WEST BROMWICH ALBION v NEWCASTLE
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday 1st January 2014,
The game will be the 124th competitive meeting
between the two
clubs. Albion currently have a very slight edge in terms of victories with 46
compared to United's 45.
Albion have gone nine league
games without a win - their longest run without a victory since Spring 2009.
United have more away wins (five) than four of the top five
clubs - Manchester
Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool.
two clubs have met twice previously on New Year's Day - in a Second Division
clash at St James' Park in 1948 when the Baggies lost 3-1, and again on Tyneside
in 1953 when Albion ran out 5-3 winners thanks to goals from Reg Ryan, George
Lee, Johnny Nicholls, Frank Griffin and Ray Barlow.
Albion's game last season on New Year's Day saw
them lose 2-1 at home to Fulham. The Baggies have lost their last five games on
this date - the club's last win on January 1 came in 2002 when they beat
Stockport County 4-0 at The Hawthorns thanks to goals from Danny Dichio (2),
Jason Roberts and Andy Johnson.
Newcastle's last game on January 1 took place in
2007 when they drew 2-2 against Manchester United at St James' Park.
The last 12 games between the two sides have seen
47 goals scored - an average of almost four per game.
Albion have kept just two clean sheets against United in the last 28 matches
between the sides.
Albion's last six games:
West Ham United (A) 3-3;
Tottenham Hotspur (A) 1-1; Hull City (H) 1-1; Cardiff City (A) 0-1; Norwich City
(H) 0-2; Manchester City (H) 2-3
Newcastle United's last six games: Arsenal (H) 0-1; Stoke City (H) 5-1; Crystal
Palace (A) 3-0; Southampton (H) 1-1; Manchester United (A) 1-0; Swansea City (A)
French striker Nicolas Anelka is available for selection
despite a Football Association investigation into his goal celebration during
Saturday's 3-3 draw at West Ham.
Shane Long is back in contention after a calf strain whilst
Chris Brunt should also be available after overcoming a back injury.
Victor Anichebe however is once again doubtful with a groin
Foster, Myhill, Daniels,
Jones, Ridgewell, Olsson, McAuley, Lugano, Brunt, Sessegnon, Amalfitano, Mulumbu,
Berahino, Yacob, Vydra, Long, Anelka, Morrison, Popov, Dawson, Reid, Sinclair,
United boss Alan Pardew has no injury worries ahead
of the game at The Hawthorns and is likely to stick with the side that suffered
a narrow defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.
Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S.
Taylor, Santon, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben
Arfa, Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola
Baggies' caretaker boss Keith
“We’ve stopped the rot in terms of four straight defeats but
we’re fully aware that draws won’t be enough and we’ve got to make sure we turn
them into wins. For me personally it’s been about getting through these games
with my reputation still intact and the club slightly recovering. I’d have loved
three straight wins - and would have sat here proud. At the moment we’ve turned
the corner slowly but there is still a lot of work to be done.
game we didn’t produce in the first half. I think that might have been down to
the shock at the start of that week, which I’ve said before, and I think was the
case. This time we have to make sure we start well and get the crowd behind us.
They’re willing us to do well but equally, if you’re sitting there and the
team’s not performing, they’re not going to cheer you - and I understand that.
It’s a period of time, going into the second half of the season, where we’ll
need all the support we can get. We’ve got a very difficult game against a team
that have won seven out of the last ten. But I believe we can turn this little
bit of momentum into wins - and that’s the most important thing.
“We played them six weeks ago, so it’s quite a short
turnaround since we played them. They’ve got some strengths and we all know
about their players, particularly the front part of their team. Cabaye produces
defence-splitting passes, they have Sissoko, and the French contingent are a
dangerous set of players. Equally we realise we can hurt them in other ways and
I think they might have looked at us in recent games and gone ‘they’re starting
to pick up a bit of form’. We have to make sure we use our home advantage.
“I want the players to continue the positivity around the
place and the support for each other. Everyone is right for each other and their
togetherness has been amplified in the last two weeks. So, I want them to
continue that positivity and play on the front foot and create chances. We’ve
played two up in the recent games and that has given us a little bit more of a
threat. I simply want the players to be positive in the game.”
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew:
“They are usually tight games and it’s difficult at their
place. I always feel they score,
West Brom, when they are home, so you have got to get two or three
goals if you are going to win.
“Actually, if someone had said to me before these two
fixtures, ‘Would you take three points?’, I probably would have because they are
tough games. We have got a chance of getting those three points and I would be
absolutely delighted if we could get three points at
West Brom. I would look back on
these two games and think, ‘That’s a good result’.
“There are a lot of games to be played between now and the
end of May, and we are in great shape. We lost on Sunday, but not in any manner
which disturbs me.”
