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Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Jimmy Kebe results in a free kick. Jimmy Kebe is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
Shot on goal by Papiss Cisse from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Gael Bigirimana takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Mike Williamson challenges Pavel Pogrebnyak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
Ian Harte takes the inswinging corner, save by Tim Krul.
Davide Santon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Papiss Cisse. (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Gabriel Obertan coming on for Vurnon Anita. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Mathieu Debuchy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Mathieu Debuchy receives a yellow card. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Adam Le Fondre finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-2 Reading.Assist by Hope Akpan.
The offside flag is raised against Shola Ameobi. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Bigirimana. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Yohan Cabaye from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target. (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Gael Bigirimana coming on for Yohan Cabaye.
Adam Le Fondre scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 1-1 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Jimmy Kebe.
Adam Le Fondre on for Danny Guthrie.
Jobi McAnuff fouled by Mathieu Debuchy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Stephen Kelly results in a free kick. Stephen Kelly goes into the referee's book. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
Hope Akpan comes on in place of Garath McCleary. Sylvain Marveaux leaves the field to be replaced by James Perch. Danny Guthrie challenges Yohan Cabaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick. Danny Guthrie receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Shot by Pavel Pogrebnyak from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mike Williamson on Jimmy Kebe. Mike Williamson goes into the referee's book. Strike comes in from Danny Guthrie from the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Yohan Cabaye misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, Mike Williamson takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Davide Santon sends in a cross, clearance made by Ian Harte.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, Pavel Pogrebnyak manages to make a clearance. Shola Ameobi has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal. Danny Guthrie fouled by Yohan Cabaye, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Papiss Cisse crosses the ball, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.
Mike Williamson concedes a free kick for a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
Garath McCleary produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line to the near post, Davide Santon makes a clearance.
Danny Guthrie fouled by Yohan Cabaye, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Shola Ameobi crosses the ball, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Mathieu Debuchy, Ian Harte gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Kelly, Davide Santon gets a block in.
Foul by Mathieu Debuchy on Garath McCleary, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Jobi McAnuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Marveaux. Yohan Cabaye finds the net from the free kick from 18 yards. Newcastle 1-0 Reading.Sylvain Marveaux provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye.
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici. Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, Ian Harte manages to make a clearance.
Jobi McAnuff is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mike Williamson.
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Alex Pearce concedes a free kick for a foul on Shola Ameobi. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Pavel Pogrebnyak misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye.
The official flags Shola Ameobi offside. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
Shola Ameobi fouled by Mikele Leigertwood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.
Foul by Stephen Kelly on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Yohan Cabaye.
Centre by Davide Santon, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, save by Adam Federici.
Yohan Cabaye sends in a cross, Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici. Short corner taken by Sylvain Marveaux. Effort from inside the area by Vurnon Anita misses to the right of the target.
Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici. Garath McCleary gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mathieu Debuchy. Mike Williamson takes the free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, save made by Adam Federici.
Shola Ameobi fouled by Ian Harte, the ref awards a free kick. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak by Mathieu Debuchy results in a free kick. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
Pardew eyes his magic number
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is focused on building momentum and passing the `magic' 40-point mark as he bids to ensure the Magpies' future in the Barclays Premier League, starting against Reading.
The Magpies finished fifth in the table last season but have struggled in 2012/13 and are currently fifth bottom, just two points above the relegation zone and five better than the 19th-placed Royals.
Pardew, a former manager of Reading, knows the match at St James' Park will be a real barometer of the quality in his side, who have only won once in their last nine games in all competitions and currently have just 21 of his 40-point target.
"It's an important game for us and Reading," Pardew said.
"I still think you need that magic 40 points and that will be more than enough. We're capable of getting that.
"People talk about a six pointer and all that but this actually is between us two clubs and we can't hide from that.
"We need to get that distance between us and then strengthen and all of a sudden we will look a lot more rosy than we do sitting here today."
Pardew admitted building a run of form is now vital to maintaining Newcastle's position in the top flight.
Southampton, who were in the bottom three in December, have since pieced together 10 points from their last seven games to move one point clear of the Magpies, while second-bottom Reading pulled off a remarkable late comeback against West Brom last weekend to secure their third win of the season.
Pardew said: "Momentum is very important and Southampton and Reading have picked up some momentum which is a very strong tool to have in the Premier League.
"You believe you are going to win. Even last week, Reading were 2-0 down with seven or eight minutes to go and end up winning the game (3-2).
"It was quite rare that would happen but they had the belief to get something out of it and that's what we need to gain.
"There are better teams than the one I am managing that have gone down. I could argue that QPR on paper are stronger than ours in terms of depth.
"I'm not sure about the starting XI but we haven't had the starting XI out all year. We need to strengthen, our players need to show some discipline and character and I've no doubt they will."
Pardew could welcome back defender Steven Taylor.
Taylor has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in November and could feature, while striker Shola Ameobi is available after he missed out last weekend through suspension.
Fabricio Coloccini looks set to continue despite continuing rumours linking him with a move back to Argentina.
Meanwhile, Stephen Kelly feared he had boarded a sinking ship when he visited the Madejski Stadium last weekend, but became convinced his new team are capable of avoiding the drop after watching Reading mount a stunning comeback against West Brom.
Kelly became Reading's third signing of the January window on Saturday when he left Fulham and signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Royals.
Reading invited the Republic of Ireland full-back to watch their game against West Brom that afternoon and, for 82 minutes, Kelly must have been thinking he had made the wrong decision.
Brian McDermott's side were 2-0 down and, with QPR having drawn with Tottenham earlier, were bottom of the Barclays Premier League, but late strikes from Jimmy Kebe, Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak handed the club their most thrilling win of the season.
Given they are three points from safety with 16 games to go, Reading are still among the favourites for relegation, but Kelly thinks the shock comeback will give his new employers the drive they need to climb out of the relegation zone for good.
"After watching the game at the start it was looking a bit grim," Kelly said. "But to be able to come back, hold on, and show that kind of character and fight is exactly what you need to stay in the Premier League.
"That win has put us closer to the other teams. You look at the table and think it's not impossible.
"I am confident we can stay up. After coming here and meeting everyone affiliated with the club you realise everyone is determined to stay in the league. The determination is unbelievable.
"I want to play in the Premier League and I feel confident we are capable of doing that."
Midfielder Hope Akpan could also start his first match for the Royals following his move from Crawley.
Striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are out but midfielder Mikele Leigertwood is available after recovering from an unspecified knock.
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