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  • Date: Mon 29 March 2010
  • Venue: St James' Park
  • Ref: Wiley, A
  • Attendance: 45,987
Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Ameobi (71)

Enrique (90)

2 - 0

Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest

Team Lineups

Newcastle United

Steve Harper
Fabricio Coloccini
Jose Sanchez Enrique
Mike Williamson
Danny Simpson
Kevin Nolan
Danny Guthrie
Wayne Routledge
Jonas Gutierrez
Peter Lovenkrands (Joey Barton, 90)
Andy Carroll (Shola Ameobi, 49)

Nottingham Forest

Lee Camp
Wes Morgan
Kelvin Wilson
Chris Gunter
James Perch
Paul Anderson
Chris Cohen
Guy Moussi
Radoslaw Majewski (Robert Earnshaw, 72)
Nathan Tyson (Garath McCleary, 69)
Dexter Blackstock (David McGoldrick, 77)

Match Report
Shola Ameobi and Jose Enrique all but sealed promotion for Newcastle United following a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at a rain-lashed St James' Park. The pair found the net for the Championship leaders in a victory over third-placed Forest which has left the club potentially just 90 minutes away from the Premier League. If Chris Hughton's side - who were watched by jubilant owner Mike Ashley - win at Peterborough United on Saturday and Forest lose at Bristol City, they will be guaranteed a place in the top two of the Championship. Ameobi, on his comeback from injury, struck 19 minute from time after coming on for the injured Andy Carroll early in the second half. And Enrique made sure of the points in injury time with his first goal for the club in 88 appearances, with the strike sparking huge celebrations both on the pitch and the terraces. Newcastle, with Peter Lovenkrands, Jose Enrique and Mike Williamson back in the starting XI, had the better of the first half but they couldn't conjure up a goal in front of an expectant crowd of 45,987. Carroll, again wearing gloves to protect his bandaged hands, had United's best two chances before the break. The big striker, who scored the winner for Newcastle at Doncaster Rovers last Tuesday a day after hitting the headlines over an alleged bust-up which left team-mate Steven Taylor with a broken jaw, saw a volley turned round the post by Lee Camp in the 12th minute. And midway through the half the ball rolled to him after Lovenkrands had a penalty appeal waved away but Carroll chose not to shoot with his weaker right foot and he couldn't get a sight of goal once he had shifted the ball to his left. Forest went on to keep United largely in check for the rest of the half, although they survived a late scare when Lovenkrands and captain Kevin Nolan were involved in a goalmouth scramble. Carroll limped off in the 49th minute to be replaced by fit-again Ameobi. The eight-goal striker having been sidelined since early last month with a hamstring problem. Billy Davies' men grew in strength as the half wore on but they couldn't trouble Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal. Ameobi, however, made his first chance count with the 28-year-old spinning off James Perch after Nolan found him on the edge of the box to shoot low into the far corner of Camp's goal. Newcastle, buoyed by their breakthrough, then seized control of the game. Nolan forced a good save from Camp at his near post in the 79th minute and Jonas Gutierrez saw another effort deflected over the crossbar. But it was the unlikely figure of Enrique who made sure of the points in injury time when the left-back beat Camp with his weaker right foot to leave his team on the brink of a remarkable return to the top-flight after just a season in English football's second tier.
Live Text Commentary
90
Substitution
 

Newcastle are replacing Peter Lovenkrands with Joey Barton.

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Jose Sanchez Enrique.

90
Goal
 

Goal!! Newcastle have scored with Jose Sanchez Enrique putting it in the back of the net.

90
Yellow Card
 

Garath McCleary is booked for unsporting behaviour.

78
Yellow Card
 

Kelvin Wilson is booked for unsporting behaviour.

77
Substitution
 

Nottm Forest are replacing Dexter Blackstock with David McGoldrick.

72
Substitution
 

Radoslaw Majewski is replaced by Robert Earnshaw.

71
Goal
 

Goal!! Shola Ameobi scores for Newcastle.

69
Substitution
 

Nathan Tyson is replaced by Garath McCleary.

60
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Wes Morgan.

49
Substitution
 

Newcastle are replacing Andy Carroll with Shola Ameobi.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Newcastle face Nottm Forest at 7:45pm on Monday, March 29th.