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Newcastle United 2 West Brom 2

Newcastle United twice came from behind against West Brom thanks to goals from Danny Guthrie and Peter Lovenkrands.

Albion took the lead on 13 minutes thanks to Jonas Olsson losing his marker Shola Ameobi and dispatching the ball past Steve Harper. Many people are criticising Ameobi’s role West Brom’s goal and you can’t blame them, but Kevin Nolan can be equally blamed as he failed to close down Graham Dorrans who had plenty of time to put a good ball in.

The Toon started to put the pressure on and with the St James’s Park crowd baying for an equaliser, up stepped Danny Guthrie who scored with a sublime free-kick.

The half came with neither side able to take advantage of their chances. Just when you thought Newcastle would come out firing in the second-half, West Brom took the lead once more – just 34 seconds after the kick-off. Roman Bednar managed to get himself in a decent position and his header bounced off Harper’s knee, fortuitously hit the bar, and all Bednar had to do was put the ball home.

Man of the night Peter Lovenkrands, playing after the death of his father, leveled things up for NUFC after he got his head to a Jose Enrique cross and Scott Carson’s poor positioning meant he could only parry the ball and help it further over the line.

There was quite a let off for the Toon though as sub Ishmael Miller hit the post from about 3 yards out when it was easier to score. Thanks to that, Newcastle held on and could have sealed all three points at the end when Jonas Gutierrez decided to pass rather than shoot.

Overall, not a bad point against a decent side but the lack of pace and creativity in our midfield was plain for all to see. However, as we’ve done all season, we managed to grind out a point which extended our lead at the top of the Coca Cola Championship to 3 points and a game in hand against second placed Nottingham Forest.

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