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banner Sunday, 27 January, 2002, 17:58 GMT
Magpies edge past Posh
Two of Newcastle's goalscorers Alan Shearer and Jamie McClen
Alan Shearer congratulates Jamie McClen
Peterborough 2-4 Newcastle
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Newcastle negotiated their way past a tricky FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Peterborough, but Bobby Robson's side endured some heartstopping moments along the way.

At the interval Newcastle looked to have the game - played on a gluepot of a pitch - sewn up thanks to goals from Andy O'Brien and Jamie McClen.

My lads gave them a better game than some Premiership teams will this season
Peterborough manager Barry Fry

But soon after the restart O'Brien headed into his own net and David Farrell's elegant strike gave Peterborough parity.

Neale Fenn almost gave Peterborough the lead when he broke clear, but his dinked shot was superbly saved by Shay Given.

That was the spur for Newcastle to regroup and in the final ten minutes an Alan Shearer penalty and a header from Aaron Hughes restored their two-goal advantage.

  Match facts
14 mins: Andy O'Brien gives Newcastle the lead
43 mins: Jamie McClen doubles Newcastle's advantage
52 mins: O'Brien' heads into his own net to revive Peterborough's hopes
79 mins: David Farrell's superb shot has Peterborough dreaming
84mins: Alan Shearer restores Newcastle's lead hopes
85 mins: Aaron Hughes' header further seals Newcastle's win

With Manchester United, Leeds and Liverpool already out of this season's competition, Robson's side look well placed to reach the cup's later stages as they have done consistently in recent seasons.

Throughout the game Peterborough looked to the pace and strength of Leon McKenzie and soon after Newcastle's first goal those qualities helped him shake off Distin, but he angled his shot narrowly wide.

On the muddy surface left-back Tom Williams' elegant running and dribbling also stood out for Peterborough.

Most notably just before the half-hour when he skipped past a couple of Newcastle defenders before he unleashed a vicious shot which shuddered past Given's right-hand post.

Peterborough's Leon McKenzie and Aaron Hughes
McKenzie holds off Aaron Hughes

O'Brien soothed any nerves Newcastle might have had by giving them the lead in the 14th minute when he turned and prodded home Sylvain Distin's header after a corner.

It was a sloppy goal to concede and particularly harsh on goalkeeper Mark Tyler who had conceded the corner by making a superb one-handed save from an Olivier Bernard shot.

Just two minutes before half-time Jamie McClen finished off a slick Newcastle move by stroking the ball past Tyler.

Newcastle had further chances to extend their lead but Craig Bellamy was rather profiligate, though he also had a justifiable penalty claim turned down by referee Neale Barry.

That allowed Peterborough to keep hoping and that hope turned to jubiliation when Farrell was released by Andy Clarke's superb pass.

Who says the FA Cup has lost all its romance?
Newcastle's Alan Shearer

Farrell strode forward, before hitting an unstoppable shot past Given.

But Fenn's opportunity was Peterborough's last real chance and Newcastle restored their lead when Alan Shearer converted a penalty after McKenzie was ruled to have handled.

A minute later Hughes made the game safe when he headed home Wayne Quinn's cross.

Peterborough: Tyler, Joseph, Rea (Hooper 86), Edwards, Williams, Forsyth (Oldfield 86), Bullard, Farrell, Andy Clarke, Fenn (Forinton 86), McKenzie.
Subs Not Used: Connor, Cullen.

Booked: Edwards, Rea.

Newcastle: Given, Hughes, Distin, O'Brien, Elliott, Bernard (Quinn 78), Solano, Acuna, McClen (Kerr 90), Shearer, Bellamy.
Subs Not Used: Griffin, Harper, Ameobi.

Booked: Acuna.

Attendance: 13,841.

Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe).

BBC Sport's John Murray
"This is what an FA Cup tie is supposed to be like"
Posh boss Barry Fry
"My players were magnificent"
Newcastle boss Bobby Robson
"It was a brilliant tie"
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