Sessegnon pressures Mbemba into conceding a corner. They take it short, and that's full time. West Brom dominated from the first whistle, but had to wait until the second half to get their goal. Kevin Darlow had an odd debut, mixing obvious nerves with impressive shot-stopping, but ultimately it was his mistake which cost Newcastle a point today.
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West Bromwich Albion - Newcastle United
Premier League - 28 December 2015
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Myhill claims a Janmaat cross, and collapses to the ground to waste a few seconds.
There will be four minutes of added time.
Sissoko has gone down now. He gets tripped in midfield after he's tackled, but he's gone down holding his knee.
Anichebe is replaced by Lambert, as Anichebe has 'done' his 'hammy'.
Berahino is set free down the left, past the defence, and he slices a shot towards the near top corner that Darlow palms away.
Thauvin on for Colback.
Berahino holds the ball up in the corner brilliantly. Eventually Coloccini drags him and kicks him one too many times, and he wins a free kick in the corner.
Anichebe drives past Coloccini, putting him on the ground, and Darlow rushes out to close him down, and beats away his shot after making himself big.
GOAL! West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Newcastle. Fletcher scores - Yacob whips in a cross from a pass back from Sessegnon, Fletcher meets it unmarked and heads downwards. Darlow gets two hands to it, but it squeaks past him and over the line.
Brunt's corner is hacked away at the near post by Mitrovic.
Sessegnon curls in a cross for Anichebe from the corner spot, and he heads down into the ground and hits the post.
Darlow has a swipe at a backpass and sends it flying back for a corner.
De Jong on for Perez.
Anichebe chases a high ball, forcing Darlow out to close down. He comes out with a high right foot, and Anichebe takes it around him, but Anichebe goes down with a belated dive, and the ref ignores his penalty claims.
Berahino on for Morrison.
Wijnaldum finds Perez, who moves away from goal, spins to cross the ball, but it strikes Fletcher and is cleared.
Brunt's cross is headed away. It comes out to Perez who thinks he's fouled, and Jones allows play to continue. Morrison puts in another cross, cleared by Colback. The pressure is growing on Newcastle now.
Dummett is the latest player down. A moment before, Dawson controls the ball at the back post from Brunt's set piece, and he wanly plays a ball inside which is hacked away.
Anichebe gets clattered by Tiote in midfield, but he's up swiftly and able to continue. Berahino will be on soon.
Fletcher's cross is headed out by Mbemba.
Mitrovic controls a loose ball in the box, Evans wrestles him to the ground and so the striker sends a shot just wide. Somehow the referee gives a corner only.
West Brom win a corner on the right wing. Brunt swings it in, and Darlow claims. He's grown in confidence during the match.
Sessegnon gets to a cross whipped in by Brunt, but his poor touch sends it behind for a goal kick.
Morrison tries to find Anichebe's run into the box, but Mbemba is on hand to clear.
Another corner for Newcastle, despite Evans clearance coming off Mitrovic's header. West Brom clear through McAuley.
Perez floats a corner into the box. Dummett climbs and rattles the cross bar. The ball bounces down into the six-yard box, and five defenders can't stop Coloccini backheeling wide of the near post.
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Fletcher's cross is headed out by a stooping Tiote for a throw.
Darlow punches a Brunt corner away, and Coloccini puts his foot through it after the ball is brought back into the box. Mitrovic then concedes a free kick with a foul on the right on Sessegnon.
Colback sends it long after Coloccini tackles, but it's intecepted. Janmaat clears another cross, but West Brom keep pressing.
The second half gets going, and Sissoko is penalised for an early handball to reach a high pass.
Sessegnon's corner is cleared, and that's half time.
Gardner's free kick strikes the wall and loops behind for a corner.
Sessegnon tries to wriggle free in the D, but Colback won't let go of him, conceding a dangerous free kick.
Anichebe gives Gardner something to chase, but Coloccini keeps it in play with a tackle.
Yacob has a speculative drive from distance, and it bobbles wide.
Fletcher brings down a header out from the corner, but fires a shot just over the bar. Darlow may have got a touch.
Corner on the left for Newcastle. Perez offers up an easy one for Myhill.
West Brom sit back as they wait for Newcastle to fall apart.
