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Monday 20 August 2018

Clark on the mark as Toon end losing run

West Brom 2 Newcastle 2

Toon’s Ciaran Clark
Toon’s Ciaran Clark

Newcastle ended a run of four straight defeats after coming back from 2-0 down to claim a gutsy point at West Brom.

Jonny Evans' late own goal earned the visitors a 2-2 draw after Ciaran Clark had begun a second-half revival.

Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field put Albion in command at The Hawthorns but their winless run now stretches to 13 games in all competitions.

Alan Pardew is expected to be appointed the Baggies' new boss after they sacked Tony Pulis and he is due to inherit a side two points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Newcastle's comeback moved them up to 12th and five points clear of the bottom three ahead of a weekend trip to Chelsea.

Pardew is tipped to become the Baggies' new manager but was not at The Hawthorns to watch Albion against one of his former clubs. Should he be confirmed as Tony Pulis' successor this week, as seems increasingly likely, he will face Palace - the club he left almost 12 months ago - on Saturday.

Whenever Pardew watches the highlights he will be forgiven for skipping a drab opening and then would not have been best pleased with what he did see.

Ambled

The game ambled towards the break until the hosts went ahead when Kieran Gibbs picked out Robson-Kanu at the far post to head in from two yards. The opener sparked the game to life and Albion doubled their lead 11 minutes after the re-start. Phillips was given time to cross from the right and found the onrushing and unmarked Field to volley in his first senior goal from six yards.

Yet Albion's two-goal lead lasted just three minutes as Clark crashed in a far-post header from Matt Ritchie's corner. Robson-Kanu shot straight at keeper Karl Darlow soon after but Newcastle earned a point with seven minutes left when Ritchie's driven free-kick struck Evans and beat Ben Foster.

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