A first West Brom goal for Shelton Martis gave his side a first-half lead
Newcastle and West Brom marked their return to the second tier of English football with a lively draw at The Hawthorns that saw the Magpies substitute keeper Tim Krul claim centre stage.
The Baggies took the lead when Shelton Martis, who had missed a golden chance in the opening minutes, scrambled the ball home after Newcastle failed to deal with a set piece, but Damien Duff struck a crisp right-foot equaliser after the break.
West Brom repeatedly came close to regaining the lead but 21-year-old Krul made four brilliant second-half saves.
The Dutch keeper, who replaced the injured Steve Harper at the break, twice saved crisp strikes from Robert Koren and also denied Luke Moore and Baggies substitute Graham Dorrans.
Jonas Olsson thought he had headed an injury-time winner for the home side that would have ensured Robert di Matteo's first meaningful game in charge at West Brom ended in victory but the goal was disallowed for offside.
The afternoon had started with a minute's applause in memory of Sir Bobby Robson - and shortly afterwards the match opened at a frenetic pace that would be maintained until the players started to tire in the final 20 minutes.
Both teams looked to use the full width of the lush Hawthorns surface and Newcastle in particular played the ball through the middle third in a manner that was often pleasing on the eye.
However, the quality of the crossing and finishing was often awful. Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez, playing on the left of midfield, was especially guilty of wasting several promising positions with poorly directed or over-hit crosses.
And if some of the finishing was of questionable quality then Newcastle's defending of set pieces was terrible throughout and should have cost them a goal after only five minutes.
Martis completely lost his marker as a free-kick was floated into the Newcastle area but the Baggies defender, in yards of spaces, volleyed wide from eight yards after stretching to make contact with the ball.
It was an awful miss and he was almost made to pay for his profligacy when Gutierrez and the hard working Andy Carroll combined to set up a shooting chance for Duff but the Irish winger shot wide from 20 yards with his first-time strike.
There was to be no let off for the Magpies after Steve Harper came but failed to punch clear another free-kick after 39 minutes.
The ball dropped to Moore - again gifted far too much space - and although his shot was blocked, Martis reacted quickly to stab home from inside the six-yard box. Harper was accidentally kicked by Shola Ameobi and did not appear for the second half.
Duff also scored when the teams met in February in the Premier League
The Baggies might have put the match beyond their opponents shortly after the restart but Krul - on for the injured Harper - made a superb save low to his left to thwart Robert Koren.
Duff's crisp first-time finish after a neat lay off from Kevin Nolan levelled the scores with Newcastle's first decent real opening of the half, but the Magpies should not have remained on level terms for long.
Krul made another decent one-handed save to again deny Koren but Chris Wood smashed the rebound high and wide.
Newcastle's substitute keeper continued to impress, denying Moore after the Baggies striker turned Fabricio Coloccini inside and out to create the opening.
Krul was less certain when coming for crosses but he made a brilliant fingertip stop from Dorrans as the Baggies pushed for a winner.
Kevin Nolan could have snatched an unlikely win for the Tynesiders but put his header high and wide when picked out unmarked in the box.
Newcastle's own weakness against set pieces almost cost them when Olsson headed home late on but the offside flag ensured the points were shared.
West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo: "I'm disappointed about the result because we had plenty of chances.
Di Matteo disappointed with draw
"Their goalkeeper made some fine saves, but the performance was quite good.
"We are creating chances, we are quite solid at the back as well. We were a bit late when we conceded the goal, but I thought that going forward we created enough chances to win the game.
"Credit to Newcastle, you look at their team sheet and there are a lot of international players there. It wasn't an easy game but I thought we did well."
Newcastle caretaker manager Chris Hughton: "We got what we deserved today.
Hughton satisfied to claim point
To come here against a very good side, a side I'm sure will do very well in this division, and to get a draw on the opening day is credit to this group of lads.
"We went 1-0 down but I think we showed a lot of character to come back. I thought we deserved the goal, I thought some of our football at times was good and it was certainly an entertaining game to be sure."
90:00+4:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
90:00+3:49 Damien Duff has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Scott Carson.
90:00+2:19 The referee gives a free kick against Jonas Gutierrez for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonathan Greening from
left channel. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
90:00+0:53 Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
90:00+0:53 Substitution Nile Ranger comes on in place of Shola Ameobi.
90:00+0:53 Shola Ameobi is caught offside.
89:32 The ball is crossed by Gianni Zuiverloon, Simon Cox takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
89:16 The ball is delivered by Luke Moore, Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.
87:19 Jonathan Greening takes the inswinging corner, Tim Krul makes a save. Effort on goal by Graham Dorrans from 6 yards. Save
by Tim Krul. Chris Brunt takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
86:27 Marek Cech crosses the ball, save made by Tim Krul.
84:39 Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
84:39 Booking Booking for Kevin Nolan for unsporting behaviour.
84:27 The ball is sent over by Joey Barton, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance. Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul
on Marek Cech.
81:43 Jonathan Greening produces a cross, Tim Krul makes a save.
80:01 Substitution Chris Wood goes off and Simon Cox comes on.
79:27 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jonathan Greening, save by Tim Krul.
77:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Shelton Martis. Centre by Joey Barton, Close range headed effort
by Kevin Nolan clears the crossbar.
76:33 Luke Moore takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
74:32 Substitution Andrew Carroll leaves the field to be replaced by Joey Barton.
74:32 Youssouf Mulumbu has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
74:25 Chris Brunt sends in a cross, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
71:55 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, save by Tim Krul.
71:55 Substitution Graham Dorrans replaces Robert Koren.
