MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle 2 West Brom 1

Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 2 (Gouffran 36, Sissoko 57)

West Bromwich Albion 1 (Brunt 52)

 

 

Moussa Sissoko's second-half screamer earned Newcastle United a fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League victory as they saw off West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at St. James' Park.

 

The French powerhouse found the top corner from 20 yards out with a brilliant half-volley just before the hour mark, and that proved to be the decisive strike on Tyneside.

 

Earlier, Yoan Gouffran had headed the Magpies into a half-time lead - his fifth goal of the season - only to see his effort cancelled out by Baggies captain Chris Brunt. But Sissoko had the final word, finding the back of the net for the first time since February.

 

The win was enough to move Alan Pardew's side up to fifth place in the top flight table after an outstanding November in which they kept a 100 per cent record.

 

Albion had the first chance of the evening on four minutes, with goalkeeper Tim Krul having to get down to his right to turn behind Brunt's ambitious 30-yard free-kick.

 

The hosts took a while to get going but offered a threat soon after when Cabaye exchanged passes with Shola Ameobi, was allowed time and space to stride forward but sent a low strike narrowly the wrong side of the upright.

 

United were starting to get on top and Ameobi should have done better with a weak effort straight at Boaz Myhill when he could have slipped in strike partner Loic Remy.

 

And they finally broke the deadlock nine minutes before the break.

 

Cabaye flighted a left-wing corner right into the heart of the six-yard box, and when Myhill could only punch skywards under pressure, Gouffran was on hand to head home the dropping ball from close range.

 

Although United went into the break in front, it took the visitors just seven minutes of the second period to get back on level terms.

 

When Morgan Amalfitano swung in a cross from the right, it made its way through to Brunt at the far post, who took a touch before drilling a fierce rising shot past Krul and into the roof of the net.

 

Parity lasted less than five minutes, however, as Sissoko's screamer edged Newcastle in front for a second time.

 

When Remy stooped to head into the midfielder's path, 25 yards out, it would have needed something pretty special to ripple the back of the Gallowgate net, and Sissoko provided exactly that, settling himself before unleashing a wicked shot which swerved away from Myhill's despairing grasp on its way into the top corner.

 

Remy almost gabbed a third when he fired Ameobi's lay-off over the top from the edge of the area, while Cabaye shot straight at Myhill from a similar distance.

 

Vurnon Anita was introduced for the closing stages to give the Magpies' midfield an extra man as West Brom threw bodies forward in search of another equaliser.

 

But with Mike Williamson outstanding, yet again, at the heart of United's defence, they held firm for maximum points.

 

 

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko (Papiss Cisse 90), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy (Vurnon Anita 83)

 

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa

 

 

West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Boaz Myhill; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; James Morrison, Youssuf Mulumbu; Morgan Amalfitano (Zoltan Gera 88), Stephane Sessegnon (Victor Anichebe 76), Chris Brunt (c) (Saido Berahino 76); Shane Long

 

Subs not used: Luke Daniels, Goran Popov, Diego Lugano, Claudio Yacob

 

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

 

Bookings: Newcastle - Tiote (32); West Brom - Brunt (27), Mulumbu (89)

 

 

Attendance: 49,298 (1,700 West Bromwich Albion)

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