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Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa on Clint Hill, free kick awarded. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Federico Macheda. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.
Tommy Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Jamie Mackie concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Foul by James Perch on Tommy Smith, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Clint Hill.
Foul by Federico Macheda on Danny Guthrie, free kick awarded. Federico Macheda booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.
Dan Gosling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Taylor.
Federico Macheda sends in a cross, save by Tim Krul.
Handball decision goes against Federico Macheda. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
James Perch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leon Best.
Federico Macheda on for Akos Buzsaky.
Davide Santon delivers the ball, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
Centre by Leon Best, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
Centre by Leon Best, Daniel Gabbidon makes a clearance.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Daniel Gabbidon makes a clearance.
Danny Guthrie takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Taylor, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Ryan Taylor sends in a cross, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
Luke Young delivers the ball, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
Heidar Helguson goes off and Tommy Smith comes on.
The ball is delivered by Davide Santon.
Ryan Taylor delivers the ball, Danny Simpson takes a shot.
Corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky to the near post, clearance by Leon Best.
Jamie Mackie has a drilled shot. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Shot by Shaun Derry. Blocked by Danny Guthrie.
Akos Buzsaky produces a cross, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Ryan Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Heidar Helguson.
Shot by Davide Santon. Clint Hill gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky to the near post, save by Tim Krul.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
The referee blows for offside. Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Jay Bothroyd from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Clint Hill crosses the ball.
Danny Simpson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Davide Santon sends in a cross, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Taylor sends in a cross, save by Patrick Kenny.
The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, save by Patrick Kenny.
Fabricio Coloccini challenges Heidar Helguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Young takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.
Effort from 25 yards by Shaun Wright-Phillips. Save made by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anton Ferdinand by Shola Ameobi. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson.
Jamie Mackie crosses the ball.
Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in. Jamie Mackie produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
The ball is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.
The ball is crossed by Hatem Ben Arfa, Luke Young manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Ryan Taylor from the left by-line, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Leon Best delivers the ball, save made by Patrick Kenny.
Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Davide Santon, free kick awarded. Jay Bothroyd receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Leon Best fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 QPR.Assist by Ryan Taylor.
Shot from a long way out by Hatem Ben Arfa goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is swung over by Danny Guthrie, Daniel Gabbidon makes a clearance.
Ryan Taylor has a curled shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Taylor from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Heidar Helguson.
Danny Simpson fouled by Clint Hill, the ref awards a free kick. Clint Hill shown a yellow card. Ryan Taylor takes the free kick. Ryan Taylor crosses the ball, save by Patrick Kenny.
Jay Bothroyd has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Shaun Wright-Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ryan Taylor, clearance made by Heidar Helguson. Leon Best is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
Shola Ameobi fouled by Daniel Gabbidon, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor sends in a cross, Close range header by Jonas Gutierrez goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Shaun Derry. Ryan Taylor delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Clint Hill makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Shola Ameobi, Daniel Gabbidon makes a clearance.
Hatem Ben Arfa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yohan Cabaye.
Yohan Cabaye fouled by Shaun Derry, the ref awards a free kick. The referee cautions Shaun Derry for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Taylor, Heidar Helguson makes a clearance.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Clint Hill sends in a cross, clearance by Danny Simpson. Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from 18 yards.
Heidar Helguson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Shola Ameobi. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Taylor, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
Heidar Helguson is ruled offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Guthrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Akos Buzsaky. Clint Hill restarts play with the free kick.
Drilled left-footed shot by Akos Buzsaky. Tim Krul makes a save.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Simpson.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul. The offside flag is raised against Jay Bothroyd. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Luke Young, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Shot by Heidar Helguson. Tim Krul makes a save.
Williamson remaining grounded
Defender Mike Williamson is refusing to look too far ahead as Newcastle attempt to remain in the upper reaches of the Barclays Premier League table.
The 28-year-old's return from injury has coincided with a resurgence on Tyneside which has seen the Magpies end a run of six league games without victory to rekindle their unlikely challenge for a top-six finish.
Wins over Bolton and champions Manchester United have strengthened their grip on seventh place and they are only one point adrift of Liverpool in sixth, sparking the more optimistic fans to talk of European qualification.
That would represent a major achievement for a club which only returned to the top flight last season and which has since seen striker Andy Carroll, full-back Jose Enrique and midfielders Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton all leave.
However, as he prepared for Sunday's home clash with QPR, Williamson was content to tackle each match as a separate entity rather than imagine what might lie ahead.
He said: "It's a cliche, but we are taking every game as it comes.
"For me personally, when you start getting carried away with targets and looking where we could finish, it just gets a bit too much.
"You take every day as it comes and then come the last game of the season, we will see where that brings us."
Newcastle established themselves as the latest Premier League surprise package when they went 11 games unbeaten at the start of the campaign.
But with 20 games played, they continue to rub shoulders with the division's big spenders despite having rebuilt their squad on a more humble budget, and that is a source of immense satisfaction.
In addition, they have managed to do it in some style with Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye having produced sublime strikes in the 3-0 victory over United, while Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez scored final individual goals to knock Blackburn out of the FA Cup last weekend.
Williamson said: "People were waiting for the bubble to burst, but we have just got an honest group of lads - although saying there are no superstars after the goals the other day, you would beg to differ.
"But we have just got an honest group and we know if we carry on working hard and applying ourselves in the way we do, we have got goals in the team and we have got a back four and a midfield which can keep clean sheets.
