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Newcastle   2 - 2   West Brom

Newcastle 2-2 West Brom

Newcastle 2-2 West Brom

By Harry Reekie

Peter Lovenkrands scored an emotional equaliser as Newcastle drew with West Brom and extended their lead at the top of the Championship to three points.

Jonas Olsson's neat finish from Graham Dorrans' cross gave the visitors the lead before a brilliant free-kick from Danny Guthrie levelled the score.

Roman Bednar headed the Baggies back in front only 32 seconds after the break.

But Lovenkrands, whose father died last week, headed home Jose Enrique's cross to claim a draw for the Magpies.

The Danish striker was expected to miss the game to be with his family but opted to stay and play in memory of his father.

And Newcastle fans will certainly be glad he did after his goal ensured their unbeaten home record in the Championship this season continues.

West Brom, who have not won a league game at St James' Park since 1977, were the better side for long periods and manager Roberto Di Matteo will at least be glad to see a much-improved display from their defeat against Nottingham Forest 10 days ago.

The game was a Premier League fixture last season and the entertainment this time round was of top-flight rather than second-tier quality.

As early as the third minute, Shola Ameobi slipped a teasing ball across the six-yard box that Lovenkrands just failed to convert while Dorrans fired over the bar for the Baggies.

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The first goal was not long in coming. Kevin Nolan allowed Dorrans far too much time to deliver a swinging cross and Olsson produced a delightful finish, glancing the ball past goalkeeper Steve Harper.

The hosts pressed forward regardless, however, and wasted little time in getting back on terms.

A clumsy foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Ameobi just outside the area allowed Guthrie the chance to curl a fantastic free-kick over the wall and into the side of the West Brom net - leaving goalkeeper Scott Carson stranded.

Lovenkrands, who scored a hat-trick in midweek against Plymouth, should also have won the hosts a penalty after being bundled off the ball by Gonzalo Jara.

A goal at the other end seemed a constant possibility, though, as Newcastle's defence - so solid so far this season - failed time and again to contain fluent counter-attacks from the Baggies.

And within only 32 seconds of the restart, West Brom were back in front.

Dorrans was allowed to stroll into the area and chip a cross to Bednar. Harper pushed the initial header onto the bar but the Czech striker followed up the rebound with a simple nod into the vacant net.

An enthralling game continued to surge from end to end and it was no surprise when Newcastle drew level for a second time.

Roman Bednar scores
Bednar put the Baggies back in front only 32 seconds after the break

A cross from Enrique found Lovenkrands in acres of space and his header crept in at the near post - although Carson will surely be unhappy with a laboured attempted stop.

To their credit West Brom continued to stream forward in search of another goal, with the home side more than matching them for intent.

The hugely impressive Dorrans saw a deflected effort drift just wide while Olsson was furious with himself after planting a header over the bar.

The easiest chance of the match fell to substitute Ishmael Miller late on but the fit-again striker produced an almost laughable miss from four yards following more exceptional work from Dorrans.

The hosts were unfortunate not to snatch victory in the dying stages. Carson pulled off a fine save to stop Ryan Taylor's curling free-kick while Andy Carroll was unlucky not to earn a penalty after being crudely blocked by Olsson.


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton:
"Overall I thought it was a fair result and a very good game for the neutral. We showed a lot of character to come back twice from a goal down.

"The game became very open and it could have gone either way.

"We should have had a penalty. The lad just goes across Andy (Carroll) and it was a blatant block.

"Peter (Lovenkrands) wanted to play and for him to go and get a goal for us is superb. Great credit for him.

"His father was very proud of him and I think he felt his father would have liked him to play.

"It shows great qualities from him as an individual. It was a very difficult time.

"His father wasn't a particularly old man and it was a very difficult time for him."


West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo:
"I think it was a good point for Newcastle. We should have probably won the game, I think we deserved the three points.

"I thought we were good in all departments. We scored good goals and created lots of chances. We just couldn't get a hold of the lead when we had one.

"We thought we could win tonight and get something out of the game and it looked for a long time that we would win it."

