Cabaye sent the ball over for Ameobi to spring at the front post, Baggies'
'keeper Boaz Myhill fluff his punch and Yoan Gouffran glance the ball
home via the back of his head for a third goal in as many home games 1-0
Half time: Magpies
1 Baggies 0
53mins Morgan Amalfitano's cross from the right reached danger man Shane
Long, who got between Mike Williamson and Debuchy to flick the ball on to the
unmarked Chris Brunt, who blasted beyond Krul and into the roof of the Leazes
57mins A triangle of passes on halfway between Cabaye and Gouffran led to
Davide Santon flicking the ball forward. Controlled headers from Ameobi and Remy
saw it arrive with Moussa Sissoko, who took a touch before crashing home
an unstoppable right foot strike from 25 yards 2-1
Full time: Magpies 2 Baggies
"(all the players deserve) a lot of credit, because we've had
to work very, very hard today.
"I think West Brom showed why they've
been beaten only once on the road. They were very resilient - a good team, good
quality, experience. They got back in it with a great goal from Brunt. But we
wouldn't be denied.
"We've had that kind of mood in our
dressing room for a while now, perhaps since the second half against Everton,
we've had a real resilience that we're really going to push and I thought we
just edged it today.
"The second goal was an absolute
cracker and at the end in which (Alan) Shearer smashed so many in. It's
great to see a new name do that and Moussa's work rate and commitment was just
as good as the goal. He's had a few
chances and he waited for the ball to come down and he's hit it true. It brought
the house down.
"It's important in the Premier League
to have momentum. It's an amazing armoury and if we keep that glow and feeling
then we'll keep plugging away.
“I sensed before the game that the group is very, very strong. There’s a
really good feeling in there. Everybody is fit and available, so your Yohan
Cabayes and Colos can look around that dressing room and see quality, and
quality not even involved – Steven Taylor didn’t even make the bench.
“We have got a strength in depth that we
didn’t have even when we finished fifth two years ago, but certainly the fact
that we are not playing Europa League and we are getting that extra work on the
training ground is definitely showing.
“There’s a good chance I could win
French Manager of the Year. It’s something I have got my eye on! A lot of
offensive players happen to be French, so that would fit in with them scoring
most of the goals.
“When they arrived in January, certainly
the four who are prominent at the moment – Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko,
Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – there were question marks about their
commitment, their mental strength for this division and their physical strength,
and they did struggle a little bit.
“But they have overcome that now, and
Yohan’s interview this week was very, very good when he said that the France
national side is benefiting from his new capability of coping with the energy in
“In Ligue 1 in France, it isn’t as
high-impact and as high-energy as the Premier League. These guys are benefiting
from it and I can understand why the French manager is looking at our players,
because they are playing at a higher level, there’s no doubt about that.
"It's getting cold, I'm a southerner so
I'm sure the Geordie faithful won't mind me wearing a scarf."
Match winner Moussa Sissoko:
"This is where I hoped we would get to
when I joined.
"Last season was a really difficult time for Newcastle, but when we arrived
we had a mission, and our mission was to make sure we got the points on the
board to stay up. It was very hard, but we did it and we succeeded in our
mission in that regard. We don’t want to see the same thing happen to us that
happened last season.
"It is up there as one of the greatest
goals I have ever scored, probably, in my career, and I am really happy to have
scored it. I have been waiting a while for it. Now I am off the mark and I will
continue to work hard, mostly to make sure I can keep putting in some great
performances on the pitch.
"Goals, when they come along, are
always welcome, or the odd assist if I can get them in as well, but the most
important thing is the win. It doesn’t matter who scores. As a team, we win
together, we lose together and if we score a goal, it’s always a goal
together. We all have the same objectives we are working towards.”
"The league position is fantastic. As I
have always said in the past though, it doesn’t matter how you score, the most
important thing is to score and take away the three points. That’s what we
managed to do today, so we are happy. We will enjoy it, but we will go away and
"We have got a difficult match away at
Swansea on Wednesday, but we will go there full of confidence and hopefully come
away with three points."
"I thought first half we were too passive in the game - we didn't pass
the ball as well as we do and we didn't create enough. We had one or two half
chances as Newcastle did. The goal came out of nowhere because the game was
drifting towards a goalless first half and then we conceded the goal.
"The second half was good. We played
with more intensity, got ourselves back in the game and then a wonder strike
denied us any points.
"I just feel that we were feeling a bit
sorry for ourselves at times so we spoke about starting the second half on the
front foot and getting bodies further forward and getting pressure in and around
their defensive area and it started to pay dividends for us.
"Obviously, we got the equaliser and
got on top in the game and then they scored against the run of play. We just
couldn't create the second equaliser.
"To concede two goals every game is a worry. You need to score two for a
point, three for a win. We need to address that. In this league you need points,
"Their first goal came from nowhere and
it was disappointing because we generally defend set-pieces well. We responded
well but we couldn’t stay 1-1 for longer, which was our biggest
disappointment. We risked a lot at the end to get the equaliser.”
"I thought we could have got something
- anyone fair minded would think the same. We have to get ourselves prepared for
Man City and start getting some points on the board. I’ve got a good group of
players, a committed group of players, but we know that you need results in this
league, not just play well.”
managed four successive Premier League wins for the first time
since March/April 2012, when the side reeled off six victories before
crashing 0-4 at Wigan.
