Sissoko stunner lifts Toon to sixth

Newcastle 2 West Brom 1

Sissoko stunner lifts Toon to sixth

The France international’s stunning strike secured a hard-fought home victory over West Brom on Saturday, the Magpies’ fourth in succession, and eased them into fifth place in the table.

It was Sissoko’s first goal since February and capped a run of much-improved form for a man who announced his arrival in English football in style following his January switch from Toulouse.

However, while he was delighted to have made the decisive contribution at the weekend, he is adamant it will be a team effort which will determine the destiny of the club’s season.

“I have been waiting a while for it. Now I am off the mark and I will continue to work hard, mostly to make sure I can keep putting in some great performances on the pitch,” he said.

“Goals, when they come along, are always welcome, or the odd assist if I can get them in as well. But the most important thing is the win. It doesn’t matter who scores.

“As a team, we win together, we lose together. If we score a goal, it’s always a goal together. We all have the same objectives.”

As so often in the recent past, there was little to choose between the sides during a game which remained in the balance until the final whistle.

Newcastle took the lead nine minutes before the break when Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill could only punch Yohan Cabaye’s corner straight up into the air, and Yoan Gouffran reacted first to head into the empty net. But the visitors were level eight minutes after the break when Chris Brunt controlled Morgan Amalfitano’s cross beyond the far post before drilling a left-footed shot past Tim Krul and in off the underside of the bar.

However, Sissoko killed off any hopes of an away victory within four minutes when he ran on to Loic Remy’s header and blasted an unstoppable 25-yard piledriver into Myhill’s top left-hand corner.

The Magpies will now head for Swansea on Wednesday and Manchester United on Saturday brimming with confidence.

West Brom headed back to the midlands believing they should’ve been doing so with something to show for their efforts, and able to take plenty positives from the game.

The Baggies entertain Manchester City on Wednesday having been denied victory at Chelsea by a controversial late penalty and derby success against Aston Villa by a concerted fightback before their trip to the north-east. Shane Long scored three of their four goals in those two fixtures and turned in another fine individual display at St James’ Park to keep Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson fully extended.

“Shane has been good. His recent performances and his recent form has been good and he carried on tonight, so long may it continue,” said manager Steve Clarke.

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Sissoko (Cisse 90), Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi, Remy (Anita 84).

WEST BROM: Myhill, Billy Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Mulumbu, Amalfitano (Gera 88), Sessegnon (Anichebe 77), Brunt (Berahino 76), Long.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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