Newcastle overcame the absence of manager Joe Kinnear as an inspired display from Damien Duff helped them to a 3-2 win at West Brom - their first victory in seven Barclays Premier League games.
Chris Hughton was in charge of the Magpies after Kinnear had been taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure" after feeling unwell at the team hotel.
But goals from Duff, Peter Lovenkrands and Steve Taylor helped lift some of the gloom surrounding Newcastle and sent bottom club Albion - who saw on-loan Marc Antoine-Fortune net a brace - hurtling closer to the relegation trapdoor.
Newcastle got off to a dream start by taking the lead through Duff after just 72 seconds following a mistake from defender Leon Barnett.
Shola Ameobi tried to pick out the run of Duff, Barnett should have cut out the pass only to stumble and allow the winger a clear run at goal. The Irishman steadied himself before drilling the ball past Carson.
The home side quickly retaliated and in the fourth minute drew level through Fortune.
Nicky Butt gave away possession and this was seized upon by Albion playmaker Borja Valero, who threaded the ball through to Fortune. He took advantage of a slip on the edge of the box by Steven Taylor and fired a low shot past Steve Harper into the corner of the net.
Lovenkrands restored Newcastle's lead after nine minutes, volleying in from 15 yards after Butt's cross was volleyed back across goal by Ryan Taylor.
The Albion defence was non-existent when Steven Taylor stretched Newcastle's lead after 41 minutes. Taylor's corner flew straight across the box with Meite ball-watching as his namesake sent a glancing header into the corner of the net.
With 18 minutes left Albion reduced the arrears with Fortune's second.
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