Some bright spark in the media has calculated that only Lyon have scored
more league goals via French players this season than Newcastle, whose
total of 18 out of 19 scored was greater than any other side in the
French top flight. That's not quite as much of a shock when one learns
that none of the top eight scorers in Ligue 1 are French.
With messrs Williamson, Santon, Taylor, Anita, Cisse, Coloccini,
Gutierrez, Tiote and the Ameobis all failing to register in the PL, Paul
Dummett's strike at home to Liverpool is the only exception to the
French goal glut.
NUFC last six PL seasons after thirteen games:
2013/14: 23 points, 6th (scored
19, conceded 18)
2012/13: 14 points, 14th (scored 13, conceded 19)
2011/12: 26 points, 4th (scored 19, conceded 12)
2010/11: 18 points, 7th (scored 21, conceded 16)
2008/09: 13 points, 17th (scored 17, conceded 22)
2007/08: 18 points, 11th (scored 19, conceded 21)
in Toon - last 20:
2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran,
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2011/12 lost 2-3 Ba 2
2010/11 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2009/10 drew 2-2 Guthrie, Lovenkrands
2008/09 won 2-1 Barton(pen), Martins
2005/06 won 3-0 Solano, Ameobi 2(1pen)
2004/05 won 3-1 Kluivert, Milner, Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Robert (LC)
2002/03 won 2-1 Shearer 2
1990/91 drew 1-1 L.O'Brien
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn, Anderson
1989/90 lost 0-1 (LC)
1985/86 won 4-1 Reilly 2, McDonald, Clarke
1984/85 won 1-0 Beardsley
1977/78 lost 0-3
1976/77 won 2-0 Gowling, Cannell
1972/73 drew 1-1 Macdonald
1972/73 won 3-1 (TC) Tudor, Gibb, Hibbitt
1971/72 won 4-2 Macdonald 2(1pen), OG, Green
Full record v West Brom:
Moussa Sissoko picked
the perfect moment to score his first goal of the season, as a simply sizzling
strike ended the Albion revival at St. James' Park on Saturday night.
That completed a perfect November for United, with four successive Premier
League wins propelling them into fifth place. Sunday's results then pushed them
The extra few hours in the pub made possible by the live scheduling of this game
for teatime TV seemed to have lubricated throats and the game began in a far
better atmosphere than the previous week's visit of Norwich.
Following an eleventh minute round of applause in memory of Gary Speed though,
the noise levels dipped somewhat as Newcastle struggled to contain and combat a
lively Baggies side who had lost just once on their travels.
Tim Krul tipped away a long range free-kick from Chris Brunt, before the Baggies
captain was yellow-carded for a tug on Sissoko - Cheick Tiote also going into
the book after a series of jarring challenges.
With Shola Ameobi again looking in the mood, the first meaningful chance for his
side fell to Loic Remy - whose header from a Mathieu Debuchy cross deflected off
a defender for a corner kick. That was then dealt with, but was from another
corner that United took the lead for the second week running - like buses, you
wait for ages then two turn up at once.
The first half concluded controversially, with Cabaye putting Remy through on
goal in added time, only for Jonas Olsson to grab a handful of the United man's
shirt. Unbelievably though, referee Phil Dowd simply waved play-on, deeming
that the raggy-haired defender hadn't earned a red card for a foul and the Toon
man hadn't dived and been deserving of a yellow.
Dowd also chose not to show Brunt a second yellow for a robust challenge on
Cabaye after the break - a decision that soon proved costly for the home side as
the Baggies Captain equalised.
At that point, this meeting between the two sides was following the format of
the previous two; United holding a one goal half time lead before conceding.
From our next attack though, that script was well and truly binned.
Steve Clarke's side endured a 1-2 loss here a year ago earlier thanks a winner
deflected in via the posterior of Papiss Cisse, but this year's points-earning
strike was somewhat more impressive - Sissoko spectacularly getting off the mark
for the season with an unstoppable effort.
Ameobi then set up Remy just after the hour mark, but the Frenchman's strike
flew narrowly over the bar, while an ill-advised clearance from Myhill ran to
Cabaye, only for his snap shot to be directed straight at the 'keeper.
Dowd waved away a couple of handball appeals, most notably when Cabaye's fierce
shot hit Billy Jones' arm but United withstood Albion's late pressure. That was
due in no small part to Williamson's handling of substitute Victor Anichebe well
- a player who regularly proved to be a handful during his Everton days.
Four in four then and another deserved victory achieved with as much
perspiration as inspiration, edging out a decent enough Baggies side. The Black
Country press were rather less impressed however, The Express and Star labelling
Albion's performance "'dreadful" - somewhat harsh and disrespectful to
an occasionally inspirational evening's work from The Magpies.
November's Manager of the Month award may well end up on Tyneside - a remarkable
turnaround since defeat on wearside that looked to have placed Pardew's position
in jeopardy, seemingly inevitable Premier League defeats against Chelsea and
Spurs looming large at that point.
However six points from those two games were followed up with a pair of home
successes in eight days, watched by over 100,000 supporters - a magnificent
return and repayment of that support.
From a four game month with three on our own soil, we now move to one in where
six games are shared out equally. Putting aside the fact we're in better shape
through having played three cup games rather than the six by this point last
year, we've also enjoyed good fortune in terms of discipline and
Now is the time though that rotation becomes the watchword - and the manager
must seriously consider looking beyond his first XI in order to maximise our
chances of collecting points. That's a challenge for him and also those players,
who face the task of emulating the likes of Williamson, Tiote and Ameobi senior
- all of whom have been pressed into service to great effect