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Newcastle   3 - 0   Preston

Newcastle 3-0 Preston

Newcastle 3-0 Preston

Newcastle moved five points clear at the top of the Championship as they kept up their unbeaten home record.

The Magpies took only three minutes to score, Peter Lovenkrands' attempted cross clearing Preston keeper Andy Lonergan and dropping inside the post.

Top scorer Kevin Nolan doubled the lead after half-time when he burst into the penalty area and slotted in his 12th goal of the season.

Substitute Ryan Taylor fired in the third in injury time.

West Brom could narrow Newcastle's lead when they face Bristol City on Sunday.

But the Magpies' promotion chase shows no sign of letting up after a comfortable win over Preston, who had their chances but lost to a far more clinical side.

The visitors could not have got off to a worst start as they watched Lovenkrands' cross from the left-hand side of the box loop over Lonergan and into the top corner.

But Jon Parkin twice threatened an equaliser, forcing Newcastle keeper Steve Harper into an excellent save and cracking a superb volley inches wide just before half-time.

Lonergan, meanwhile, kept his side in it with a stunning point-blank save from Mike Williamson's header.

The Magpies extended their lead shortly before the hour when Nolan exchanged passes in the box with Alan Smith and side-footed past Lonergan to register his 11th league goal of the season.

Taylor, for the second game in a row, wrapped up the win in injury time when he lashed home from six yards out following Fabrice Pancrate's cross.


Newcastle boss Chris Hughton:
"I think it is the most important thing.

"We know West Brom and Nottingham Forest are one or two wins away from being a lot closer to us or being above us so we can't afford to lose focus.

"Our preparation has to be the same and our mental attitude going into every game has to be the same."

Preston boss Darren Ferguson:
"It was never a 3-0 game, that flatters Newcastle massively.

"They'll have a good chance of winning promotion if they get referees like today. You have to have strong referees, especially against Newcastle, and he wasn't strong enough.

"Overall I was pleased with the performance, if we play like that we'll be OK."

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 3-0 Preston FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Lovenkrands 3
  • Nolan 55
  • Taylor 90+1

    Newcastle

    • 01 Harper
    • 02 Coloccini
    • 06 Williamson
    • 12 Simpson yellow card
    • 14 Van Aanholt
    • 04 Nolan
    • 08 Guthrie (Pancrate 89)
    • 18 Gutierrez (Taylor 75)
    • 11 Lovenkrands (Best 14)
    • 17 Smith
    • 24 Carroll

    Substitutes

    • 26 Krul,
    • 05 Hall,
    • 16 Taylor,
    • 28 Kadar,
    • 21 Pancrate,
    • 20 Best,
    • 30 Ranger

    Preston

    • 01 Lonergan
    • 05 Mawene
    • 12 St. Ledger
    • 19 Jones
    • 20 Williams
    • 07 Sedgwick (Treacy 61)
    • 15 Coutts
    • 23 James
    • 25 Wallace
    • 18 Welbeck (Mellor 74)
    • 26 Parkin

    Substitutes

    • 22 Henderson,
    • 02 Hart,
    • 14 Chilvers,
    • 11 Carter,
    • 16 Treacy,
    • 29 Elliott,
    • 33 Mellor
    Ref: PennAtt: 45,525
    NEWCASTLE
    PRESTON

    Possession

    • Newcastle 55%
    • Preston 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Newcastle 6
    • Preston 7

