United pip West Brom to the points at St James Park
Newcastle United 2-1 West Brom
A delicious finish from Miggy Almiron inside the first 20 seconds and a bullet header from substitute Dwight Gayle were enough to give Steve Bruce and Newcastle United an ugly 3 points at St James Park this afternoon.
A fine finish from Almiron from a lovely Joelinton should have given Newcastle the foundations to to win this one comfortably, but West Brom came out fighting in the second half and equalised through Furlong. But with the game looking to end in a frustrating draw two 'inspirational' subs combined with Murphy curling a wonderful cross onto the noggin on Dwight Gayle who did the rest form 50 yards out.
It was Newcastle who had made the perfect start, West Brom being careless with the kick off had allowed Wilson to feed Joelinton who bustled his way forward before passing a wonderful ball, with the outside of his right boot, to Almiron who finished with aplomb.
United would be a the better side for most of the first period with the best other chance being created by and ultimately not taken by Joelinton after his smart run and turn in the West Brom box.
For their part, only a late Gallagher miss when well placed in a crowded Newcastle box would give them any real threat of getting back into the game int the opening period.
1-0 at half time.
But into the second half and a rejuvenated West Brom side came out firing and within 5 minutes they were level. A deep cross saw Furlong nip in front of Jamal Lewis, who should have cleared, to slam home a find finish from the edge of the 6 yard box and giving Darlow no chance.
With West Brom now the better side it was something of a surprise that the next big chance would fall to substitute Dwight Gayle with his header cleared off the line.
And the former West Brom loanee was not to be denied, as with the game in its final 10 minutes he headed in off the crossbar after fellow ex-West Brom loanee Murphy centred brilliantly.
2-1 the final score and up to 11th in the league after a testing couple of weeks for everyone at the club.
West Brom travelled to an empty St James Park for a rare Saturday 3pm kick off with just a point on the road all season and starting the game second bottom with just 6 points from their 11 games.
A great chance for Newcastle to take advantage and climb further up the points table after their win against Palace last time out, before the game against Villa was called off due to COVID hitting the Magpies hard.
And it was the pandemic that would shape United's line up still for this one with Darlow the only senior goalkeeper at the club now fit of virus free. Hayden would return to the side this time at centre half with no other options left to partner Clark, himself having only just returned from a positive test.