Tyneside outfit Newcastle United showed massive mental strength to come back from 2 goals down to snatch a draw at The Hawthorns against a West Brom side that will bemoan their luck. The Rafael Benitez-tutored side have now ended a run of four consecutive defeats with the point gained in The Midlands on Tuesday night.
Wales international, Hal Robson-Kanu put the hosts in front after he headed in Kieran Gibbs’ brilliant whipped cross from the left before Sam Field volleyed home the second on 56 minutes.
At that point, the question changed to how many The Baggies would score past the beleaguered Toon, but Newcastle rallied back in a manner that has been too rare this campaign. Caretaker manager, Gary Megson made a solitary change from the team that drew at Tottenham with Robson-Kanu coming in for Jay Rodriguez.
Benitez, however maintained his reputation as a rotation expert with Karl Darlow, Chancel Mbemba, Ayoze Perez, Isaac Heyden and Mikel Merino recalled to the side.
Both teams went into the game horribly out of form and in desperate need of a win, and that was reflected in what was a disjointed and largely uneventful first half. Immediately after Field’s goal, Newcastle began an improbable comeback after Ciaran Clark headed in the first Newcastle goal.
The comeback was complete on the 83 rd minute when Jonny Evans deflected Matt Richie’s free kick past a hapless Ben Foster. The teams needed to win this game after a bad patch of form. Megson is expected to give way to incoming manager, Alan Pardew and on the back of this game, they need the former Crystal Palace man to steady the ship. The draw sees Newcastle move to 12th on the log, while West Brom are two points adrift of safety in 16th place.