Match Report: Papiss Cissé's lucky deflection for Newcastle United leaves West Bromwich Albion deflated

Newcastle United 2 West Bromwich Albion 1

St James' Park

So Steve Clarke's quest for his first managerial win on the road continues. It was in his one game as Newcastle United's caretaker that the Scot gained his first taste of awayday anguish in charge of a team. That was a 5-1 thrashing at Old Trafford in 1999. Yesterday's reverse was every bit as painful.

For much of the afternoon Clarke's West Bromwich Albion side looked like the upwardly mobile Newcastle team of 12 months ago. They recovered from the loss of a goal 10 minutes before half-time to Demba Ba, the outstanding Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku heading them level 10 minutes into the second half, only to finish empty-handed after a fluke decider in the third and final minute of injury time.

Sammy Ameobi's left-foot drive needed a wicked deflection off the back of fellow substitute Papiss Cissé to wrongfoot Ben Foster in goal and earn Newcastle a win that even their manager conceded was fortunate. "I'll make no bones about it: we didn't deserve to win," Alan Pardew said. "But we haven't had many breaks this season, so we'll take it.

"West Brom were excellent today. They probably thought they should have won it. I'm glad to see the back of them." And glad to see his Senegalese striker Cissé back, claiming his first Premier League goal of the season, naturally.

Given their Thursday-Sunday grind of Europa League and domestic top-flight fixtures, it was perhaps not surprising that Pardew's side struggled to get into the groove against an Albion team who pushed the ball around with purpose in a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation. It took a stunning reflex save from Tim Krul to deny Lukaka after Graham Dorrans launched a counter-attack.

Still, Newcastle edged in front in the 35th minute. Krul pumped forward a long kick and Shola Ameobi nodded the ball on for Ba, who pounced to claim his seventh league goal of the season with a right-foot volley.

 

Get Adobe Flash player

 



Clarke's players maintained their composure. Ten minutes into the second-half Liam Ridgewell was allowed to venture unchallenged to the left edge of the Newcastle box before dinking a short cross to Lukaku, whose downward header beat Krul.

That was that in a tight second-half contest until the 93rd minute – when Cissé's back provided a sting in the tail for the Magpies, and another late whack where it hurts for the Baggies, who lost in similar circumstances at home to Manchester City last week.

"I thought we were terrific today," said Clarke. "It's disappointing when you come to a place like this and you're the best team and you don't get anything."

News
Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis
peopleReports that Brand could stand for Mayor on an 'anti-politics' ticket
News
The clocks go forward an hour at 1am on Sunday 30 March
news
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor finds himself in a forest version of London in Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night'
TVReview: Is the Doctor ever going stop frowning? Apparently not.
News
Voluminous silk drawers were worn by Queen Victoria
newsThe silk underwear is part of a growing trade in celebrity smalls
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
footballMatch report: Real fight back to ruin Argentinian's debut
News
Candidates with surnames that start with an A have an electoral advantage
newsVoters are biased towards names with letters near start of alphabet
Arts and Entertainment
Isis with Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jay James
TVReview: Performances were stale and cheesier than a chunk of Blue Stilton left out for a month
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?