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Newcastle United 2 - 1 Birmingham City

  • Ameobi 36’ (pen.)
  • Taylor 43’
  • Bowyer 45’

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    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • Birmingham City
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    • 90+3' FULL-TIME: Newcastle see it out. It wasn't pretty, but it is a win. That lifts the home side back into the top half of the table, while Birmingham are not quite out of the relegation picture yet.
    • 90+2' Ameobi holds the ball up well and wins a throw deep in his half. Larsson is livid at the way Ameobi reacts to his tackle, and picks up a yellow for his reaction.
    • 90+1' The ball is thwacked forward into the box but eventually the Magpies clear.
    • 90' Poor challenge from Tiote on halfway earns the Newcastle midfielder a yellow.
    • 90' Three minutes of stoppage time to play.
    • 89' Gutierrez on the right goes down and wins a free kick in a useful position. Birmingham are very disappointed, not least because he used his hand to control the ball before he made his run.
    • 88' Chances have not gone in for Newcastle and it just gives Birmingham a glimmer of hope still. Have Newcastle got what it takes to close it out?
    • 87' JOHNSON CLEARS OFF THE LINE! It looks like Nile Ranger's run is going nowhere until suddenly he gets the ball into the middle where Ameobi lurks - and craftily he chips his shot goalbound - but Johnson gets back just in time to deny him!
    • 86' We're back in action. The ball struck back sportingly to Foster.
    • 85' Play stops here - Ferguson is down after a challenge with Tiote.
    • 84' A Gutierrez run ends with the ball at the captain's feet, and Nolan fires a shot from 20 yards - but his effort is not hit hard enough.
    • 83' All Newcastle in the dying minutes, but they're not making any chances at the moment.
    • 81' ROUTE ONE ALMOST PAYS OFF FOR BIRMINGHAM! Up long from Foster, out wide to Beausejour, and his cross should be safely dealt with by Krul, but the Newcastle man spills into Larsson's path - but his block/shot loops agonisingly over the bar!
    • 80' Foster takes his time before booting the ball forward and encouraging Birmingham to go route one.
    • 79' Coloccini sweeps the ball to Jose Enrique, who carries Newcastle forward. He's grown in influence over the course of the match.
    • 78' The game getting stretched now, and Birmingham looking out on their feet. Can Newcastle give themselves the cushion of a third goal?
    • 77' Derbyshire on for Fahey - a last roll of the dice for the visitors?
    • 76' HOW DON'T NEWCASTLE SCORE?! Ranger cuts in from the right and strokes a shot which Foster once again does well to save, and then a desperate block prevents Ameobi from tucking away the follow up.
    • 75' Another poor challenge from the Blues as Jiranek slides in on Ranger. Birmingham just starting to get ragged once more.
    • 74' NOLAN CLOSE! A training ground move almost pays off as Barton clips the ball to Nolan from the free-kick, and his header across goal is plucked by Foster at full stretch. Imaginative.
    • 73' Tiote very unhappy with Bowyer's tackle, and it's not hard to see why. He wasn't likely to get the ball as the Ivorian marauded forward. Yellow card.
    • 72' A case in point - Gutierrez picks up the ball on the left, but Carr is helped by Johnson and they shepherd the Argentine out for a goal kick.
    • 71' Newcastle camped out on the Birmingham area, but they cannot break down their opponents.
    • 70' Here comes the change - Ranger on, Lovenkrands off for Newcastle.
    • 69' Coloccini heaves away the ball and Barton gives chase. Beausejour and Lovenkrands tussle, but a foul is given against Barton.
    • 68' No changes yet, but it looks like we may be about to see the first as Nile Ranger warms up.
    • 67' Space for Beausejour on the left - but he overhits his pass for the willing runner Bowyer.
    • 66' GUTIERREZ CLOSE! Newcastle beginning to control the second half as perhaps Birmingham begin to tire. Gutierrez' mazy run is followed up by a good shot which deflects away from goal.
    • 65' Another good ball in from Barton, who's been very good all afternoon. Birmingham get the ball out only as far as Tiote on the edge of the box, but there's no rocket from the Ivorian this time.
    • 64' Birmingham stroke the ball around quite patiently until a horrific heave-ho forward from the back. That allows Newcastle to build and they soon enough win a corner.
    • 63' Dangerous ball in from Enrique, and Birmingham don't fully clear. The ball comes off Johnson for a Newcastle corner.
    • 62' It's not pretty, but the Blues clear. Beausejour and Jerome link up as for a moment it looks like the visitors can mount an effective counter.
    • 61' Larsson gives away a free kick 40 yards out. Barton steps up to curl the ball in.
    • 60' If all results remain as they are at the moment - Newcastle will sit 10th in the top flight, Birmingham 16th. Still plenty of time for things to change though. Check the table here.
    • 59' Jose Enrique plays a teasing ball which Lovenkrands is just ahead of. He cannot rescue it.
    • 58' A very decent ball in, but some stout defending from Ameobi to hold off Johnson as he goes for the header just beyond the far post.
    • 57' Corner for the visitors here - Johnson makes his way forward as Larsson prepares to deliver.
    • 56' If Newcastle fail to win any of their final two PL home matches they will finish with exactly the same number of victories (5) at St James Park as they had in their last Premier League season when they were relegated in 2008-09. (Infostrada)
    • 55' A reminder that if you need to keep up with any of the other 3pm Premier League kick-offs, you can do so by clicking this link.
