West Brom 2-2 Newcastle: Jonny Evans scores late own goal after Ciaran Clark nets to ensure Magpies secure unlikely draw from two goals behind
- Salomon Rondon rattled the crossbar with a fierce shot from 35 yards out in the 21st minute on Tuesday
- West Brom took the lead on the stroke of half time through Hal Robson-Kanu at the Hawthorns?
- The 19-year-old English West Brom midfielder Sam Field doubled the Baggies' lead in the 56th minute?
- However, Ciaran Clark pulled a goal back just two minutes later for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United
- Newcastle were then back on terms in the 83rd minute after Jonny Evans deflected into his own net?
Gary Megson nearly provided Alan Pardew with a welcome gift of three points, but Newcastle staged a late comeback last night to avoid defeat for the first time in five matches.
West Bromwich appeared to be home and dry at 2-0 before giving it away. James McClean was culpable, coming on as a substitute and needlessly fouling DeAndre Yedlin to the right of the penalty area.
Matt Ritchie hit the resulting free-kick hard and fast but that was no excuse for Salomon Rondon to fling out a lazy leg and divert the ball into his own net via Jonny Evans.
Jonjo Shelvey celebrates after Newcastle came from two goals behind to secure a 2-2 draw against West Brom
Newcastle players celebrate in front of their jubilant fans after Matt Ritchie's free-kick was deflected into the West Brom net
Jonny Evans deflected the ball into his own net to ensure Newcastle secured an unlikely draw in the dying stages
Both sets of players watch on as the ball nestles into the West Brom net in the 83rd minute on Tuesday night
West Brom players were clearly dejected after letting the visitors back into the game and dropping two points
Ciaran Clark scored for Newcastle to make it 2-1 just two minutes after Sam Field extended the home side's lead
Clark headed home for the Magpies past Ben Foster in the 58th minute to ensure a nervy ending at the Hawthorns
The Republic of Ireland defender started an unlikely comeback for the struggling Magpies against West Brom?
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS, TABLE AND MATCH ZONE?
WBA 3-5-2: Foster 6.5; Nyom 7, Hegazi 6, Evans 7; Phillips 7.5, Field 8 (Krychowiak 84’), Barry 6 (Yacob 67’ 6), Livermore 6.5, Gibbs 7 (McClean 80’); Robson-Kanu 7, Rondon 6.5
Subs not used: Myhill, Burke, Rodriguez, McAuley
Gary Megson 7
Newcastle 4-4-2: Darlow 6; Yedlin 5, Lejeune, Clark 7, Mbemba 5.5; Ritchie 7.5, Hayden 6 (Shelvey 80’), Merino 6.5, Murphy 6.5 (Aarons 64’ 6); Perez 6; Joselu 5 (Mitrovic 73’)
Subs not used: Elliot, Gayle, Diame, Manquillo
Rafael Benitez 7
Ref: Lee Probert 7
This is how Hal Robson-Kanu opened the scoring for West Brom on Tuesday. CLICK HERE to find out more from our brilliant MATCH ZONE.
Megson, so close to leading West Brom to a first win since August, looked on in despair. This was nearly a feelgood farewell for a popular figure. ‘We are supposed to be a big side at set-pieces but we conceded awful goals,’ he said.
He will step aside for Pardew, who has agreed to take over and will be confirmed as Tony Pulis’s successor today.
His first job, beginning with the visit of former club Crystal Palace on Saturday, will be to address West Brom’s inability to hold on to an advantage. This was the fifth occasion they have led in the 75th minute this season, only to end up drawing.
For Rafa Benitez, the point provided solace after a bleak few weeks. The Newcastle manager had warned things could get worse before they got better and it was heading that way for most of last night.
But Newcastle sparked into life late on, providing the Spaniard with cause for optimism in the battle against the drop. West Brom stay in deeper relegation trouble, just two points above 18th-placed West Ham having played a game more.
Pardew was not in the stands as the club gave Megson space to sign off without that distraction. He has relished being the main man in the dugout for the first time in five years.
19-year-old English midfielder Sam Field doubled West Brom's advantage 11 minutes into the second period?
Field is mobbed by his West Brom team-mates in front of the jubilant home supporters on Tuesday night against Newcastle
Field is congratulated by fellow goalscorer Hal Robson-Kanu in the second half of the tight Premier League encounter
WHO IS SAM FIELD??
Back in March this year, our SECRET SCOUT profiled the talented West Brom midfielder.
CLICK HERE to read the full profile.?
Megson guided West Brom to two promotions in the early 2000s and his name was sung from the first minute by the hardcore fans of the Smethwick End.
Rondon nearly gave the hosts an early lead with a 35-yard shot that had Karl Darlow beaten but dropped on to the top of the bar.
Ahmed Hegazi’s cross seven minutes before the interval gave Hal Robson-Kanu an opening but his header was tame and Darlow held on. Robson-Kanu had an even better chance when set up three yards out by Rondon, but shot wide.
On the stroke of half-time, Robson-Kanu made it third time lucky. Evans hit a peach of a pass out to Kieran Gibbs and Yedlin was caught out as the West Brom left back pitched a perfect cross into the middle, enabling Robson-Kanu to rise above Chancel Mbemba and head in.
Benitez was furious, flinging his coat down, and the Toon manager was still chuntering as he strode down the tunnel.
Robson-Kanu put managerless West Brom ahead on the stroke of half time with a header from close range
The 28-year-old Welsh striker celebrates scoring the opening goal with Baggies team-mate Jake Livermore?
Robson-Kanu pictured heading the ball past Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow during first-half stoppage time
Darlow kicks the post while Robson-Kanu wheels off to celebrate with his team-mates right at the end of the first period
Salomon Rondon fired a shot onto the crossbar from outside the Newcastle penalty area on Tuesday evening
In the 56th minute, Benitez was wearing a face of thunder again as West Brom doubled their lead. Matt Phillips collected Rondon’s lay-off and whipped a glorious cross to the far post, where Sam Field arrived to volley past Darlow.
It was the 19-year-old’s first senior goal and he celebrated joyously as the home fans sang, ‘He’s one of our own!’
Three minutes later, Newcastle got back into the contest with a simple goal. Ritchie delivered a corner and Ciaran Clark ran free to head in.
The unfortunate Evans then turned the ball into his own net and Newcastle had a point to savour for the first time in five weeks. Benitez said: ‘The players showed they care. With this bad run, reacting the way they did when 2-0 down is very positive for the future.’
The Venezuelan striker reacts after rattling the crossbar from 35 yards out with the scoreline at 0-0
Rafa Benitez and Gary Megson watch on as their teams battle it out on a cold night at the Hawthorns?
Rondon attempts to shrug off Newcastle's Mikel Merino during the opening moments of Tuesday's fixture
The Hawthorns was lit up by floodlights as West Brom and Newcastle went head-to-head in the English top flight
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