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Season 2014-15
West Bromwich Albion (h) Premier League


In association 


Date: Saturday 9th May 2015, 3.00pm

St. James' Park

Conditions: rot-stopping



Newcastle United


West Bromwich

1 - 1




32 mins Jonas Gutierrez committed a foul that earned him a booking and Albion a free kick in a dangerous area down their right flank towards the Newcastle goal. Striker Victor Anichebe pulled away from alleged marker Ryan Taylor to head home ex-mackem Craig Gardner's centre. 0-1

41 mins Referee Chris Foy rather kindly decided that Youssouf Mulumbu's barge on Jack Colback down the United left was worthy of a free kick and although Ryan Taylor seemed to scuff his delivery, it reached Ayoze Perez. The Spaniard took a touch with his right foot and neatly teed himself up to find the far corner of the Leazes net with a low left-footer from 12 yards. 1-1

Half time: Magpies 1 Baggies 1

Full time: Magpies 1 Baggies 1

We Said

John Carver:

"It was probably the worst game we could have had following last week because I looked at the two sides in the tunnel and it was like Land of the Giants.

"They were all 6'4" centre-halves at the back, we had 5'7" jockeys, and that's something we have got to look at because set-plays are important.

"The difference to last week is like chalk and cheese, night and day, the proof was in the pudding today.
I saw the fight and the desire to keep this club in the Premier League, but it is just the start of it, we got a point and stopped the slide.Ē

ďTo be fair though they have done everything I have asked for and stuck to the game plan, we do need to create more chances though, but their back four are a lot more settled and experienced.

ďI think our fans understand though what these guys are having to do for the cause. We went 1-0 down from another set-piece but showed some character. We didn't show that last week at Leicester and it was good to see.

"The brilliant thing for me was that it was like being in a football stadium again. Everybody was so focused on the football, including me. I thought the fans were fantastic, and that's not me playing lip service, that's from the heart.

"A point might be huge, but the more important thing for me is the performance. The performance showed that there are people - and I include myself in that - up for this fight.

"Today was the biggest game for a long time, since we lost to Aston Villa when we got relegated
(in 2009), but it now goes on to the next one at Queen's Park Rangers. 

"The destiny is in our hands and we have got to deal with it. It was important to stop the slide and that run of defeats....there was a response from the players and definitely from the fans.

"One thing I would say is when you see a performance like that - and hopefully it's not too late - is that the players do care and they do want to stay in the Premier League.

"It was a great reaction from the fans and it affected the reaction of the players. They showed great character and determination to come back.

"From the first whistle to the last there was one team trying to win the game and one team trying to stay in the game and wait for a set play.

"It's just like another week in my world, isn't it? And I'm going to finish on this: it's been a tough week, there's been an awful lot said.

"Some of the things I have said were maybe taken in the wrong context, and I would like to just say, every time I go and play golf and I'm on the first tee, I think I'm the best golfer in the world; when I played cricket as a youngster, I thought I was the best all-round cricketer in the world, so read into that whatever you want.

"But on that note, there's a bit of relief in there because we have stopped the run of defeats, but the work is still to be done and it's still in our hands.

"Iíve probably learnt to keep my gob shut. Iím going to from now on. My Press conferences are going to be very basic, bland and simple. Iím going to keep my gob shut and get on with the football.Ē

They Said

Tony Pulis: 

expressing sympathy for his opposite number:

"Youíve got the enormous amount of money involved and I mean enormous. On top of that thereís the wonderful supporters youíve got at Newcastle.


"Youíve got all that weighing on you and the pressure can build. The most important thing is learning to manage the pressure so it doesnít spill over and you donít get involved in anything silly or stupid. To handle your players youíve got to learn to manage your stress.

ďThis is an enormous club but it has to get back to being an enormous club. The only way you can do that is to put a team on the pitch which can compete with other enormous clubs.


"Itís a wonderful club, a wonderful place and a wonderful stadium. The supportís absolutely fantastic Ė all they want is a winning team.

"I donít think thereíll be any change at this football club. I think Mike Ashley is very loyal to the people he appoints.Ē

Moving on to his own lot:

"I donít like my reputation, as a man who just keeps sides up. Iím trying to get away from it. This was the toughest of the lot in lots of respects so I'm pleased personally for the players, the chairman, the staff and especially the supporters.

"We host the champions on Monday and we will look forward to that. I've had more stressful days and nights than what I've had previously but we've done it. 

Twenty four points from 17 games - it shows how well we've done. It's been fantastic. They've done brilliantly.  I am absolutely delighted. We're OK now. 

"Newcastle had more possession and play in the final third than we did but we had the clear cut chances. It was important we gave a performance. 

"There is a responsibility on every club in the League to respect your supporters and we had 2500 here. The Barclays Premier League is the biggest league in the world so there was a lot for us to play for and work at."


Carver in charge: Played 18, Lost 12, Drawn 4, Won 2 (scored 15, conceded 34)

United stopped the rot after losing their last four Premier League home games, matching the unenviable Premier League record they set last season.
United have never lost five in a row at SJP during the PL era, and last did so in September and October 1953, when they lost six.

