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Peterborough   2 - 3   Newcastle

Peterborough 2-3 Newcastle

Peterborough 2-3 Newcastle

Newcastle saw off a spirited challenge from relegation-bound Peterborough as they moved to within just one point of promotion with six games remaining.

Dominic Green put Posh ahead with a lofted shot but Kevin Nolan levelled after being fed by Jose Enrique.

Joey Barton found the top corner with a free-kick just after the break before Shola Ameobi fired in from distance to stretch Newcastle's lead.

Liam Dickinson pulled one back late on but the Posh could not avert defeat.

A single point from the Magpies' remaining six games will rubber-stamp an instant return to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Posh appear destined to be heading in the opposite direction - but their fragile Championship status is preserved for the time-being after other results went in their favour.

Despite the gulf between the sides, the hosts made a bright start, with Green stinging the palms of Steve Harper in the opening minute before he gave Posh the lead with an opportunist strike.

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A long ball forward led to a terrible mix-up at the back between Fabricio Coloccini and Harper, who fluffed his clearance and allowed Green to chip the ball over his head.

The Championship leaders were quick to respond and Posh keeper Joe Lewis twice denied Nolan before the midfielder levelled.

Jose Enrique raced down the left and picked out the former Bolton star, who managed to divert the ball into the bottom corner with his back to goal.

Three minutes after the break, Ameobi was fouled 25 yards from goal and Barton nonchalantly curled the ball over the wall and past Lewis for his first goal since October 2008.

Ameobi then powered a header wide from a fine Barton cross, before he gave the visitors a two-goal cushion.

Leon Best passed into Ameobi's feet on the edge of the area and he turned away from his marker before firing a low shot which Lewis got a hand to but could not keep out.

Best twice came close to finding a fourth but it was Posh who set up an exciting finale when Exodus Geohaghon launched a huge throw into the middle and Dickinson forced the ball home at the back post.

However, Posh were not able to snatch a result and their stay in the Championship looks set to end.

Meanwhile, the apparent formality of Newcastle's promotion can be sealed in front of their home fans on Easter Monday night when Sheffield United visit St James's Park.


Peterborough manager Jim Gannon on the possible appointment of Gary Johnson as his replacement:
"Gary is a manager with a fantastic CV and I believe it would be an excellent move to appoint him.

"That decision is out of my hands, but I have given my advice to the club.

"Should a new manager come in before the end of the season, I will happily stand aside."

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton:
"We are so very close and hopefully we can finish the job at St James's Park on Easter Monday.

"That would be an excellent reward for the supporters who have backed us so fantastically all season.

"We want to wrap up promotion at the first opportunity and while that didn't happen today, we are nearly there."

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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Peterborough 2-3 Newcastle FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Green 11
  • Dickinson 76
  • Nolan 45+1
  • Barton 48
  • Ameobi 59

Peterborough

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Gilbert
  • 05 Zakuani yellow card
  • 30 Griffiths
  • 34 Geohaghan
  • 06 Lee (Bennett 55)
  • 08 Frecklington
  • 14 Rowe
  • 22 Torres (Simpson 46)
  • 07 Dickinson
  • 25 Green (Mackail-Smith 46)

Substitutes

  • 13 McKeown,
  • 29 Bennett,
  • 17 Day,
  • 33 Simpson,
  • 12 Mackail-Smith,
  • 26 Mills,
  • 35 Reid

Newcastle

  • 01 Harper
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 06 Williamson
  • 12 Simpson
  • 04 Nolan
  • 07 Barton (Gutierrez 87 yellow card)
  • 21 Pancrate (Routledge 46)
  • 17 Smith
  • 20 Best yellow card
  • 23 Ameobi (Butt 83)

Substitutes

  • 26 Krul,
  • 16 Taylor,
  • 28 Kadar,
  • 10 Routledge,
  • 18 Gutierrez,
  • 22 Butt,
  • 11 Lovenkrands
Ref: HaywoodAtt: 12,877
PETERBOROUGH
NEWCASTLE

