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Newcastle   2 - 0   Nott'm Forest

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest

Newcastle 2-0 Nottingham Forest

By Catherine Etoe

Championship leaders Newcastle United could be promoted to the Premier League as early as the weekend after a hard-fought win over Nottingham Forest.

Should United beat Peterborough and Forest lose to Bristol City, the Magpies will bounce back into the top flight after one season away.

They secured a 2-0 win over promotion rivals Forest after substitute Shola Ameobi scored in the 71st minute.

Jose Enrique blasted the ball past Lee Camp for Newcastle's second late on.

Despite a goalless opening 70 minutes, this top-of-the-table clash proved a gripping encounter from start to finish, with Forest playing their part as they looked to bring their run of six away defeats to an end.

But it was Newcastle, unbeaten at home this season, who enjoyed the best of the first-half chances.

Kevin Nolan spurned a fine chance to break the Forest defence early on, the former Bolton man passing to striker Andy Carroll when he should have taken Forest on himself.

Carroll fluffed the opportunity but almost made amends moments later, stretching to get a foot on a teasing Wayne Routledge cross to force Forest skipper Camp into a diving save.

Two penalty appeals followed at either end, referee Alan Wiley waving away both.

The first came when Radoslaw Majewski fell under the challenge of Newcastle's Mike Williamson.

Then James Perch, restored to the Forest line-up after an ankle injury, nicked the ball off a goal-bound Peter Lovenkrands, who then tumbled to the floor.

As Wiley dismissed the second appeal, Carroll, attempting to force home the loose ball, danced around a string of Forest players but was unable to get a shot on goal.

Lovenkrands was then presented with a fine chance just before the break as the entire Forest defence missed a cross from Jonas Gutierrez.

Lee Camp was alert to the danger, however, and dived on the ball, along with his defensive colleagues, to frustrate Newcastle yet again.

Forest started brightly in the second half, Nathan Tyson almost heading home within seconds of the restart but directing his effort into the arms of Steve Harper.

Forest kept up the pressure, but Danny Guthrie, making his 100th club appearance, came close to putting the home side in front from a set-piece.

He shot over the bar after substitute Ameobi, on for Carroll who had suffered a knock in the first half, had won a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Ameobi proved the difference between the two sides soon afterwards, though, latching on to Nolan's pass to turn and shoot beyond Camp.

Routledge almost grabbed a second, his volley stinging the gloves of Camp.

Nolan then forced the outstanding Forest goalkeeper into another fine save, the Forest captain diving to his right to palm away a vicious volley.

Camp then saved two more Guthrie free-kicks but could do little when Enrique scored the first goal of his career to secure all three points and edge Newcastle closer to automatic promotion.


Newcastle boss Chris Hughton:
"It's that close. We are where we are and we thoroughly deserve to be where we are and if [winning promotion] happens on Saturday, then no one will be more delighted than me.

"But the most important thing is we have to win first.

"The nature of our business is you have to enjoy the wins and it will be a nice day tomorrow at the training ground.

"I'm quite sure everybody will have a spring in their step. But we very quickly have to bring them back down to earth.

"If we are able to take a spare chunk of what we had tonight into [Saturday's game at Peterborough] then we have got a good chance of coming away with a victory."

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies:
"I'm not admitting defeat, I am saying I think Newcastle United, in my opinion, will finish the job.

"We've got a challenge for second place that is very much still on the go."

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Monday, 29 March 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 2-0 Nott'm Forest FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Ameobi 71
  • Jose Enrique 90+1

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Nott'm Forest

    • 01 Camp
    • 02 Perch
    • 05 Morgan yellow card
    • 06 Wilson yellow card
    • 16 Gunter
    • 07 Anderson
    • 15 Cohen
    • 19 Moussi
    • 28 Majewski (Earnshaw 72)
    • 11 Tyson (McCleary 69 yellow card)
    • 23 Blackstock (McGoldrick 77)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Smith,
    • 04 Chambers,
    • 08 McGugan,
    • 09 Adebola,
    • 10 Earnshaw,
    • 12 McCleary,
    • 17 McGoldrick
    Ref: WileyAtt: 45,987
    NEWCASTLE
    NOTT'M FOREST

