West Brom probably deserved all 3 points at Newcastle last night

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Lovenkrands dedicated equaliser to his late father

How suiting it was that Peter Lovenkrands had the last say in St.James’ Park last night in what was a very exciting affair. Tyne Time predicted a 2-0 scoreline in Newcastle’s favour and we were wrong, however I did guarantee an even encounter, one which if you ask me, we didn’t deserve to win. The opening minutes saw West Brom throw the kitchen sink at Newcastle and they got their due reward when Olsson delicately flicked Dorran’s ball beyond the despairing Steve Harper. They continued to press but a foolish foul by Mulumbu just outside the box resulted in Danny Guthrie smashing the back of the net with a beaut of a free-kick albeit a dodgy wall.

You couldn’t help but be impressed by West Bromich Albion last night and by Graham Dorran’s & Jerome Thomas in particular. Anything attack on Newcastle was led by either of the two.

Credit to Steve Harper so some great saves and unfortunately his save from Roman Bednar came off the crossbar and fell for the striker again to nod in. His first goal in quite a while, just over 30 secs into the second half too.

All in all, we were lucky to get a point from that game, I know you can argue that we deserved a couple of penalties and no more than Andy Carroll being pushed in the box in the dying minutes.

However, how Ismael Miller didn’t score with a few minutes remaining I’ll never know and will surely see his effort go down in one of the worst misses this season. Great play again from the winger laid it on a plate to Miller but he tapped it off the post and the follow-up was bravely denied by Alan Smith.

After the match, di Matteo said :

‘We deserved to win the game,’

‘We had some big chances and better chances than Newcastle as well. I was happy with the response we had to the Nottingham Forest result and we have to remember there have been more positives than negatives this season.

‘Everything about Newcastle says Premier League and I think they have the edge over everybody else, but they have come very close to losing their unbeaten home record to us. We were the better side and that’s twice we should have beaten them this season and drawn.’

He’s telling the truth there. West Brom really showed the cracks in our defence and throughout the team last night and more than anything, the need for new faces on the pitch. Whether we’re in for another hapless January transfer window, only time will tell.

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tomfin: ⏱ 19/01/2010

steven taylor should keep his big mouth shut about our great defence anytime we come up against a half decent side the defence is found out

tomfin: ⏱ 19/01/2010

steven taylor should keep his big mouth shut about our great defence anytime we come up against a half decent side the defence is found out

dan the mag: ⏱ 19/01/2010

we need pace on the right to match jonas on the left, play colo at RB hes not big enough a CB bring in another cb like mark beevers at 6ft 4 a pacy creative cm ohara? tom cleverly? henri lansbury? jack wilshere? and marlon harwood back there the positions that looked most obv to me last night we need more pace. but from last night west brom are a good side butrt i dont think we should worry they was at there best we was not our ow fault and they could only muster a draw

dan the mag: ⏱ 19/01/2010

we need pace on the right to match jonas on the left, play colo at RB hes not big enough a CB bring in another cb like mark beevers at 6ft 4 a pacy creative cm ohara? tom cleverly? henri lansbury? jack wilshere? and marlon harwood back there the positions that looked most obv to me last night we need more pace. but from last night west brom are a good side butrt i dont think we should worry they was at there best we was not our ow fault and they could only muster a draw

Unknown: ⏱ 19/01/2010

I really don't get you people sat on a pc writing comments about things you haven't got a clue about!!how exactly did our defense get "found out" we were up against a west brom side that had a point to prove after getting nailed by forest and we coped really well with their persistant attacks.seriously you need to grow up and I doubt that half of you have ever been to SJP but all feel that you can cast aspersions on our squad if any of you could do any better you wouldn't be sat eating pork pies commenting on needless attacks directed at our team.So in a word stop hating us and get behind us!!

Unknown: ⏱ 19/01/2010

I really don't get you people sat on a pc writing comments about things you haven't got a clue about!!how exactly did our defense get "found out" we were up against a west brom side that had a point to prove after getting nailed by forest and we coped really well with their persistant attacks.seriously you need to grow up and I doubt that half of you have ever been to SJP but all feel that you can cast aspersions on our squad if any of you could do any better you wouldn't be sat eating pork pies commenting on needless attacks directed at our team.So in a word stop hating us and get behind us!!

Brian: ⏱ 19/01/2010

Think you will find Bednar scored in his last game against Forest.

Brian: ⏱ 19/01/2010

Think you will find Bednar scored in his last game against Forest.