Albion Win: 6/4, Newcastle United Win: 2/1, Draw:
Long 5/1, Anelka 6/1, Anichebe 13/2, Berahino 7/1, Sessegnon 7/1, Vydra 8/1,
Brunt 11/, Sinclair 11/1, Gera 12/1, Morrison 14/1, Amalfitano 16/1, Mulumbu
16/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 25/1, Dawson 25/1, Jones 33/1, Lugano 33/1, Olsson
Remy 11/2, Cisse 7/1, Shola Ameobi 7/1, Gouffran 8/1, Cabaye
8/1, Ben Arfa 9/1, Sissoko 12/1, Sammy Ameobi 12/1, Obertan 14/1, Anita 16/1,
Gutierrez 20/1, Tiote 25/1, Santon 33/1, Debuchy 33/1.
Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Mason has officiated one Albion game so far this
season - the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at The Hawthorns in October.
He refereed two Albion games last season - both
against Swansea City. The Baggies lost 3-1 away in November in South Wales but
gained revenge in March with a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns.
The Lancashire official has taken charge of one
Newcastle game so far this season - the 2-0 win over Chelsea at St James' Park
Mason has issued 59 yellow cards and one red in the
16 games he has officiated so far this season.
Tickets for the game are now sold out.
Heavy rain, 8°C
The first ever meeting of the two sides was a friendly game at St James' Park in
April 1893 which saw United run out comfortable 7-2 winners.
Albion first met Newcastle in league action during the 1898/99 season. The first
game between the two sides, at St James' Park in December, ended in a 3-0 win
for United. Andy Aitken, Jock Peddie and Joe Rogers scored the hosts' goals. The
return game at Stoney Lane in April saw the Baggies gain revenge with a 2-0
victory, Arthur Smith and Billy Bassett the Albion goalscorers in front of a
crowd of just 2,304.
Albion's biggest league win against
United is 7-3, at St James' Park in September 1953. Johnny Nicholls led
the visitors' scoring with a hat-trick. Ronnie Allen (2), Frank Griffin and Reg
Ryan scored the other Albion goals. The performance by Vic Buckingham's
men earned applause from all supporters present at the game. Another big
win for Albion was a 6-0 mauling of United at The Hawthorns in September
1960, a game that saw Alec Jackson hit a hat-trick. The Baggies
have also twice recorded a 6-1 victory against United at The Hawthorns,
first in September 1902 and then in May 1967, Tony Brown hitting three
goals in the latter game.
Albion's heaviest league defeat against
United is 5-1, a scoreline which has occurred four times - three on Tyneside:
November 1931, September 1938 and November 1949. The other victory came at The
Hawthorns in November 1989. The 1938 meeting saw Billy Cairns net four of the
The Baggies have won just two out of the last 24 league meetings between the
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Monday 18 January 2010 - Newcastle United 2-2 Albion - League Championship - St James' Park
Saturday 7 February 2009 - Albion 2-3 Newcastle United - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 4 May 1991 - Albion 1-1 Newcastle United - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Wednesday 1 November 1989 - Albion 1-5 Newcastle United - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 16 February 1974 - Albion 0-3 Newcastle United - FA Cup 5th Round - The Hawthorns
LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS
1-1 Newcastle United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 20th April 2013,
Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Dorrans, Yacob (Long HT), Morrison,
Brunt; Fortune (Rosenberg 90), Lukaku (Thomas 90). Subs not used: Myhill
(gk), Roofe, Reid, Ridgewell.
Goalscorer: Jones 64
Newcastle United: Elliot;
Debuchy, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara (Ben Arfa 77); Perch, Cabaye (Gosling
90+2); Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 69), Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse. Subs not used:
Harper (gk), Williamson, Anita, Campbell.
Goalscorer: Gouffran 8
Booked: Cabaye 86 (ungentlemanly conduct), Sissoko
90+1 (kicking ball away)
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Newcastle were left to rue a
series of missed opportunities as they squandered a chance to pull away from
relegation trouble at West Brom. The Magpies dominated the first half of their
Barclays Premier League clash at The Hawthorns and deservedly led through Yoan
Gouffran's early header. But after Papiss Cisse wasted another gilt-edged
opening, the second half was a different story and West Brom hit the bar through
Romelu Lukaku before Billy Jones equalised. After that West Brom looked the side
most likely to claim a winner and Rob Elliot, in for the injured Tim Krul, made
a fine save to deny James Morrison.
looked a tired side by the end and were obviously frustrated their early
superiority had counted for so little.
