A damp squib! Newcastle United 3 – 3 West Brom. Report, highlights and interviews.

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 | 52 Comments |

Jose Enrique with WBA hat-trick hero, Somen Tchoyi.
Jose Enrique with WBA hat-trick hero, Somen Tchoyi.
Although this was the last game of the season, with both Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion safe for the season, one would have thought that the ‘Baggies’ would have had something to play for, not least finishing above local rivals, Aston Villa, in the Premiership’s final reckoning.

There was also the chance for West Brom to complete a top flight double over the Magpies for the first time since the 1977/8 season. Roy Hodgson seemed to be up for a game too, naming an almost full strength side for the game. Newcastle’s injury woes continued too, as Jonas Gutierrez wasn’t able to make the teamsheet with a thigh injury picked up in the previous draw against Chelsea, and midfield miscreant, Cheick Tiote rested lest he pick up yet another card. Leon Best, who was thought to be out for the rest of the season after undergoing an ankle operation was a surprise inclusion on the bench though. Despite their almost full strength side, West Brom were poor in the first half, leavibng Newcastle coasted to an easy 2-0 lead in the first half.

Despite this though, West Brom’s Marc-Antoine Fortune did threaten the Newcastle goal with an early chance. Jose Enrique lost possession with a careless pass which was intercepted by the Baggies’ Somen Tchoyi. He found Marc-Antoine Fortune in space, with Fortune eventually cracking off a low shot which Steven Taylor only just managed to clear off the line.

However the score eventually strted to reflect the balance of early play when once again, it was Steven Taylor, at the other end this time, who became a Magpie hero after only 16 minutes. After a Ryan Taylor corner in the sixteenth minute, an abject West Brom defence seemed incapable of clearing the ball from their box despite several opportunities. Eventually, after some good work from Newcastle’s Peter Lovenkrands, Steven Taylor somehow managed to bundle in what was a very scrappy goal for the home side. Newcastle United 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion.

With the first goal in, Newcastle looked to be cruising to a comfortable victory already in what was a very poor display for the visitors. Indeed, the Magpies should have doubled their lead in the 35th minute with a chance which was very similar to the West Brom one mentioned above. After an Ameobi effort which was wide, this time it was Chris Brunt making the somewhat careless clearence, only for the ball to hit one of his own men and falling fortunately for Shola Ameobi. The Fenham Eusebio did well to get past Scott Carson in the Baggies’ goal, however Abdoulaye Meite was on hand to play the Steven Taylor role, making a clearence just off the line.

West Brom’s luck was about to run out however. After a period of great pressure from the hosts, with chances by Guthrie and Taylor, a poor defensive header from Meite enbled Lovenkrands to cut through their centre backs and shoot at Carson from very close range. The goalkeeper managed to parry the ball, pushing it into in the air, but failed to stop it crossing the line, and referee, Mark Halsey. gave the goal. Newcastle United 2 – 0 West Bromwich Albion.

After the half time interval came and went, with West Brom’s Meite making way for Pablo Ibáñez from the bench, it was practically no time until the visitors conceeded a third goal. Jonas Olsson, a Viking monster who was something of a scourge to Newcastle United in the Championship, tried to pick up an Enrique cross into the box. He sliced it straight past Carson in the West Brom goal. Newcastle United 3 – 0 West Bromwich Albion.

It seemed like the game was over at this point. Surely this third self inflicted blow would crish the spirit of the West Brom side? Anyone who might have thought so would have probably forgotten about our own miraculous recovery against Arsenal earlier in the season though, from an even higher deficit too. So it was that the Baggies started on their own miraculous recovery.

