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Saturday, October 16, 1999 Published at 20:49 GMT


Ten-man Magpies crash again

Warren Barton is sent off on a dismal day for Newcastle

Coventry 4-1 Newcastle

Newcastle lost a player and a match in the West Midlands for the second time this week as the Bobby Robson revival was brought crashing down to earth.


Steve Lee: "Newcastle were walloped by a exuberant Coventry side"
On Tuesday it was Birmingham in the Worthington Cup, Steve Harper's dismissal and a 2-0 defeat.

Here, it was Warren Barton who had the early bath, with the home side making the most of their advantage, although they also had Magnus Hedman to thank for stopping Newcastle scoring until the 81st minute.

Carlton Palmer Paul Williams and Robbie Keane gave the Sky Blues a 3-0 lead at half time, before Didier Domi hit back and Mustapha Hadji restored Coventry's lead in the final minute.

Newcastle who have now lost all six Premiership matches away from St James' Park and conceded 20 goals in the process.

And Coventry will take much satisfaction from avenging last season's 5-1 home drubbing by Newcastle.

Hedman from start

The match had started with Hedman denying Alan Shearer and Domi, before the Sky Blues broke the deadlock in the 14th minute.


[ image: Mustapha Hadji celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the fourth]
Mustapha Hadji celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the fourth
The Newcastle defence was nowhere as on-loan midfielder Palmer sent a glancing header past Shay Given from a Gary McAllister free-kick.

Seven minutes later Coventry doubled their lead in spectacular style through Williams.

Domi had headed a corner out, only for the Coventry defender to let fly from 30 yards past a helpless Shay Given.

Newcastle's misery was added to on the half hour mark with the red card to Barton, for violent conduct when he looked to throw a right arm jab at the throat of Youssef Chippo.

Given to blame

Given was badly at fault with Coventry's third goal after 38 minutes.

Keane was put through by Hadji after the two had combined - but the Irish keeper was still favourite to collect the through ball from the Moroccan.

Somehow he allowed the ball to slip under his body to leave Keane to tap the ball into an empty net.

Before the interval Hedman showed the value of an in-form keeper with a good save from Kieron Dyer.

And after the break he denied Nolberto Solano, as Newcastle at least showed the fighting spirit which Robson has instilled into the side.

Newcastle finally earned some deserved reward when Domi scored with a sweetly struck left-footed drive from 15 yards out.

But Hadji put the Sky Blues alongside Arsenal and Manchester United as 4-1 Saturday winners with a direct free-kick in injury time.

Coventry: Hedman, Edworthy, Shaw, Williams, Hall, Telfer, Palmer, McAllister, Chippo, Keane, Hadji. Subs: Nuzzo, Froggatt, Strachan, Eustace, Roussel.

Newcastle: Given, Barton, Domi, Dabizas, Hughes, Solano, Dyer, Speed, Lee, Shearer, Gallacher. Subs: Harper, Maric, Glass, McClen, Pistone.

Referee: A Wiley (Walsall)



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