West Bromwich 1 Newcastle 3: Cisse double keeps Magpies' Euro charge on track
16:58 GMT, 25 March 2012
A stunning first-half display earned Newcastle a well-deserved win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
Alan Pardew's men were looking to take advantage of Liverpool's defeat to Wigan on Saturday and tighten their grip on fifth place.
Not only did goals from Papiss Cisse and Haten Ben Arfa do just that, but the victory also drew Newcastle level with fourth-placed Chelsea.
A defensive mix-up gifted Albion striker Shane Long a second-half consolation goal but the home side were unable to make further inroads.
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Stranded: Ben Foster can't keep out Papiss Cisse's opening goal for Newcastle against West Brom
West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Andrews (Long 46), Mulumbu (Scharner 74), Thomas (Brunt 46), Odemwingie, Fortune.
Subs not used: Daniels, Shorey, Dawson, Cox.
Goals: Long 52.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (Santon 46), Perch, Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 76), Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse (Ferguson 79), Ba.
Subs not used: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Vuckic.
Goals: Cisse 6, 34, Ben Arfa 11.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
Opening salvo: Cisse celebrates scoring Newcastle's first goal against West Brom
In vain: Foster is well beaten by Hatem Ben Arfa (hidden) as Newcastle double their lead
Points in the bag: Newcastle's victory is sealed thanks to Cisse's second of the game
Easy street: Cisse kisses the turf after putting Newcastle in cruise control with their third goal
Mix up: Shane Long takes advantage of confusion in the Newcastle defence to score a consolation goal