Moussa Sissoko struck a stunning winner as Newcastle made it four wins on the bounce at the cost of West Brom at St James’ Park.

Yoan Gouffran headed the Geordies ahead with his third goal in four games, before Chris Brunt smashed an excellent equaliser for the visitors. But just five minutes later, Sissoko won it for his side with a powerful 25-yard effort and ensured Newcastle’s fine form continued.

Alan Pardew made just one change from the team that were victorious over Norwich last time out – Mathieu Debuchy replacing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. That meant the combination of Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson were charged with keeping in-form striker Shane Long under wraps.

And it was Long’s side who made the brighter start. The visitors enjoyed some slick passing in the Newcastle half before Brunt had the first sight of goal from a free kick. The Northern Ireland international has made a reputation of scoring some stunning long range goals over the years, but Tim Krul was able to tip his effort wide.

Newcastle started to settle and Yohan Cabaye was seeing a lot of the ball in midfield as the hosts started to press. However, Pardew’s side failed to create any clear chances and only a long range shot from the French midfielder went anywhere near Boaz Myhill’s goal.

Loic Remy was being well marshalled by Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley but managed to escape for long enough to connect with Debuchy’s cross. Considering his recent form Remy might have expected to do better but Billy Jones deflected the header wide.

Newcastle were starting to force the issue as the half wore on and they eventually got the breakthrough with ten minutes to go until half-time. Myhill attempted to punch Cabaye’s corner clear but only succeeded in finding Gouffran, who nodded into the empty net.

After the break, the visitors again started brightly but this time were able to find the breakthrough. A cross from the right wing was glanced on by Long and fell to Brunt, who lashed an unstoppable shot past Krul to bring the Baggies level.

Steve Clarke’s side had their tails up and almost took the lead just two minutes later. Jonas Olsson won a header from a corner and Long was inches away from getting a tap-in.

But, after soaking up the pressure, Newcastle struck on the counter attack.

Remy chased a ball down the left and nodded inside to Sissoko, who strode forward before unleashing a stunning strike that flew past Myhill into the top corner. It was arguably Newcastle’s goal of the season so far and worthy of winning any game.

Minutes later, Remy had a chance to wrap things up when he latched onto a knockdown from Shola Ameobi but could only fire over the bar from 20 yards.

Newcastle looked confident once they had retaken the lead and could have had a third when the Baggies gave the ball away cheaply. With support, Cabaye strode forward and hit a powerful volley that Myhill was grateful to see come straight at him.

The final stages saw Clarke’s side launch long balls into Newcastle’s box but the Magpies defence stood firm under the pressure. They almost got a breakaway third in injury time, only for Jones to end the attack with a suspected handball which wasn’t given.

Sissoko was taken off with seconds to spare and was given a rapturous applause by the St James’ Park faithful, who continued to celebrate when Phil Dowd signalled for full time. The win moves the Magpies up to fifth in the Premier League table, having won all four of November’s games.