A corner on the right is met by Evans, who loops a header over the 'keeper, but Coloccini clears off the line.
Janmaat runs back to cover for a cross, slices a ball into the air, and Darlow mistimes a punch, sending it backwards over the bar for a corner on the right.
Nothing is happening on the pitch, so have a look at the state of Manchester United's social media activity.
Evans' cross runs to Brunt at the back post, and he slices a volley well over the bar.
Brunt crosses to the back post, and with McAuley waiting, Dummett glances it behind for a corner on the right.
Dummett fouls Anichebe, and concedes a free kick about 50 yards out.
Morrison beats Tiote with a Cruyff turn, tees up Fletcher with a pass into the box, but his sidefoot strikes Dummett who moved across to cover.
Here is Tiote.
Anita has limped off, so Tiote should be on shortly in his place.
Anita goes down after getting nudged over by Anichebe - who is whistled for a foul - and it's another hamstring injury.
Morrison has time for a shot from the left, outside the box, and he drills a shot just wide of the far post.
Mitrovic receives the ball with his back to goal in the box. He flicks it up, volleys at goal with his left foot, but it's deflected over. Corner on the left. Perez curls it into a good area, but it skids out of play.
Wijnaldum puts in one pass for Perez, who is tackled but the ball is returned to him. He plays a pass into the six-yard box, but West Brom punt it out.
Perez takes on Dawson, cutting in from the left, and he curls a shot from inside the box to the top corner, but it drifts well wide.
Gardner is on for Olsson, meaning Gardner will probably take Evans place, who should drop into defence.
Olsson has gone down with what looks like a hamstring or groin strain, so will probably be off shortly.
Darlow stretches at Brunt's corner, and it comes out of his hands before drifting out for a throw.
Wijnaldum is slipped in on the inside right of the box, and he fires a low shot at goal that Myhill pushes away.
A second corner this minute for West Brom, and Brunt's inswinger is cleared. Newcastle get over the halfway line for half a second, and West Brom come forward again.
Darlow punches away another corner, but West Brom keep hold of the ball. Dawson crosses for Anichebe, and he has a shot blocked. It bounces out to Morrison on the edge of the box, and he lashes a volley at goal, but Darlow is down swiftly to beat away.
Dawson crosses to Blunt at the back post. It runs to Fletcher, who finds Anichebe in the box. He takes a step inside, and fires in a shot that Dummett blocks, sending it out for a corner on the left wing.
Anita hooks away a ball aimed into the box for a Dawson throw on the right.
No chances for either sides so far apart from the early Morrison effort.
Newcastle have a spell on the ball, waiting for an opening.
Anichebe scuffs dropping ball, it bounces to Morrison ahead of him, and he spins, beating Darlow with his effort, but Coloccini clears off the line.
Sessegnon stands up a cross which is headed away by Mbemba.
Mitrovic, playing on the shoulder of a defender, is just offside as he chases a ball over the top of the defence.
I'm predicting West Brom to win 4-1. I think Newcastle will self-combust.
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A late change for Newcastle.
Newcastle's changes to their last side is to bring in Aleksandar Mitrovic in place of Cisse, but it's largely the same side that lost to Everton.
Obviously the big news is that Anders Lindegaard REMAINS on the bench for West Bromwich Albion. Apart from that, Saido Berahino also REMAINS on the naughty step, with Jonny 'Jonny' Evans looking set to continue as a defensive midfielder.
Steve McClaren on Newcastle's record: "That hasn't been good enough. We're working and working and seeing the progress. More consistency needs to be there and we need a damn better second half then we did the first. We need a better 2016 than 2015, when there wasn't a lot to cheer about all the way through."
Tony Pulis: "You put two or three results together and you're in the top 10. That's how close this league is, it's close this year. It will ebb and flow and we haven't even reached halfway yet. We played really well at Swansea and we've got to keep going and keep believing."
TEAMS: West Brom: Myhill; Olsson, Dawson, McAuley, Brunt, Evans, Yacob, Morrison, Fletcher, Sessegnon, Anichebe. Subs: Lindegaard; Chester, Gardner, Gamboa, Lambert, Berahino, McManaman. /// Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Dummett, Coloccini, Mbemba, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Lascelles, Tiote, Gouffran, Thauvin, De Jong.
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