71:55 Shot from 12 yards from Luke Moore. Brilliant save by Tim Krul.
68:55 Andrew Carroll produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
64:21 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Taylor from the right by-line.
61:23 Chris Wood concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabricio Coloccini. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
60:07 Shola Ameobi crosses the ball, Shelton Martis gets a block in. Pass corner from left by-line taken by Ryan Taylor to short,
Alan Smith takes a shot.
58:25 Damien Duff sends in a cross, Marek Cech makes a clearance. Corner taken by Ryan Taylor from the right by-line played to the
near post, clearance made by Jonathan Greening.
57:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Shola Ameobi. Gianni Zuiverloon takes the indirect free kick.
57:44 The ball is crossed by Gianni Zuiverloon, blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
56:30 Robert Koren takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul. Effort on goal by Chris Wood from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly
over the target.
55:36 Alan Smith takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
55:25 The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, Marek Cech manages to make a clearance.
54:11 Assist by Kevin Nolan.
54:11 GOAL - Damien Duff:West Brom 1 - 1 Newcastle Damien Duff finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Newcastle.
53:30 Alan Smith takes a shot. Blocked by Shelton Martis. Ryan Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near
post, clearance by Chris Wood.
52:58 Foul by Chris Brunt on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Ryan Taylor, save by Scott Carson.
50:21 Chris Brunt produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
49:49 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
48:39 Gianni Zuiverloon concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick. Gianni Zuiverloon
challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Smith.
47:15 Robert Koren takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul. Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt to the near post, save made by Tim
46:46 Andrew Carroll takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Scott Carson.
45:46 The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shelton Martis. Scott Carson
restarts play with the free kick.
45:37 The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:01 Substitution Tim Krul joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve Harper.
45:00+2:13 The half-time whistle blows.
45:00+1:36 Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
45:00+0:46 Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
45:00+0:46 Booking Booking for Fabricio Coloccini for unsporting behaviour.
45:00+0:42 Chris Wood fouled by Fabricio Coloccini, the ref awards a free kick.
44:53 Shot by Chris Brunt. Steven Taylor gets a block in. Gianni Zuiverloon takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which
clears the crossbar.
42:48 Gianni Zuiverloon produces a cross, Ryan Taylor makes a clearance.
42:36 Shot from 35+ yards from Shelton Martis. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
41:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabricio Coloccini on Chris Wood. Jonathan Greening crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right channel, Andrew Carroll manages to make a clearance.
38:19 The assist for the goal came from Jonas Olsson.
38:19 GOAL - Shelton Martis:West Brom 1 - 0 Newcastle Shelton Martis fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-0 Newcastle.
37:33 Robert Koren fouled by Damien Duff, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jonathan Greening,
save made by Steve Harper. Shot by Luke Moore. Blocked by Jonas Olsson.
37:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Gianni Zuiverloon. Ryan Taylor delivers the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Scott Carson.
36:12 Shot from long range by Luke Moore misses to the right of the target.
35:19 Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, Shelton Martis makes a clearance.
34:44 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Marek Cech gets a block in.
33:10 A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
32:50 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Marek Cech makes a clearance.
31:57 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Shelton Martis.
31:33 Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
31:04 The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
30:40 Foul by Jonathan Greening on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alan Smith.
29:09 Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Gianni Zuiverloon results in a free kick. Steve Harper restarts play with the free
27:23 A cross is delivered by Kevin Nolan, blocked by Shelton Martis. Corner taken by Ryan Taylor played to the near post, Jonathan
Greening makes a clearance.
25:40 Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Ryan Taylor fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
25:29 Foul by Andrew Carroll on Gianni Zuiverloon, free kick awarded. Gianni Zuiverloon restarts play with the free kick.
25:06 Shot from 30 yards from Robert Koren. Save made by Steve Harper.
24:15 Shot from 6 yards from Luke Moore. Steve Harper makes a save.
22:36 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Robert Koren.
22:22 Centre by Chris Brunt, Alan Smith makes a clearance.
21:34 Jonas Gutierrez challenges Jonathan Greening unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gianni Zuiverloon.
20:54 The referee blows for offside against Luke Moore. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
20:43 Gianni Zuiverloon produces a cross, clearance made by Steven Taylor.
20:23 Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Olsson. Shelton Martis restarts play with the free kick.
19:24 The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez.
18:20 Corner taken by Chris Brunt played to the near post.
17:49 Unfair challenge on Gianni Zuiverloon by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Gianni Zuiverloon takes the free kick.
17:22 A cross is delivered by Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
15:27 Shelton Martis challenges Andrew Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Taylor
from left channel, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
14:54 The ball is swung over by Gianni Zuiverloon, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance. Unfair challenge on Steven Taylor
by Chris Wood results in a free kick. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
12:58 Shot by Shola Ameobi from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
12:21 Jonathan Greening produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
10:46 Corner taken by Chris Brunt.
8:46 Unfair challenge on Gianni Zuiverloon by Jonas Gutierrez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gianni Zuiverloon.
6:39 Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross. Damien Duff produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of
6:12 Effort on goal by Chris Brunt from 25 yards. Save by Steve Harper.
3:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marek Cech by Andrew Carroll. Jonathan Greening crosses the ball, Effort from
close range by Shelton Martis goes wide left of the target.
3:33 The ball is delivered by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Ryan Taylor.
3:25 Luke Moore takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
3:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Chris Wood. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the
1:25 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Marek Cech manages to make a clearance.
0:58 Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Blocked by Shelton Martis.
0:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Koren on Damien Duff. Damien Duff takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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