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a scratchy 1 1 draw, the clamour for a swift replacement was inevitable; three games down the road and Downing's efforts have given Peace and his Adidas All Stars Australia
This can only elevate Downing's name in the thinking of chairman Jeremy Peace as he seeks a permanent successor to the discarded Steve Clarke.
It needed to be because Tim Krul is a top form keeper who guessed the right way to his left but was still unable to reach the shot drilled into the corner.
This is no phoney stance but one very much in keeping with Downing's personality and character.
The one Downing decision Albion fans would probably dispute was the omission of Berahino from his starting XI yesterday but the club's wunderkind still found a way to make his presence felt with the match winner.
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And it is no fluke.
The execution was faultless.
Still he is determined to be backwards about coming forwards.
The change in tempo after the Adidas Boost Womens Pink
This was a moment which should not be under estimated because with the clock ticking down and Albion in such dire need of three points, the pressure on the moment was intense.
After their previous Hawthorns performance, outplayed by Hull in Adidas Men's Climacool Voyager Water Shoe
Keith Downing is the man who doesn't want the job but is right now closer to it than anyone else out there.
These are big decisions and Downing is not baulking from making them.
But if this result was difficult to get over the line it was no less merited and threw into the mix a new element in the principal item on Albion's agenda.
Albion are playing better it's as simple and obvious as that.
Of all the gaffers Downing has worked under at the club Di Matteo, Hodgson and Clarke it is the current England manager whom he came to admire, revere even, particularly.
Obviously, the 62nd minute red card for Mathieu Debuchy for a two footed, studs showing midfield lunge at Claudio Yacob, meant this reaped extra dividends but a bench which included only one specialist defender (Diego Lugano) reflects the positivity with which Downing has approached the task.
Berahino's body language as he seized the ball and readied himself spoke volumes for the confidence and belief surging through his young frame at the moment.
They look more organised, more settled, more certain and definitely more sure of themselves in this caretaker period during which supporters may D Rose 7 Away well have spotted the distant influence of a certain former manager.
He was the essence of modest understatement after this performance, sticking to the profile he has adopted since Clarke's exit as the faithful club man dutifully holding the reins until Peace makes his choice.
Albion are not particularly closer to an appointment following the impasse with Pepe Mel but what has changed is the sense of urgency in their planning.
Still they enjoyed good opportunities, certainly the best of the half, while restricting the visitors to the solitary threat of a Yohan Cabaye shot from Mike Williamson's header.
But if he is reluctant to talk up his influence, it will not have been missed by Peace.
The assistant manager is unbeaten in four games and has now landed the first win in 10 which has released so much of the steam building up around The Hawthorns.
Albion should not have had to wait quite so long to establish a margin of victory even as they first produced a very watchful, very measured first half to quieten a Newcastle team of whom they were so wary.
There were also some big hitters around him Anelka and Chris Brunt who are contenders to take a spot kick but they never got a look in.
aides the chance to breathe.
break, however, began to turn the game even more forcefully Albion's way.
But after Stephane Sessegnon failed to connect with a Ridgewell cross, Albion let a string of openings slip their grasp Brunt heading wide after a swift touch three man link between Anelka, Sessegnon and Amalfitano; Anelka himself failing from close range from another Amalfitano cross; Sessegnon's attempted acrobatic finish from the same provider finishing with an embarrassing miscue.
Amalfitano went on to complete a man of the match performance which in a summary of his afternoon included setting up two excellent chances Nicolas Anelka and Liam Ridgewell couldn't convert before finishing with a perfectly timed tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa to snuff out Newcastle's last attempt to rescue the game.
By returning the Baggies to some of the certainties of Hodgsonism, the team are rediscovering a capability more in tune with the reservoir of talent now available to whoever is in situ as head coach.
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