The FA Cup
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 4
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2
FA Cup Fourth Round
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Kick off 3pm
Craig Hope reports from The Hawthorns ...
NEWCASTLE United exited the FA Cup amid controversy at The Hawthorns with the outcome of the tie hinging on one manic second-half minute.
Trailing by two goals to one but very much in the ascendancy, The Magpies were denied what looked like a clear penalty when Shola Ameobi was sent tumbling between bodies inside the area in the 69th minute.
Referee James Linington waved away visiting protests but within seconds was pointing to the spot at the other end after Jerome Thomas was tugged to the turf by Ryan Taylor before flashing the United defender a straight red card.
Graham Dorrans converted the spot-kick before Thomas added a fourth just minutes later to compound United's misery.
That was after Jonas Olsson had headed the hosts into a 17th-minute lead when his effort was ruled to have crossed the line despite the desperate efforts of Jose Enrique.
Dorrans then doubled the lead from the penalty spot approaching the half-hour mark after Tamas Kadar had tangled with Roman Bednar.
United, though, halved the deficit courtesy of a well-taken Andy Carroll volley in the 62nd minute before the penalty-kick controversy unfolded.
Carroll then got a second following a mazy run in stoppage time but it was scant consolation for an aggrieved visiting side.
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Full-time, West Brom are 4-2 winners.
90+1min - NEWCASTLE GOAL (4-2): Andy Carroll dances through three home shirts before bursting into the area and stabbing low beyond Scott Carson - great finish but that goal will be scant consolation for United.
There will be six minutes added time.
89min - Andy Carroll outmuscles Jara 12 yards from goal but the Chilean recovers to force the striker's shot behind for a corner. Enrique fails to beat the first man and Albion clear.
87min - Alan Smith sees yellow for a foul on Mulumbu on halfway.
85min - Ishmael Miller steals in behind the United backline but he is denied a fifth as Tim Krul dashes from his line to block the striker's attempted place - good save.
81min - Another change for United sees Danny Guthrie make way for Ryan Donaldson.
80min - The shoulder injury sustained by Ameobi in the earlier incident which saw him denied a penalty has forced the Geordie striker to retire from the action and Nile Ranger is his replacement.
79min - Tim Krul is booked following an altercation with Miller.
78min - A double change for the hosts sees Joe Mattock and Ishmael Miller replace Jerome Thomas and Roman Bednar.
76min - WEST BROM GOAL (4-1): A deflected shot spins into the path of Jerome Thomas and the West Brom wideman accepts the invitation as he stabs into the empty net from point-blank range.
72min - WEST BROM GOAL (3-1): Graham Dorrans steps up to fire into the same spot as earlier and United are desperately unfortunate to again trail by two.
69min - NEWCASTLE RED CARD: There is high drama here as, at one end, Shola Ameobi, going down between bodies inside the penalty area, is denied what looked a probable spot-kick. But the referee does point to the spot at the other end as, after a swift breakaway with Ameobi still grounded inside the opposite penalty box, Jerome Thomas is tugged down by Ryan Taylor - United are furious! And, to add insult to injury, Taylor is sent off before the penalty is taken.
68min - Gianni Zuiverloon replaces Chris Brunt.
67min - The Toon Army are roaring their side forward and Enrique wins a corner on the left. The flag-kick goes to waste, though, when, worked short, Enrique clips a cross behind for a goal-kick.
65min - United have bodies swarming forward at every opportunity and twice they get into good positions to cross, with Guthrie and Taylor, but on both occasions the delivery fails to match the build-up play and Albion clear.
62min - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-1): Jonas Gutierrez roars down the left flank before lifting an inch-perfect cross onto the instep of Andy Carroll. The airborne Geordie, 12 yards from goal, steers a first-time volley into back of the net and United are right back in this - what a finish!
58min - Shola Ameobi finds Ryan Taylor, alone in the penalty area, with an incisive pass between home shirts from the right-hand touchline. The United full-back gets the ball out of his feet and, with the trigger cocked, is sent tumbling to the turf by a clumsy Dorrans challenge. The Scouser's arms, like those of his team-mates, are immediately shot in the air in appeal for a penalty but the man in black again chooses to frustrate the Magpies and waves for play to continue.
56min - This game is now developing into something resembling the frenetic league fixture at Gallowgate five days ago with both sides showing no trepidation in committing bodies forward.
53min - Ameobi drifts in from the left before levelling a powerful strike on goal from 20 yards. The ball bounces up towards the near post of Scott Carson's frame but the home skipper does well to throw his body to the base of the upright and beats clear.
50min - United have started this second period much the brighter - a goal now would surely bring them right back into this cup tie.
48min - Guthrie's 20-yard strike clatters off the knee of Olsson and up onto the defender's arm - the away fans behind the goal scream for a spot-kick but the referee is having none of it and waves play on.
47min - It's an old cliche but the next goal is vital.
Fabrice Pancrate is sacrificed during the interval with Shola Ameobi his replacement as United switch to a 4-4-2 formation.
Half-time, 2-0 to West Brom.
