NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3

THE real drama was undoubtedly elsewhere. But, as ever with Newcastle United, nothing is ever straightforward – not even a three-goal lead.

And the campaign ended at St James’s Park with another great comeback, though West Bromwich Albion’s won’t be remembered as fondly as United’s own against Arsenal.

Thankfully, it didn’t matter to any great extent, the club having been long safe from the threat of relegation.

And the relaxed mood at a sunny St James’s Park was in sharp contrast to the final day of Newcastle’s last campaign in the Premier League, the angst of that afternoon a distant memory.

Maybe manager Alan Pardew was right and yesterday’s game did sum up the season – there was the good, the bad and the ugly.

United, in Pardew’s words, were “brilliant” at times and they were the sharper more inventive side for the first hour, though their lead slightly flattered them.

Read Miles Starforth’s full match report in today’s Mail.