West Brom enjoy historic win
West Brom climbed into the top half of the 2010/11 Premier League table after defeating Newcastle United 3-1 at home. A
Tchoyi's first goal at the Hawthorns gave the Baggies a deserved half-time lead after they dominated the opening 45 minutes. Then Odemwingie wrapped up the points with his fifth goal of the campaign and another in the closing seconds to take his side past the 20-point mark before Peter Lovenkrands' last-gasp reply. It sealed back to back league wins for
Newcastle could have no complaints about the outcome with
"I thought we played very well," Di Matteo told Sky Sports. "We scored three great goals and we controlled the game for the majority of the time. I think we pressed them quite high up the pitch, we never let them settle in."
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton kept his players locked in the dressing room for more than an hour after the final whistle before finally facing the media. He said: "After most games, there tends to be an inquest into the game and today we didn't do well enough to win a football match.
"Some of it is about getting answers, some of it is about venting your anger. We weren't good enough in enough departments and that is why we have been in there (the dressing room) so long. I wasn't happy with the performance. We've given away poor goals and you can't do that against anyone in this division."
The home side were the first to settle and the opening chance fell to
Newcastle were struggling to get out of their own half and Brunt drilled a 25 yard effort wide after being teed up by Tchoyi. Newcastle started to come more of the game and Carroll failed to make contact with an overhead kick after Albion failed to clear a
Tchoyi visibly grew in confidence and forced Krul to turn a fierce shot from a narrow angle for a corner after good play by Odemwingie and Jara.
Krul was relieved when
Newcastle were looking more dangerous and Gutierrez jinked his way into the box and saw his deflected cross-shot evade Carson but Cech was on hand to clear close to the goal-line. The half clearance fell to Carroll but he lacked composure in firing high and wide. Morrison was only inches wide with another good attempt but after 71 minutes Odemwingie doubled Albion's lead with his fifth goal of the campaign. Guthrie slipped over on the halfway line and left Odemwingie with a clear run of goal and he kept his composure before slipping a left-footed shot wide of Krul.
Guthrie had injured himself and was stretchered off and replaced by