Newcastle United made it five wins in a row with a fine 2-0 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns. Goals from Ayoze Perez and Captain Fabricio Coloccini done the damage as the Magpies became just the second team to leave the Midlands with all three points this season.

The result moves Newcastle into the top half of the Premier League and continues an excellent turnaround of fortunes for the Geordies, who looked good value for their win today.

Alan Pardew was forced into three changes as he named his line-up with Massadio Haidara replacing the injured Steven Taylor, Remy Cabella coming in for Gabriel Obertan and Perez getting the nod up front ahead of Papiss Cisse.

Haidara’s inclusion meant Paul Dummett was deployed alongside Coloccini at centre-back and one of the Wales international’s main tasks was the shackle Saido Berahino. The seven-goal striker has just been named in the England squad for the first time but didn’t get a sniff all afternoon, as Dummett and Coloccini kept the Burundi-born attacker quiet.

Sammy Ameobi kept his place in the Newcastle starting XI and was the first to see a sight of goal after ten minutes. A poor clearance from Andre Wisdom fell to the winger but his curling effort clipped Ben Foster’s crossbar on the way over.

The home side responded through Berahino but his powerful shot was helped over the bar by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.

The remainder of the first-half was fairly balanced with neither side looking like breaking the deadlock imminently.

That was until the 45th minute though, when Perez struck for his third goal in three games.

A good move went from left to right and Cabella eventually invited Daryl Janmaat in on the right wing. The Dutchman’s first time cross was slightly behind the Spaniard but a superb backheel found Foster’s bottom corner to give Newcastle the lead at the break.

In the second half Alan Irvine’s side tired badly and faded as an attacking threat but could have drawn level after just four minutes of it, when Chris Brunt’s pass evaded Krul and his defenders but didn’t find a West Brom shirt in the box.

Newcastle then started to settle and their second goal came just after the hour mark.

A corner was eventually worked to Janmaat on the right and after beating Youssouf Mulumbu, the Dutchman swung a superb cross to the far post where Coloccini was on hand to power a header past Foster.

The second goal virtually killed the game as a contest and the home side didn’t have enough to cause Newcastle’s rapidly-improving defence any real problems.

Having said that, had Wisdom not wasted two decent chances after sneaking into the box unnoticed, West Brom may have had something to show from the game.

But instead it was Newcastle who went close to scoring again, when substitute Ryan Taylor’s excellent cross was turned towards goal by Perez but Foster was on hand to tip over.

The win moves Newcastle into 7th in the Premier League ahead of the rest of Sunday’s games and caps a remarkable turnaround for a team who spent much of the first seven games in the relegation zone.