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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 May, 2003, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Baggies go out on a high
Taylor (right) made his farewell appearance
West Brom 2-2 Newcastle

Scott Dobie grabbed a brace as West Brom bid goodbye to the Premiership on a relative high note by drawing with Champions League outfit Newcastle.

With the Baggies long-since relegated and the Magpies already assured of third place there was a party atmosphere at The Hawthorns and Gary Megson's team did their fans proud.

Jermaine Jenas - the PFA Young Player of the Year - struck with a rare headed effort three minutes before the break but West Brom went ahead with two goals from Dobie only for Hugo Viana to equalise.

The mood of the home fans was helped by the inclusion in the Baggies team of 36-year-old Bob Taylor, the terrace hero who will be leaving the club this summer at the end of his contract.

Unfortunately Taylor's farewell appearance lasted just half-an-hour before he hobbled off through injury.

It was Newcastle's second-string forwards - Shola Ameobi and Lomana LuaLua in place of Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy - who looked the more likely to score in the opening period.

First Des Lyttle's headed back-pass fell short and Amoebi almost got a foot in and then the same Newcastle player was adjudged to have fouled Larus Sigurdsson as he rose to meet Nolberto Solano's cross.

In the 11th minute, Amoebi had the ball in the net but was clearly offside and then LuaLua headed narrowly over the crossbar.

KEY INCIDENTS
30 mins: Taylor's farewell appearance ends early
42 mins: Jenas puts Newcastle in front
57 mins: Dobie equalises for West Brom
72 mins: Dobie grabs another for the Baggies
80 mins: Viana earns Newcastle a draw

But it was not all Newcastle and Andy Johnson missed a glorious chance to put Albion ahead in the 22nd minute - somehow scooping his shot over Shay Given's crossbar.

The Baggies fans were again on their feet in the 23rd minute when Taylor went off for treatment and then returned to the field.

But on the half-hour mark he decided he could not continue and ended his West Brom career to a standing ovation.

Soon after worse was to come for the home team as Solano's free-kick found Jenas who rose unchallenged to head powerfully past Hoult.

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It could have been two for Newcastle as LuaLua's injury-time effort was turned around the post by Hoult.

There was more pressure immediately after the re-start as Amoebi headed against the crossbar and then Newcastle had a penalty claim waved away after Lyttle appeared to handle.

James Chambers had to clear off the line when Ameobi rounded Hoult and shot goalwards - and West Brom were on the ropes.

But then in the 57th minute the Baggies fans finally had something to cheer as Dobie beat the offside trip and, with just Given to beat, slotted the ball under the Newcastle keeper's body.

The Baggies survived again when Steven Caldwell's close-range effort was touched onto the bar by Hoult and then the home side amazingly scored their second.

Again it was Dobie who grabbed the goal but West Brom's lead lasted only until the 80th minute when LuaLua was brought down and Viana curled home the free-kick.


West Brom: Hoult, Sigurdsson, Wallwork, James Chambers (Udeze 81), Lyttle, McInnes, Koumas, Johnson, Clement, Taylor (Dobie 30), Dichio.
Subs Not Used: Jensen, Balis, Roberts.

Newcastle: Given, Griffin, Caldwell, O'Brien, Hughes, Solano (Ambrose 76), Dyer (Kerr 90), Jenas, Viana, Ameobi, LuaLua (Chopra 82).
Subs Not Used: Harper, Bramble.

Attendance: 27,036.

Referee: G Barber (Hertfordshire).




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