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Newcastle   1 - 0   Leicester

Paul Gallagher (left) and Joey Barton
Joey Barton shrugs off the challenge of Paul Gallagher

Danny Guthrie's strike was enough to sink Leicester and fire Newcastle to the top of the Championship.

Steve Howard's header and Paul Gallagher's free-kick tested Steve Harper as Leicester started well.

Newcastle then had two penalty appeals rejected when Gallagher and then Wayne Brown looked to have handled.

But Guthrie hit the winner when he cut inside and smashed the ball home, while Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton all went close to adding a second goal.

Chris Hughton's side have now won four of their five league matches so far this season and remain unbeaten.

Mike Ashley, prospective buyer Barry Moat and would-be manager Alan Shearer were all in attendance on a night when a New York-based consortium claimed they were ready to open talks over a deal for the club.

On the pitch, Newcastle were without Fabricio Coloccini after he joined up with the Argentina squad, and injured quartet Nicky Butt, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll.

So Hughton decided to pair teenager Nile Ranger with Nolan in attack, and the former ended up winning the man-of-the-match award.

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The Magpies went close with four minutes gone when Geremi and Guthrie broke at pace to set up Nolan, whose right-footed shot was saved comfortably by Chris Weale.

They had appeals for a penalty turned down when Ryan Taylor's cross clipped Gallagher's arm, and Brown was fortunate to escape after a more blatant handball a few seconds later.

Harper made the game's first real save when Howard met Matt Oakley's corner with a bullet header and he once again came to the rescue with a fine diving save to keep out Gallagher's free-kick.

Newcastle finally broke the deadlock when Ranger fed Guthrie, who stepped inside defender Jack Hobbs and smashed the ball past Weale.

Geremi might have doubled his side's advantage within three minutes with a swerving drive which just evaded the bottom corner, while Smith, Nolan and Barton also came close to extending the lead.


Newcastle caretaker manager Chris Hughton:
"I am hopeful that we will bring certainly one or two [new players] in tomorrow [Tuesday]. I am even more confident that nobody in this present squad will be leaving us.

"We certainly have good players here and it is only right that the young lads are given an opportunity in this squad, because we feel they deserve that.

"But we need... to make sure we have got a squad that's strong enough to compete for a whole season. The club is aware of that."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:
"I don't think there was a lot in the game. The goal we conceded wasn't a good one from our perspective.

"It was a game we looked forward to and expected ourselves to get something out of.

"As far as we were concerned, it was a game we could come and win."


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Monday, 31 August 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 1-0 Leicester FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Guthrie 52

    Newcastle

    • 01 Harper
    • 03 Jose Enrique
    • 12 Simpson
    • 16 Taylor
    • 27 Taylor
    • 04 Nolan
    • 07 Barton (Kadar 89)
    • 08 Guthrie yellow card (Donaldson 85)
    • 20 Geremi
    • 17 Smith
    • 30 Ranger (Vuckic 85)

    Substitutes

    • 26 Krul,
    • 28 Kadar,
    • 35 Tozer,
    • 25 LuaLua,
    • 32 Ngo Baheng,
    • 46 Vuckic,
    • 42 Donaldson

    Leicester

    • 01 Weale
    • 02 Neilson
    • 06 Brown
    • 15 Berner yellow card
    • 25 Hobbs
    • 08 Oakley
    • 19 Wellens
    • 09 Howard
    • 12 Fryatt (Waghorn 69)
    • 17 N'Guessan (Adams 90)
    • 24 Gallagher (Dyer 60)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Logan,
    • 03 McGivern,
    • 04 Morrison,
    • 10 King,
    • 11 Dyer,
    • 16 Adams,
    • 18 Waghorn
    Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 38,813
    NEWCASTLE
    LEICESTER

    Possession

    • Newcastle 53%
    • Leicester 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Newcastle 6
    • Leicester 6

