Premier League - Jones rescues point for West Brom against Newcastle

Premier League, The Hawthorns - West Brom 1 (Jones 63) Newcastle United 1 (Gouffran 8)

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Premier League - Jones rescues point for West Brom against Newcastle
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Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran (R) celebrates his goal against West Bromwich Albion with Massadio Haidara during their English Premier League soccer match at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, April 20, 2013 (Reuters)

Billy Jones's 63rd minute goal gave West Brom a deserved point at the Hawthorns against relegation threatened Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Jones took his goal well as he picked up a pass from James Morrison inside the penalty area before driving with his left foot past Rob Elliot.

West Brom went behind early in the first half as Yoann Gouffran rose above Jonas Olsson in the eighth minute to head home an inviting cross from Papiss Cisse.

Newcastle went close soon after with two long range efforts from Yohan Cabaye saved by Ben Foster.

Then in the 35th minute Olsson put his team in trouble with a sloppy backpass that gifted possession to Cisse. The Senegalese striker bared down on goal only for his lofted finish to end up on the roof of the net rather that in the back of it.

West Brom felt they should have had a penalty just before half time as James Perch brought down Morrison inside the area. Referee Mike Jones put his whistle to his mouth but gave a free-kick to West Brom even though the incident occurred inside the area.

That injustice seemed to galvanise West Brom in the second half who brought on striker Shane Long for defensive midfielder Claudio Yacob. Their fortunes changed and looked a much better side in the second half pressing Newcastle all over the pitch.

Elliot almost gifted Long a goal with his first touch as he spilled a long range effort straight to the Irish striker but Newcastle’s goalkeeper got down well to smother the shot.

West Brom continued to pile on the pressure as Newcastle struggled to keep up with the pace the Baggies were now playing at.

Romelu Lukaku hit the crossbar with a header in the 50th minute as Newcastle struggled to contain West Brom's forwards.

The pressure eventually told and Jones’'sgoal capped off a superb passing move with time to spare for either team to grab a winner.

Newcastle were unable to get out of their half and even the introduction of Hatem Ben Arfa couldn’t inspire the Magpies to a better performance.

West Brom went after a winner but could not create the openings they would have wanted in order to grab all three points.

As the final whistle was blown, it was plain to see who the happier manager was as Alan Pardew looked exasperated by his players’ second half performance.

This draw leaves Newcastle 16th in the table and six points clear of the relegation zone. West Brom stay in 8th and move onto 45 points for the season.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Billy Jones (West Brom) – The full back was excellent in all he did. His defending was solid but his forward play was exemplary. His constant running at the defence both with and without the ball caused problems all day and his goal was fully deserved for an all-action performance from the defender.

PLAYER RATINGS

West Brom – Foster 7, Olsson 6, Popov 6, McAuley 7, Jones 9, Yacob 5, Morrison 7, Brunt 6, Dorrans 7, Lukaku 6, Fortune 7. Subs: Long 8, Thomas n/a, Rosenberg, n/a

Newcastle United – Elliot 7, Yanga-M'Biwa 6, Perch 6, Haidara 5, Debuchy 7, S Taylor 7, Cabaye 8, Sissoko 6, Gutierrez 7, Cisse 5, Gouffran 7. Subs: Ben Arfa 6, Ameobi 7, Hosling n/a.

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