Premier League - West Brom breeze past Toon

Sun, 05 Dec 15:31:00 2010

Peter Odemwingie scored twice as West Bromwich Albion brushed Newcastle United aside with a 3-1 Premier League win at The Hawthorns.

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The Baggies secured their second consecutive victory as Odemwingie's goals complemented Somen Tchoyi's well-taken opener, before Peter Lovenkrands grabbed a late consolation for Newcastle.

Roberto Di Matteo's side leapt six places to seventh ahead of Sunderland's game against West Ham on Sunday afternoon, while Newcastle dropped a place to 11th.

Di Matteo was boosted after key trio Chris Brunt, Paul Scharner and Odemwingie all came through late fitness tests, but the Baggies were without the suspended Youssuf Mulumbu.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton had suspension issues of his own, with front-line centre-backs Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson both serving bans.

Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell deputised, but Campbell in particular looked shaky on the day he became the fourth player to make 500 Premier League appearances after David James, Ryan Giggs and Gary Speed.

A mistake by the veteran allowed Odemwingie the first real chance of the game, as his poor clearance ricocheted to the striker who dragged his shot wide from the edge of the box.

West Brom dominated the opening stages, enjoying a huge quantity of possession without converting it into goals.

Brunt's free-kicks and corners lacked their usual precision, while Newcastle's determination to defend in numbers left space at a premium for the likes of Odemwingie.

Newcastle's Andy Carroll was man-marked by Scharner, and the versatile Austrian's aerial prowess helped to neutralise the big England striker. It was a physical battle, which left both players nursing bruises after a series of challenges for headers.

Wayne Routledge had the occasional moment of joy down the right up against Marek Cech but otherwise Newcastle failed to test Scott Carson in the first half.

The breakthrough came just after the half-hour mark when West Brom worked the ball slickly around the edge of the box. Brunt laid it off for Tchoyi, who stepped inside his marker and curled a left-foot shot past three defenders and the goalkeeper into the left corner.

Newcastle may feel aggrieved as Odemwingie was standing in an offside position and briefly obscured Tim Krul's view as the ball whistled into the net.

The visitors started the second period with some much-needed purpose, as Lovenkrands replaced Shola Ameobi and injected pace into Newcastle's attacks.

Their best two chances came from their centre-backs, however, when Taylor's header forced a decent save from Carson, before Campbell headed wide when he would have expected to do much better.

Carroll nearly netted a fortunate equaliser when he squeezed a cross in from the left and the ball nearly ricocheted in.

But West Brom continued to dominate, and after a barrage of James Morrison shots failed to beat Krul, Odemwingie pounced.

The Nigerian capitalised on a slip from Danny Guthrie in the centre circle on 71 minutes and charged goalwards.

He had Morrison and Brunt either side of him but chose to go it alone, twisted away from Taylor and Campbell and drilled a low shot into the right corner.

The third was even easier, as the Newcastle offside trap fell apart, leaving Odemwingie to stroll through, round Krul and slot into the empty net.

Lovenkrands hit back in stoppage time, scooping the ball in from close range after Carson spilled a shot from Carroll, who had handled while controlling the ball.

But the goal did nothing except take a little gloss of a fully deserved win for West Brom.

Alex Chick / Eurosport

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