Darren Fletcher was the match-winner but West Brom boss Tony Pulis lauded the ‘unplayable’ Victor Anichebe after he caused Newcastle problems all afternoon.
The former Everton striker got the nod to lead the line ahead of Rickie Lambert and Saido Berahino due to the suspension of Salomon Rondon – and put in a terrific display for the Baggies.
Anichebe was a constant thorn in the side of the visiting defence and hit the underside of the crossbar with a header on 75 minutes.
Pulis’ hosts dominated proceedings and had a staggering 18 corners, with the deadlock finally being broken 12 minutes from time, when Darren Fletcher’s header from a Claudio Yacob cross got through the hands of nervous Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
James Morrison had missed a host of chances of Albion, while Paul Dummett hit the woodwork with a second-half header.
But Baggies boss Pulis feels his team fully deserved all three points, which were much needed after a five-game run without a win heading into Monday’s showdown.
He said: “We deserved the victory. It was a good game, an open game.
“They were dangerous on the counter and we had to defend the set plays well but I don’t think there’s any argument that we should have won the game.
“The disappointing thing again is that we should have scored more goals.
“Victor (Anichebe) on his day is unplayable. He’s got everything that you’d want from a centre forward.
“After Rickie Lambert played the full 90 minutes against Swansea, it was always in my mind that I played Victor.
“The first 10 minutes we could have been 3-0 up, they defended stoutly but thank goodness the dam did burst in the end.”