Ayoze Perez continued his fine form in front of goal as Newcastle United earned a fifth straight win by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0.
The Spaniard was restored to the starting XI on Sunday along with Remy Cabella and Massadio Haidara by Alan Pardew after scoring the winner in each of Newcastle's last two Barclays Premier League matches.
And the forward - signed from Tenerife in the close-season - once again repaid the faith of his manager by putting Newcastle ahead at The Hawthorns with a brilliant flick in the final minute of the first half.
West Brom pressed to try and level the scores but were caught on the break by a visiting side that played largely on the counter.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini headed home Newcastle's second and there proved to be no way back for West Brom, who have now won just one of their last six matches.
Newcastle now head into the international break just outside the top six as their outstanding and somewhat surprising renaissance goes on.
The visitors showed early attacking initiative with Paul Dummett heading over and only the crossbar denying Sammy Ameobi's curling left-footed half-volley.
Unsurprisingly it was Saido Berahino, partnered up front by Victor Anichebe as part of two changes by head coach Alan Irvine, who crafted West Brom's first chance.
The striker - called into the England squad for the first time on Thursday after a run of five goals in his previous five league matches - forced Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul to palm over the bar with a powerful drive from the edge of the area.
West Brom gradually began to dictate the flow of the match but were punished for their failure to create goalscoring opportunities by a superb creative finish from Perez on the stroke of half-time.
The 21-year-old capped off a well-worked Newcastle move by cleverly flicking Daryl Janmaat's diagonal pass through his own legs and past Ben Foster.
Christian Gamboa was brought on for Sebastien Pocognoli by Irvine after half-time but the change had little impact for the hosts, who continued to labour in search of an equaliser.
Their performance going forward was in stark contrast to that of Newcastle, who doubled their advantage with a rare goal from their skipper.
Coloccini headed a pinpoint right-wing cross from Janmaat beyond a helpless Foster, finding the net for the first time in the Barclays Premier League since a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in January 2011.
Perez was denied a second as his late volley was tipped over the bar by Foster, whose heroics could not prevent a fifth successive Newcastle victory.
West Brom head coach Alan Irvine: "I've got complaints about how we played but the result was fair enough. It could have gone either way for a while. Newcastle started well, then we had a good spell and looked to be doing OK but the goal just before half-time put a different complexion on the mood in the two dressing rooms.
"When the second went in, it was a long way back for us. We knew it would be difficult - Newcastle make it hard for teams to create chances. We knew we needed good movement but we didn't have enough of that. It was the first game in which the players have not performed to the levels they have shown. Nobody goes out to play poorly but it just didn't happen for us today and now we have to look for the reasons why. It was Saido's poorest game of the season but he'll bounce back from that."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "It was a very disciplined, strong performance which was highlighted by an outstanding goal from Ayoze Perez. You need special moments like that in the Premier League. We were a bit frustrated that we had not played as well as we could offensively in the first half, but the team is well balanced. We have good width in the team and our system is proving difficult for the opposition.
"That type of goal, you usually take the pace off the cross and guide it in but he [Perez] actually added pace to it. He struggled with the physicality of [West Brom centre-backs] Joleon Lescott and Craig Dawson today but he'll get better as we go on.
"Our young players in particular have been massive for us. We've lost key players to injury and the youngsters have been superb. I couldn't be more pleased."
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