While avoiding a ninth successive defeat, the draw
still leaves them without a win in nine games - their worst form since a winless run of ten games between February and May 2009.

Ayoze Perez scored his seventh goal of the season, having also netted against Albion at the Hawthorns
earlier in the campaign.

Newcastle netted their 24th home PL goal of this season to go one better than
the 2013/14 total and match the 2012/13 tally. Their poorest return was 22 in the 1997/98 and 2006/07 campaigns.

Home goals scored 2014/15: 6 Cisse, 4 Colback, Perez, 3 Sissoko, 
Aarons, De Jong, Janmaat, Gouffran, Obertan, S.Taylor, Williamson.

End split: Gallowgate 14 / Leazes 10
     Half split: First 8 / second 16

Emmanuel Riviere made his 22nd Premier League appearance (13 starts) and has now completed 1059 minutes on the pitch without finding the net.

Baggies in Toon - Premier League:

2014/15 drew 1-1 Perez
2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran, Sissoko
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



Newcastle managed to halt their disastrous run of defeats at the ninth time of asking on Saturday, earning a point thanks to a first half equaliser from Ayoze Perez. However it was Burnley's win at Hull City that was the biggest plus for John Carver's side, as other results left them in some peril.

ose scorelines included an improbable 2-0 win for the mackems at Everton, while Leicester struck twice early against the Saints. When combined with going behind to Albion, United actually dropped to third bottom for a nine minute period until Perez struck.

Sean Dyche's Clarets broke their own winless streak and scoring duck at the KC Stadium but failed to preserve their Premier League status and pushed Steve Bruce's Tigers nearer to oblivion.  

Our next opponents QPR were
then relegated after losing 0-6 at Manchester City 24 hours later, meaning that the fight to avoid that third bottom spot becomes a five-way tussle between Hull, ourselves, the mackems, Leicester and Villa.

With two games left, avoiding defeat
against the Throstles saw the Magpies end the day out of the drop zone but occupying seventeenth - their lowest position since last October. Victory for Villa at Southampton on Saturday lunchtime would see Tim Sherwood complete his rescue mission with a game to spare and leave four teams in peril - of whom Newcastle have the worst goal difference.

Despite losing four successive games on home territory, a well-filled St. James' Park applauded the Magpies on to the field - the published crowd of just under 48,000 looking to be reflected in
the actual attendance this week at least.

Aside from an early foray by Moussa Sissoko and danger when Craig Dawson headed a corner against the
post, Gallowgate snoozed in the spring sunshine for most of the opening half hour. 

At that point Sissoko brought the crowd to life when his goalbound effort was blocked in the six yard box and a Jonas Gutierrez foul seconds later earned him a booking and Albion a free kick in a dangerous area -  although that's not saying much given our current leakiness.

Victor Anichebe could be relied upon to find the net against us in his Everton days and
he duly obliged again - the sixth time in four games that we've conceded from or following a set piece.

Letting in that goal brought about a brief chorus of groans, boos and abuse from some home fans, with the extra security staff stationed around the home dugout readying themselves for a more tangible reaction.
However that moment of ill will soon passed and gave way to roars of encouragement as United drove upfield in search of an equaliser that wasn't long in arriving. 

For a change it was the black and whites who fashioned something from a free kick, with Perez perfectly potting Ryan Taylor's short-pitched delivery. In truth that was as good as it got for a Newcastle side who lacked accuracy and inspiration and were grateful to Paul Dummett's block that deflected Chris Brunt's effort from point blank range on to post and bar.

A handful of half-chances did fall to the home side, with Sissoko's effort saved, Remy Cabella shooting just over and substitute Sammy Ameobi sending an overhead kick narrowly over the crossbar in the closing seconds.

Albion knew they would mathematically retain top flight status with a point and soaked up pressure in the closing stages without truly going on the offensive - the highly-rated Saida Berahino coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes but threatening Tim Krul's goal just once.  

Throwing on a ring-rusty Papiss Cisse after one training session in seven weeks was a desperate attempt to conjure up a moment of inspiration that never looked likely - the number 9 having used up his luck against the Baggies in 2012 when scoring a 93rd minute winner with his arse...

Cisse's return did provide a timely reminder of our continued poor service to front men though (when we have any that is) the Gallic Mike Larnach wearing 29 once again doing little to suggest he can get on the end of anything other than a Greggs croissant.

While Cisse may be more of a threat against QPR, the return of Daryl Janmaat following suspension may be as telling as United go in search of points to avert disaster. Our fate remains in our own hands, but parallels with 2009 remain when we also sat in seventeenth with two games to play - only to lose them both by a single goal, having apparently thought we'd done the hard work.

Many of those in the squad won't know that, but messrs Krul, Taylor and Gutierrez looked on from the bench that day at Villa while Coloccini played. Hopefully the harsh lessons learned that day haven't been forgotten. The rot has been stopped, but we remain some way from safety.


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