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Newcastle shot down by Scharner

Newcastle United 2 West Brom 3: Paul Scharner extended Newcastle's winless Barclays Premier League run to six games as West Brom won on the road for the second time in five days.

The Austria international snatched victory five minutes from time as a five-goal thriller went the way of the visitors.

Roy Hodgson's men took the lead on three occasions as Peter Odemwingie and Gareth McAuley with his first goal for the club struck before the break.

However, on both occasions, Demba Ba dragged Newcastle back into it, firstly with a fiercely-struck free-kick and then with a close-range 81st-minute finish.

However, the Baggies refused to accept a point and Scharner made the most of a poor defensive display to claim a victory that leaves the Magpies with just two points from the past 18 they have contested.

Games between the two sides have been close with three of their past four league encounters in the Championship and Premier League ending all square.

The last of them came on the final day of last season when the Baggies fought back from a 3-0 half-time deficit to claim a point which cost the Magpies a top-10 finish. Alan Pardew's side trailed at the break and at the death Scharner stabbed the ball past the helpless Tim Krul from Odemwingie's header.

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