Steve Clarke pleased with point

West Brom boss Steve Clarke during the match against West Ham on March 30, 2013
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West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke believes that his side were lucky to still be in the match after the first half of their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has claimed that his side were lucky to still be in the match after the first half of their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.

The Magpies were dominant during the opening 45 minutes of the Premier League encounter at The Hawthorns and were ahead at the break through Yoan Gouffran.

However, West Brom fought back in the second half and earned a share of the spoils thanks to Billy Jones's goal.

"Newcastle were better and sharper than us in the first half," Clarke told Sky Sports News.

"They looked like a side who wanted to secure their place in the Premier League next season.

"All credit to them at the start of the game. They created a number of chance and we were very lucky to hang in there."

West Brom are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Southampton.

West Brom's Billy Jones scores an equaliser against Newcastle on April 20, 2013
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