MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 2 West Bromwich Albion 1, St James’ Park, 30/Nov/13, KO: 5:30pm, Premier League. Att: Att: 49,203

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United claimed another fantastic three points on Saturday evening with a hard fought win Gouffranover a hardworking and well organised West Brom side who have taken points at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge this season.  The win has moved us temporarily up to 5th in the league and although we’ll likely drop down a place or two when Sunday’s games are played, waking up in December with 23 points, 4 wins on the bounce and closer to the top of the league than 11th place it’s been a fantastic season up to this point.  Full credit to the players and manager for getting us into this position.

We lined up as expected with Debuchy slotting back in at right back with the unfortunate Yanga Mbiwa dropping to the bench. There’s been rumours and reports of Colo wanting away again and some fans called for the benching of our captain and sticking with the players who’ve been playing so well.  I think Mbiwa will get better with every game he plays and has really benefited from an extended run in a settled back four.  The rest of the team picks it’s self at the moment and we went in the game confident of picking up another win.

The game started with West Brom harrying and pressing every United player to great effect.  Brunt had a free kick well saved by Krul early on as Shane Long’s industry and running caused Collocinin in  particular a few problems.

We eventually began to monopolise possession and control the game without really creating much.  Our best chance came on the half hour when great work by Sissoko lead to a Debuchy drilled cross which Remy should have buried but he didn’t make proper contact and then ball was glanced off a defender for a corner.  West Brom’s attacking movement and pace was causing us a few problems but nothing ever materialised chance wise for them in the whole of the half thanks to the outstanding Williamson.

We got a much needed first goal after an innoccious Santon shot deflected for a corner and the ir keeper punched the ball terribly, straight up in the air, and it was knocked in from 6 yards out by the now prolific Goufrann.  It looks like a simple goal but he had to beat Mulumbu to the ball who had a running jump on him.  Goufrann has a great leap on him and is an excellent header of the ball.  £500K for this lad is an absolute bargain and is fast becoming one of United’s best buys in recent times.

Right on half time Cababye played a delicious ball through for Remy who was tugged back by Olsen when through on goal and a red card and free kick surely beckoned.  Not according to Phil Dowd who seemed intent on giving the most innocuous of fouls but refusing to make any important decisions.

We started the second half on the back foot and a defensive mix up between Williamosn and Debuchy going for the same ball saw Chris Brunt rifle an equaliser at the Leazes end.  Siisoko had fallen asleep and failed to track the run and it was a poor goal to give away.  However it only took 4 minutes for Sissoko to make amends with an absolute screamer from 25 yards which flew into the top corner.  A brilliant goal and ample reward for his recent excellent performances.  Back in the lead we actually looked more likely than West Brom to get the next goal and apart from an Anichebe header at the death they didn’t threaten.  Ex-mackem hero Sessegnin was ineffective and Long wearied as the game went on.

We had a stonewall penalty turned down for apparently no reason and yet again the extra goal was wrongly denied.  We held on for the win and the 49,000 mags went home happy again with another cracking win.

The next three fixtures are particularly tricky but you wouldn’t bet against us picking up at least 4 points from then before the Christmas period sees us with some winnable games.

Man of the Match:

Mike Williamson.

Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Chieck Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko (Papiss Cisse 90+5), Yoan Gouffran, Shola.Ameobi, Loic Remy (Vurnon Anita 84).

Not Used Subs: Rob Elliot, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi.

Booked: Chieck Tiote.

Goals: Gouffran 36, Sissoko 57.

 ALEX HURST 

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