Newcastle United progressed to the quarter finals of the FA Cup tonight, having beat West Brom 2-3 at the Hawthorns
Manager Steve Bruce named a strong side, with Martin Dubravka and Isaac Hayden being the only notable first team absences. Meanwhile Slaven Bilic made many changes to the West Brom team that lost 1-0 to Wigan at the weekend.
Miguel Almiron got the opening two goals for the away side. The first after a brilliant run from Allan Saint Maximin. The second after a smooth back heel from Joelinton right on the cusp of half time.
The Paraguayan attacker is now Newcastle’s top goalscorer this season, with 6 goals in all competitions.
Saint-Maximin himself came close in the first half: unleashing a thunderous shot from 30 yards out, with the ball crashing into the goalpost and leaving the woodwork rattling.
The Frenchman bagged another assist early on in the second half. His low cross was eventually put into the net by Valentino Lazaro, for the Austrian’s first goal for his new club.
But West Brom kept pushing despite being 3-0 down. Matt Phillips, no stranger to scoring against the Magpies, pulled a goal back for the hosts to make it 3-1 with less than 20 mins left.
Kenneth Zohore then made it 2-3 with 90 seconds left to go, but Newcastle survived the late West Bromwich barrage to win the tie.
With victory tonight, Newcastle United have progressed to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006.
Whilst the attack was on fire tonight, Nabil Bentaleb was once again one of the weaker aspects in the Newcastle team. Of the three loanees brought to Tyneside in January, the Algerian from Schalke has failed to impress in the majority of his appearances.
The Magpies now have to wait till tomorrow (Wednesday) night to find out who their opponents will be. Chelsea and Arsenal have already booked their place, with wins over Liverpool and Portsmouth respectively.