, Yohan Cabaye floated in a beautifully flighted ball to the near post, and goalkeeper Myhill failed to clear the ball when he punched the ball high into the air, and it was Yoan Gouffran who headed the ball into the goal, for his fifth goal of the season.
It was a closely contested first half with Newcastle going in 1-0 ahead from Gouffran’s goal, and Newcastle had come back into the game in the last 25 minutes, after West Brom had started the game on the front foot.
West Brom Brom started the second half like a steam train, and they equalized through Brunt after 53 minutes when a cross from the right wing found the captain free and he blasted the ball into the back of the net, giving Tim Krul no chance.
And then just three minutes later Newcastle were ahead again, and it was Gouffran who headed the ball down to Sissoko, outside the penalty box and the Frenchman blasted the ball into the back of the nest for his first goal of the season – a wonderful goal from Moussa Sissoko, and good enough to win any game.
The goal inspired Newcastle and we were playing well and breaking up the West Brom attacks, and then after 72 minutes there was a huge appeal for a Newcastle penalty as Billy Jones seemed to handle the ball in the box – but the referee waved play on.
Newcastle and West Brom dueled it out to the end, in what was an excellent game to watch, but our lads held out with some solid defending and another excellent performance from Mike Williamson at the back.
Mike made a fantastic clearance in added time as his diving header sent the ball for a corner, and then Newcastle could have had a penalty when Jones again handled the ball in the box.
But we got our fourth win in a row, 12 points from the last four games, and now 23 points from 13 games – not too bad at all.
This is now feeling like two seasons ago, when we were also flying high.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko (Papiss Cisse 90+3), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy (Vurnon Anita 84)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Boaz Myhill; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; James Morrison, Youssuf Mulumbu; Morgan Amalfitano (Zoltan Gera 88), Stephane Sessegnon (Victor Anichebe 77), Chris Brunt (c) (Saido Berahino 77); Shane Long
Subs not used: Luke Daniels, Goran Popov, Diego Lugano, Claudio Yacob
Referee: Phil Dowd