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Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham

Liam Ridgewell handles before he is shown red and Newcastle are awarded a penalty
Ridgewell concedes a penalty in the scramble at St James' Park

By Saj Chowdhury
BBC Sport

Goals from Shola Ameobi and Steven Taylor gave Newcastle victory over 10-man Birmingham, who remain perilously close to the Premier League drop zone.

Ameobi scored from the spot after Liam Ridgewell was sent off by referee Chris Foy for using his arm to clear Fabricio Coloccini's goalbound header.

Taylor then made it 2-0 when he headed in Joey Barton's corner.

Lee Bowyer pulled one back before half-time with a deflected shot while Seb Larsson scooped over late on.

Had Swedish midfielder Larsson tucked that away for the visitors, it would have greatly eased the Carling Cup winners' relegation worries. As things stand though, Blues cannot afford to lose their last two matches - at home to Fulham on 15 May then away to Tottenham on 22 May - with only three points separating them from the drop zone.

Following a rather tepid first 30 minutes, few would have put money on the chances of seeing a goal, never mind three, before the half-time whistle.

Pardew praises Newcastle character

Pressed into action by the home crowd chanting "attack, attack, attack", Newcastle created the first credible chance of the match when Barton's 25-yard low shot had to be pushed wide of his right-hand post by visiting goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Foster was magnificent at St James' Park. The England keeper saved brilliantly to deny a close-range drilled effort from Peter Lovenkrands before somehow pushing over Kevin Nolan's powerful strike.

Foster was close to saving Ameobi's penalty but the precision of the strike into the right-hand corner beat him. It was the striker's ninth of the season.

Ridgewell was sent off for a his part in the build-up after he appeared to handle the ball twice in an attempt to clear Coloccini's header.

The Birmingham defender looked on in disbelief as Foy pointed to the spot and produced a red card. The visitors were down to 10 men and were soon 2-0 behind when Taylor, in for the injured Mike Williamson, powered in Barton's right-wing corner from 10 yards.

The Magpies were in cruise control but were given a jolt just before half-time when former player Bowyer scored.

Coloccini failed to deal with a long punt from Foster allowing Cameron Jerome to make a beeline for Tim Krul's goal. The Argentine defender made amends by blocking the striker's drive but could not prevent Bowyer's follow-up from deflecting off his leg and flying in.

McLeish stoic after Newcastle defeat

The home side were a little more edgy after the interval and there must have been palpitations among the players and their fans when Bowyer found his way into the area again only for his shot to take a deflection which took the sting out of it.

Larsson then should have taken advantage of Krul's inability to cling on to Jean Beausejour's cross when he fired the loose ball over the bar.

Newcastle also went close when substitute Nile Ranger cut in from the left and forced another great save from Foster before Roger Johnson cleared Ameobi's effort off the line.

But the two first half strikes proved to be enough for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and his side, who are set for a comfortable mid-table finish.

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Ameobi (pen) 36
  • Taylor 43
  • Bowyer 45

Newcastle

Substitutes

Birmingham

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 47,409
NEWCASTLE
BIRMINGHAM

