For the third game in a row the game at The Hawthorns was one we could have won if we had taken the chances we had in the game.
On Monday we had chances before West Brom won the game after 78 minutes when Steven Fletcher headed the ball home under that arms of Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
It was an unlucky defeat but it’s now two in a row and we continue down there in the relegation places – third from the bottom on 17 points.
Fab Coloccini challenges Victor Anichebe
There were some good performances in the game and here are out top three players against West Brom.
- Fabricio Coloccini (41%) had a very good game and it started by Colo coolly clearing off the line after a couple of minutes and then just before 30 minutes was up he brilliantly blocked a good shot from Fletcher in the penalty area.
Fabricio put in a good performance and then after Paul Dummett had hit the cross-bar after 55 minutes Colo almost scored when he back-heeled the ball against the post but it went for a goal-kick.
That would have been a great time for us to go ahead.
Colo has taken some withering criticism this season, but to be fair to him in the games since the Leicester debacle, he’s played very well and starting to show some leadership on the pitch – by his example.
- Chancel Mbemba (19%) is fast becoming one of our favorite players and for the fourth game in a row he’s in second place in the voting and he was very strong alongside Colo at the back on Monday afternoon.
Chancel reads the game very well and he often intercepts the ball and he is also strong in the tackle and seems to be getting better with every game.
We will need Mbemba to keep improving if we are to avoid the drop this season – and along with Gini Wijnaldum these two are our best signings from the summer.
- Karl Darlow (9%) is third in the voting and that that may come as a surprise to some.
Yes – Karl could have done better with the Fletcher goal, but the young goalkeeper did make some good saves that Rob Elliot would have been proud of.
To his credit Karl made a great save after just 5 minutes and two good saves in the final 10 minutes of the game from Anichebe and then Berahino – but the damage was done by then – unfortunately.
Karl was very nervous with some of his kicking – but it was always going to be a tough test when he was brought in for his first Premier League appearance with only minutes to prepare for the game.