Resting on their laurels, the Magpies started to slow the game down to a snail’s pace as the second half progressed, allowing the visitors to claw their way back into the game. West Brom were resurgent as the pace slowed and finally, their chances started to come. After another West Brom substitution (Thorne replacing Sharner), West Brom looked like they were truly back in the game. Finally, a long ball from Steven Reid connected with new sub, 18 year old youngster, George Thorne. In turn, he put Somen Tchoyi through, beating Newcastle’s off side trap and leaving him with an chance to easily slot the ball past a slipping Krul in the Magpies’ goal. Newcastle United 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom continued with their resurgency, with the subs proving to be a great success, paticularly young Thorne, who proved to be something of a ‘thorne’ (sorry) in the sides of the Magpies after his introduction. However the Magpies were still two goals to the good with 70 minutes gone and it still seemed likely that they would see it through for a great 3 point season finale at St James’s. It was at this stage that Alan Pardew decided to make some substitutions of his own for Newcastle, with Kazenga Lua Lua being the first (coming on to replace Shane Ferguson) after 64 minutes. Newcastle’s remaining two goal cushion was to be further eroded in the 72nd minute though, with Steven Reid once again being the one to get the ball, a whipped cross this time, into the danger area. After glancing Olsson’s head, Somen Tchoyi was once again there to collect the ball, deftly cutting inside Fabricio Coloccini before letting off an effort which powered it’s way into the top corner of Newcastle’s goal. Game on! Newcastle United 3 – 2 West Bromwich Albion.

The Magpies were really under threat now from a much improved West Brom side, who were certinly the better team at this stage of the game. A few minutes after the Baggies’ second goal, Pardew decided that more subs were the order of the day, bringing on Leon Best for Danny Guthrie and we saw Alan Smith making a return from long term injury, with Peter Lovenkrands making way for the more defensively minded midfileder. The Magpies continued to hold out until the 90th minute, despite alot of pressure from the visitors, it looked like Newcastle were just going to hold on and end the season on a high note. It was not to be though. In the final few seconds of normal time, when they just had to hold out a few moments longer, the Magpies’ defence seemed to completely switch off. When Olsson crossed the ball from the left flank into the box, Tchoyi, who had already scored two goals for the vistors was left completely unmarked by a sleeping Toon defence. Hence, he found ample space to lunge at the ball with his head, making it look easy to get the ball past Krul and into the Newcastle net.

In that moment, a top ten finish was wrested from the beaks of the sleeping Magpies, and if there were to be any further goals, it would probably have resulted in a stunning victory for the visitors. What should have been a great finale to Newcastle’s return to the Premiership ended as something of a damp squib! Final score: Newcastle United 3 – 3 West Bromwich Albion.

St James’s Park, Newcastle 22 May 2011.

Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Ryan Taylor, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Ranger, Soderberg, LuaLua, Tavernier, Kuqi, Smith, Best.

West Brom: Scott Carson, Steven Reid, Abdoulaye Meite (Pablo Ibáñez – HT), Jonas Olsson, Nicky Shorey, Chris Brunt, Youssuf Mulumbu, Paul Scharner, Somen Tchoyi, James Morrison, Marc-Antoine Fortune

Subs: Ishmael Miller, George Thorne, Gonzalo Jara, Jerome Thomas, Boaz Myhill, Pablo Ibáñez, Simon Cox.

Referee: Mark Halsey

Goals: Newcastle United 3 – 3 West Bromwich Albion.

Newcastle: Taylor (19), Peter Lovenkrands (39), Jonas Olsson (OG 47)

West Brom: Somen Tchoyi (62, 71, 90.)

Match highlights and post match interviews.

Match highlights.

Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, speaks of “top quality signings” for next season.

West Brom manager, Roy Hodgson,, also looks forward to finding some new recruits for next season.


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52 Responses

  1. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    May 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    “How the hell did we let that game slip away?”

    It happens Clint, just look at that Arsenal game!

  2. worky,
    aye, i know mate.
    Too many thinking ‘we’re there’ & with their minds on their gettaways.
    Totally fluffed our lines there.
    I’m a bit disappointed with 12th, we coulda easily been in the top 10, as our GD suggests.
    Oh well!
    A reasonably easy first season back, if you ask me though.
    We were never in trouble, even with our main striker gone, all our other strikers crocked, tons of midfield suspensions.
    Oh, what coulda been.

