West Bromwich Albion 1 Newcastle Utd 0: Debuchy banned for three games, Coloccini injured

CHALLENGE ... West Brom's Morgan Amalfitano is tackled by Newcastle's Cheik Tiote.
CHALLENGE ... West Brom's Morgan Amalfitano is tackled by Newcastle's Cheik Tiote.
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MATHIEU Debuchy will miss Newcastle United’s next three games after being sent off at The Hawthorns this afternoon.

The defender was dismissed for a two-footed tackle on Claudi Jacob during the club’s 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

And Debuchy will sit out Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Cardiff City and the Premier League fixtures against Manchester City and West Ham United later this month.

The game was decided by Saido Berahino’s 87th-minute penalty, which was conceded by a Tim Krul foul.

To make matters worse, Newcastle captain Fabricio Colocicni hobbled off with an injury during the second half.

The result leaves United eighth in the Premier League.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew made one change for the game, with striker Shola Ameobi starting in place of midfielder Vurnon Anita.

But Ameobi saw little of the ball in a half dominated by West Brom, who created three good chances.

United defender did well to intercept a Liam Ridgewell cross destined for former Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon.

Yohan Cabaye shot narrowly wide from a Williamson knock down as the half-hour mark approached.

Jonas Olsson and Chris Brunt then headed wide for West Brom, but the best chance of the half fell to Nicolas Anelka a minute before the interval.

The supberb Morgan Amalfitano, the younger brother of Newcastle’s Romain, pulled the ball back for the striker, who somehow shot over Krul’s goal under pressure from Coloccini.

Pardew threw on Hatem Ben Arfa for the second half – the forward replaced Yoan Gouffran – but things didn’t get better for United after the restart.

Debuchy was sent off for a reckless two-footed lunge at Yacob in the 63rd minute, and Coloccini – who had earlier received treatment for a knock – hobbled off the pitch two minutes later.

Coloccini was replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and Sissoko filled in at right back.

United, under intense pressure, held firm, though there were some nervous moments, not least when Sessegnon got the better of Yanga-Mbiwa and ran towards goal. Sessegnon was eventually stopped by Krul and two of his team-mates.

Ridgewell inexpicably shot wide from five yards late in the game after Berahino played him in.

But Krul was forced to bring down substitute Matej Vydra from Berahino’s next through ball, and the England Under-21 international converted from the spot to give West Brom a deserved victory.

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WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster, Jones (Berahino, 46), McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Amalfitano, Sessegnon (Vydra, 77), Brunt, Anelka (Gera, 88). Subs not used: Myhill, Morrison, Long, Lugano.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini (Yanga-Mbiwa, 65), Williamson, Santon; Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko; Remy, Shola Ameobi (Haidara, 76), Gouffran (Ben Arfa, 46). Subs not used: Elliot, S Taylor, Anita, Cisse.

Goals: Berahino 87 (pen)


Sent off: Debuchy 63

Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)

Attendance: 26,430