Newcastle United won their fourth match in a row, and after calls for Alan Pardew’s sacking just a month ago the club sits in the top half of the table after goals from Ayoze Perez and Fabricio Coloccini picked up another three points.
Perez’s effort just before halftime could be a goal of the season qualifier with a beautiful redirect, and Daryl Janmaat collected assists on both goals including a mouth-watering effort from way out for Coloccini’s header in the second half.
With West Brom pressing high early, but on the other end Newcastle had an early chance with Sammy Ameobi clattering the bar.
Newcastle was doing much of the defending early though, and Saido Berahino forced a good save from Tim Krul who had to tip a thundering central shot over the bar. Another chance for the home side fell by the wayside before the 20-minute mark as Chris Brunt powered a quality header just wide from a cross by Graham Dorrans.
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After little in the match despite a back-and-forth flow, Ayoze Perez finished off a fantastic bit of team play by Newcastle with stunning technique right on the toll of halftime. The visitors sliced up the West Brom defense with passing out the right wing, and when Darryl Janmaat’s cross came in, Perez was there to put the rabona redirect on the ball into the far corner.
After the break, West Brom had an early chance but couldn’t convert. Yusuf Mulumbu won the ball in a dangerous area but his resulting shot scuffed well wide. Newcastle would then go down the other end and double its lead.
Remy Cabella’s 60th minute cross was put out for a corner, and while the initial corner was cleared, Janmaat got it back on the wing and delivered a savory cross accurately to the far post which Fabricio Collocini headed home from close range. The first goal since January of 2011 for Coloccini would ensure Newcastle’s fourth win in a row.
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A wave of changes came through for both sides, but Newcastle would ease the game out to go all the way to seventh in the table, above Swansea with the Welsh side still yet to play. It’s a shocking turnaround for Pardew, with four wins in a row after seeing his side floundering at the bottom of the standings.
West Ham: Foster; Wisdom, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli (Gamboa 46′); Brunt, Dorrans (Samaras 76′), Mulumbu (Sessegnon 63′), Morrison; Anichebe, Berahino.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (Williamson 78′), Dummett, Haidara; Sissoko, Abeid, Colback; Cabella (Taylor 82′), Perez, Ameobi (Gouffran 78′).
Goals: Perez 45′, Coloccini 62′