"Everybody needs a bit of luck along the way. Even the top teams go through sticky periods like we have done, but no, I am not really surprised.
"I know how hard the lads worked in pre-season, the togetherness when they were away, and you just feel the bond we have had for the last couple of years.
"It's just carried on."
Midfielder Danny Guthrie has returned to the Newcastle squad.
Guthrie has been sidelined by a groin injury since the beginning of December and will provide manager Alan Pardew with a fresh option in the wake of Cheick Tiote's departure for the African Nations Cup.
However, striker Peter Lovenkrands (calf) is unlikely to make the game, and Sammy Ameobi (knee) has joined fellow midfielder Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and defender Steve Taylor (Achilles) on the list of long-term absentees.
Mark Hughes will be unable to call upon several of his biggest names for his first game in charge of QPR.
Captain Joey Barton remains suspended for the trip to his former club, while Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore are on African Nations Cup duty.
Alejandro Faurlin (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the season and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is keeping his fingers crossed he does not suffer a recurrence of the hip problem that has dogged him recently.
Winger Bruno Andrade is determined to do everything he can to prove to Hughes that he is worthy of a first-team place.
The 18-year-old joined the west Londoners when he was 13 and has progressed from the club's Centre of Excellence to the fringes of the first-team. Andrade has made four appearances for QPR over the past 14 months, with Neil Warnock handing him a taste of Premier League action against Wigan earlier this season.
The wide man is regarded as one of the club's brightest prospects and, having spent a brief loan spell at Aldershot, hopes to show new manager Hughes what he is capable of.
"I take every chance I get with the first-team as a positive," he told Press Association Sport. "I am very privileged to be involved with them.
"It is a great learning experience for me and hopefully I can use that to come back to the youth side and help them.
"That, or maybe I can push further and push for a start for the first-team. Hopefully I will get a chance [under Hughes] but all I can say is that I will try hard and do my best."
Best fills Ba's boots as Hughes makes losing start
Leon Best's first goal since September fired Newcastle into sixth place in the Barclays Premier League as Mark Hughes' first game as QPR boss ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat.
The Republic of Ireland striker took his tally for the campaign to four with a neat finish eight minutes before the break to win a fiercely contested game.
Rangers had more than enough chances to get something out of the contest after creating a host of chances which were either squandered or repelled by goalkeeper Tim Krul on an afternoon when the Magpies turned in an unconvincing performance against the 18th-placed visitors.
However, Alan Pardew's men, who lost key midfielder Yohan Cabaye to a worrying ankle injury in the first half, just about did enough to emerge with the points after claiming a fourth win in five games in all competitions in front of a crowd of 49,865.
Hughes arrived on Tyneside having inherited a side which had not won in nine games in all competitions and had taken just two of the last 24 points on offer, and faced the task of overcoming a team which had comprehensively beaten champions Manchester United last time out.
However, the early signs were positive, even without suspended skipper and former Magpies Joey Barton, the injured Alejandro Faurlin and African Nations Cup absentees Armand Traore and Adel Taarabt.
QPR enjoyed much the better of the opening stages with Krul saving from Heidar Helguson and Akos Buzsaky inside the opening six minutes.
Newcastle were unable to get out of their own half and with wide men Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jamie Mackie forcing a series of errors from full-backs Danny Simpson and Davide Santon, Krul's goal came under repeated threat.
Indeed, Wright-Phillips clipped the crossbar after capitalising on a 16th-minute mistake by Simpson to leave the home fans less than impressed.
However, the flow of the game was to change as the game reached the 20-minute mark, and it did so as Cabaye, whose central midfield partnership with Cheick Tiote has been one of the features of the Magpies' season to date, left the field on a stretcher with what looked like a nasty ankle injury after an uncompromising challenge by Shaun Derry.
Even as Pardew urged Hatem Ben Arfa to hurry up on the sidelines to replace his compatriot, the 10 men responded to finally pin the visitors back.
Ben Arfa, whose stunning strike last weekend revived the Magpies' FA Cup campaign, eventually emerged from the dugout to warm applause, although Krul was sent sprawling across his line when Jay Bothroyd curled a 33rd-minute effort just wide.
But Ryan Taylor forced a fingertip save from Paddy Kenny seconds later as the home side belatedly built up a head of steam.
They made the pressure tell eight minutes before the break in impressive style.
Jonas Gutierrez set off towards the penalty area to feed striker Shola Ameobi, who laid the ball off to Taylor.
The midfielder managed to stab a pass out to Best before the covering tackle arrived and the frontman stepped inside full-back Luke Young before side-footing calmly into the far corner to end a four-month wait for a goal.
Hughes' men left the field at the break having given a decent account of themselves, but with Clint Hill and Bothroyd having joined Derry in referee Chris Foy's notebook as their physical approach took its toll.
But they resumed in promising fashion with Wright-Phillips testing Krul from distance within two minutes after Bothroyd had headed down Hill's long-ball to him.
They could have been back on terms twice within as many minutes with Bothroyd blasting wastefully over from Helguson's knockdown and then forcing a solid save from Krul after being played in by Mackie.
However, Santon might have extended the home side's lead had it not been for a fine 55th-minute block by Young after the full-back had carved his way into the box from the left.
Newcastle were disjointed but they almost wrapped up the points with 17 minutes remaining when Ben Arfa slid the ball into Best's path. However, when he squared towards Ameobi, Hill just managed to get a touch to deny the striker a simple finish.
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