    Toon Toon!

  3. Not to mention losing our No. 1 ‘keeper for half the season, or more.

  4. It was frustrating yesterday, but I’m okay with our 12th place finish really.

    What we need next season is progress and I think a lot of opinions – about Ashley, Pardew, where the club’s going etc. – will be answered this summer and next season.

  5. Hugh,
    the good thing about ending up 12th is that the expectations for next season have been put into sharp perspective.
    Top 10, with an over achievement of 6-10th is a lot easier to plan/play for. If we’d grabbed 9th, everyone would be screaming for ‘europe’ next time.
    So, as you say, 12th is ok.

  6. Just read that if you ignore the season in the championship, we scored more goals at home in the top flight this season than any of the last decade :-)

    Not too shabby considering the attacking players we had this season in comparison too the last ten years, and taking into account the money we have spent.

  7. jimbob.
    aye man, plenty of players chipping in, from all over the pitch too.
    That’s what you need to get anywhere.
    Not over-reliance on 1 or 2 main strikers. If they get injured y’f*****!

  8. Last night I was fairly annoyed about this. Dropping a 3-0 lead with 11 men on the pitch? Scandalous!

    But the more I think of it, the more I think this was Pardew playing mind games with Mike. Why would he bring on Alan Smith? He was the only senior centre midfielder on the bench and Guthrie wasn’t having a bad game… so why bring on a weaker player who wasn’t match fit to have a run out?

    Going out on a whim here, but I’m fairly certain that it was Pardew’s way of saying “Mike, this is how thin our squad is” and dropping a 3-0 lead just cements that. After that, I’ve heard some big numbers coming out of the Hallowed Ground in terms of a transfer kitty. We might even get the full £35m with Ashley paying wages and ‘big’ transfers.

    Probably just rumours and I’ll believe it when I see it but if true we’re in for a bloody good summer.

  9. Thump,
    could be mate!

    Also, wouldn’t we also have had a transfer kitty before the sale of ‘you know whom’?
    What does that equate to?

  10. to say we only have a 35 million transfer kitty is the same as sayign if we had not sold carroll we would have had zero, nothing. even tightwad ashley would have given between 1-10 million, so therefore we must have over 35 million…havent we hahahahaahahahahhahaha…ok, maybe not.

  11. Although,
    if we spend £35m, there’ll still be millions in wages & new contracts for existing players to pay for.

  12. I said some time ago that I thought that we should not be too surprised if we got a lot more than the AC money to play with, never mind not getting all of it. MA now realises that only investment will take us to the next level The skies will darken when Mike opens the wallet and the flock of moths blot out the sun for a while. Really looking forward to seeing who we improve with. Like a bairn with a new toy. HOWAY the Lads.

  13. Porcie,
    plus, if we sell anyone, that should gan into the ‘pot’ too, hey?

  14. 12… IF we sell?? lol lol… we will sell before we buy of course as thats what he always does. jose will go, then barton followed by nolan and then jonas followed by colo lo llo llol
    Sounds nuts i know.. but jose is a defo and barton is hanging in the balance as is nolan…. then all of a sudden its not so mental a pic! cos jonas has said that jose staying is vital for him staying too. oh the tangled web ashley has weaved in selling carroll. its going to be a major window no matter which way you look at it. Some will be positive and say that we are going to strengthen and others (like me of course) will think this window will be a nightmare and we will loose serious quality replacing it with the cheap and nasty options available from the championship.

  15. How Craig,
    maybe mate, i’m not making any predictions like.
    You can though, it’s your prerogative man.

    I’ll just wait & see what happens, cos there’s not a lot i can do to change any of the outcome.
    Everyone’s free to speculate all summer long, for me like.

  16. It should be an interesting summer anyhoo.

    If you have any top tips mate, hoy ’em up.