It was clear by the way they started they wanted to make
amends for last week's humiliating derby defeat to
Sunderland. They could have had
the game won by the break after creating numerous opportunities, many through
their lively strike pairing of Cisse and Moussa Sissoko. But all they had to
show for their dominance at the interval was Gouffran's eighth-minute effort,
which came after a neat pass from Yohan Cabaye and a good cross from Cisse. The
opening exchanges had been scrappy but Newcastle had already threatened when
Mathieu Debuchy's cross was cleared by Jones. Newcastle pressed for an immediate
second and Cabaye shot narrowly over from distance. Jones escaped punishment
after catching Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with his arm and the Baggies had another
let-off when Steven Taylor got behind the defence but failed to beat Ben Foster.
Cabaye also tested Foster moments later with a well-struck low volley from
outside the box, while Sissoko broke clear down the left but his pass back for
Cisse was scrambled clear by Jonas Olsson. Sissoko did head on a long ball into
Cisse's path soon after but Foster easily saved the Senegal forward's header.
Foster then dealt comfortably with a spectacular long-range effort from Cisse
but he might have feared the worst as the striker seized on a poor pass by
Olsson after 35 minutes. Cisse instinctively clipped the ball over the
outrushing keeper but his contact was too strong and a fine chance dipped just
over the bar. But there seemed no let-up from
as Debuchy won the ball in a heavy challenge on Goran Popov and raced forward
only to shoot horribly wide. West Brom did manage to piece a good move together
in the closing stages of the half but controversy followed as they were awarded
a free-kick on right edge of the box. James Perch was ruled to have felled Jones
after the referee had consulted his assistant but replays suggested the tackle
had been clean - and inside the box. Neither side therefore got the verdict they
wanted and it was probably just as well for the officials the hosts completely
wasted the opportunity.
West Brom were clearly encouraged and returned for the second half a
team reinvigorated. Within moments of the restart Marc-Antoine Fortune tested
Elliot for the first time with a long-range effort. Elliot failed to grab the
shot and was lucky to escape as substitute Shane Long seized possession but shot
wide, while Lukaku gave the visitors another warning as he rose highest to head
a Chris Brunt corner against the bar. James Morrison shot wide as pressure
continued to build and the hosts' good work eventually paid off just after the
hour. Morrison and Lukaku combined well before the striker turned in the area
and picked out Jones, who coolly slid the ball beyond Elliot with a first-time
shot. The game almost turned on its head completely just two minutes later as an
unmarked Morrison headed powerfully at goal from a Popov cross but Elliot saved
well to his left, while Gareth McAuley won a header from another Brunt corner
but failed to hit the target.
Newcastle looked a jaded team
and could only break the momentum with a speculative attempt from the halfway
line by Gouffran which never concerned Foster.
West Brom continued to come forward and Lukaku sent over a
dangerous-looking cross for Long but the
Republic of Ireland
international was just unable to reach. The game fizzled out in the closing the
stages as Newcastle decided to preserve a point.
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Stan Allan, John Anderson, Harry Brown, Franz Carr, Eddie Connelly, Wayne Fereday, Ruel Fox, Andy Hunt, Tom Hutchinson, Dennis Martin, Mick Martin,
David Mills, Bob Pailor, George Reilly, Dick Roberts, Mark Robinson, Colin
Suggett, John Trewick, Imre Varadi, Steve Watson and Kenny Wharton.
Ossie Ardiles managed both clubs during the 1990s; Former Albion boss Gary Megson
played for United during the mid 1980s; Sir Bobby Robson played for
Albion and managed Newcastle; Former Baggies' boss Keith Burkinshaw
had earlier been on the coaching staff at United; Jesse Carver, who
managed Albion in 1952, had played for United during the 1930s; Albion
hard-man of the 1950s Maurice Setters was later United Chief Scout;
Ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Eric Steele coached at The Hawthorns;
Albion's 1968 FA Cup winning captain Graham Williams later became a
scout for United;
From 1998-99, former Baggies boss' Steve Clarke was
assistant manager at St James' Park during Ruud Gullit's short-lived reign at
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS NEWCASTLE UNITED
TEN MATCHES AGAINST NEWCASTLE UNITED
Sat 30 Nov 2013
Brunt - Gouffran, Sissoko
Sat 20 Apr 2013
Jones - Gouffran
Sun 28 Oct 2012
Lukaku - Ba, Cissé
Sun 25 Mar 2012
Long - Cisse 2, Ben Arfa
Wed 21 Dec 2011
Odemwingie, McAuley, Scharner - Ba 2
Sun 22 May 2011
Tchoyi 3 - S Taylor, Lovenkrands, Olsson (og)
Sun 05 Dec 2010
Tchoyi, Odemwingie 2 - Lovenkrands
Sat 23 Jan 2010
Olsson, Dorrans 2 (2 pens), Thomas - Carroll 2
Mon 18 Jan 2010
Olsson, Bednar - Guthrie, Lovenkrands
Sat 08 Aug 2009
Martis - Duff