Match Of The Week: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Newcastle United

Time marches relentlessly on. Three years ago, Damien Duff was kissing a Premier League medal for Chelsea. Two years ago, Scott Carson was (briefly) England’s first choice goalkeeper. This time last year, West Bromwich Albion against Newcastle United was a Premier League match. The two clubs couldn’t have finished last season in a much more different fashion. West Bromwich Albion, marooned at the foot of the table through those long, winter months, found an unexpected burst of energy with a few weeks left and, even though they suffered the twin hiccups of relegation and losing their manager, they seemed to treat both of these events as if they are part of life’s natural cycle. Sunrise, sunset. Promotion, relegation. Tony Mowbray leaves, Roberto di Matteo replaces him. For Newcastle United, this has been a summer of  predictably unrelenting chaos. The Barry Moat take-over is starting to give the impression of having stalled (leading one to believe that the approach has at least reached the stage of due diligence), Alan Shearer spent the summer waiting by his telephone for a call that never came, some – though not all – of the masive wage-earners left and no-one replaced them. The contrast couldn’t be much starker, and it gives some of indication while West Bromwich Albion start the season with plenty of admirers and supporters optimistic for a quick return for the...

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