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Match Report: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Newcastle United (Newcastle fan's perspective)

Tuesday 27th March 2012
So, another week gone, another win added to the tally, was it that simple? Well, for once you could say yes, it probably was. It certainly looks like it's a great time to be a Newcastle fan, let's hope it can continue!

Newcastle headed to the Hawthorns to face West Brom off the back of a hard fought win at St James' Park last week against Norwich. Our hosts meanwhile, welcomed us after a possibly disappointing result away at Wigan Athletic, with the outcome being a 1-1 draw.

This was a game where the team selection was simple; Alan Pardew could not drop Hatem Ben Arfa. Luckily he didn't, and he joined Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in an attacking formation that left everyone, including Baggies boss Roy Hodgson, guessing. James Perch also kept his place, as did Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez, with both moving back into more familiar positions after last week's tweaking against Norwich. West Brom, quite suprisingly, chose not to partner Peter Odemwingie and Shane Long together from the start, a pairing that had caused us so many problems in the reverse fixture back in December, where we lost 3-2.

Now, I'm never confident away from home when it comes to Newcastle, and I never have been. So when it came to yesterday's game, I was a little nervy, but given the fact that we had already won 5 away games in the League this term (more than the 2002/03 season, when we finished 3rd) I had reason to be a little confident at least.

That little confidence just grew and grew from the moment the whistle went, as Newcastle really went for it from the off, doing exactly what Alan Pardew asked, silencing the home crowd. It wasn't too long until we took the lead, in fact just 6 minutes, as Jonas Gutierrez picked out Ben Arfa down the left flank with a beautiful pass, who simply layed on for the oncoming Cisse to tap in his 4th goal in 6 games. As soon as we all blinked it was two, as we broke at speed. Hatem Ben Arfa picked the ball up in the middle of the field and began his run, nothing could stop him, the ball was in the net before any of the West Brom players had time to move.

Finally West Brom woke up, as Marc-Antoine Fortune had the ball in the net, but the ref correctly gave the decision as offside. The 'champagne' football kept coming from the men in Orange, and it was 3 before long, as Papiss Cisse grabbed his second of the game on 34 minutes. Demba Ba picked the ball up, and as he ran in from the left he performed a lovely flick to Ben Arfa, as the Frenchman wernt to cross the ball Newcastle thought they had claims for a penalty as Ba went to ground, but play carried on and Cisse met the cross to tap home. The game was safe, and Newcastle just saw out the half.

The second half began in much the same vein as the first had ended, with Newcastle in the ascendancy. Hatem Ben Arfa instigated yet another break away, and had his pass into Cisse had not been deflected, we may be talking about the new boy's first hat trick in the famous black and white.

Then, disaster struck, as a hopeful ball was pumped up field for West Brom substitute Shane Long to chase, all Mike Williamson had to do was clear it. But no, thats not the Newcastle way, and a defensive mix up allowed the Irish striker to tap into an empty net, 3-1. West Brom didn't do much after that to be fair, and the points never looked in doubt. Despite there being 7 minutes added on at the end, I thought the second half was relitavely uneventful, and it was yet another professional performance from Alan Pardew's Newcastle United.

Liverpool up next for us, 8 points clear is a nice gap, so is the pressure off? You'd be a fool to think so, lets put Kenny to the sword!
Harry De Cosemo
19 years old, Newcastle season ticket holder. European football enthusiast and aspiring football writer. Currently doing a Journalism degree at Teesside University. You can follow me on Twitter: @harrydecosemo

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