    Attempts off target

    • Newcastle 4
    • Leicester 6

    Corners

    • Newcastle 1
    • Leicester 2

    Fouls

    • Newcastle 13
    • Leicester 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:09 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:27 Martyn Waghorn sends in a cross, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
    • 90:00+0:26 A cross is delivered by Wayne Brown, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Steve Howard misses to the right of the target.
    • 89:47 Substitution Nicky Adams replaces Dany N'Guessan.
    • 88:27 Substitution Tamas Kadar comes on in place of Joey Barton.
    • 87:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Geremi by Dany N'Guessan. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
    • 86:26 Unfair challenge on Matt Oakley by Alan Smith results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Brown.
    • 84:17 Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 84:17 Substitution Danny Guthrie leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Donaldson.
    • 84:17 Substitution Haris Vuckic is brought on as a substitute for Nile Ranger.
    • 84:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Alan Smith.
    • 83:17 Nile Ranger is caught offside. Jack Hobbs takes the indirect free kick.
    • 81:58 Shot by Lloyd Dyer from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 77:18 Ryan Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 77:18 Booking Bruno Berner is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 77:14 Bruno Berner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Taylor.
    • 74:39 Geremi is adjudged to have handled the ball. Dany N'Guessan crosses the ball in from the free kick, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Taylor by Steve Howard. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 73:40 Effort from just outside the area by Joey Barton goes over the target.
    • 72:55 Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:55 Booking Danny Guthrie is cautioned.
    • 72:52 Matt Oakley fouled by Danny Guthrie, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 69:57 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.
    • 69:14 Geremi crosses the ball, save by Chris Weale.
    • 68:29 Substitution Martyn Waghorn replaces Matt Fryatt.
    • 67:26 Shot by Alan Smith. Save made by Chris Weale.
    • 64:14 Jack Hobbs fouled by Nile Ranger, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Richie Wellens. Strike on goal comes in from Lloyd Dyer from the free kick. Matt Oakley takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 59:47 Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Lloyd Dyer coming on for Paul Gallagher.
    • 58:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Bruno Berner. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ryan Taylor from right wing.
    • 57:45 Centre by Joey Barton, Wayne Brown makes a clearance.
    • 57:23 Steve Howard takes a shot. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.
    • 56:51 Unfair challenge on Jack Hobbs by Nile Ranger results in a free kick. Chris Weale takes the direct free kick.
    • 56:26 Paul Gallagher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nile Ranger. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
    • 54:28 Shot from outside the area by Geremi misses to the left of the goal.
    • 52:00 The assist for the goal came from Nile Ranger.
    • 52:00 GOAL - Danny GuthrieNewcastle 1 - 0 Leicester Danny Guthrie gets on the score sheet with a fantastic goal from just outside the box high into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Leicester.
    • 51:35 Dany N'Guessan takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 50:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Richie Wellens. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:25 Dany N'Guessan challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 47:34 Steve Howard takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 45:37 Nile Ranger has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 45:15 Matt Oakley delivers the ball, save by Steve Harper.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:02 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+1:47 Alan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard. Paul Gallagher produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:42 Matt Fryatt has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 43:28 The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Guthrie. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 41:31 Nile Ranger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Brown. Direct free kick taken by Matt Oakley.
    • 39:31 The ball is crossed by Robbie Neilson, save made by Steve Harper.
    • 36:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Smith on Steve Howard. Strike comes in from Paul Gallagher from the free kick, save by Steve Harper.
    • 35:49 The referee blows for offside. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:45 Matt Oakley produces a cross.
    • 32:41 Paul Gallagher crosses the ball.
    • 31:58 Ryan Taylor has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
    • 31:03 Steve Howard has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 27:09 Nile Ranger challenges Wayne Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Weale takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:05 Shot from long range by Dany N'Guessan goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 22:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Wellens on Danny Guthrie. Free kick crossed by Danny Guthrie, Steve Howard makes a clearance.
    • 21:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Dany N'Guessan. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • Correction - 19:46 Outswinging corner taken by Matt Oakley, Steve Howard takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 19:46 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Oakley, Steve Howard takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 19:16 Effort from 18 yards by Kevin Nolan. Blocked by Jack Hobbs.
    • 17:03 Ryan Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Fryatt. Bruno Berner takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:34 Jack Hobbs challenges Kevin Nolan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
    • 15:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dany N'Guessan by Danny Guthrie. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:21 The ball is sent over by Ryan Taylor, Paul Gallagher makes a clearance.
    • 13:49 The official flags Matt Fryatt offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 13:21 The ball is delivered by Ryan Taylor, clearance by Matt Oakley.
    • 11:12 Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
    • 10:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steve Howard. Steven Taylor takes the indirect free kick.
    • 9:55 The ball is crossed by Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
    • 9:35 Dany N'Guessan delivers the ball, save by Steve Harper.
    • 8:25 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor, clearance made by Wayne Brown.
    • 7:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Danny Simpson. Wayne Brown takes the free kick.
    • 6:22 The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 6:13 Joey Barton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Dany N'Guessan.
    • 5:44 Centre by Dany N'Guessan, save by Steve Harper.
    • 3:24 The official flags Matt Fryatt offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 2:42 The ball is crossed by Dany N'Guessan.
    • 1:52 Geremi is ruled offside. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    Championship results

    31 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Newcastle 1-0 Leicester R
    Peterborough 1-1 Crystal Palace R

    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 31 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 5 7 13
    2 West Brom 5 4 11
    3 Cardiff 5 7 10
    4 Middlesbrough 5 6 10
    5 Bristol City 5 0 10
    6 Preston 5 5 9
    7 Sheff Utd 5 4 9
    8 Sheff Wed 5 5 8
    9 Leicester 5 1 8
    10 Blackpool 5 3 7
    11 Derby 5 0 7
    12 Coventry 5 -1 7
    13 Watford 5 0 6
    14 Doncaster 5 0 6
    15 QPR 5 0 6
    16 Crystal Palace 5 -1 5
    17 Nottm Forest 5 -2 5
    18 Reading 5 -3 5
    19 Swansea 5 -3 5
    20 Scunthorpe 5 -10 3
    21 Peterborough 5 -4 2
    22 Plymouth 5 -5 2
    23 Ipswich 5 -5 2
    24 Barnsley 5 -8 1



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