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Monday, 18 January 2010

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Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 2-2 West Brom FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Guthrie 25
  • Lovenkrands 54
  • Olsson 13
  • Bednar 46

Newcastle

Substitutes

West Brom

Substitutes

Ref: TaylorAtt: 39,291
NEWCASTLE
WEST BROM

Possession

  • Newcastle 50%
  • West Brom 50%

Attempts on target

  • Newcastle 7
  • West Brom 8

Attempts off target

  • Newcastle 1
  • West Brom 9

Corners

  • Newcastle 6
  • West Brom 11

Fouls

  • Newcastle 14
  • West Brom 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:08 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:38 Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+3:38 Booking Kevin Nolan receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+3:30 Unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara by Kevin Nolan results in a free kick.
  • 90:00+3:05 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie, Ishmael Miller makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:12 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Carroll. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Taylor from left channel.
  • 90:00+1:39 The ball is delivered by Jerome Thomas.
  • 90:00+0:36 The ball is swung over by Ishmael Miller.
  • 87:42 Unfair challenge on Graham Dorrans by Danny Guthrie results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Graham Dorrans, Ryan Taylor gets a block in.
  • 87:23 Unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 86:03 Peter Lovenkrands is caught offside. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:52 Substitution Ryan Taylor comes on in place of Danny Simpson.
  • 82:31 Robert Koren takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
  • Correction - 80:42 Short corner taken by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 80:42 Chris Brunt takes a short corner, Shot by Jonas Olsson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 79:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Lovenkrands on Gabriel Tamas. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:21 Danny Guthrie takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ishmael Miller.
  • 77:05 Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:05 Substitution Andrew Carroll replaces Shola Ameobi.
  • 77:05 Jonas Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi.
  • 76:03 Gabriel Tamas delivers the ball.
  • 74:44 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:44 Booking Graham Dorrans receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:15 Jerome Thomas challenges Peter Lovenkrands unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Simpson. Graham Dorrans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 74:07 A cross is delivered by Marek Cech, Kevin Nolan manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:28 Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 73:28 Booking Shola Ameobi is cautioned.
  • 73:15 Foul by Shola Ameobi on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded.
  • 72:36 Jerome Thomas has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 71:44 Unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Danny Simpson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.
  • 68:41 Chris Brunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 68:04 The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 66:28 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 62:53 Substitution Ishmael Miller comes on in place of Roman Bednar.
  • 62:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabricio Coloccini on Roman Bednar. Shot on goal comes in from Graham Dorrans from the free kick, blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Graham Dorrans, clearance by Steven Taylor. Ishmael Miller is ruled offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:29 Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:29 Booking Booking for Gonzalo Jara for unsporting behaviour.
  • 61:29 Gonzalo Jara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez.
  • 60:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Kevin Nolan. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 59:32 Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
  • 59:32 Booking The referee books Jonas Olsson for unsporting behaviour.
  • 59:11 Jonas Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie.
  • 58:24 The referee blows for offside. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:31 Gabriel Tamas crosses the ball.
  • 53:58 Assist on the goal came from Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 53:58 GOAL - Peter LovenkrandsNewcastle 2 - 2 West Brom Peter Lovenkrands scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Newcastle 2-2 West Brom.
  • 53:09 Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 53:09 Booking Roman Bednar booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 52:34 Steven Taylor fouled by Roman Bednar, the ref awards a free kick.
  • Correction - 50:56 Fabricio Coloccini concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Bednar. Free kick taken by Robert Koren.
  • 50:56 Fabricio Coloccini challenges Roman Bednar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Koren restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:50 The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
  • 48:18 Jerome Thomas has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 47:29 Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
  • 45:32 GOAL - Roman BednarNewcastle 1 - 2 West Brom Roman Bednar finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Newcastle 1-2 West Brom.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:27 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+2:00 Corner taken by Chris Brunt, Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:43 Gabriel Tamas takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
