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Monday 25 September 2017

Magpies soar into the top five

Newcastle 2 West Brom 1

Newcastle United's Loic Remy skips around West Bromwich Albion's Youssuf Mullumbu during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle
Newcastle United's Loic Remy skips around West Bromwich Albion's Youssuf Mullumbu during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle

Damian Spellman

Moussa Sissoko's thunderbolt fired Newcastle into the Premier League's top five as the Magpies secured a fourth successive victory.

The Frenchman's 57th-minute strike from 25 yards killed off a spirited West Brom fightback after the Baggies had responded to Yoan Gouffran's 36th-minute opener to level within eight minutes of the restart through Chris Brunt's equally explosive finish.

His effort ensured the Magpies collected a fourth league win on the trot for the first time since the closing stages of the 2011-12 season, when they went on to finish fifth.

Ireland striker Shane Long caused all kinds of problems for Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson early on but the hosts took the lead nine minutes before the break. West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill punched Yohan Cabaye's corner straight up into the air and it dropped for Gouffran to head into the empty net.

The Baggies were level with 53 minutes gone when Brunt picked up possession beyond the far post and smashed the ball past Tim Krul and in off the underside of the bar.

However, the third goal of the game came at the other end within seconds when Loic Remy headed the ball into the path of Sissoko and he blasted an unstoppable shot into Myhill's top-left corner.

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