    Attempts off target

    • Newcastle 4
    • Preston 3

    Corners

    • Newcastle 5
    • Preston 6

    Fouls

    • Newcastle 5
    • Preston 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:28 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+0:22 The assist for the goal came from Fabrice Pancrate.
    • 90:00+0:22 GOAL - Ryan TaylorNewcastle 3 - 0 Preston Ryan Taylor grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 3-0 Preston.
    • 88:27 Substitution Fabrice Pancrate replaces Danny Guthrie.
    • 86:53 Unfair challenge on Jon Parkin by Leon Best results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ross Wallace. Paul Coutts takes the inswinging corner, Close range headed effort by Sean St. Ledger clears the crossbar.
    • 84:51 Drilled left-footed shot by Jon Parkin. Save made by Steve Harper.
    • 81:36 Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Coutts, save by Steve Harper.
    • 81:01 Danny Guthrie has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 79:44 Ross Wallace produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 79:19 Patrick Van Aanholt delivers the ball, Andy Lonergan makes a save.
    • 79:04 Tom Williams crosses the ball, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
    • 78:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Tom Williams. Paul Coutts restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:53 The official flags Jon Parkin offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:57 Effort on goal by Andrew Carroll from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 75:32 Jon Parkin has a drilled shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 74:19 Substitution Ryan Taylor replaces Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 73:55 Substitution Neil Mellor replaces Danny Welbeck.
    • 72:10 Ross Wallace has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save made by Steve Harper.
    • 70:02 Leon Best challenges Tom Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Williams.
    • 67:34 The referee blows for offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:58 Shot by Paul Coutts. Save made by Steve Harper.
    • 64:07 Ross Wallace sends in a cross, Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 62:15 A cross is delivered by Tom Williams.
    • 60:03 Substitution Keith Treacy replaces Chris Sedgwick.
    • 60:03 Danny Simpson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 55:54 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Coutts, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 54:23 Alan Smith provided the assist for the goal.
    • 54:23 GOAL - Kevin NolanNewcastle 2 - 0 Preston A goal is scored by Kevin Nolan from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 Preston.
    • 53:39 Shot by Danny Guthrie from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 52:47 Sean St. Ledger challenges Andrew Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
    • 52:09 A cross is delivered by Ross Wallace.
    • 51:46 Danny Guthrie delivers the ball, Andy Lonergan makes a save.
    • 49:50 Foul by Paul Coutts on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Patrick Van Aanholt takes the direct free kick.
    • 49:27 The referee blows for offside against Leon Best. Sean St. Ledger takes the free kick.
    • 48:26 Shot by Andrew Carroll. Andy Lonergan makes a save.
    • 46:09 The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Youl Mawene.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:55 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:03 Matthew James has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 44:03 Danny Guthrie produces a cross, Andrew Carroll has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 40:44 Corner crossed in by Danny Guthrie, save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 39:44 Danny Welbeck handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 37:35 The ball is crossed by Danny Guthrie, Mike Williamson takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 37:03 Alan Smith produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Andy Lonergan. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Tom Williams.
    • 36:34 Billy Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Danny Guthrie, save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 34:24 Foul by Leon Best on Sean St. Ledger, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
    • 33:07 Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Paul Coutts results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Tom Williams. Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Guthrie, Chris Sedgwick manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:27 Corner taken by Danny Guthrie, Youl Mawene manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:56 Billy Jones produces a cross, Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 30:23 The ball is crossed by Ross Wallace.
    • 27:15 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 25:55 Corner taken by Ross Wallace from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
    • 24:39 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Coutts.
    • 24:11 Booking Danny Simpson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 23:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Danny Simpson. Youl Mawene takes the direct free kick.
    • 23:22 The ball is swung over by Kevin Nolan, clearance by Danny Welbeck. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie, clearance made by Youl Mawene.
    • 22:58 Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Billy Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Guthrie takes the direct free kick.
    • 21:09 Chris Sedgwick sends in a cross.
    • 20:14 The offside flag is raised against Leon Best. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
    • 19:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Welbeck on Mike Williamson. Mike Williamson takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:21 Kevin Nolan fouled by Ross Wallace, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
    • 16:54 Unfair challenge on Leon Best by Sean St. Ledger results in a free kick. Danny Guthrie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:29 Jon Parkin has an effort at goal. Save by Steve Harper. Corner taken by Paul Coutts played to the near post, Kevin Nolan manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:31 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Leon Best coming on for Peter Lovenkrands.
    • 12:10 Kevin Nolan sends in a cross, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:54 Jon Parkin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Patrick Van Aanholt takes the free kick.
    • 7:34 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Lovenkrands. Indirect free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger.
    • 6:06 The official flags Billy Jones offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:46 Effort from 18 yards by Danny Welbeck. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 2:15 GOAL - Peter LovenkrandsNewcastle 1 - 0 Preston Goal scored by Peter Lovenkrands from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Preston.
    • 2:15 Peter Lovenkrands crosses the ball,
    • 1:22 Matthew James gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Smith. Alan Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:39 The ball is delivered by Ross Wallace, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 20 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 32 34 66
    2 Nottm Forest 33 24 61
    3 West Brom 31 30 60
    4 Swansea 32 7 53
    5 Cardiff 31 18 49
    6 Leicester 31 7 48
    7 Blackpool 33 10 47
    8 Sheff Utd 32 1 45
    9 Middlesbrough 33 6 44
    10 Coventry 33 -8 43
    11 Barnsley 32 -6 42
    12 Doncaster 31 0 40
    13 Watford 30 -2 39
    14 Derby 32 -7 39
    15 Preston 32 -11 39
    16 Bristol City 31 -8 38
    17 QPR 31 -6 37
    18 Scunthorpe 32 -19 37
    19 Ipswich 31 -8 36
    20 Reading 31 -14 35
    21 Sheff Wed 32 -14 34
    22 Crystal Palace 31 -1 33
    23 Plymouth 31 -14 29
    24 Peterborough 32 -19 24


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