The Baggies continue to confound the sceptics with yet another win, this time against Newcastle, who afterwards sacked their unfortunate manager. For the second time this season they recorded back-to-back wins in the Barclays Premier League, and moved themselves up to 9th.
But it was not just the win against a side that, frankly, did not offer much, but the manner of it – stylish passing, the ability to keep the ball for long periods (especially in the first half when the visitors hardly saw the ball) and the added ability to hurt the opposition where it matters, in the penalty area.
Somen Tchoyi had opened the scoring after 37 minutes after a series of intricate passes across the area found him on the right, and after jinking first one way then the other he somehow found a gap and curled the ball in with his left foot. It was as good a goal as the one he scored last week against Everton – with his right foot, and his third of the season in the league (four in all).
A team is never safe with the one goal lead, however, and the visitors were certainly capable of getting it back, even though the England striker, Andy Carroll, was having a quiet day. Peter Odemwingie, who had not scored since early November, then took a half chance to tuck the ball away nicely, and this after a mazy run. He then scored his sixth of the season, after being put through by Marek Cech.
Newcastle scored a consolation goal in injury time, but this was our first win against them in the higher division since 1984. Do they know it’s Christmas? We most certainly do.
Man of the match on the day was given to Tchoyi, though Chris Brunt and Jerome Thomas both had excellent games, and our choice would be JT – pacy, an ability to go past his man, and able to deliver quality ball and possessing a good shot.
Now, who are we playing next week? Oh yes, the Villa…
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