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Newcastle overcome West Brom 2-1
London, Oct 29 (Agencies):
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Published on 30 Oct. 2008 12:39 AM IST
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Newcastle moved out of the bottom three in the Premier League as first-half goals from Joey Barton and Obefami Martins saw off West Bromwich Albion. Barton - starting his first match since his release from prison - scored from the spot after 10 minutes following Ryan Donk's foul on Shola Ameobi. And Martins headed home Habib Beye's cross three minutes before half-time. Substitute Ishmael Miller pulled one back after the break, but West Brom could not make their pressure count. It gave Newcastle's interim manager Joe Kinnear his first victory in four matches since his appointment at St James' Park - but they had several anxious moments in the second half as West Brom dominated possession. But it was a familiar tale for Tony Mowbray's side, who continue to play in an attractive, measured fashion but desperately lack a cutting edge. Newcastle opened with real intent, with West Brom defender Paul Robinson needing to make a vital tackle to halt Ameobi inside the opening 30 seconds. Martins then forced Scott Carson into a fine save - but Newcastle's pressure reaped its reward with a deserved opening goal. Donk's rash challenge on Ameobi left referee Mike Dean with no alternative other than to point to the spot, and Barton calmly sent Carson the wrong way to spark some full-blooded celebrations. West Brom enjoyed plenty of possession and their passing was always neat and tidy, but they only carved out one serious chance in the first period, which came courtesy of a 34th-minute opportunity for James Morrison. Robert Koren's clever pass played in Morrison with a clear run on goal, but Newcastle keeper Shay Given saved crucially with his feet. And Newcastle made the Baggies pay for that missed chance when they doubled their advantage shortly before the break. Beye was the creator with a cross to the far post, which Martins headed past Carson with the help of a deflection. West Brom needed to find attacking impetus, and the powerful Miller came on for Chris Brunt after 54 minutes. And he was unfortunate to be in the way of a goal-bound effort from Morrison almost instantly, although the shot was unlikely to be carrying enough power to beat Given. But Miller had better luck after 65 minutes when West Brom got the goal their increasing confidence and composed football deserved. Koren produced a superb ball to set Miller free in behind Fabricio Coloccini, and he rounded Given to slide home and give the visitors a lifeline. And Miller almost drew West Brom level eight minutes later when he reacted first after Newcastle failed to clear a free-kick, but Given blocked his angled shot. Newcastle grew increasingly anxious as the clock ran down, but they held out for their first league win since they beat Bolton at home on 23 August.

 
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