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 19/01/2010

WBA's game play was simple and we played right into it. We would flood forward to get a goal then they would hit us on the break and attack down our right where Thomas had Simpson everytime. In fairness to the defence they were often faced with a mass of WBA players when everybody else had gone forward. Simpson was not good enough last night and Guthrie didnt provide the support he needed against Thomas on the counter attack. Nolans defending on both goal was awful, for the first goal allowing the cross in and on the second goal not closing down Dorrans, but instead preventing him from cutting inside which he didnt want to do anyway. I think we should have approached the game how Forest did, who closed out WBA first and foremost then attacked. WBA struggle against an organised team, but when we flooded forward, they loved it. However i disagree WBA deserved to win. They had the best chance with Miller, but Gutierrez's run at the end, nolans shot from the edge of the box, Taylors free Kick all spring to mind.

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 19/01/2010

WBA's game play was simple and we played right into it. We would flood forward to get a goal then they would hit us on the break and attack down our right where Thomas had Simpson everytime. In fairness to the defence they were often faced with a mass of WBA players when everybody else had gone forward. Simpson was not good enough last night and Guthrie didnt provide the support he needed against Thomas on the counter attack. Nolans defending on both goal was awful, for the first goal allowing the cross in and on the second goal not closing down Dorrans, but instead preventing him from cutting inside which he didnt want to do anyway. I think we should have approached the game how Forest did, who closed out WBA first and foremost then attacked. WBA struggle against an organised team, but when we flooded forward, they loved it. However i disagree WBA deserved to win. They had the best chance with Miller, but Gutierrez's run at the end, nolans shot from the edge of the box, Taylors free Kick all spring to mind.

The Entertainers: ⏱ 19/01/2010

For me theres no probabley about it. WBA played better and looked better. We got lucky, a great free kick and poor keepering saved us! Our defence was shacky and the WBA goals were poor from our side of things. Harper: 8 Simpson: 6 Taylor: 7 Colo: 6 Enrique: 8 (at times) 6 (at others) so 7! Guthrie: goal apart.....6 Smith: 6 Nolan : 6 Jonas: 8 Shola: 6 Lovenkrands: 7. A worried Toon fan !

The Entertainers: ⏱ 19/01/2010

For me theres no probabley about it. WBA played better and looked better. We got lucky, a great free kick and poor keepering saved us! Our defence was shacky and the WBA goals were poor from our side of things. Harper: 8 Simpson: 6 Taylor: 7 Colo: 6 Enrique: 8 (at times) 6 (at others) so 7! Guthrie: goal apart.....6 Smith: 6 Nolan : 6 Jonas: 8 Shola: 6 Lovenkrands: 7. A worried Toon fan !

JIMILEY: ⏱ 19/01/2010

We have no pace in midfield. Nolan and Smith are plodders in midfield. (Nolan's best position is playing of the striker) Got overran. How we need somebody like Wiltshire. Simpson got found out big time against a good winger. Simpson was so scared of the winger I thought at times he was going to run into his own goal to keep away from the winger. The fat one will spend nothing. My main regret about promotion is that the fat one will "earn" another 100 mil for destroying the club. Its almost worth not get promoted to spite the fat one. The fat one will spend nothing in the summer. If he stays, I have nightmares about our midfield taking on Arsenal. Or should I say being overrun. If WBA can do it, Arsenal can do it a lot better and Arsenal's forwards will not miss.

JIMILEY: ⏱ 19/01/2010

We have no pace in midfield. Nolan and Smith are plodders in midfield. (Nolan's best position is playing of the striker) Got overran. How we need somebody like Wiltshire. Simpson got found out big time against a good winger. Simpson was so scared of the winger I thought at times he was going to run into his own goal to keep away from the winger. The fat one will spend nothing. My main regret about promotion is that the fat one will "earn" another 100 mil for destroying the club. Its almost worth not get promoted to spite the fat one. The fat one will spend nothing in the summer. If he stays, I have nightmares about our midfield taking on Arsenal. Or should I say being overrun. If WBA can do it, Arsenal can do it a lot better and Arsenal's forwards will not miss.

Julio laker: ⏱ 20/01/2010

It's not the first time this season we've been let off by the poor finishing of the opposition. We'd be far further down the league if there were actually any decent strikers in the championship...sadly that includes our team. Luckily we have some of the best midfielders in the league with Guthrie and Nolan.

Julio laker: ⏱ 20/01/2010

It's not the first time this season we've been let off by the poor finishing of the opposition. We'd be far further down the league if there were actually any decent strikers in the championship...sadly that includes our team. Luckily we have some of the best midfielders in the league with Guthrie and Nolan.