West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Newcastle United
Last Updated: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 18:37
Newcastle United moved level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea after cruising to an emphatic 3-1 victory at West Brom.
The visitors scored twice in the first 12 minutes as they secured their sixth Premier League away victory of the campaign while the Baggies' misfortune at The Hawthorns continues.
Roy Hodgson's mid-table team have now lost nine games on home soil, only rock-bottom Wolves have lost more, and it is only their away form that is keeping them clear of the relegation zone.
Although Albion started brightly, it was Newcastle that took the lead in the sixth minute when the outstanding Hatem Ben Arfa got to the byline and crossed for Papiss Demba Cisse to slide a low shot past Ben Foster.
West Brom had failed to get over the shock of that goal when they fell 2-0 behind six minutes later when Ben Arfa launched a swift counter-attack from inside his own half before ending it himself by firing past Foster.
For a while Albion threatened to get back into the match as they enjoyed a promising spell but the game was as good as over soon past the half-hour mark when the visitors grabbed a third goal.
Ben Arfa was the creator once again, tricking his way to the byline before pulling the ball back for Cisse to drill his shot home.
Hodgson made a couple of substitutions at the interval and it was one of them, Shane Long, who pulled a goal back seven minutes after the restart when he profited from a defensive mix-up between Tim Krul and Mike Williamson.
Although Youssuf Mulumbu had a goal bound effort blocked by Williamson, the Baggies never really looked like getting back into the match and, when James Morrison had to be helped from the pitch to leave the home side with only ten men, Newcastle were able to close the game out with few alarms.