  • 45:00+1:21 Corner taken by Graham Dorrans.
  • 45:00+0:59 Shot by Jerome Thomas from deep inside the box hits the post.
  • 45:00+0:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerome Thomas on Danny Simpson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie, Roman Bednar manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:34 Danny Guthrie has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 42:13 The referee blows for offside against Roman Bednar. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 41:33 Peter Lovenkrands crosses the ball, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • Correction - 40:48 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Roman Bednar gets a block in.
  • 40:48 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Blocked by Roman Bednar.
  • 40:31 Short corner worked by Jonas Gutierrez.
  • 40:16 Shot by Shola Ameobi. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in.
  • 37:17 Outswinging corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the right by-line.
  • 36:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Olsson on Danny Guthrie. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Smith on Marek Cech. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:56 Unfair challenge on Robert Koren by Alan Smith results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Chris Brunt from the free kick.
  • 33:45 Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
  • 32:00 Corner taken right-footed by Graham Dorrans from the left by-line to the near post, Jonas Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • Correction - 31:55 Graham Dorrans sends in a cross, Kevin Nolan manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:55 Graham Dorrans delivers the ball.
  • 31:17 Corner taken right-footed by Graham Dorrans from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Steve Harper.
  • 29:58 The ball is swung over by Robert Koren, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:20 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 28:13 A cross is delivered by Graham Dorrans, clearance by Steven Taylor.
  • 27:24 Graham Dorrans takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Alan Smith.
  • 27:03 Kevin Nolan crosses the ball, Gabriel Tamas manages to make a clearance.
  • 26:10 Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the right by-line, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 24:26 GOAL - Danny GuthrieNewcastle 1 - 1 West Brom Free kick scored by Danny Guthrie from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-1 West Brom.
  • 23:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Youssouf Mulumbu.
  • 22:26 Short corner taken by Jonas Gutierrez, Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Chris Brunt gets a block in.
  • 22:15 The ball is swung over by Danny Guthrie, Gonzalo Jara makes a clearance.
  • 20:27 Robert Koren takes a shot. Blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 19:15 Shola Ameobi produces a cross, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:01 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Danny Guthrie, save by Scott Carson.
  • 18:01 Booking Gabriel Tamas booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 17:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Tamas on Shola Ameobi.
  • 17:04 Youssouf Mulumbu challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Guthrie from left wing, Roman Bednar makes a clearance.
  • 16:03 Corner taken by Graham Dorrans, Kevin Nolan manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:50 Jerome Thomas delivers the ball, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.
  • 14:18 Danny Simpson produces a cross, Unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:00 The assist for the goal came from Graham Dorrans.
  • 13:00 GOAL - Jonas OlssonNewcastle 0 - 1 West Brom Goal scored by Jonas Olsson from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 0-1 West Brom.
  • 12:27 Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:40 Unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Marek Cech delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Shola Ameobi.
  • 11:25 Robert Koren takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
  • 10:29 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie from left wing, save by Scott Carson.
  • 8:46 Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Gonzalo Jara results in a free kick. Danny Guthrie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Chris Brunt.
  • 7:11 The ball is swung over by Robert Koren, Graham Dorrans has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
  • 6:40 Foul by Shola Ameobi on Jonas Olsson, free kick awarded. Gabriel Tamas takes the free kick.
  • 4:53 Effort from the edge of the area by Roman Bednar goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 4:14 Shola Ameobi delivers the ball.
  • 0:58 Corner taken by Chris Brunt played to the near post, clearance by Alan Smith.
  • 0:49 Gonzalo Jara crosses the ball.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 25 25 52
2 Nottm Forest 26 19 49
3 West Brom 25 24 46
4 Swansea 25 3 40
5 Cardiff 25 15 39
6 Sheff Utd 25 3 38
7 Leicester 24 3 38
8 Crystal Palace 25 2 37
9 Blackpool 24 10 36
10 Bristol City 25 2 35
11 QPR 25 2 34
12 Doncaster 24 3 33
13 Middlesbrough 25 4 32
14 Watford 25 -5 32
15 Coventry 26 -8 31
16 Barnsley 24 -8 30
17 Preston 24 -5 29
18 Derby 26 -11 29
19 Ipswich 25 -6 28
20 Scunthorpe 25 -16 27
21 Reading 25 -14 23
22 Sheff Wed 24 -13 22
23 Plymouth 24 -14 21
24 Peterborough 25 -15 18


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