6 Dec 2010

West Brom beat Newcastle, improve to 7th

6:02 am on 6 December 2010

West Bromwich Albion have beaten Newcastle United 3-1 to jump from 13th place to seventh in the English football Premier League.

Both promoted teams began the day on 19 points but West Brom looked sharper throughout and deserved their victory.

West Brom are the classic yo-yo club as they regularly swing from Premier League relegation to Championship promotion but they will harbour hopes of survival this time.

In recent weeks they have lost to Stoke City, Blackpool and Wigan Athletic but they have also won at Arsenal and Everton and drawn at Manchester United.

Newcastle have been similarly schizophrenic.

A season that has brought a 6-nil win over Aston Villa, a 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland, a victory at Arsenal and last week's draw with Chelsea also featured a 5-1 loss at Bolton Wanderers and home defeats to Stoke, Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool.