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Birmingham   0 - 2   Newcastle

Peter Lovenkrands opens the scoring for Newcastle
Lovenkrands opens the scoring for Newcastle

By Saj Chowdhury

Jonas Gutierrez inspired Newcastle to their first win in six matches at the expense of Birmingham at St Andrew's.

The Argentine winger set up both goals, with the first coming in the second minute when Peter Lovenkrands stole in at the near post to poke in.

Leon Best added a second after the break when he headed in Gutierrez's left-wing cross from close range.

Birmingham's Nikola Zigic forced a good low save from Steve Harper who was also alert to Roger Johnson's header.

The result moves Newcastle up from 10th to ninth but more importantly for Alan Pardew's men it puts them within striking range of a possible European spot.

For Birmingham, the defeat leaves them on the the fringes of the drop-zone and with a Carling Cup final date at the end of the month, they could do with going into that day without having to worry about a relegation dogfight.

Going into the match, two points on the pools coupon almost seemed a certainty. Blues had drawn 12 league matches this season, while Newcastle had drawn four of their last five and only 26 goals had been scored at St Andrew's this season - fewer than at any other Premier League ground.

So it came as a surprise when Newcastle took the lead after just 95 seconds of play, on a rain-soaked night in Birmingham.

Left-back Jose Enrique rocketed down the wing and delivered a cross that was cut out but only to Gutierrez, whose cross to the near post was anticipated and tucked away by Lovenkrands for his third in the league this season.

Birmingham responded well, with former Newcastle full-back Stephen Carr causing a problem on the right, while the influential midfield pairing of Seb Larsson and Craig Gardner were punching balls into the area in the hope that Zigic would be able to get his 6ft 7in frame on to one of them.

Blues' first effort in anger did come from a Larsson cross, but his ball fell to the slightly shorter Johnson, who headed wide at the far post.

A few moments later, Serbian Zigic proved he is not just a big lump to hit the ball up to as he swivelled in the area from 12 yards to force a fantastic low save from Harper.

The rain had eased off by the time the second half started but before the Birmingham XI could make the most of the better conditions, they conceded again.

Gutierrez was once more the provider as he crossed to the far post for Best to power in from about three yards.

Cameron Jerome was brought on for Obafemi Martins in the last 30 minutes after the former Magpie failed to make an impact in the match, although he did show a lot of enterprise.

Jerome was involved in Birmingham's next chance. He took away defenders as a right-sided corner was played in, only for Johnson to head straight at Harper.

And late in the match, Jerome scuffed a shot from David Bentley's low cross, summing up Birmingham's evening - good build-up but let down by poor execution.


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:
"I think it was evident that the players we have can fill the gap after Carroll.

"The pleasing thing is that the two strikers showed effort and commitment despite the pressure that is on them.

"We came into this game with momentum after our draws against Arsenal and Blackburn and it was really about getting the start right.

"We started faster and that made the difference and we also passed the ball well on a tricky surface."

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish:
"We've had a fantastic month really in terms of results since the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"There have been some inspired performances but tonight we looked a bit flat.

"To lose the first goal so easily as we did and so early goes against what we were like at the weekend (against Stoke) when the concentration levels were phenomenal.

"I think there was a bit of fatigue. One or two players looked a bit tired and I am not going to hammer the players after one performance like that."

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 0-2 Newcastle FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Lovenkrands 2
    • Best 50

    Birmingham

    Substitutes

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Ref: MasonAtt: 28,270
    BIRMINGHAM
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Birmingham 45%
    • Newcastle 55%