    Possession

    • Newcastle 59%
    • Nott'm Forest 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Newcastle 15
    • Nott'm Forest 2

    Attempts off target

    • Newcastle 4
    • Nott'm Forest 4

    Corners

    • Newcastle 10
    • Nott'm Forest 2

    Fouls

    • Newcastle 12
    • Nott'm Forest 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+4:20 David McGoldrick is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • Correction - 90:00+2:50 Garath McCleary concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 90:00+2:50 Garath McCleary challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Nolan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:03 Substitution Joey Barton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Lovenkrands.
    • 90:00+1:26 Booking Sanchez Jose Enrique is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+0:33 Assist on the goal came from Shola Ameobi.
    • 90:00+0:33 GOAL - Sanchez Jose EnriqueNewcastle 2 - 0 Nott'm Forest A goal is scored by Sanchez Jose Enrique from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 Nottm Forest.
    • 90:00+0:06 Short corner worked by Danny Guthrie.
    • 89:09 Strike comes in from Danny Guthrie from the free kick, save made by Lee Camp.
    • 89:09 Booking Garath McCleary goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:01 Foul by Garath McCleary on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded.
    • 87:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Garath McCleary. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Danny Guthrie, save made by Lee Camp.
    • 86:59 Wayne Routledge has a drilled shot. Kelvin Wilson gets a block in.
    • 86:42 Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Morgan.
    • 86:17 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line, James Perch manages to make a clearance.
    • 83:52 Garath McCleary concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
    • 82:10 David McGoldrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:14 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Guthrie, clearance made by Robert Earnshaw.
    • 81:04 Jonas Gutierrez has a drilled shot. Blocked by Wes Morgan.
    • 80:06 Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Guy Moussi. Free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 79:22 The referee penalises David McGoldrick for handball. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:22 Danny Guthrie decides to take the corner short.
    • 78:10 Kevin Nolan has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save made by Lee Camp.
    • 77:24 Danny Guthrie takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:24 Booking Kelvin Wilson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 77:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 76:10 Substitution Dexter Blackstock goes off and David McGoldrick comes on.
    • 75:54 Centre by Danny Guthrie, Mike Williamson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 75:28 Short corner taken by Danny Guthrie.
    • 74:43 Wayne Routledge has an effort at goal. Save by Lee Camp.
    • 73:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Dexter Blackstock. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 72:40 Foul by Guy Moussi on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:27 Substitution Robert Earnshaw on for Radoslaw Majewski.
    • 70:10 Assist by Kevin Nolan.
    • 70:10 GOAL - Shola AmeobiNewcastle 1 - 0 Nott'm Forest Shola Ameobi fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Nottm Forest.
    • 69:57 The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge, Guy Moussi makes a clearance.
    • 69:32 Foul by Garath McCleary on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:30 Substitution Nathan Tyson goes off and Garath McCleary comes on.
    • 66:29 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Chris Gunter makes a clearance.
    • 65:49 Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. James Perch gets a block in.
    • 64:44 Dexter Blackstock is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 64:07 The referee blows for offside. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.
    • 63:42 Paul Anderson delivers the ball.
    • 62:55 Nathan Tyson produces a cross, Shot on goal by Radoslaw Majewski from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 61:21 Radoslaw Majewski takes the outswinging corner, save by Steve Harper.
    • 59:33 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Danny Guthrie.
    • 59:33 Booking Wes Morgan receives a yellow card.
    • 59:27 Unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Wes Morgan results in a free kick.
    • 58:46 The ball is swung over by Chris Gunter, save by Steve Harper.
    • 58:33 A cross is delivered by Chris Gunter, clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 58:07 Shot from 18 yards from Paul Anderson. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 57:18 Danny Guthrie fouled by Dexter Blackstock, the ref awards a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Tyson by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Free kick taken by Wes Morgan.
    • 55:24 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 54:43 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathan Tyson. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
