• Date: Mon 05 April 2010
  • Venue: St James' Park
  • Ref: Hall, A
  • Attendance: 48,270
Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Lovenkrands (45) P

Nolan (73)

2 - 1
Sheffield United

Sheffield United

Cresswell (22)

Newcastle United vs Sheffield United

Team Lineups

Newcastle United

Steve Harper
Fabricio Coloccini
Jose Sanchez Enrique
Mike Williamson
Danny Simpson
Kevin Nolan
Danny Guthrie (Joey Barton, 87)
Wayne Routledge (Ryan Taylor, R, 90)
Jonas Gutierrez
Peter Lovenkrands (Shola Ameobi, 83)
Andy Carroll

Sheffield United

Steve Simonsen
Chris Morgan
Nyron Nosworthy
Andy Taylor
Marcel Seip (Kyle Bartley, 89)
Nick Montgomery
Lee Williamson (Glen Little, 71)
James Harper
Stephen Quinn
Darius Henderson
Richard Cresswell (Mark Yeates, 81)

Match Report
Kevin Nolan's spectacular overhead kick ensured Newcastle United's Championship promotion party went off with a bang tonight. Chris Hughton's table-toppers had known before kick-off that they would be playing Premier League football again next season after third-placed Nottingham Forest's 0-0 draw with Cardiff. It meant there was something of a carnival atmosphere at St James' Park but Newcastle had to work hard to give the 48,270 crowd the victory they desired. Wayne Routledge spurned a golden chance to open the lead in the 13th minute when he raced clear after a defence-splitting pass by Nolan, only to fire past the post. At the other end, Richard Cresswell blazed over from 12 yards out after a pinpoint Andy Taylor pass as the visitors showed they hadn't come to just make up the numbers and they stunned the Magpies in the 22nd minute by taking the lead. James Harper floated in a left-wing corner and Cresswell rose unmarked at the near post to head past Steve Harper. Newcastle tried to respond and Andy Carroll directed a header from Danny Guthrie's corner just past the post while Peter Lovenkrands blasted over from a good position. The Danish striker then forced a fine reflex save from Blades goalkeeper Steve Simonsen with a 43rd-minute volley. The resulting corner was delayed while referee Andy Hall talked to a host of players for holding in the penalty area, and sure enough when the flag kick was swung over the match official immediately signalled for a spot kick after Chris Morgan grappled with Carroll. Up stepped Lovenkrands to send Simonsen the wrong way for his 15th goal of the season to ensure the sides went in all square at the interval. Lovenkrands should have put United ahead in the 63rd minute but shot horribly wide after being sent clear by Jose Enrique, while a storming run from the halfway line by Gutierrez ended with his shot being tipped onto the post by Simonsen. But the Magpies got the goal they had been threatening in the 72nd minute when the Blades failed to clear, Lovenkrands flicked a header on, and Nolan's spectacular overhead kick whistled past Simonsen. Substitute Shola Ameobi had a late effort chalked off for offside, but Nolan's winner was a fitting way for Newcastle to celebrate their return to the top-flight.
Live Text Commentary
90
Substitution
 

Wayne Routledge is being taken off, Ryan Taylor has come on in his place.

89
Substitution
 

Marcel Seip is being taken off, Kyle Bartley has come on in his place.

87
Substitution
 

Danny Guthrie is replaced by Joey Barton.

87
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Wayne Routledge.

83
Substitution
 

Newcastle are replacing Peter Lovenkrands with Shola Ameobi.

81
Substitution
 

Sheff Utd are replacing Richard Cresswell with Mark Yeates.

78
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Marcel Seip.

73
Goal
 

Goal!! Kevin Nolan scores for Newcastle.

71
Substitution
 

Lee Williamson is being taken off, Glen Little has come on in his place.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

45
Goal
 

Peter Lovenkrands takes a penalty for Newcastle and scores!.

22
Goal
 

Goal!! Sheff Utd have scored with Richard Cresswell putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Newcastle face Sheff Utd at 7:45pm on Monday, April 5th.