Monday, May 23, 2011

Tchoyi's 'trick poops end-of-season party

Newcastle Utd 3 - 3 West Bromwich Albion

A second-half fightback by the Baggies saw honours finish even at St James' Park on Sunday and, as a consequence of results elsewhere, ensured we finished 12th in our first season back in the top flight.

With Spidermag sidelined, Pardew brought Danny Guthrie back into the starting eleven but otherwise resisting the temptation to throw a host of youngsters into the fray from the off.

As it was, the match had a distinctly end-of-season feel to it, with both sides guilty of some sloppy defending at times. Firstly, it was Newcastle who capitalised, with Steven Taylor scoring his third goal in as many games with a smart turn and shot from close range.

Peter Lovenkrands too benefited from some poor play by the visitors, with 'keeper Scott Carson allowing the Dane's shot to go through his arms and over the line before he scrambled it back to safety.

Two up at half-time, and when Jose Enrique's fine cross was turned into his own net by Jonas Olsson at the start of the second half the game should have been over. However, at that point several members of the team appeared to mentally board their holiday flights, and we allowed the Baggies to come back into things.

First Somen Tchoyi beat the offside trap and, finding himself in acres of space, fired past Tim Krul. Then Tchoyi again fired home after stepping past Sideshow Bob. Finally, Tchoyi completed his hat-trick in the final minute, heading home from Olsson's left-wing cross to ensure the Baggies and 5under1and both finished one point above us in the table.

A disappointing end to the match, and the season, perhaps, but hopefully a timely reminder to all concerned that we're a side in need of investment over the summer if we're to kick on next year.

Other reports: BBC, Guardian

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