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Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Shola Ameobi. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson is shown a yellow card. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Matt Derbyshire. The referee cautions Cheik Tiote for unsporting behaviour. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Roger Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Cameron Jerome goes into the referee's book. Free kick taken by Kevin Nolan.
The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr.
Shola Ameobi takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Kevin Nolan produces a curled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Ben Foster.
Joey Barton crosses the ball, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Foul by Barry Ferguson on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Cheik Tiote takes the free kick.
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, Ben Foster makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Sebastian Larsson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, save made by Tim Krul.
Sanchez Jose Enrique fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
Shola Ameobi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matt Derbyshire on for Keith Fahey. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Nile Ranger takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Foul by Martin Jiranek on Nile Ranger, free kick awarded. Martin Jiranek receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Jiranek. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Lee Bowyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. The referee shows Lee Bowyer a yellow card. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Joey Barton. Nile Ranger comes on in place of Peter Lovenkrands. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.
Foul by Shola Ameobi on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Foul by Shola Ameobi on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Drilled right-footed shot by Jonas Gutierrez. Peter Lovenkrands gets a block in.
Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
Effort from just outside the box by Cheik Tiote goes over the bar.
Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Lee Bowyer.
Centre by Danny Simpson, Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Kevin Nolan goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken by Joey Barton.
The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Martin Jiranek makes a clearance.
Foul by Cameron Jerome on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton from left wing, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, clearance made by Shola Ameobi.
Joey Barton produces a cross, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
Drilled right-footed shot by Lee Bowyer. Cheik Tiote gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson, Header on goal by Shola Ameobi from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Peter Lovenkrands is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Jean Beausejour. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Sanchez Jose Enrique went wide left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Lovenkrands on Cameron Jerome. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Lee Bowyer finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham.
Shot by Cheik Tiote. Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save. Corner taken by Joey Barton. Steven Taylor scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Newcastle 2-0 Birmingham.Joey Barton provided the assist for the goal. Ben Foster makes a save.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jonas Gutierrez goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The referee blows for offside against Steven Taylor. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Joey Barton decides to take a short corner.
Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Danny Simpson produces a cross, clearance by Stephen Carr.
Cameron Jerome is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
The referee gives a against Liam Ridgewell for handball. Liam Ridgewell is shown a red card. Penalty taken right-footed by Shola Ameobi and scored. Newcastle 1-0 Birmingham.
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
The ball is sent over by Fabricio Coloccini, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
Shot by Fabricio Coloccini. Save made by Ben Foster.
Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Fabricio Coloccini takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Kevin Nolan.
Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.
The ball is delivered by Joey Barton.
Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Jonas Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell.
Shot from outside the area by Sebastian Larsson misses to the left of the target.
Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour, comfortable save by Tim Krul.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, clearance made by Cameron Jerome.
Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Cameron Jerome manages to make a clearance.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, Martin Jiranek makes a clearance.
Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Cheik Tiote.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez.
Corner from right by-line taken by Joey Barton.
Cameron Jerome produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Stephen Carr. Free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson. Shola Ameobi is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, Cheik Tiote makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Peter Lovenkrands. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Martin Jiranek. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Tim Krul.
The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour.
The ball is swung over by Joey Barton.
Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Cheik Tiote restarts play with the free kick.
Tiote not surprised at buoyant Magpies
Midfielder Cheick Tiote insists he is not surprised by how well Newcastle have fared in the Barclays Premier League this season.
The Magpies are six points clear of the relegation zone and know that victory over Birmingham at St James' Park would almost certainly mathematically guarantee their presence in the top flight and keep alive their hopes of a top-10 finish.
That would represent a significant achievement for a club which underwent a traumatic restructuring after slipping out of the Premier League two years ago.
Some of the biggest names jumped ship while others were offloaded as part of a dramatic cost-cutting exercise.
And despite their swift return from the second tier, a modest summer recruitment drive led many to predict a long, hard season.
But Tiote, a #3.5million acquisition from FC Twente, does not believe too many eyebrows should be raised if Newcastle finish in the top half of the table, particularly with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all failing to win at St James'.
He said: "No, because we work together and we have grown in confidence together, so I am not surprised.
"If you do well against a big club you have confidence, and this year we have done well."
Steven Taylor will start in central defence after Mike Williamson was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a broken bone in his arm.
Pardew had hoped to give France winger Hatem Ben Arfa a series of cameos in the final three games following his recovery from a double leg fracture.
However, he has suffered a setback in training and is unlikely to play again until the new season.
Meanwhile, Alex McLeish has warned of the need for Birmingham to have the necessary strength in depth to cope with the demands of participating in the Europa League next season.
McLeish admits he has taken heed of advice from former Dutch international Jan Wouters who was part of his coaching staff when manager of Rangers.
