NEWCASTLE United climbed up to seventh in the Premier League table after a fifth successive win this afternoon.
Goals from Fabricio Coloccini and Ayoze Perez gave Alan Pardew’s side a deserved win 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Club owner Mike Ashley was at The Hawthorns to see a confident and committed performance from United.
The result left Newcastle level on points with sixth-placed Manchester United ahead of this afternoon’s game between Swansea City and Arsenal.
Pardew – who lost defender Steven Taylor to injury on the eve of the game – made three changes, with Perez, Remy Cabella and Massadio Haidara coming into his side.
The first half was largely uneventful until Perez’s late intervention, though Sammy Ameobi struck the crossbar and Tim Krul saved well from Sadio Berahino.
United’s breakthrough came in added time Remy Cabella, recalled to the starting XI in the absence of injured winger Gabriel Obertan, found Daryl Janmaat on the right, and his low cross was flicked beyond goalkeeper Ben Foster by Perez.
And it got better for Newcastle in the 62nd minute.
Janmaat delivered another cross from the right, and this time Coloccini planted a bullet header past Foster.
Perez was denied a second goal late in the game by Forster.
United confidently saw the game out to fifth successive win for the first time since April 2012.
Newcastle are back in action on November 22, when Queens Park Rangers visit St James’s Park.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (Williamson, 78), Dummett, Haidara; Sissoko, Abeid, Colback; Cabella (R Taylor, 82), Perez, Ameobi (Gouffran, 78). Subs: Elliot, Anita, Armstrong, Cisse.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster, Wisdom, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli (Gamboa, 46), Brunt, Dorrans (Samaras, 76), Mulumbu, Morrison, Anichebe, Berahino. Subs: Myhill, McAuley, Baird, Yacob, Sessegnon.
Goals: Perez 45, Coloccini 62
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)