45+1min - The visitors have been made to wait until stoppage time before winning their first corner but, when it is deliverd by Guthrie, the whistle sounds for a foul and West Brom have a free-kick.
42min - United build down the left but Jose Enrique's sharp, far-post delivery eludes the boot of a stretching Pancrate.
38min - Graham Dorrans drags possession past Fabrice Pancrate with one fluid motion on the left flank and enters the danger zone. The Scottish midfielder drills a low cross through the six-yard area but there are no takers and Jose Enrique lifts his leg to allow the ball to zip away for a throw-in.
34min - United tempers are beginning to flare - they have to be careful here.
31min - WEST BROM GOAL (2-0): Tamas Kadar gets the wrong side of Roman Bednar as the Eastern European pair chase a long punt into the United penalty area, The upshot is a tangle of arms with sees Bednar tumble to the turf and the same linesman who awarded the opener waves furiously for a penalty kick. Kadar is booked before Graham Dorrans steps to confidently dispatch side footed from the spot.
26min - Jerome Thomas finds space 20 yards out and uses the room to tee himself up for a shot on goal. But, with away bodies closing, the former Charlton man screws a tame effort wide of target when really he should have tested Tim Krul.
21min - Scott Carson is stranded after a hurried clearance on the left and Alan Smith is alert to the absent gloveman as he heads to team-mate Kevin Nolan 30 yards from goal. The Scouser attempts a first-time hook towards the vacant target but gets his angles all wrong and the ball glides high and wide.
17min - WEST BROM GOAL (1-0): The opener is shrouded in controversy as, from Graham Dorrans' in-swinging corner, Jonas Olsson, the scorer of the first on Monday night, leaps to flash a header towards goal. Jose Enrique, on the goal-line, looks to have prevented the Swede from repeating the trick with a chest-high block before Tim Krul snaffles the loose ball. But, with the linseman waving to indicate that the ball had crossed the line, referee James Linington blows for a goal amid strong protest from the United players.
15min - Gutierrez manages to dig out a high, flighted delivery from the left after good work from Enrique to free his team-mate. Carroll strides purposefully towards the hanging centre but, despite out-jumping Cech, can only direct an eight-yard header onto the roof of Scott Carson's net.
13min - A promising Baggies forward move ends in disappointement as the composure of Bednar evaporates at the crucial moment; the Czech striker slicing wildly over the crossbar from 12 yards having been found by a deft Brunt chip.
10min - Ryan Taylor takes no chances with a Chris Brunt delivery to the far post and heads to the safety of the stands at the expense of a corner. Andy Carroll climbs to head clear Dorrans' flag-kick but the danger persists as the home side quickly recycle possession. Nolan slides to block Dorrans' strike and, from the loose ball, full-back Marek Cech unleashes a fizzing, 20-yard drive which Tim Krul does well to smother and hold - the United keeper would have seen that late.
6min - Smith twice loses possession in the centre circle but the hosts fail to capitalise with Kadar blocking Bednar's attempted cross on the right.
4min - A reminder of United's lofty league position echoes out from the away end - "We are top of the league!".
1min - Tim Krul gets an early chance to settle any nerves as he rushes from the safety of his six-yard area to claim a bouncing Brunt cross which had looked to locate Bednar - good hands from the Dutch stopper.
And we're off with United defending the end where the 3,000-strong Toon Army are housed.
There's a bite in the West Midlands air as the teams enter the playing arena, United, led by Alan Smith, are kitted in their yellow change outfit.
It promises to be another intriguing bout between the promotion rivals with both Chris Hughton and Roberto Di Matteo refusing to make wholesale changes. Let's hope we're in for another thriller after Monday's 2-2 draw at Gallowgate. Certainly, both sets of players won't want to concede any psychological ground that could be gained by a victory here today.
CHRIS Hughton names a strong starting XI for this afternoon's FA Cup Fourth Round clash here at The Hawthorns.
Rather than opt for wholesale changes, as had been expected, the United manager sticks with the majority of the squad who have taken United to the top of the Championship.
Six of the side from Monday night's 2-2 draw with The Baggies survive; Fabricio Coloccini and Jose Enrique continuing in defence, while the midfield four from that game of Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez and Kevin Nolan all start.
Nolan will play in a more advanced role off lone striker Andy Carroll, with Fabrice Pancrate coming in on the right-hand side of midfield.
Tamas Kadar starts alongside Coloccini at the heart of the rearguard and Ryan Taylor replaces Danny Simpson at right-back.
Tim Krul comes in for Steve Harper inbetween the posts.
West Brom name the same side that started at St.James' Park five days ago.
WBA: Scott Carson (c), Gonzalo Jara, Marek Cech, Jonas Olsson, Jerome Thomas, Graham Dorrans, Youssouf Mulumbu, Robert Koren, Chris Brunt, Gabriel Tamas, Roman Bedner
Subs: Dean Kiely, Simon Cox, Shelton Martis, Joe Mattock, Gianni Zuiverloon, Ishmael Miller, Filipe Teixeira
NUFC: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Tamas Kadar, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Fabrice Pancrate, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll
Subs: Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger, Ben Tozer, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson
Referee: James Linington
Attendance: 16, 102