  17. yep clint… we are all in the same boat as in, there is naff all we can do about it!
    are you with me in thinking that jose is a goner though?
    also i have just been reading the brum pages and mcleish says there will be an exodus of players… i hope we geet larsson.. is he a left winger or right.. i cant recall ffs!

  18. Is this the last summer transfer window before the new rules on spending/book balancing come in?

    Player prices may start to drop after next season then.

  19. duno but i am sure that like every football rule, there will be loop holes that will be exploited to the max and in the end.. nothing will actually change.

  20. Craig,
    i’m not sure mate.
    I keep thinking yea, then some part of me thinks na.
    It’s tough one.
    He’s been a good player for us & we’ve helped him adapt to the english game. Obviously, the press have been trying to flog him for us since jan now & keep popping up with different teams ie manusa. liverpoo, bayern etc.
    That would be a bidding war, good cash there too.
    But i really think it’s down to Jose & his agent mate.
    Does he wanna help build something here or go try his luck somewhere else?
    He’ll have to earn his place at one of those, look how our other ‘great wasters’ did when they jumped ship.
    Even ‘you know who’ hasn’t set liverpoop alight yet, even though he cost £35m. Quite a few scousers are already getting on about him & the money spent/wasted.
    It would be good if Jose went & flopped like, i’d laugh me tits off.
    Same as owen, martins, bassong etc.

  21. craig, larsson is a right winger, and im my opinion not going to make a massive difference here, i watched him closely since our link in jan but he would make a decent squad player, im sure there are better players on the radar but he is free so its no risk in gettin him in.

    Clint, i really cant see this rules thing changing anything, im sure the big boys will find ways around it, i think your right that this is the last summer before its in affect.

  22. It would be soo cool if fifa really do stick to their guns like & even the field a bit, it could be the making of football again.
    I love it to be about more than who has the biggest wad or overdraft, cos that’s made the ‘beautiful game’ ugly, down the years, hasn’t it?
    & predictable.

  23. jimbob,
    they reckon they’re gonna stick to it & force the issue like.
    & the next 2 seasons they’ll be monitoring teams books & basing clubs permission to play in europe on their balancing of their books, over that period.

  24. i must admit, there have been very few that have left newcastle and made it better.. even our very very best. look at given, that judas engineered a move for nearly a year and kept qt about it, then got his move and has been sat on his ar5e ever since. owen too, he may be flashing his winners medal but lets be honest…what has he done and he himself will feel like a fraudster… or at least he should have. yes, carroll looks set to be a complete disaster f0r the reds like. Great! all of them really i guess never amounted to much after us. I think that it woudl be very easy for ashley to sort out , really i do. he just needs to sign up nolan and barton, that will then in an instant get the feel good factor going and that is as infectuous as the negative one… which is what they have at present. It does not look good when you have the club captain, the vice captain and both our most influential players, who have both said they want to stay, love the fans, the club, the city etc…barton even asking for a pay cut ffs!!… and then lo and behold.. we still dont have the ability to sign them on again! i think our entire window hinges on the players we keep now, not on the ones we may buy. iwould forgo buying anyone (other than a real striker) if we could just keep what we have. after all, we have gosling and arfa coming back, thats two brand new ones right there.

  25. Aye,
    larsson is a squad player for me too.
    We need pace & skill. Larsson is like Raylor, great delivery/supplier, not much else. Raylor might be better actually.

  26. Well i hope they do it clint, but i would not be saying this if i were a chelsea or man city, or had a billionaire owner…….err, actually we do dont we? :-)

  27. Craig,
    you’re bang on about given. owen etc mate, bang on!
    It should be owen’s last ‘piece of silver’ like.
    Hope shay’s enjoying his too.

    & i think it’s very fair what you’re saying about Nolan, Joey as well.
    It would go a long way to settle everything & everyone down, & start building something good at the club.