Possession

  • Peterborough 44%
  • Newcastle 56%

Attempts on target

  • Peterborough 5
  • Newcastle 9

Attempts off target

  • Peterborough 6
  • Newcastle 3

Corners

  • Peterborough 5
  • Newcastle 4

Fouls

  • Peterborough 11
  • Newcastle 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:55 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:51 Lee Frecklington restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:51 Booking Booking for Jonas Gutierrez.
  • 90:00+2:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Tommy Rowe.
  • 88:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Nolan. Joe Lewis takes the free kick.
  • 88:06 Direct free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
  • 88:06 Booking Booking for Leon Best.
  • 88:00 Jonas Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kerrea Gilbert.
  • 86:29 Substitution Jonas Gutierrez replaces Joey Barton.
  • 85:45 Corner taken by Tommy Rowe from the left by-line to the near post, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Liam Dickinson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 83:53 Nicky Butt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Frecklington. Free kick crossed left-footed by Tommy Rowe.
  • 82:25 Substitution Nicky Butt on for Shola Ameobi.
  • 80:59 Alan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Simpson. Lee Frecklington takes the direct free kick.
  • 80:10 Liam Dickinson produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Lee Frecklington goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 79:03 Scott Griffiths concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Routledge. A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
  • 77:59 The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Mackail-Smith. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 75:31 GOAL - Liam DickinsonPeterborough 2 - 3 Newcastle Liam Dickinson grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Peterborough 2-3 Newcastle.
  • 74:48 Corner taken by Lee Frecklington from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 74:36 Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Blocked by Joey Barton.
  • 72:04 Joey Barton challenges Tommy Rowe unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lee Frecklington.
  • 71:11 Scott Griffiths sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
  • 68:29 Corner from right by-line taken by Joey Barton.
  • 66:10 Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Tommy Rowe results in a free kick. Alan Smith takes the free kick.
  • 65:20 The ball is sent over by Wayne Routledge, Leon Best has an effort at goal.
  • 64:38 Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, clearance made by Liam Dickinson.
  • 64:23 Leon Best takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
  • 64:05 Centre by Wayne Routledge, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.
  • 63:47 Craig Mackail-Smith is caught offside. Mike Williamson takes the free kick.
  • 60:42 The ball is sent over by Scott Griffiths, Danny Simpson gets a block in.
  • 58:44 The assist for the goal came from Leon Best.
  • 58:44 GOAL - Shola AmeobiPeterborough 1 - 3 Newcastle Shola Ameobi finds the net with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Peterborough 1-3 Newcastle.
  • 57:19 Leon Best has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 56:45 Effort on goal by Tommy Rowe from long distance goes over the crossbar.
  • 56:07 Danny Simpson produces a cross, save by Joe Lewis.
  • 54:41 Substitution Ryan Bennett comes on in place of Charlie Lee.
  • 54:03 Danny Simpson sends in a cross.
  • 53:11 The official flags Josh Simpson offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
  • 52:14 Centre by Lee Frecklington, Steve Harper makes a save.
  • 51:42 Leon Best takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.
  • 51:03 A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, Joe Lewis makes a save.
  • 50:02 Joey Barton produces a cross, Shola Ameobi produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 49:50 The ball is swung over by Joey Barton, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.
  • 49:00 The official flags Craig Mackail-Smith offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
  • 47:48 GOAL - Joey BartonPeterborough 1 - 2 Newcastle Joey Barton hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Peterborough 1-2 Newcastle.
  • 46:41 Booking The referee books Gabriel Zakuani for unsporting behaviour.
  • 46:37 Foul by Gabriel Zakuani on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Dominic Green.
  • 45:01 Substitution Josh Simpson replaces Sergio Torres.
  • 45:01 Substitution Fabrice Pancrate goes off and Wayne Routledge comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:17 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+0:15 The assist for the goal came from Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 45:00+0:15 GOAL - Kevin NolanPeterborough 1 - 1 Newcastle Goal scored by Kevin Nolan from close range low into the middle of the goal. Peterborough 1-1 Newcastle.
