West Bromwich Albion 2 Newcastle United 2: Stand-in captain Ciaran Clark leads fightback at The Hawthorns

Ciaran Clark scores for Newcastle
Ciaran Clark scores for Newcastle

Newcastle United came from two goals down to claim a point at The Hawthorns tonight.

A strike from stand-in captain Ciaran Clark and an own goal from Salomon Rondon saw Rafa Benitez's sidew draw 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion.

The result ended a run of four successive Premier League defeats and moved the club back up to 12th place.

Benitez had made five changes to the team beaten 3-0 by Watford at the weekend.

United's manager recalled Mikel Merino, Ayoze Perez, Karl Darlow, Isaac Hayden and Chancel Mbemba to his starting XI.

Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, Rob Elliot, Mohamed Diame and Javier Manquillo dropped down to the bench.

Newcastle started positively. They were fluid in attack and compact without the ball, but they were undone before the break by a goal from Robson-Kanu, who headed a Kieran Gibbs cross past Darlow.

Gibbs had got ahead of Yedlin to deliver the cross, and things got worse for him – and United – after the break.

Yedlin lost Field at the back post, and the winger volleyed a Matt Phillips cross past Darlow.

Newcastle, however, quickly, hit back. Clark headed a Matt Ritchie corner past Ben Foster, and, as they pressed for an equaliser, Benitez sent on Rolando Aarons and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

And their second goal came from Rondon, who diverted a low Ritchie free-kick, conceded by West Brom substitute James McClean, past Foster in front of the 2,600 travelling fans.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Mbemba; Merino, Hayden (Shelvey, 80); Ritchie, Perez, Murphy (Aarons, 64); Joselu (Mitrovic, 73) Subs not used: Elliot, Manquillo, Diame, Gayle.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster, Nyom, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs (McClean, 80), Livermore, Barry (Yacob, 80), Field (Krychowiak, 84), Phillips, Robson-Kanu, Rondon. Subs not used: Myhill, Burke, Rodriguez, McAuley.

Goals: Robson-Kane 45, Field 56, Clark 59, Rondon (og) 83

Referee: Lee Probert (Wilshire)

Attendance: 25,534 (2,666 Newcastle)