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The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
The ball is sent over by Cheick Tiote.
Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.
The ball is crossed by Davide Santon.
Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Massadio Haidara.
Massadio Haidara concedes a free kick for a foul on Saido Berahino.
Zoltan Gera on for Nicolas Anelka.
Saido Berahino scores a penalty. West Brom 1-0 Newcastle.
Matej Vydra fouled by Tim Krul, the ref awards a Penalty.
Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
Loic Remy challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance made by Davide Santon.
Liam Ridgewell takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Loic Remy.
Yohan Cabaye manages to make a clearance.
Davide Santon makes a clearance.
Stephane Sessegnon leaves the field to be replaced by Matej Vydra.
Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball.
Massadio Haidara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shola Ameobi.
Tim Krul makes a clearance.
Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Nicolas Anelka.
A cross is delivered by Morgan Amalfitano.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa manages to make a clearance.
Yohan Cabaye has an effort at goal. Ben Foster makes a block.
Nicolas Anelka takes a weak shot. Tim Krul catches the ball.
Clearance made by Mike Williamson.
The offside flag is raised against Nicolas Anelka.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa comes on in place of Fabricio Coloccini.
The referee sends off Mathieu Debuchy for serious foul play.
Mathieu Debuchy challenges Claudio Yacob unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Loic Remy.
Clearance made by Hatem Ben Arfa.
Free kick taken by Claudio Yacob.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded.
Loic Remy takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick.
Shola Ameobi challenges Jonas Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Jonas Olsson.
Saido Berahino takes a shot. Mike Williamson gets a block in.
Clearance made by Mathieu Debuchy.
Cheick Tiote takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ben Foster blocks the ball.
Free kick crossed by Yohan Cabaye.
Youssouf Mulumbu challenges Yohan Cabaye unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is crossed by Moussa Sissoko.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Amalfitano on Hatem Ben Arfa.
Unfair challenge on Moussa Sissoko by Saido Berahino results in a free kick.
Mathieu Debuchy produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by Shola Ameobi.
Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
The match restarts for the second half.
Morgan Amalfitano sends in a cross.
Yoan Gouffran goes off and Hatem Ben Arfa comes on.
Saido Berahino comes on in place of Billy Jones.
The half-time whistle blows.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.
Chris Brunt delivers the ball.
Loic Remy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson.
Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded.
Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Claudio Yacob.
Clearance made by Moussa Sissoko.
The ball is delivered by Davide Santon.
Foul by Shola Ameobi on Jonas Olsson, free kick awarded.
The ball is crossed by Morgan Amalfitano.
Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
Header at goal by Jonas Olsson misses to the right.
Mathieu Debuchy manages to make a clearance.
Chris Brunt makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the .
Morgan Amalfitano manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Mathieu Debuchy.
Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.
The ball is sent over by Moussa Sissoko.
Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
Yoan Gouffran crosses the ball.
Free kick taken by Morgan Amalfitano.
Morgan Amalfitano fouled by Davide Santon, the ref awards a free kick.
Handball by Yoan Gouffran.
Loic Remy takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Nicolas Anelka.
Corner from the taken by Yohan Cabaye.
Clearance made by Billy Jones.
A cross is delivered by Loic Remy.
The ball is delivered by Liam Ridgewell.
Shot by Morgan Amalfitano missed to the right of the target.
Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.
Clearance made by Gareth McAuley.
The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside.
Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.
Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
Moussa Sissoko challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Morgan Amalfitano takes a weak shot. Tim Krul blocks the ball.
Davide Santon sends in a cross.
Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Shola Ameobi is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
The referee gets the game started.
Downing backing for Berahino
West Brom caretaker manager Keith Downing has backed Saido Berahino to handle the expectations being heaped upon him.
The 20-year-old striker has burst onto the Barclays Premier League scene this season, scoring seven goals, and has even been tipped to win a place in the England World Cup squad under former Baggies boss Roy Hodgson.
He made his first start for nearly a month in the 3-3 draw with West Ham on Saturday and more than justified his inclusion, netting the third goal to earn West Brom a point before being denied a winner by a post.
Downing said: "I'm really pleased. I started here as a youth coach so I know Saido well, I've seen his progression through the age groups and he's a talent, which you've seen against West Ham.
"He's maturing, he's still got a lot to learn, but he's working with good players around him, learning every day. He just has to deal with the success.
"Like anything, you become suddenly a household name and it's difficult for a young boy to get accustomed to that.
"I think he will cope. He's got good people around him. There's me telling him off here and there, keeping him under wraps. He's got to live and learn as he goes along."
Berahino joined Albion soon after moving to the UK from Burundi aged 10 and signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract at the Hawthorns earlier this month.
Following his starring role against the Hammers, Berahino credited his team-mates for helping him learn, in particular Nicolas Anelka, who scored the other two goals at Upton Park.
Downing's biggest decision ahead of Wednesday's clash with Newcastle will be whether to play Anelka following the furore caused by his 'quenelle' goal celebration.
The gesture is controversial in France because of its association with anti-Semitism.
Anelka has stated on Twitter it was nothing more than a dedication to a comedian friend who brought the gesture to prominence but West Brom have conceded it caused offence and he has agreed not to repeat it.
The Football Association is investigating but Anelka is free to play for now.
West Brom have gone nine Premier League games without a victory but they have managed three successive draws against Hull, Tottenham and West Ham.
Downing has already ruled himself out of taking the job on a permanent basis, although the former Cheltenham boss admitted a return to management does appeal.
If Downing decides not to play Anelka then Shane Long should be fit to return after a calf strain. Winger Chris Brunt (back) is also expected to be okay but striker Victor Anichebe (groin) is a major doubt.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will head into 2014 grateful to be doing so in far happier mood than he was 12 months ago.
The 52-year-old entered 2013 having endured a dreadful November and December in the Barclays Premier League, winning just two of the 11 games his side played and taking only seven points from a possible 33 in the process.
This time around, the Magpies collected 22 of the 30 points they contested during the corresponding period and will negotiate the turn of the year looking towards Europe rather than the Sky Bet Championship.
Pardew said with a smile: "I feel like I am standing on top of the world at the moment compared to where I was last year.
"You have to have faith in your ability and faith in the work that you do.
"As a manager, you know you have ups and downs unless you are at one of the very, very big clubs and are fortunate enough to have the finance to have 22 full internationals, like Manchester City and Chelsea and Manchester United and Arsenal.
"We haven't got that luxury, so it's not a great day every week, and you have to accept that."
Newcastle, of course, spent significantly during the January transfer window in a bid to stave off relegation, something they only just achieved as they limped over the line at the end of a demoralising season.
But their summer dealings were minimal with loan signing Loic Remy the only man to be added to the senior ranks, much to the disbelief and annoyance of the club's fans.
But the Magpies will run out at West Brom in eighth place having only slipped out of the top six as a result of a 1-0 home defeat by leaders Arsenal on Sunday.
Pardew has no fresh injury problems ahead of the game, but faces a series of decisions over how to give his side the best chance of winning the game.
He restored Cheick Tiote to his engine room after suspension for the clash with the Gunners, but that meant a return to the bench for potential match-winner Hatem Ben Arfa.
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