    Attempts on target

    • Birmingham 5
    • Newcastle 7

    Attempts off target

    • Birmingham 6
    • Newcastle 3

    Corners

    • Birmingham 4
    • Newcastle 6

    Fouls

    • Birmingham 13
    • Newcastle 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:03 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+3:41 Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nile Ranger. Joey Barton produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:09 Booking Booking for Nile Ranger for not retreating ten yards at a set play.
    • 90:00+2:45 Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Nile Ranger results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 90:00+0:26 Centre by Joey Barton, save by Ben Foster.
    • 89:40 Joey Barton decides to take a short corner.
    • 89:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Barry Ferguson. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
    • 88:00 The ball is sent over by Craig Gardner, save by Steve Harper.
    • 85:38 David Murphy challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 85:38 Substitution Sol Campbell is brought on as a substitute for Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 85:38 Booking David Murphy is shown a yellow card.
    • 84:05 The ball is sent over by David Bentley, Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Cameron Jerome goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 82:32 Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line, Liam Ridgewell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nile Ranger. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 82:21 David Bentley takes a shot. Blocked by Cheik Tiote.
    • 81:35 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance by Roger Johnson.
    • 81:30 Danny Simpson crosses the ball, blocked by David Murphy.
    • 80:27 David Murphy fouled by Nile Ranger, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 78:48 David Bentley takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Cheik Tiote.
    • 78:43 Centre by David Murphy, Cheik Tiote makes a clearance.
    • 77:31 Corner taken by David Bentley played to the near post, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 77:24 Stephen Carr delivers the ball, clearance made by Kevin Nolan.
    • 75:58 Foul by Nile Ranger on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
    • 74:52 Substitution Sebastian Larsson leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Phillips.
    • 74:26 Substitution Leon Best leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Guthrie.
    • 73:36 Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Murphy by Nile Ranger. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 72:28 Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with David Murphy coming on for Martin Jiranek.
    • 72:11 The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell, Header from close range by Nikola Zigic clears the bar.
    • 71:30 Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
    • 70:44 The ball is crossed by Craig Gardner, Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Roger Johnson goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 70:35 A cross is delivered by David Bentley, clearance by Cheik Tiote.
    • 70:08 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bentley, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
    • 68:03 David Bentley takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
    • 67:16 Roger Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:49 Leon Best gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:59 Substitution Peter Lovenkrands leaves the field to be replaced by Nile Ranger.
    • 62:58 Shot from just outside the box by David Bentley goes over the crossbar.
    • 61:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Liam Ridgewell. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
    • 61:44 Booking Joey Barton goes into the book.
    • 60:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Peter Lovenkrands. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:20 Joey Barton sends in a cross, Craig Gardner makes a clearance.
    • 59:41 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line to the near post, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
    • 59:22 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in.
    • 57:37 Kevin Nolan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:05 The offside flag is raised against Obafemi Martins. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:05 Substitution Cameron Jerome comes on in place of Obafemi Martins.
    • 54:34 The offside flag is raised against Leon Best. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 53:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Nikola Zigic. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:07 Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 52:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Craig Gardner. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 51:20 The referee blows for offside against Leon Best. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
    • 51:14 A cross is delivered by Cheik Tiote, clearance by Roger Johnson.
    • 50:38 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, clearance by Nikola Zigic.
    • 49:29 Assist by Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 49:29 GOAL - Leon BestBirmingham 0 - 2 Newcastle Leon Best scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Birmingham 0-2 Newcastle.
    • 48:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Craig Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 47:20 Peter Lovenkrands is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Zigic. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:11 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+2:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Cheik Tiote. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:42 Liam Ridgewell produces a cross, Danny Simpson gets a block in.
    • 44:06 The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell, save made by Steve Harper.
    • 42:52 Leon Best has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 41:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Peter Lovenkrands. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 40:38 The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Leon Best has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 40:22 The ball is crossed by David Bentley, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
    • 38:07 Shot from just outside the area by Craig Gardner misses to the right of the target.
    • 37:44 Roger Johnson fouled by Peter Lovenkrands, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:36 Unfair challenge on David Bentley by Kevin Nolan results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:36 Booking Booking for Kevin Nolan.
    • 35:21 Leon Best takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
    • 34:43 Obafemi Martins is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:25 Obafemi Martins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 30:34 The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell, clearance made by Cheik Tiote.
    • 30:04 The official flags Leon Best offside. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
    • 27:30 Foul by Peter Lovenkrands on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 27:09 Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 24:47 Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton.
    • 24:39 Danny Simpson sends in a cross, blocked by David Bentley.
    • 21:42 Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Craig Gardner.
    • 21:27 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Gardner.
    • 20:46 The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:09 Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a fantastic save.
    • 19:08 David Bentley challenges Leon Best unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Bentley by Fabricio Coloccini. A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Close range header by Roger Johnson goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 15:59 Craig Gardner takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
    • 14:39 Nikola Zigic is caught offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:12 The ball is swung over by Craig Gardner, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
    • 12:03 The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
    • 11:49 Centre by David Bentley, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
    • 11:39 Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:40 David Bentley sends in a cross, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:43 Nikola Zigic is ruled offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
    • 8:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Barry Ferguson. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:50 The referee blows for offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:17 Foul by Joey Barton on Craig Gardner, free kick awarded. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.
    • 4:32 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Zigic. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
    • 4:12 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
    • Correction - 1:35 Jonas Gutierrez provided the assist for the goal.
    • Correction - 1:35 GOAL - Peter LovenkrandsBirmingham 0 - 1 Newcastle A goal is scored by Peter Lovenkrands from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Newcastle.
    • 1:35 Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, the assist for the goal came from Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 1:35 GOAL - Peter LovenkrandsBirmingham 0 - 1 Newcastle Peter Lovenkrands grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Newcastle.
    • 1:27 The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Roger Johnson.
    • 0:37 Liam Ridgewell is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 26 32 57
    2 Arsenal 26 29 53
    3 Man City 27 19 49
    4 Tottenham 26 9 47
    5 Chelsea 26 24 45
    6 Liverpool 27 3 39
    7 Sunderland 27 0 37
    8 Bolton 27 1 36
    9 Newcastle 27 4 35
    10 Stoke 26 -2 33
    11 Blackburn 27 -8 32
    12 Fulham 27 0 31
    13 Everton 26 -3 30
    14 Birmingham 26 -10 30
    15 Aston Villa 27 -15 30
    16 Blackpool 26 -11 29
    17 West Brom 26 -17 27
    18 Wigan 27 -18 27
    19 West Ham 27 -18 25
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