Newcastle started the new year in the same way we finished 2013 – by losing 1-0 – but this game at the Hawthorns was turned on its head after 62 minutes, when Mathieu Debuchy received a straight red card for what was adjudged to have been a two footed tackle on Claudio Yacob, although referee Lee Mason’s decision seemed very harsh.
Fabrico Coloccini in action today
And it wasn’t until the 87th minute that West Brom scored, when Saido Berahino scored form the penalty spot after Vydra had been brought by Krul after rounding the Newcastle goalkeeper.
So it’s two defeats in a row, and we’re bound the get the doom and gloomers back – but we were unlucky today, but it’s not good to lose two games in a row – although Sunderland lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa, just to cheer you up just a little bit.
And the Premier League referees are affecting too many games with their sending offs – as they did in our favor against Stoke City, and what needs to be clarified is when a tackle in now illegal and when a tackle is a red card offense – it’s certainly not clear these days.
Newcastle were playing in their yellow Brazil like strips and got off to a decent start at the Hawthorns this afternoon, with the teams seemingly evenly matched.
There were very few chances created in the first by either side, although the two best chances went to the home side – and one of them was on 16 minutes when former Sunderland player Sessegnon just missed getting to a left wing cross as he slid in for the ball.
And after 27 minutes Yohan Cabaye had a decent chance when Mike Williamson headed the ball down to him in the penalty are but Yohan shot side – and that was a good chance.
After 44 minutes the best chance of the half came for West Brom, but Nicolas Anelka missed it, and it was more good play from Morgan Amalfitano (Romain’s older brother) as he rounded Gouffran and cut the ball back – but Alelka hit the ball over the bar from just four yards out.
Amalfitano was the danger man for West Brom, and he was causing some problem down West Brom’s right wing.
Half time came after one minute of injury time and the sides were level 0-0 in what was an even game, and Alan Pardew was seen talking to Ben Arfa just before the half so maybe the Frenchman will come on at the start of the second half.
Sure enough Ben Arfa came on in the second half and that the day for Yoan Gouffran.
But the game was turned on it’s head after 62 minutes when Mathiue Debuchy was sent off – for what Lee Mason adjudged to have been a two footed tackle on Claudio Yacob – and it seemed to us an extremely harsh decision on the Newcastle right back – but to make things worse he will now miss the next three games.
And three minutes later Coloccini limped off with what seemed to be an injury – and we haven’t had many injuries this season – so far.
And after Newcastle seemed to have been able to doggedly survive with just 10 men, we gave have away a penalty when Vydra was brought down by the goalkeeper after going around Tim Krul, and with just three minutes remaining in the game. 🙁
Berahino struck the penalty home, and unfortunately it was another poor result for Newcastle, but not too bad a performance.
West Brom (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Billy Jones (Saido Berahino 46), Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Youssouf Mulumbu, Caludio Yacob; Morgan Amalfitano, Stephane Sessegnon (Matej Vydra 78), Chris Brunt (c); Nicolas Anelka (Zoltan Gera 88)
Substitutes: Boaz Myhill, Diego Lugano, James Morrison, Shane Long
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 65), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Shola Ameobi (Massadio Haidara 76), Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Lee Mason