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West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Newcastle United

Ayoze Perez, Newcastle
Newcastle forward Perez has now scored in his last three league matches

Newcastle moved up to eighth in the Premier League with a comfortable win over West Brom, thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Fabricio Coloccini.

Perez opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time with a sublime backheel from 12 yards out.

The game was ended as a contest on 62 minutes when an unmarked Coloccini headed in at the far post.

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The hosts went close through Saido Berahino in the first half, but faded dramatically in the second.

Newcastle have now won four successive league games for the first time since November 2013, and Alan Pardew's well-organised side suddenly look capable of challenging for a top-eight finish.

They got their tactics spot on against the Baggies as they mixed controlled possession with an ability to press their hosts whenever they did have periods without the ball.

And, perhaps more importantly, they appear to have found a natural finisher in 21-year-old Perez.

Signed from Tenerife for £1.5m in the summer, Perez's goals have played a significant part in Newcastle's recovery from a poor start to the season in which they took until 18 October to register their first win, against Leicester.

Since then, they have also beaten Tottenham and Liverpool, either side of knocking holders Manchester City out of the League Cup - Perez netting the winner against both Spurs and the Reds.

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West Brom 0-2 Newcastle: Alan Pardew hails 'special' Perez goal

His instinctive finish at The Hawthorns came at the end of a scrappy first half, which the Baggies possibly edged.

After Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi had hit the bar from the edge of the area after 10 minutes, Victor Anichebe and Saido Berahino began to link up well and the latter brought a good save out of Tim Krul with a snap-shot.

As well as Anichebe and Berahino linked up however, they were not afforded enough support from their midfield players and that enabled Newcastle to cope with any sustained pressure.

Newcastle took the lead just before the break when Perez showed the finishing prowess of a seasoned striker to flick the ball past Ben Foster from Daryl Janmaat's cross.

Dutch full-back Janmaat also created the second when a corner was only partially cleared and he delivered a beautiful ball to the back post where Coloccini met it with a thumping header.

West Brom never truly threatened to break down Newcastle in the final half hour, and the visitors almost made their victory margin even more handsome when Perez had a superb volley tipped over by Foster after a good cross from the returning Ryan Taylor.

West Brom manager Alan Irvine:

"I've got complaints about how we played but the result was fair enough. It could have gone either way for a while. Newcastle started well, then we had a good spell and looked to be doing OK but the goal just before half-time put a different complexion on the mood in the two dressing rooms.

"When the second went in, it was a long way back for us. We knew it would be difficult - Newcastle make it hard for teams to create chances.

"We knew we needed good movement but we didn't have enough of that. It was the first game in which the players have not performed to the levels they have shown. Nobody goes out to play poorly but it just didn't happen for us today and now we have to look for the reasons why."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"It was a very disciplined, strong performance which was highlighted by an outstanding goal from Ayoze Perez. You need special moments like that in the Premier League.

"That type of goal, you usually take the pace off the cross and guide it in but he actually added pace to it. Ayoze struggled with the physicality of Joleon Lescott and Craig Dawson today but he'll get better as we go on.

"We were a bit frustrated that we had not played as well as we could offensively in the first half, but the team is well balanced. We have good width and our system is proving difficult for the opposition."

Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle
Fabricio Coloccini scored for the first time since netting against Nottingham Forest in September, 2011
Newcastle supporters
Newcastle have won their last four Premier League games, after winning one of the preceding 15 matches
Saido Berahino, West Brom
Saido Berahino registered just one shot on target
Alan Pardew & Alan Irvine
Before the game, both managers laid wreaths to mark Remembrance Sunday

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Wisdom
  • 25Dawson
  • 6Lescott
  • 15PocognoliSubstituted forGamboaat 45'minutes
  • 17DorransSubstituted forSamarasat 76'minutes
  • 21MulumbuSubstituted forSessegnonat 63'minutes
  • 7Morrison
  • 11Brunt
  • 10Anichebe
  • 18Berahino

Substitutes

  • 4Baird
  • 5Yacob
  • 13Myhill
  • 16Gamboa
  • 23McAuley
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 30Samaras

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 22Janmaat
  • 2ColocciniSubstituted forWilliamsonat 78'minutes
  • 36Dummett
  • 19Haidara
  • 30Abeid
  • 14Colback
  • 20CabellaSubstituted forTaylorat 82'minutes
  • 7Sissoko
  • 28AmeobiSubstituted forGouffranat 78'minutes
  • 17Pérez

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 6Williamson
  • 8Anita
  • 9Cissé
  • 11Gouffran
  • 21Elliot
  • 32Armstrong
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
26,476

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Newcastle United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Newcastle United 2.

Georgios Samaras (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.

Attempt blocked. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Foster.

Attempt saved. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Taylor with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Hand ball by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

Hand ball by Andre Wisdom (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Ryan Taylor replaces Rémy Cabella.

Attempt missed. Andre Wisdom (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoan Gouffran replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Michael Williamson replaces Fabricio Coloccini because of an injury.

Foul by Georgios Samaras (West Bromwich Albion).

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Georgios Samaras replaces Graham Dorrans.

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Stéphane Sessegnon replaces Youssuf Mulumbu.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Newcastle United 2. Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Cristian Gamboa.

Attempt missed. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United).

Foul by Andre Wisdom (West Bromwich Albion).

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jack Colback.

Attempt blocked. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Newcastle United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Cristian Gamboa replaces Sébastien Pocognoli because of an injury.

Half Time

First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Newcastle United 1.

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