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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Miguel Almirón (1')
  • Dwight Gayle (82')
  • Darnell Furlong (50')

Newcastle beat West Brom as Almiron scores after 19 seconds

Newcastle United shook off the effects of a COVID-19 outbreak at the club when Miguel Almiron netted the fastest Premier League goal of the season and Dwight Gayle scored a late winner in a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Victory moved Newcastle up to 11th in the standings as Steve Bruce's side played their first match in two weeks after their fixture against Aston Villa was postponed when several squad members and staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Almiron fired Newcastle ahead after 20 seconds when a mistake by defender Branislav Ivanovic allowed the hosts to counter-attack and Joelinton found the Paraguay international unmarked in the box as West Brom scrambled to recover.

The visitors equalised five minutes after the restart when Matt Phillips's cross was met by Darnell Furlong who stretched to place a sweet, low volley into the bottom corner.

Substitute Gayle nearly made it 2-1 a minute after coming on in the 70th minute -- his first appearance of the season -- when he outmuscled his marker to head on a corner kick towards the goal, only to see Phillips clear it off the line.

However, Gayle restored Newcastle's lead against his former club in the 82nd minute when he connected with fellow substitute Jacob Murphy's cross and his bullet header into the top corner hit the underside of the bar on its way into the net.

The result left West Brom 19th and in the relegation zone with six points from 12 games, increasing pressure on manager Slaven Bilic who is in danger of being sacked during the busy December schedule.

West Brom travel to Manchester City next on Tuesday while Newcastle are away to Leeds United a day later.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 32 +44 74
2 Manchester United 31 +27 63
3 Leicester City 31 +18 56
4 West Ham United 31 +12 55
5 Chelsea 31 +19 54
6 Liverpool 31 +16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur 31 +17 49
8 Everton 30 +3 48
9 Arsenal 31 +8 45
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa 30 +10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 -10 38
13 Crystal Palace 31 -19 38
14 Southampton 31 -17 36
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 -5 33
16 Burnley 31 -17 33
17 Newcastle United 31 -19 32
18 Fulham 32 -18 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United 31 -38 14