Matty Phillips

Newcastle United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Not dead yet

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  • West Brom stays alive
  • Phillips continues NUFC mastery
  • Magpies outshoot WBA 17-8

West Bromwich Albion earned itself a stay of relegation with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Matty Phillips scored for the Baggies, who have 28 points and sit five points behind 17th place Swansea City. Interim manager Darren Moore has collected eight points in four matches.

Newcastle remains 10th with 41 points.

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Chances both ways early, with James McClean ripping a shot wide for West Brom and Dwight Gayle sending a low shot into the arms of Ben Foster.

The Baggies went ahead through a net-battering shot from Phillips, who took advantage of Jake Livermore‘s lid-opening pass cooking Paul Dummett.

Kenedy looked to have leveled the score in the 34th minute, trading passes with Ayoze Perez but dinking his shot off the outside of the post.

Mo Diame had a close shot deflected over the bar, and Newcastle were refused shouts for a penalty kick off the ensuing corner kick. Foster also made an outstanding in-tight save prior to the uncalled foul.

The counter attack saw Martin Dubravka make a fine save on Jay Rodriguez.

West Brom stayed stingy in the second half, hoping to avoid formalizing its Championship status for another week.

Diame had a second shot deflected out for a corner, and Jamaal Lascelles couldn’t get on the end of Jonjo Shelvey‘s attempt.

DeAndre Yedlin served a second ball into the mix, and substitute Joselu nodded his attempt wide in the 86th.

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West Brom 2-3 Man City: Visitors strengthen table lead

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  • City restores five-point table lead
  • Concedes twice for just second time
  • Baggies winless since August

Fernandinho had a goal and an assist as Manchester City handled West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane also scored in the 3-1 triumph, which raises their audacious goal differential to 29 on the season.

Jay Rodriguez briefly gave West Brom a first half equalizer, but the Baggies finish the day two points above the drop zone in 15th.

Matty Phillips scored in stoppage time to round out the scoring, and the score line would’ve been much worse for the Baggies were it not for goalkeeper Ben Foster.

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West Brom’s high press plans were diffused by City in the early stages, and the purple-clad visitors danced up the pitch into the Baggies’ sardine 18.

Sane laced a left-footed shot past a helpless Ben Foster after Fernandinho found him inside the box. 1-0.

But the can would be repacked after an Ederson error allowed Rodriguez the space to level the score in the 13th minute.

Fernandinho restored order when his 25-yard shot took a turn off a Gareth Barry‘s indecisive block attempt and wrong-footed Foster. 2-1.

Kyle Walker cued up Sterling for a 65th minute insurance goal. While City wasn’t at its best in the second half, the marker did have an air of inevitability.

Phillips made it 3-2 in stoppage time off a back pass error from Nicolas Otamendi.

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West Brom 3-1 Hull City: Baggies comeback for easy win

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  • Snodgrass scores rare road goal
  • Phillips nabs two corner assists
  • Brunt, McAuley score

West Brom scored off a pair of Matty Phillips corners in a 3-1 comeback win over beleaguered Hull City at the Hawthorns on Monday.

Chris Brunt, James Morrison, and Gareth McAuley scored for West Brom, which sits 8th in the Premier League with 29 points.

Robert Snodgrass gave Hull a lead, but the Tigers failed to get a point and sit 19th with 13 points.

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West Brom had the better of play early, though Tony Pulis had his side set-up to defend.

For Hull, a 13th minute free kick saw dangerous Robert Snodgrass force Ben Foster into a diving save. Then Michael Dawson hammered a Snodgrass corner wide of the far post.

Snodgrass put Hull ahead with a first away goal in two months, sliding past Claudio Yacob to poke Ahmed Elmohamady‘s cross past Foster. 1-0.

Hull could’ve had a two-goal lead on several occasions were it not for Foster. Some quality work from West Brom’s Matty Phillips was collected by David Marshall just before half.

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Brunt equalized just over three minutes into the second frame, powering Phillips header through the hands of a stunned Marshall.

And McAuley made it 2-1 by rising over the Hull defense to head just over the line for a goal awarded via Goal Decision System. It was another corner, with Phillips provided another assist.

Morrison piled the misery on the Tigers when he first-timed a mishit shot by Salomon Rondon behind Marshall. Woof.

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QPR boss Ramsey lauds Austin, Phillips heroics: “Hope that will add another zero” to transfer price

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Chris Ramsey would like to boost Queens Park Rangers right back into the Premier League, and keeping Charlie Austin and Matty Phillips sure would help that quest.

Both both players are in demand after strong Premier League campaigns for a bad QPR side. Austin’s been linked with Newcastle and Spurs all summer, while Phillips has been mentioned as a target for West Bromwich Albion.

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After the R’s still-suspect defense put them in a 2-0 at Wolverhampton on Wednesday, Austin nodded home a Phillips pass. Then Phillips scored a pair of his own to give QPR its first win of this spin through the Championship.

Ramsey hopes to keep his lads, and thinks maybe these performances will make the asking price too rich for the Premier League’s blood.

From the BBC:

“Matty is a match-winner on his day and he is someone who will always need marking.¬†I’m really hoping we will have him but no-one can tell, people make knee-jerk reactions and spend money they don’t have. I hope that will add another zero.

“I am very pleased with the respect Matt and Charlie have shown the club. They have been very professional in the way they have conducted themselves.¬†Charlie is fitter now than the opening day and his hold-up play has answered a few questions people have.”

If Austin’s goals last season were the gin in QPR’s drink, then Phillips’ service was the tonic. Each would fit on almost any PL club going, and you have to think some desperate team is going to tempt Tony Fernandes’ check book. But if he has instant promotion ambitions, perhaps he can hang onto his best players for a few more months.

VIDEO: Premier League’s Top 10 goals of the season, from A(dam) to Z(amora)

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2014-15 Premier League season. From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the 380 games as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, it’s time to take a look back at the best goals of 2014/15 in the Premier League.

The goals run the gamut and it’s a relegated club which a trio of offerings on the docket. We’ve got Queens Park Rangers goals from¬†Charlie Austin’s turn and fire to his teammate Bobby Zamora’s outside-foot chip versus West Brom and Matty Phillips long distance route versus Crystal Palace.

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Then there’s¬†a¬†Merseyside Derby swerving strike¬†and a Wear-Tyne Derby deciding volley. But which wild goal gets the honor of goal of the season? From A to Z, see what Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino tabbed as top of the pops.