MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 1 West Brom 1, St James’ Park, 9/May/15, KO: 3pm, Att: less than stated.

by • May 10, 2015 • Match reportsComments (6)716

westbrom_home2We nearly conceded early on, again failing miserably to deal with a set piece when Dawson headed off the post virtually unmarked and we lacked any sort of zip, with Cabella notably having a frustrating opening period and spending more time on his arse than on the ball.  For the umpteenth game this season, the opposition were no great shakes and we fashioned a chance of our own from a set piece.  A deep free kick caused trouble in the Baggies box and when a header was blocked, Sissoko saw his effort cleared off the line by Lescott.

Almost from nothing though, West Brom took the lead shortly after with yet more abysmal defending from a free kick when Gardner’s cross was met by Anichebe at the back post to head home unchallenged.  The big centre forward causes up problems every time he plays against us and we struggled with him at periods today again.  The goal was met with collective groans and results at the time left us in the bottom three and staring into the abyss but we were level again before the break through Ayoze Perez.  I look at the kid and think how good he could be in a proper side with proper service, he’s lived off scraps with us and still had a great season and so it proved again here when he lashed home an arrowed shot from the edge of the area after a clearance fell to him – a fine finish for a fine player.

In a situation that would have been unthinkable at the turn of the year, we spent half time poring over the league table, with us only a point away from the bottom three but there was a marked improvement in the second half performance, albeit against a WBA side that were perfectly content with the draw.  Cabella started to come to life, although he is hindered badly by having absolutely zero turn of pace but we did create a couple of half chances for Perez and him before Cisse was introduced to a warm reception.  By Christ, we’ve missed him mind and he immediately had more spark about him than the perpetually minging Riviere.  I’ve got a feeling the Senegalese has come back in the nick of time because his mere presence fills you with at least some hope that we could put the ball in the net.

It was West Brom that came nearest in the remainder of the game to putting the ball in the net though and Krul was to thank for a smart double save, with Brunt’s shot being diverted against the bar and then again from Berahinho, who we were surprised not to see start. Late subsitute Sammy fired an overhead kick just over the bar late on and Myhill made a lot of a Sissoko effort from outside the box which never really looked like going in but despite what on the face of it was a poor result on the day, the sheer lowering of expectation saw the team being relatively well received by the fans on the final whistle.

westbrom_homeGlass half full, Hull’s terrible loss at home to Burnley coupled with this point gives us a slight edge going in to the final couple of games and we did at least stir ourselves in the second period and we should be hoping to pick up at least something against an already relegated QPR and drifting West Ham.  Glass half empty, we’re staggering along with minimal direction, are another point closer to the bottom three and lack the momentum of all but one of our closest challengers, who have games against a side that appear to be deliberately avoid winning for fear of getting into a Europe and another who will have nothing to play for in the final game and are themselves rank average.

It can only be hoped that we’re not going into the last 45 minutes of the season needing something against that fat gimp in the opposition dugout.  Safer in a way after today, in even more shit in another.

Newcastle United – Krul 6, ANITA 7 (Abeid n/a), Coloccini 7, Dummett 7, Gutierrez 5, R Taylor 5, Sissoko 5, Colback 6, Cabella 6, Riviere 4 (Cisse 6), Perez 6 (Sammy n/a)

Ref- Foy -5 – Considering he had basically nowt to do, he made an awful lot of fuss about it

Our Fans – 6 – Supportive, more so in the second half.  I would say 45k there.

Their Fans – 7 – Good numbers and good spirits

Keep the Faith

Gareth Harrison

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6 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 1 West Brom 1, St James’ Park, 9/May/15, KO: 3pm, Att: less than stated.

  1. Bob says:

    I’ve thought that Anita’s better games were as right back rather than his “proper” midfield role. Don’t know why Carver played him as a left back before today both out of position and on “wrong” foot, particularly when Jonas has played there for Argentina. Riviere seems to work hard but that’s about all. who knows what his future will be, maybe as a second striker somewhere but not here. If we stay up then it’s going to be a job and a half trying to offload so many players who are not really premiership players. Bournemouth can’t take them all and are unlikely to even want any of them but here’s hoping. When you look at the list (most of us will have the same names on our list) they won’t raise much, which is not a good start. Maybe buy a half decent player. Carver is obviously excited at the names he’s seen but he does seem easily excited anyway. having a list and getting them over the line are two different things with us.

  2. andy mc says:

    if we stay up it’ll be business as usual, loads out the door, a few in and a net spend of 15 million

  3. Pat Hughes says:

    It was a slightly better performance yesterday but I still left in a huff and a bit depressed. So angry that with only two games to go, our players suddenly step up their abysmal performances and the club demands our backing and support. We’ve been there all season, where have the players/club been!

  4. patricia hodgson says:

    I totally agree with your comments Pat and if we stop up and that is a big IF it will be the same again next season but without thousands of season ticket holders missing, all because Ashley and co could not care less about the TOON. If we go down fat man will make it his business to change the name of the stadium to SP direct arena as wonga will be long gone lost too much money so fatty in a win win situation it is heart breaking for us supporters.

  5. Ant says:

    Good news: we’re staying in the Prem.
    Bad news: we’re staying in the Prem not because we’re any good but because there are 3 other teams which are incredibly, shockingly poor.

    No point in getting depressed about next year already (there’ll be plenty of time for that… next year), but Ashley’s gamble has worked twice and he is not about to go anywhere with hundreds of millions of pounds coming his way.
    What is the point?

  6. Alex says:

    Wouldn’t say we’re safe just yet. Spurs are not cetain to beat hull. If hull win and we can’t beat an already relegated QPR don’t be suprised to see ‘Big Sam’ getting his revenge over NUFC.