Possession

  • Newcastle 56%
  • Birmingham 44%

Attempts on target

  • Newcastle 14
  • Birmingham 2

Attempts off target

  • Newcastle 5
  • Birmingham 3

Corners

  • Newcastle 8
  • Birmingham 2

Fouls

  • Newcastle 10
  • Birmingham 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:01 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Shola Ameobi. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 90:00+2:20 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:20 Booking The referee cautions Sebastian Larsson for dissent.
  • 90:00+2:11 Sebastian Larsson challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 90:00+0:12 Ben Foster takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:12 Booking Cheik Tiote receives a yellow card.
  • 90:00+0:07 Cheik Tiote challenges Matt Derbyshire unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 89:33 Kevin Nolan takes the free kick.
  • 89:33 Booking Cameron Jerome receives a yellow card.
  • 88:58 Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Roger Johnson, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 88:31 Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
  • 88:24 Stephen Carr delivers the ball.
  • 87:09 Lobbed right-footed shot by Shola Ameobi. Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 84:13 Shot by Kevin Nolan. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 84:13 Kevin Nolan produces a curled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Ben Foster.
  • 83:26 A cross is delivered by Joey Barton, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 82:52 Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Barry Ferguson results in a free kick. Cheik Tiote takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:08 The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 81:29 Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 80:46 Shot by Sebastian Larsson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 80:35 Centre by Jean Beausejour, save made by Tim Krul.
  • 77:14 Sanchez Jose Enrique fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:17 Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 76:17 Substitution Matt Derbyshire joins the action as a substitute, replacing Keith Fahey.
  • 76:17 Shola Ameobi is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
  • 76:05 Nile Ranger takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • Correction - 75:10 Direct free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
  • 75:10 Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
  • 75:10 Booking Booking for Martin Jiranek for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 75:00 Martin Jiranek gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nile Ranger.
  • 75:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nile Ranger by Martin Jiranek.
  • 74:20 Unfair challenge on Martin Jiranek by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 73:52 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 72:51 Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
  • 72:51 Booking Lee Bowyer receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 72:41 Lee Bowyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote.
  • 69:46 Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.
  • 69:46 Substitution Nile Ranger on for Peter Lovenkrands.
  • 69:46 Jean Beausejour fouled by Joey Barton, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 69:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Shola Ameobi. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:16 Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:32 Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Peter Lovenkrands.
  • 66:08 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 65:05 Shot by Cheik Tiote from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 64:24 Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lee Bowyer.
  • 63:33 The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson, Effort from the edge of the box by Kevin Nolan goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 62:52 Corner from right by-line taken by Joey Barton.
  • Correction - 62:42 The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Martin Jiranek manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:42 Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 62:17 Foul by Cameron Jerome on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
  • 60:34 Sebastian Larsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
  • 60:03 Danny Simpson crosses the ball, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
  • 58:00 Jean Beausejour sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Taylor.
  • 56:53 Sebastian Larsson takes the outswinging corner, Shola Ameobi manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:56 Joey Barton delivers the ball, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.
  • 53:58 Drilled right-footed shot by Lee Bowyer. Blocked by Cheik Tiote.
  • 53:10 Danny Simpson delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Shola Ameobi goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 51:39 Peter Lovenkrands is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 48:52 Foul by Joey Barton on Jean Beausejour, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 46:16 Left-footed shot by Sanchez Jose Enrique went wide of the left-hand post.
  • 46:00 The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:07 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+1:26 Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:28 Foul by Peter Lovenkrands on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
  • 44:13 GOAL - Lee BowyerNewcastle 2 - 1 Birmingham Lee Bowyer grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham.
  • Correction - 42:25 Joey Barton provided the assist for the goal. Save by Ben Foster.
  • Correction - 42:25 GOAL - Steven TaylorNewcastle 2 - 0 Birmingham Steven Taylor finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Newcastle 2-0 Birmingham.
  • 42:25 Joey Barton provided the assist for the goal.
  • 42:25 GOAL - Steven TaylorNewcastle 2 - 0 Birmingham Steven Taylor grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Newcastle 2-0 Birmingham.
  • Correction - 41:50 Shot from 25 yards from Cheik Tiote. Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster. Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line.
  • 41:50 Shot from outside the area by Cheik Tiote misses to the left of the goal. Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. Corner taken by Joey Barton.
  • 40:20 Effort from the edge of the area by Jonas Gutierrez goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 39:04 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Taylor. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 38:30 Corner taken short by Joey Barton.
  • 38:18 Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
  • 37:51 Danny Simpson crosses the ball, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:02 The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
  • 35:34 GOAL - Shola AmeobiNewcastle 1 - 0 Birmingham Penalty taken right-footed by Shola Ameobi and scored. Newcastle 1-0 Birmingham.
  • 35:19 Sent off Liam Ridgewell shown a red card.
  • 35:15 Liam Ridgewell handles the ball and concedes a .
  • 35:01 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 34:50 The ball is swung over by Fabricio Coloccini, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
  • Correction - 34:35 Shot from 12 yards by Fabricio Coloccini. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 34:35 Fabricio Coloccini takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 33:27 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Stephen Carr gets a block in.
  • 32:54 The official flags Cameron Jerome offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
  • 30:45 The ball is swung over by Kevin Nolan.
  • 29:59 Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, save by Ben Foster.
  • 29:30 Joey Barton delivers the ball.
  • 29:20 The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
  • 28:23 Foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Stephen Carr, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 27:31 Liam Ridgewell produces a cross.
  • 23:57 Sebastian Larsson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
  • 23:03 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 22:48 Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steven Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:23 The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, comfortable save by Tim Krul.
  • 20:55 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance made by Cameron Jerome.
  • 20:46 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 16:59 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, clearance by Cameron Jerome.
  • 16:46 Joey Barton takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 16:27 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, clearance by Martin Jiranek.
  • 16:13 Cameron Jerome is caught offside. Free kick taken by Cheik Tiote.
  • 14:20 Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball.
  • 13:41 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton.
  • 11:48 Effort from the edge of the box by Cameron Jerome goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 10:21 Shola Ameobi challenges Stephen Carr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:25 Danny Simpson produces a cross. The offside flag is raised against Shola Ameobi. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 6:22 Jean Beausejour delivers the ball, clearance by Cheik Tiote.
  • 5:56 The official flags Peter Lovenkrands offside. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
  • 5:34 Martin Jiranek concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
  • 5:13 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post, save by Tim Krul.
  • 4:02 A cross is delivered by Keith Fahey, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
  • 3:55 Jean Beausejour sends in a cross.
  • 3:20 Joey Barton crosses the ball.
  • Correction - 0:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Joey Barton. Cheik Tiote takes the free kick.
  • 0:42 Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Jean Beausejour results in a free kick. Danny Simpson takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 7 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 35 38 73
2 Chelsea 35 38 70
3 Arsenal 35 32 67
4 Man City 35 21 62
5 Tottenham 35 7 56
6 Liverpool 35 15 55
7 Everton 36 6 51
8 Bolton 36 -1 46
9 Fulham 35 7 45
10 Newcastle 36 -1 44
11 Sunderland 36 -12 44
12 Stoke 35 0 43
13 West Brom 35 -14 43
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 36 -14 39
16 Birmingham 36 -18 39
17 Blackpool 36 -22 36
18 Wigan 36 -23 36
19 Wolves 35 -23 34
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

see also
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