• Date: Wed 17 February 2010
  • Venue: St James' Park
  • Ref: Tanner, S
  • Attendance: 39,334
Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Routledge (37)

Carroll (53)

Lovenkrands (70) P

Taylor, R (90)

4 - 1
Coventry City

Coventry City

Morrison, C (35)

Newcastle United vs Coventry City

Team Lineups

Newcastle United

Steve Harper
Fabricio Coloccini
Mike Williamson
Danny Simpson
Patrick van Aanholt
Kevin Nolan
Danny Guthrie
Wayne Routledge (Ryan Taylor, R, 83)
Jonas Gutierrez (Fabrice Pancrate, 82)
Peter Lovenkrands (Leon Best, 72)
Andy Carroll

Coventry City

Keiren Westwood
Stephen Wright
Martin Cranie
Leon Barnett
Richard Wood
Sammy Clingan
Gary Deegan (Aron Gunnarsson, 65)
Carl Baker
Michael McIndoe
Freddy Eastwood (Jon Stead, 56)
Clinton Morrison, C (Freddie Sears, 61)

Match Report
Newcastle United bounced back to the top of the Championship when they came from behind to secure a 4-1 win over Coventry City and complete the double over the Sky Blues. United - nine goals in their last two home games - remain unbeaten at St James' Park and hold a three-point lead over West Brom and are five clear of third-placed Nottingham Forest. The win means that Newcastle are now just 20 points behind the 83 points that gained Birmingham automatic promotion last season and still have a further 15 games to play. After Clinton Morrison had put Coventry in front, Wayne Routledge levelled it up and Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands from the penalty spot and substitute Ryan Taylor made it safe in the second half as Coventry had Leon Barnett send off for two bookings. Coventry - unbeaten in five and on the back of successive wins - were the better side in the opening half, the only shock being it took the Sky Blues 35 minutes to break the deadlock. Morrison's determined running posed plenty of problems and it was the former Republic of Ireland striker who swept in Carl Baker's left-wing cross. Coventry's celebrations lasted only two minutes, with United level with a stunning Routledge volley - his first goal for United. A short corner was played to the back post where Coventry skipper Stephen Wright got in a decent clearance, which was lashed low into the net by Routledge from 25 yards. Earlier Kevin Nolan had popped up on the line to deny Morrison, while at the other end Keiren Westwood's stunning save saw him claw out a Lovenkrands header. It took just eight minutes of the second half for Newcastle to go ahead when a good run from Jonas Gutierrez ended with Lovenkrands crossing and Carroll headed in to make it four goals in as many games and take his season's tally to double figures. The issue was put beyond doubt after 69 minutes when Routledge was hauled back in the box by Barnett, who saw red after a second yellow card. Lovenkrands fired the resulting penalty high into the net to make it 3-1 and nine for the season. It was one-way traffic after that and Newcastle had enough chances to have doubled their tally, but had to settle for just one more with substitute Taylor scoring in the final minute.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Goal
 

Goal!! Newcastle have scored with Ryan Taylor putting it in the back of the net.

83
Substitution
 

Wayne Routledge is replaced by Ryan Taylor.

82
Substitution
 

Jonas Gutierrez is being taken off, Fabrice Pancrate has come on in his place.

77
Yellow Card
 

Aron Gunnarsson is booked for unsporting behaviour.

72
Substitution
 

Peter Lovenkrands is replaced by Leon Best.

70
Goal
 

Peter Lovenkrands takes a penalty for Newcastle and scores!.

69
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Leon Barnett has been sent off.

65
Substitution
 

Coventry are replacing Gary Deegan with Aron Gunnarsson.

61
Substitution
 

Clinton Morrison is replaced by Freddie Sears.

56
Substitution
 

Freddy Eastwood is being taken off, Jon Stead has come on in his place.

53
Goal
 

Goal!! Andy Carroll scores for Newcastle.

49
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Leon Barnett.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 1.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by S Tanner

37
Goal
 

Goal!! Newcastle have scored with Wayne Routledge putting it in the back of the net.

35
Goal
 

Goal!! Clinton Morrison scores for Coventry.

29
Yellow Card
 

Stephen Wright is booked for unsporting behaviour.

21
Yellow Card
 

Gary Deegan goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Newcastle face Coventry at 7:45pm on Wednesday, February 17th.