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Summary

  1. Newcastle XI: Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons, Shelvey, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend, Mitrovic.
  2. West Brom XI: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Chester, Yacob, Sandro, Gardner, Fletcher, McClean, Anichebe.
  3. Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Oh Salomon! 

Rondon is played in - all he had to do was find Berahino and it would have been 1-1. It found Daryl Janmaat instead.

Newcastle were so lucky. So, so lucky.

STOPPAGE TIME

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

There are five minutes of it. How are the nerves, Newcastle fans?

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Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Henri Saivet comes on for Jonjo Shelvey, although it's Newcastle team-mate Moussa Sissoko who appears to be struggling.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

This getting stupid now. Daryl Janmaat plays a great ball along the six yard area, but no Newcastle player could get a touch.

Ayoze Perez comes on for Newcastle - replacing Andros Townsend who comes off to a deserved standing ovation.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Andros Townsend, who has had a superb game, picks out Gini Wijnaldum, but the Dutchman's final shot is weak and is easily collected low by WBA keeper Ben Foster.

You can count the number of Magpies attacks on 10 hands.

YELLOW CARD

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Jonas Olsson becomes the third Baggie to go into the book. He took Aleksander Mitrovic out.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

That was interesting. Baggies on loan midfielder Alex Pritchard fires a 20 yard free-kick which dips just that wee bit too late. Great effort though from the former Brentford loanee.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Have Albion given up? They are only a goal down but seem to have lost the will at St James'. 

Forward Salomon Rondon is on to try to change things.

HITS THE WOODWORK and CLOSE!

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Andros Townsend, on his home debut, nearly scores a wonderful goal. The former Spurs man looks to shoot, sells the dummy, and then with his other foot fires an effort that comes off Ben Foster's left-hand upright.

Moments later,  Moussa Sissoko plays a one-two with Gini Wiljnaldum and then fires wide from the angle. It would have been a superb goal.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Yet another miss! 

Gini Wijnaldum, who has scored all his league goals at St James', heads over from six yards from a lovely Andros Townsend delivery.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Former WBA player Tony Brown on BBC WM:

"Newcastle have started where they left off in the first half, they are making Albion retreat and they are not allowing Albion to get forward."

West Brom's James Chester is booked for a foul on Moussa Sissoko
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West Brom's James Chester is booked for a foul on Moussa Sissoko

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Saido Berahino has a eight-yard shot blocked by the leg of Steven Taylor - Newcastle looked shaky at the back there.

Bit of hope for the Baggies.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Baggies have an effort on goal!

Substitute midfielder Alex Pritchard tries his luck from 20 yards, but his luck was out. Well out.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Tiote is OK. Made of tough stuff is the Ivorian. 

Still waiting for a Baggies response - they have Berahino on the pitch but he just played a loose pass... not a good sign.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

It's a Geordie Alamo for the Baggies. First Jonjo Shelvey has a shot blocked then Andros Townsend is prevented.

Newcastle's Cheick Tiote is down after landing awkwardly in a challenge with Victor Anichebe.

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Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Gareth McAuley is getting treatment after he brought down Gini Wijnaldum and got a yellow card. The Baggies down to 10 for a bit.

Meanwhile, Jonas Olsson makes a good block to deny Moussa Sissoko launching one from 10 yards.

KICK-OFF

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

We are back under way.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Magpies target Saido Berahino comes on for the Baggies. He and loan signing Alex Pritchard replace Sandro and Craig Gardner. I thought Gardner was decent.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

As things stand, Newcastle would be out of the bottom three with this win. 

Er... they'll be partying down the Quayside long into the night if things stay the same. OK, perhaps not.

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Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Gavin Richmond: The Toon need to get at least 2 more and put this game away. Have to make our dominance count. We've battered West Brom

HALF-TIME

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

That's your lot. Few would argue against this current scoreline.

Aleksandar Mitrovic
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CLOSE!

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Steven Taylor makes goal-saving tackle to deny West Brom's James McClean from six yards. It was a good pull-back from Craig Gardner.

There is that feeling that Newcastle might be made to pay for failing to score more than one this half.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

I can't recall a game this season where Newcastle have been so dominant. And have the Baggies been this poor?

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Former WBA player Tony Brown on BBC WM:

"That goal was far too easy for Newcastle a simple through ball and four West Brom defenders couldn’t cut it out, that’s not good enough and Albion don’t look like a side capable of scoring this afternoon either." 

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'Mitrovic will be delighted'

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Jermaine Jenas

Ex-Spurs & England midfielder on Final Score

"I'm pleased for Mitrovic. He does a lot of the dirty work that goes unsung at Newcastle, so he'll be delighted to have netted that."

GOAL - Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Aleksander Mitrovic

No ruling out by Lee Mason with this one. Jonjo Shelvey plays in Aleksandar Mitrovic who slides his shot past the onrushing Ben Foster. That will do the confidence of the Serb a lot of good, having missed a hatful of chances in previous games.

How do the Baggies respond now?

Aleksandar Mitrovic
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DISALLOWED GOAL

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

GOAAA! NOOOOO!

Newcastle fans start celebrating a Cheick Tiote classic. The defensive midfielder fires in from 25 yard-plus - similar to his strike against Arsenal about five years ago.

But referee Lee Mason after consultation with his lino says "no". It was judged that Aleksandar Mitrovic was in Ben Foster's line of sight...so close yet so far again for Newcastle.

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

Tony Pulis is livid as yet another decision goes against his side. In all fairness Tony, Claudio Yacob did raise his studs in the region of Daryl Janmaat's stottie cakes.

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

Former WBA player Tony Brown on BBC WM:

"Newcastle are winning the midfield battle and West Brom are finding no relief up front, the ball keeps coming back and Albion are under constant pressure."

Newcastle have had 84% possession.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United competes for the ball against Victor Anichebe and Jonas Olsson
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Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

Referee Lee Mason has let a couple of - let's say robust challenges - by Newcastle players go unpunished.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is not happy. Understandable.

CLOSE!

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

The free-kick goes out for a corner and then the corner is cleared. Newcastle again hit the Baggies on the counter - this time Moussa Sissoko is inches from turning in Aleksandar Mitrovic's through-ball.

Free-kick to West Brom

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

Rolando Aarons is a lucky man. The stand-in full-back brings down Victor Anichebe on the edge of the area. This is dangerous though... Craig Gardner to take...

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

Former WBA striker Tony Brown on BBC WM:

"The pressure from Newcastle has been relentless so far, great saves from Ben Foster have kept WBA in this game, they are struggling to get out of their own half."

Georginio Wijnaldum
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Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

Janmaat is back on.

Meanwhile, Newcastle win a corner and Ben Foster again comes to his side's rescue and punches clear under pressure from Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

West Brom produce their first attack. Midfielder James McClean - to a chorus of boos because he's ex-Sunderland - crosses into the area but the ball is easily cleared.

Meanwhile, Magpies full-back Daryl Janmaat is down injured.

CLOSE and CLOSE!

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

Newcastle should have scored - twice !!!

Baggies keeper Ben Foster pulls off two great saves. He first prevents Andros Townsend from opening his Newcastle account from 20 yards and then somehow keeps out Aleksandar Mitrovic's shot from two yards. It was an instinctive one-handed stop.

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Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

The Magpies almost make a perfect start. Daryl Janmaat fires a ball into the chest of Gini Wijnaldum in the six-yard area but he cannot get a shot away because of a great challenge by Gareth McAuley. 

KICK-OFF

Newcastle 0-0 West Brom

We are under way here.

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