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Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse combined to devastating effect as Newcastle United made light work of West Bromwich Albion to move level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea.

Ben Arfa scored one and created the other two for Cisse inside the opening 34 minutes as the Magpies served up an attacking master class at The Hawthorns to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League.

They remain sixth, however goal difference alone now separates them and Roberto Di Matteo’s side for the Europa League spot, while the gap between them and the final Champions League spot stands at five points.

Eleven points clear of the bottom three, there is no cause for panic for Albion, however Roy Hodgson will be eager for them to collect the victory which will assure them of their top-flight status as quickly as possible.

The tone was set as early as the fifth minute when Cisse’s cross was only half cleared by Liam Ridgewell to Demba Ba, whose volley into the ground tipped over the crossbar by Ben Foster.

Within a minute the Magpies were ahead. Jonas Gutierrez slid possession out to the unmarked Ben Arfa, wide on the left and his cross was clinically converted by Cisse, who was marginally onside despite appeals from the Baggies defence.

By the 12th minute it was two thanks to a counter-attacking masterpiece from the Magpies.

Starting on the edge of his own area, Ben Arfa played a neat one-two with Yohan Cabaye and then exchanged passes with Cisse to leave him deep in Baggies territory.

Then, shaping on to his left foot, he cut in from the right channel before unleashing a hammer of a left foot shot into the far corner.

James Morrison and Marc-Antoine Fortune both spurned chances as the Baggies attempted to gain a foothold in the contest, however any prospect of a comeback was dismissed by Alan Pardew’s team’s third in the 34th minute.

Once again, Ben Arfa was at its core, releasing Ba down the left with a perfectly-weighted pass. The Frenchman continued his run beyond the Senegal striker, who released him with a backheel, before his cross was swept home by Cisse.

Chris Foy’s half-time whistle was, unsurprisingly, greeted with discord, while a double substitution by Hodgson, replacing Keith Andrews and Jerome Thomas with Shane Long and Chris Brunt, hardly came as a shock either.

An untimely slip from Billy Jones presented Cisse with a one-on-one duel with Foster for his hat-trick, yet the West Brom goalkeeper prevailed, standing tall to block with his body.

The home side created a chink of light for themselves in the 52nd minute when Long reduced the deficit.

Tim Krul darted off his line to deal with a flighted ball but his defender, Mike Williamson, panicked under pressure from Peter Odemwingie and diverted it into the Irishman’s path to leave him with an empty net.

Long’s energy certainly provided the Baggies with fresh impetus, yet with their onus now on the offensive, it left them vulnerable to counter-attacks and, after another delicious dribble, Ben Arfa forced a fine Foster save.

The comeback ended there, however, as a combination of stoppages for injuries and resolute Newcastle defending halted Roy Hodgson’s team’s momentum, leaving the travelling Toon Army to toast a hugely impressive display from their side.

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