Newcastle United returned to winning trial after clinching a hard-fought 1-0 victory over West Brom at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon.
- Newcastle 1 West Brom 0
- Tiote goal chalked off
- Mitrovic fires Magpies in front
- Townsend denied by the woodwork
The Magpies started the match on the front foot and created a number of clear-cut opportunities before Aleksandar Mitrovic broke the deadlock on 32 minutes.
The Serbian's goal turned out to be the decider as neither side managed to find the back of the net in the remaining minutes.
Newcastle started the first half on the front foot and created a series of good chances in the opening ten minutes. However, Georginio Wijnaldum saw his shot from just six yards out blocked by a last-ditch tackle, before Baggies keeper Ben Foster denied efforts from debutant Andros Townsend and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in quick succession.
The Magpies kept up the pressure on the West Brom goal and dominated possession of the ball as the visitors struggled to impose themselves on proceedings.
Newcastle were left cursing their luck in the 31st minute when Cheick Tiote saw his long-range stunner chalked off after Mitrovic was adjudged to have obstructed the view of goalkeeper Ben Foster in the build-up to the goal.
Newcastle's disappointment was short-lived, however, as they claimed the lead just one minute later, Mitrovic slotting home past the onrushing Ben Foster.
Having failed to cause Newcastle any real problems for much of the half, West Brom very nearly drew level on the stroke of half-time. However, Steven Taylor did well to deny West Brom's James McClean with a last-ditch tackle from six yards out.
The second stanza started at a cautious tempo but sprang to life on the hour mark when substitute Alex Pritchard fired over from 20 yards.
The Magpies hit back with two chances in quick succession, with Saido Berahino's eight-yard shot blocked before Wijnaldum headed over from just six yards out.
They were left cursing their luck in the 71st minute as Townsend saw his goal-bound effort tipped onto the woodwork by Foster in the Baggies goal.
Moussa Sissoko was the next player to try his luck, but fired wide from a tight angle after some good work in the build up by Wijnaldum.
West Brom had one more notable chance to draw level in the closing stages of the half, but Pritchard's dipping free-kick flew over the bar as Newcastle comfortably held on to claim all three points.