He is currently assistant manager at FC Utrecht whose exertions in the competition have taken their toll as the current campaign has progressed.
It is something McLeish is keen for the Carling Cup holders to avoid although he is reluctant to air his views on City's recruitment policy until they are safe from relegation.
McLeish said: "We are looking also to build this summer. We've got Europe coming up as well.
"I spoke to my friend in Holland, Jan Wouters, and he said his team, FC Utrecht, ran out of steam after a brilliant start to the season when they played great stuff.
"They beat Celtic over two games, did quite well against Liverpool and Jan says they ran out of steam because of the Europa League campaign.
"That tells you we are going to have the resources to cope with all competitions, especially with the intensity of the Premier League.
"But, listen, I'm not even thinking about the recruitment stuff just now until we are mathematically safe."
Birmingham will be without midfielder Craig Gardner who has to serve a two-game ban after being sent off against Wolves - his second red card of the campaign.
McLeish said: "We've got house rules which are private and are not for public discussion.
"But there are club policies and rules and fines in place, etc. Craig and the rest of the guys know the rules."
Taylor lifts Magpies
Steven Taylor headed Newcastle to Barclays Premier League safety as 10-man Birmingham's woes increased with a 2-1 defeat at St James' Park.
The Carling Cup winners had defender Liam Ridgewell controversially dismissed for deliberate handball 10 minutes before the break to spark a madcap and ultimately decisive flurry of activity.
Shola Ameobi converted the resulting penalty to give the Magpies the advantage and when Taylor powered home a second from Joey Barton's corner, the game looked to be over. However, Lee Bowyer marked his return to Tyneside with a 45th-minute strike, which went in off Fabricio Coloccini's leg, to give the visitors hope.
But the margin of victory would have been far greater had it not been for the heroics of City keeper Ben Foster, who made stunning saves from Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger and Kevin Nolan twice to keep his side in it to the whistle.
Victory took Newcastle to 44 points and left Birmingham on 39 and while the former can now start planning for next season, there is still work to be done for the West Midlanders.
The game kicked off with both sides knowing a win would effectively end their relegation fears, and equally aware that a draw would not be the worst result, and for much of the opening 45 minutes, the game reflected that reality.
There was little action of note as defences dominated with Ameobi and Lovenkrands seeing little of the ball at one end and lone striker Cameron Jerome, his physical battle with Taylor aside, finding himself equally under-employed.
Indeed, neither keeper had a save of any consequence to make until Foster got down well to turn away Barton's skidding 30-yard drive with 17 minutes gone.
But the end-of-season feel evaporated in an explosive final 10 minutes of the half.
The visitors found themselves under the cosh as the Magpies launched a sustained assault with old boy Stephen Carr clearing Ameobi's header off the line and Foster pulling off a fine save to keep out Coloccini's follow-up.
The Argentinian reacted first to head over Foster only for Carr to intervene once again.
However, as the ball fell towards Nolan, Ridgewell nudged it clear with his arm and referee Chris Foy pointed straight to the spot before producing a red card.
Ameobi waited patiently while Ridgewell made his feelings clear, and then calmly tucked the penalty into the bottom corner for his ninth goal of the season.
The 10 men might have been dead and buried long before the break had Foster not made fine reaction saves to deny first Lovenkrands and then Nolan, but there was nothing he could do to keep out Taylor's towering 43rd-minute header, which Sebastian Larsson could only help into his own net.
But Newcastle contrived to hand the visitors a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when Coloccini misjudged a long clearance to allow Jerome in.
The Argentinian and Taylor got back well to halt the striker's progress, but when he fed the ball to Bowyer, his shot ended up in the back of the net via a deflection off Coloccini.
Full-back Jose Enrique fizzed a 35-yard drive just wide of Foster's right post within two minutes of the restart as the Magpies attempted to kill off the game, and Ameobi headed over seven minutes later when he might have done better.
However, it took a good block by Taylor seconds later to deny Bowyer a second, and keeper Tim Krul had to save as the midfielder got in a second attempt from the rebound.
Birmingham were coping well with their numerical disadvantage, although they were aided by some lacklustre play from the hosts.
Nolan was unable to direct a 64th-minute volley at goal, although Taylor's header arrived at a difficult height, and Cheick Tiote fired well wide seconds later with the home side stepping up a gear.
But for Foster, the scoreline would have assumed ugly proportions for Alex McLeish, the keeper plucking Nolan's goal-bound 74th-minute header out of the air and then making an even better save from substitute Ranger three minutes later.
Roger Johnson cleared Ameobi's 88th-minute chip off the line, but it was all to no avail as the Magpies claimed the points with Tiote's record-equalling 14th booking of the season the only disappointment.
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