  28. abramovich hasn’t spent a lot less over the last 2/3 years, yea he splashed on torres, didn’t do any good though, did it?
    It’s started to slow & it shows, their team is auld now.
    manc is a different story, but it would be soo sweet if fifa put the mockers on that little ‘play thing’, just as they’re getting into the swing.

  29. right i am off… i am in saudi and its getting on a bit. try getting something up tmrw about how great ashley is cos there has been far too much harmoney tonight amongst the troops and we need a row!!
    laters lads
    ps.. ashley is a fat knacker tosser of an owner lol lol

  30. As to FIFA and their financial rules, I have my doubts as to how effective they will be and suspect ‘loopholes’ will exist aplenty to save upsetting the big European clubs.

    I’m just guessing of course. They might implement the rules rigedly and fairly for all I know.

  31. Hugh,
    it would be cool if they stuck to it mate.
    I’m not saying they will like, but i hope they do.
    Elitism sucks!

  32. Hows this fifa thing going to relate to wages? I mean for instance lets use yaya toure (toure yaya) as an example. he is on around 240grand a week apparently, so if he is on a five year deal, he will have 3 years to go when the rules hit, so what happens to his market value? it must still have some sort of relation to what he earns, but will the rules lower his value, and who is going to be happy taking a massive pay cut when they sign a new contract?

  33. jimbob,
    clubs will have to ‘live within their means’ mate.
    That means there will be a ceiling to what they can spend on players & wages. If they don’t balance the books they can’t play in europe.
    So, i reckon it could be the end of buying & selling players. So, it’ll be all about how much they get paid.
    & players will move to clubs they wanna play for or who pay best.
    I think the owners can throw a set amount in every year, on top, about £12-20m & they reckon that they won’t be able to get round it by ‘fake sponsorship’ deals either.

  34. Basically,
    i think it means clubs won’t be able to operate at a loss, year after year.
    That’s unsustainable & in business it’s not only not allowed to happen, it can’t, you go bust.
    Banks own manusa, liverpoo, real, barca, milan etc.

  35. suppose their will be alot of dodgy bonuses paid too players then, more luxurys in the small print of contracts to keep/interest players in staying or joining certain clubs.

    Dunno if its going to help the lesser teams in lower divisions or mess them up.

  36. man utd are in trouble then, they run at a massive loss. I remember somebody from chelsea saying a couple years ago they wanted chelsea to break even, they have no chance when they spend millions on players who are near 28 and over, that is where we have it correct in our policy of buying young, at least we have chance of profit. Who is going to pay over 50mill for torres?

  37. Jimbob says:
    May 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm
    “suppose their will be alot of dodgy bonuses paid too players then, more luxurys in the small print of contracts to keep/interest players in staying or joining certain clubs.”

    Jimbob, Back in the old days of the maximum wage, under the table payments and many other kinds of surreptitious inducements were almost de rigeur, and nearly all the best players earned far more than they were supposed to.

  38. torres will not be sold again for anything like £50m, aye.
    Then there’s ‘amortization’ when the players value drops with age & throughout his contract.
    Who would you buy for £35m say, how many players are really worth that?

  39. Bit like buying a new motor.
    A friend bought a brand new ‘focus’ 5 months ago, then he realized he needed a bigger car what with a kid & two big dogs. So he went back to the same garage, same salesguy.
    He’d paid £19,995 5 months, he wanted a £28k ‘mondeo’, they would only give him £15k for the ‘focus’.

  40. Worky to be fair that still happens now, probably worse than back then. when the rules take effect, players agents might be better off, aswell as some certain managers…….mr allardyce!?!

    Although big sam will be at real madrid in a few years time, he might be content with just that :-)

  41. These are the very reasons that fifa are trying to ‘clean it up’, though it’s like the old adage ‘the kettle calling the pan, grimey arse’.

  42. I think fifa are a tad corrupt though eh? Im sure they will look the other way if it benifits them, like to raise the profile of football and income from asia….Korea in world cup 2002

  43. well actually i could have been as recent as quatar and russia in my example!

    Nowt will change :-)