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  • Lovenkrands (45 pen), Nolan (73)
  • Cresswell (22)
  • Date:2010-04-05
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St James' Park
  • Attendance:48270
  • Referee:Hall, A

Live Commentary

90mins

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

89mins

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

87mins

Danny Guthrie is replaced by Joey Barton.

87mins

The referee has booked Wayne Routledge.

83mins

Newcastle are replacing Peter Lovenkrands with Shola Ameobi.

81mins

Sheff Utd are replacing Richard Cresswell with Mark Yeates.

78mins

The referee has booked Marcel Seip.

73mins

Goal!! Kevin Nolan scores for Newcastle.

71mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

45mins

Peter Lovenkrands takes a penalty for Newcastle and scores!.

22mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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


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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.

Newcastle United

Sheffield United

Corners

68

Fouls

1118

Goal attempts

197

Shots off target

114

Offsides

45

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