West Brom earn their 18th corner of the game... four minutes of stoppage time has gone and there's no need to take that corner because the referee has said enough is enough.
- West Brom XI: Myhill, McAuley, Evans, Olsson, Dawson, Yacob, Fletcher, Brunt, Morrison, Sessegnon, Anichebe
- Newcastle XI: Darlow, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback, Anita, Sissoko, Perez, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic
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One minute of added time remaining and Newcastle haven't had a sniff of the ball for quite some time.
We're deep into added time and there doesn't seem a way back for Newcastle. Stephane Sessegnon's pace is providing the hosts with a useful outlet to take the sting out of any would-be Magpies attacks.
A standing ovation for Victor Anichebe who limps off, more injury frustration for the West Brom striker. Rickie Lambert replaces the powerful Anichebe.
Can Newcastle sneak a point at this late stage? It seems unlikely as it's all West Brom. Saido Berahino's terrific drive towards the near post draws a fine save from Karl Darlow.
Twelve minutes from time and Darren Fletcher pops up with a perfectly-timed run to head Claudio Yacob's cross home - and through the uncertain hands of Karl Darlow.Copyright: Getty Images
My oh my, Karl Darlow is far from certain between the posts. The goalkeeper makes a hash of the clearance, which gifts West Brom a corner.
Victor Anichebe subsequently hits the goal frame with his header and, somehow, the Newcastle goalline has not been breached.
Karl Darlow comes off his line with Victor Anichebe charging towards goal. The goalkeeper completely misses the ball as the striker attempts to flick it away from Darlow.
Was it a penalty? No says the referee, which leaves Anichebe punching the ground in frustration.Copyright: Reuters
James Morrison is the man who makes way for Saido Berahino as West Brom boss Tony Pulis opts for an attacking line-up.
Berahino has not scored since October, but who is to say he won't today...
Saido Berahino is waiting a long time on the sidelines for his introduction. Play continues as the substitute looks on...
Newcastle defending frantically, but can they hang on for the remaining 20 minutes or so?Copyright: Getty Images
Cheick Tiote makes a clumsy challenge on Victor Anichebe to concede a free-kick just inside Newcastle's half.
Chris Brunt is the man on the ball, he hits it long towards the back post and despite Newcastle's terrible defending the Magpies get away with it.
Aleksandar Mitrovic gets the better of Jonny Evans, but he fails to hit his strike true. He appeals for something more than a corner, but a corner it will be.
It seemed as if Evans grabbed him around the midriff as he was about to strike, but his cries go unheard.
Fair to say the Newcastle goalmouth has seen a lot of action over the past hour or so.
But had Paul Dummett's header been just slightly better directed the away side would be leading. The fine margins...
West Brom threatening on the edge of the Newcastle box... they promise much, James Morrison setting up Darren Fletcher, but the midfielder opts to spray the ball across to Chris Brunt whose chipped cross bounces out of play.
Newcastle lacking confidence in the final third, though they do earn a corner to sow seeds of doubt in West Brom's defence.
Paul Dummett's header hits the crossbar! Fabricio Coloccini attempts to backheel the rebound, but his effort is cleared for another corner.
Karl Darlow with one of his more convincing punches as he clears a West Brom corner.
The Baggies are camped in Newcastle's final third and another free-kick is coming their way after a crude challenge by Aleksandar Mitrovic on Stephane Sessegnon.
Stephane Sessegnon flies down the right flank like an arrow, but his final ball into the box is disappointing. West Brom starting on the front foot, just as they did in the first half.
Here we go again. The second half is under way. A goal or two would be nice.Copyright: PA
For possession and territory there's only one team in it, but the scoreline says Newcastle still have a chance.Copyright: Opta
Nothing more to report. West Brom fail to test Newcastle's defence from the corner and referee Mike Jones toots his whistle for the break.
Stephane Sessegnon earns his team a free-kick about three metres from the right side of the D.
Craig Gardner is the man who takes it, but the wall does its job, the ball coming off Ayoze Perez for a corner.
Newcastle's attacks lacking urgency which gives West Brom plenty of time to get bodies behind the ball. The hosts have been the better side in these last 10 minutes.
Chris Brunt aims his free-kick to the right of the Newcastle goal and eventually the ball ends up with Darren Fletcher who, at his second attempt, loops it over the crossbar. He pleads for a corner, but Mike Jones ignores the midfielder.Copyright: Reuters
Another corner for West Brom. James Morrison's low drive is cleared by first Daryl Janmaat and then Moussa Sissoko.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini then heads the corner out of the danger area. Worrying times for the Magpies.
