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Newcastle snatches point vs Burnley to end losing streak, drops to 17th in Premier League

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NEWCASTLE, England — Newcastle ended a disastrous run of eight straight Premier League defeats with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Magpies went behind to a 32nd minute header by Victor Anichebe before Ayoze Perez equalized four minutes before the break at St James' Park.

PHOTO: West Bromwich Albion's Victor Anichebe, right, vies for the ball with Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita, left, during their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
West Bromwich Albion's Victor Anichebe, right, vies for the ball with Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita, left, during their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

It was Newcastle's first league point since February.

Newcastle dropped to 17th, right above the relegation zone with 36 points and two games left. Hull at 18th is two points behind Newcastle.

The hosts briefly slipped into the bottom three when Anichebe headed home Craig Gardner's free kick, but Perez leveled in the 41st with a sweetly-struck shot to hand head coach John Carver a little respite.

¬ĀHowever, the home fans among a crowd of 47,894 left the stadium knowing there is still work to be done if the team is to avoid the drop with a trip to QPR next weekend and a final-day clash with West Ham on Tyneside to come.

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PHOTO: West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt, right, vies for the ball with Newcastle United's goalkeeper Tim Krul, left, during their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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