  • 45:00+0:06 The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique,
  • 44:47 Foul by Lee Frecklington on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
  • 43:49 A cross is delivered by Lee Frecklington, Alan Smith makes a clearance.
  • 43:35 Corner taken by Lee Frecklington from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Mike Williamson.
  • 43:17 Charlie Lee takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
  • 42:31 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Dominic Green, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
  • 42:25 The ball is swung over by Scott Griffiths, blocked by Danny Simpson.
  • 41:45 The ball is delivered by Mike Williamson, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.
  • 37:54 Lee Frecklington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Best. Shot comes in from Kevin Nolan from the free kick.
  • 37:32 The referee blows for offside against Shola Ameobi. Joe Lewis takes the indirect free kick.
  • 37:09 Fabrice Pancrate delivers the ball, Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Joe Lewis makes a save.
  • 36:02 The ball is crossed by Scott Griffiths, save by Steve Harper.
  • 35:19 Liam Dickinson is caught offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:24 Scott Griffiths takes a shot.
  • 34:01 Outswinging corner taken by Dominic Green from the left by-line, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
  • 32:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Simpson on Scott Griffiths. Tommy Rowe restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:11 Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Liam Dickinson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 31:05 Shola Ameobi crosses the ball, clearance made by Exodus Geohaghon.
  • 30:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Smith by Sergio Torres. Direct free kick taken by Alan Smith.
  • 29:30 Sergio Torres has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 26:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Best on Gabriel Zakuani. Free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
  • 25:29 The ball is crossed by Tommy Rowe, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 24:17 Danny Simpson produces a cross, save made by Joe Lewis.
  • 23:46 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
  • 22:45 Foul by Exodus Geohaghon on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.
  • 21:50 Liam Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:02 Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Charlie Lee makes a clearance. Joey Barton takes a corner.
  • 19:27 A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, Exodus Geohaghon manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:51 Centre by Fabrice Pancrate, clearance made by Charlie Lee.
  • 16:46 Foul by Gabriel Zakuani on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
  • 16:08 Unfair challenge on Charlie Lee by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Frecklington.
  • 15:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Best. Joe Lewis takes the indirect free kick.
  • 14:59 Liam Dickinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
  • 14:35 Scott Griffiths crosses the ball, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 12:06 Sergio Torres has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 11:34 Sanchez Jose Enrique gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kerrea Gilbert. Direct free kick taken by Kerrea Gilbert.
  • 10:13 GOAL - Dominic GreenPeterborough 1 - 0 Newcastle Dominic Green fires in a goal from long range low into the middle of the goal. Peterborough 1-0 Newcastle.
  • 9:37 Centre by Scott Griffiths.
  • 8:17 Corner taken by Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Lewis. Joe Lewis takes the direct free kick.
  • 6:51 Fabrice Pancrate delivers the ball, Charlie Lee manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson.
  • 5:11 Liam Dickinson fouled by Kevin Nolan, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Frecklington takes the free kick.
  • 3:21 Charlie Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Joey Barton, Liam Dickinson crosses the ball.
  • 1:47 Dominic Green takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
  • 1:06 Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kerrea Gilbert. Direct free kick taken by Gabriel Zakuani.
  • 0:16 The official flags Liam Dickinson offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 40 47 86
2 West Brom 41 38 82
3 Nottm Forest 41 21 71
4 Cardiff 41 19 68
5 Swansea 41 1 62
6 Leicester 41 5 61
7 Blackpool 41 14 60
8 Middlesbrough 41 9 55
9 Doncaster 41 3 55
10 Sheff Utd 41 2 55
11 Bristol City 41 -9 53
12 Reading 39 -3 52
13 Coventry 41 -9 52
14 Ipswich 41 -7 51
15 Derby 41 -9 51
16 Barnsley 41 -13 51
17 Preston 41 -10 50
18 QPR 40 -5 48
19 Scunthorpe 40 -20 47
20 Sheff Wed 41 -17 45
21 Watford 40 -11 44
22 Crystal Palace 41 -3 43
23 Plymouth 41 -16 41
24 Peterborough 41 -27 30


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