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West Brom 2-3 Newcastle: Magpies eye first Wembley trip for 20 years after Miguel Almiron bags brace before Valentino Lazaro seals place in FA Cup quarter-finals despite late double from hosts

By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail

Published: 21:56 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 22:04 GMT, 3 March 2020

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Free-scoring Newcastle United are into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup - now there is a statement that requires a double-take.

But there you have it, not since 2006 have the Magpies made it to the last eight and they are now just one game away from a first Wembley appearance in 20 years.

With it they are the competition's top scorers, an oddity given they have the lowest return in the Premier League.

The caveat to that 11-goal haul, of course, is that they needed two replays against League One opposition to get this far, but what a relief the Cup is proving when offset against their dismal league form.

And how Steve Bruce needed this after four league games without a goal. Yes, it was against a lethargic West Brom team which showed 11 changes and included 39-year-old Gareth Barry, but Bruce can only hope it proves the catalyst in their fight against relegation.

Miguel Almiron was the star with two goals to bring his Cup tally to four this season

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