    • 54:06 Foul by Dexter Blackstock on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 51:57 Peter Lovenkrands concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Wilson. Lee Camp takes the free kick.
    • 51:14 Shola Ameobi is ruled offside. Kelvin Wilson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 50:29 Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Chris Cohen, the ref awards a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Wes Morgan. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • Correction - 47:41 Wes Morgan fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 47:41 Substitution Shola Ameobi comes on in place of Andrew Carroll.
    • 47:41 Andrew Carroll challenges Wes Morgan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 46:52 Nathan Tyson crosses the ball, save by Steve Harper.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:02 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 44:52 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 43:09 The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Camp by Peter Lovenkrands. Lee Camp takes the free kick.
    • 42:07 Dexter Blackstock challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mike Williamson on Chris Cohen. Lee Camp takes the free kick.
    • 41:05 Corner taken by Danny Guthrie, Wes Morgan makes a clearance.
    • 40:34 Danny Guthrie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Chris Cohen.
    • 38:16 Peter Lovenkrands delivers the ball.
    • 36:19 Guy Moussi has an effort at goal. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
    • 36:13 The ball is delivered by Radoslaw Majewski, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:35 Danny Guthrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Radoslaw Majewski. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:58 A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 31:30 The ball is crossed by Nathan Tyson, Effort on goal by Dexter Blackstock from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 30:31 Effort from 20 yards by Jonas Gutierrez. Guy Moussi gets a block in.
    • 29:38 Effort from 18 yards by Wayne Routledge. Kelvin Wilson gets a block in.
    • 28:23 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the right by-line, Dexter Blackstock manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:07 Wayne Routledge produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Kelvin Wilson gets a block in.
    • 27:46 Danny Guthrie takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 27:35 Shot by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Blocked by James Perch.
    • 25:09 Corner from the left by-line taken by Radoslaw Majewski, clearance made by Andrew Carroll. Shot from just outside the area by James Perch goes over the bar.
    • 23:47 Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Dexter Blackstock results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:19 Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Gunter.
    • 22:07 A cross is delivered by Chris Cohen, clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 19:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Wilson by Peter Lovenkrands. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:56 The ball is sent over by Wayne Routledge, Kelvin Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:56 Wayne Routledge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Gunter. Free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 13:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Wilson by Andrew Carroll. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 11:56 Wayne Routledge crosses the ball.
    • 11:28 Danny Guthrie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Chris Cohen.
    • 11:06 A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, Andrew Carroll has an effort at goal. Save made by Lee Camp.
    • 6:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Wes Morgan. Free kick crossed by Danny Guthrie, Lee Camp makes a save.
    • 5:26 The ball is crossed by Nathan Tyson, Paul Anderson takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 4:18 Foul by Danny Guthrie on Chris Cohen, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Radoslaw Majewski, Andrew Carroll makes a clearance.
    • 1:50 A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 1:08 Unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Wes Morgan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    29 Mar 2010 23:59 UK


    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 29 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 39 46 83
    2 West Brom 40 35 79
    3 Nottm Forest 40 21 70
    4 Cardiff 39 17 62
    5 Swansea 40 2 62
    6 Leicester 39 9 61
    7 Blackpool 40 12 57
    8 Doncaster 40 4 55
    9 Middlesbrough 40 9 54
    10 Sheff Utd 40 2 54
    11 Reading 38 -2 52
    12 Coventry 40 -8 52
    13 Bristol City 40 -9 52
    14 Preston 40 -10 49
    15 Barnsley 39 -13 49
    16 Ipswich 40 -8 48
    17 Derby 40 -10 48
    18 QPR 39 -5 47
    19 Scunthorpe 39 -18 47
    20 Sheff Wed 40 -17 44
    21 Watford 38 -9 43
    22 Crystal Palace 39 -5 39
    23 Plymouth 39 -17 37
    24 Peterborough 40 -26 30


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