Nerves perhaps hindering Karl Darlow's game. His punch, from just four yards or so from his line, swivels backwards for a West Brom corner - their seventh of the match.
A scrappy five minutes or so as neither team can keep hold of the ball for too long. West Brom look the more threatening, with Victor Anichebe proving to be a threatening outlet.
Craig Gardner twists and turns on the edge of the box, creates space for James Morrison who again has a chance, but it's Fabricio Coloccini who again blocks the danger.
A tussle with Victor Anichebe ends badly for Vurnon Anita as the Newcastle midfielder is on the ground, holding his right hamstring.
Cheick Tiote is the man who will replace Anita.Copyright: Reuters
Victor Anichebe again holds up play nicely and that allows James Morrison to take a shot at goal, though his effort bobbles wide.Copyright: Reuters
Newcastle enjoying a fine five minutes or so. Aleksandar Mitrovic's shot is deflected for a corner... but Ayoze Perez fails to find a team-mate and the ball bounces out for a West Brom throw in.
Oof! Ayoze Perez is given the freedom to roam from the left wing into the box and the Spaniard's effort is a fraction away from curling into the top-right corner.
Jonas Olsson seems to have tweaked a hamstring so the Swedish international is replaced by Craig Gardner.
Jonny Evans, playing as a right-back, will move to the middle of defence.
Both teams have had their chances. Karl Darlow flaps at a corner and the young goalkeeper doesn't look too comfortable under the high ball.
He did, of course, receive a late call-up to the team as Rob Elliot, who was supposed to start, is suffering from a virus.
Magnificent by Moussa Sissoko! Magnificent by Gareth McAuley!
The Newcastle forward embarks on an adventurous charge from deep inside his own half. He weaves by one defender, then another, a shuffle of the hips and he's closing in on goal...
But McAuley times his last-ditch tackle brilliantly to stop Sissoko from unleashing a shot.
How close was James Morrison to opening the scoring? As you can see from the graphic below, very close indeed.
His goal-bound attempt was cleared by Fabricio Coloccini on the line (see 5 mins).Copyright: .
Victor Anichebe, making his first league start since the opening day of the season, is proving to be a nuisance. He holds off two defenders, shoots and were it not for Paul Dummett's block that thunderous effort would have tested Karl Darlow.
A lively start with both teams beginning brightly. West Brom shading it in terms of possession with James Morrison and Darren Fletcher controlling things in the middle of the park.
James Morrison turns and shoots and Fabricio Coloccini is Newcastle's hero - the captain hooking the midfielder's goal-bound effort off the line.
An early sniff for Newcastle... Aleksandar Mitrovic controls a high ball inside the box, but he's stopped in his tracks. Offside is the verdict. No complaints from United's players.
The players are on the pitch and after a minute's silence for former England international and coach Don Howe, who died this week at the age of 80, the game starts.
Mike Jones is the referee.Copyright: Getty Images
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I saw Newcastle on Boxing Day and they look like they might just have enough to avoid relegation, but that's about it. The players are playing for the manager, there's no doubt about that and they got stuck in against Everton. They should have got a point.
But I can see West Brom will go and do a job on them, it's what they are particularly good at. Tony Pulis has always been excellent at pigeonholing results, he will have forgotten about the Boxing Day defeat at Swansea and they will be ready to go, and to win.
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"The mere presence of Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns is enough to persuade most pundits that West Brom aren't in any danger of relegation. The club is in safe hands. But the man himself will be guarding against any complacency.
"Forty points is his mantra and he'll be concerned at Albion's recent form. One win in their last eight games leaves them just three points above the bottom three.
"Newcastle again occupy that last spot in the relegation zone after their cruel stoppage-time loss to Everton.
"But Steve McClaren told me afterwards that he saw enough heart and unity in that display to be optimistic about their future. That future starts now."
I was going to tell you that Steve McClaren had kept faith with the same starting XI which lost to Everton on Boxing Day, but there's been a late change to their initial starting XI because goalkeeper Rob Elliot is unwell and will be replaced by Karl Darlow.
I am pleased to say we have team news for this afternoon's match. Drum roll, please.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis makes two changes after his team’s Boxing Day defeat by Swansea.
Rickie Lambert and Craig Gardner are demoted to the bench, while Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon start in their place.Copyright: Opta
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