Things are starting to look bleak again for Newcastle and as luck would have it our Man of the Match for the last three game Rob Elliot felt ill in the warm up and in came Karl Darlow for his first Premier League game ever.
And after 78 minutes Karl made a bad error when he let in Steven Fletcher’s header which slid underneath his body and for the second game running a late goal left Newcastle with no points and this was to a West Brom side that earned their first win in six league games.
Unfortunately Karl just didn’t look the part and seemed extremely nervous throughout this game – so it looks like Newcastle will now need to bring in a new goalkeeper before the game at Arsenal on Saturday – so for the second season running we have goalkeeper problems.
Rob Elliot withdrew because of illness – so maybe he will be OK to start next Saturday but Karl just didn’t look like a good backup goalkeeper for Newcastle.
And with Norwich beating Aston Villa 2-0 at home they move 3 points clear of us and Swansea got a good 0-0 draw at Crustal Palace and move 2 points clear of Newcastle.
So that means in 38 league games this year we finished with only 7 wins and finished the year with one draw in three games against mediocre sides – and we are real relegation candidates half way through the season.
And to make matters worse Vurnon Anita was taken off with a hamstring injury in the first half and it doesn’t look good – yet another injury for Newcastle this season.
We did have a good appeal for a penalty turned down when Jonny Evans appeared to pull down Aleksandar Mitrovic and left back Paul Dummett and Coloccini struck the woodwork in the 54th minute of the game – so we didn’t have too much luck today.
But after beating Liverpool and Tottenham in successive games we have now earned just one point form bottom club Aston Villa, Everton and West Brom.
West Brom started the game 3 points above us and now are 6 points clear and we are starting to be marooned in 3rd bottom place,
Next up is Arsenal at the Emirates.
West Brom: Myhill; Olsson (Gardner, 18), Yacob, Evans, Morrison (Berahino, 70), Anichebe (Lambert, 88), Brunt, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson, Sessegnon.
Subs not used: Lindegaard; Chester, Gamboa, McManaman.
Newcastle: Darlow, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback (Thauvin, 86), Anita (Tiote, 27), Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Perez (de Jong, 72).
Subs not used: Elliot, Mbabu, Lascelles, Gouffran.
Goal: Fletcher 78
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)