West Brom 2-2 Newcastle: Visitors fight back to end poor rec

West Brom 2-2 Newcastle: Visitors fight back to end poor rec

Postautor: chanoudom » 29 lis 2017, o 05:25

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sbobet West Brom 2-2 Newcastle

Newcastle fought back from 2-0 down to snatch a point against West Brom at the Hawthorns to end a run of four straight Premier League defeats on Tuesday night

West Brom opened the scoring in first-half injury time when Hal Robson-Kanu headed in Kieran Gibbs' left-wing centre, before doubling their lead when Sam Field volleyed home 11 minutes after half-time.

However, if caretaker West Brom manager Gary Megson - who is expected to give way to Alan Pardew on Wednesday - thought his side were set for their first league win since August, he was mistaken as the visitors responded immediately through Ciaran Clark's header.

And Newcastle completed their unlikely comeback when with seven minutes to go Jonny Evans deflected Matt Ritchie's free-kick past a helpless Ben Foster at his near post.

As a result, Rafa Benitez's team have moved up to 12th in the table, while the Baggies are now two points from safety in 16th.

Both teams went into the game horribly out of form and in desperate need of a win, and that was reflected in what was a disjointed and largely uneventful first half.

Ciaran Clark pulled a goal back for Newcastle before Evans' own goal completed the comeback

Salomon Rondon came closest to breaking the deadlock after letting fly from distance, but the Venezuela international's effort beat Karl Darlow, making his first Premier League start of the season, only to clip the top of the bar.

However, with the first period entering stoppage time, West Brom took the lead following the best move of the half as Evans' gorgeous cross-field pass picked out Gibbs' run down the left touchline.

The left-back then strode forward to the byline, before crossing accurately for Robson-Kanu - in for Jay Rodriguez up front - to head past sbobet Darlow from six yards out.

And West Brom soon found themselves in dreamland as from Matt Phillips's inch-perfect cross from the right, Field, 19, connected at the far post for his first-ever senior goal.

But within three minutes Newcastle had reduced the deficit as Clark headed home Ritchie's right-wing corner, before completing a remarkable turnaround when Evans inadvertently diverted the Newcastle midfielder's driven free-kick past his own goalkeeper.

Team news

Gary Megson made one change from the draw at Spurs, with Hal Robson-Kanu replacing Jay Rodriguez.

Newcastle made five alterations from their 3-0 loss to Watford, with Karl Darlow, Chancel Mbemba, Ayoze Perez, Isaac Hayden and Mikel Merino all recalled.

Managers

Gary Megson: "The disappointing thing was the manner of their goals - we have scored two good, well-worked goals, and we supposed to be a big side that is good at crosses. And we conceded from that and they were awful goals for us to give away.

"And you can imagine the level of disappointment that is now in there, but we have to pick ourselves up and go again on Thursday morning when they come back in.

"The huge disappointment for me and everybody is that is eight points we have now given away from winning positions and not when we were handing on, games we should win. And we would now be sitting on 20 points, rather than the 12 we have got."

West Brom caretaker boss Gary Megson says tiredness played a part as they were pegged back by Newcastle in a 2-2 draw.

Rafa Benitez: "A very good reaction by the team and as I said before, these players care. They were giving everything and trying to get back in the game.

"We conceded a goal late in the first half that was avoidable, but the reaction of the team was very good.

"We were in control for a while, they had a couple of crosses and we conceded the first goal which was disappointing. You have to make sure you are more focused in the last minute of the half.

"The reaction of the team was good, but then another cross and we had another lack of concentration, but still I could see the team fighting."
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