    • 54' BOWYER NEARLY THROUGH! Just like last time, it's something of a surprise, but he's in a very dangerous position and cannot quite get enough behind the shot to worry Krul.
    • 53' Ameobi gets up well to meet a cross, but his header loops over the bar and lands on top of the goal netting.
    • 52' The ball back deep with Jose Enrique as Newcastle try to get another move together.
    • 51' A good move from Newcastle - and Ameobi almost nods Simpson's cross right into Lovenkrands' path. The Dane cannot quite control.
    • 50' Perhaps unsurprisingly after the break, things have calmed down a little. Both sides feeling each other out again.
    • 49' Jose Enrique goes down a dead end on the left, so turns and knocks the ball backwards. Birmingham seem to have got their organisation back, though.
    • 48' Newcastle with the early momentum in the second half - but for that one moment of sloppiness when they conceded, the Magpies were the stronger side in the first period.
    • 47' Birmingham have lost their five Premier League away matches when behind at half time. (Infostrada)
    • 46' The second half begins at St James' Park!
    • 45+2' HALF-TIME: A game that was lifeless for 35 minutes exploded into action at the end of the first half. Birmingham kept themselves alive with Bowyer's goal, but it's a long way back for the Blues who lost Liam Ridgewell after his red for handball. Suddenly though we have a very interesting game, so stick with us for the second half in 15 minutes.
    • 45+1' Two extra minutes to be played.
    • 45' GOAL FOR BOWYER! Where did that come from? A lifeline for the Blues after a huge error from Coloccini whose missed header let Beausejour in - the Chilean should have scored himself once he had got past Krul, but Bowyer was on hand to drill past the despairing defenders.
    • 43' GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE! Taylor scores from the corner - he leaps well, aims at the far post out of Foster's reach, and although Larsson is waiting on the line to keep it out he cannot prevent it from rolling in. It's looking very bad indeed for the visitors.
    • 42' FOSTER! MAGNIFICENT! Nolan, completely unmarked, wallops a shot at full speed at goal - and somehow Foster tips it over for a corner.
    • 41' Ameobi’s penalty was the 100th awarded in the division this season (and 77th scored). Last season there were 111 penalties awarded in total in the Premier League (86 scored). (Infostrada)
    • 40' GUTIERREZ CLOSE! Great turn to open a little space, then the Argentine tries to place a shot into the far corner through a melee of defenders - just past the far post.
    • 39' GREAT SAVE FROM FOSTER! Nolan's backheeled assist let in Lovenkrands and his shot at the near post is tipped away one-handed by the England stopper! He's keeping his side in the game as Newcastle threaten to take the game away
    • 38' Shola Ameobi scored his second Premier League penalty of the season. The club have netted all five Premier League penalties this season – all at St James' Park. (Infostrada)
    • 37' After 35 very flat minutes at St James' Park, enough incident to fill a match in the space of 90 seconds. And it looks like a very long way back for Birmingham.
    • 36' GOAL! Ameobi takes a good one, low to the left. Foster guesses right, but it's still too well-placed for him to do anything about it.
    • 35' Ameobi with the penalty kick...
    • 34' Well, I say 'somehow' - I mean somehow illegally. Chris Foy has spotted Ridgewell use his arm to clear it away - perhaps twice. He's off, and Newcastle have a penalty!
    • 34' CARNAGE! Ameobi has a header saved off the line from the Barton corner, then Coloccini's shot is deflected on to the post - it comes back to Coloccini who floats a header up, and somehow it's cleared away.
    • 32' Johnson wags his finger at the assistant referee to suggest he had not given a corner away. He had. He doesn't get away with it.
    • 31' Newcastle pressing a bit harder now, sensing they might be able to take charge. Tiote and Ameobi in particular harrying really well.
    • 30' Good flicked header from Ameobi into space for Nolan. The Magpies skipper cannot get his delivery back into play - and replays show that's because his cross took a deflection off the boot of his marker. No corner though.
    • 29' Newcastle fans would like a penalty as Ameobi tumbles to the ground chasing a high cross, but the referee is not remotely interested. Foster gathers the ball.
    • 28' The game drifting at the moment. Neither side really taking control, and you suspect that the visitors are quite happy to defend deep and strike on the break.
    • 27' Beausejour keeps the ball in play skilfully down the wing here, but Bowyer cannot match that when the ball comes his way, and passes backwards to blunt the Birmingham attack.
    • 26' Beausejour pushed out at the byline by Barton - cleanly. The Chilean has yet to make his presence felt.
    • 25' Referee Chris Foy has a stern message for Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan - although it's not quite clear what he is explaining. Tim Krul retakes the goal kick from Larsson's long shot.
    • 24' Space for Larsson - so much so, in fact, that he feels brave enough to try a shot from 30 yards. He shouldn't have - it's a tame, tame effort.
    • 23' Half a chance for the Blues on the break. The ball sent long up the middle of the pitch, then turned left to Beausejour. He cannot get a delivery in, but he looks to be the creative outlet for the away side.
    • 23' Possession approximately 65% - 35% in Newcastle's favour. Can they turn that into goals?
    • 22' Johnson forced to give away a corner under pressure. Coloccini trundles upfield to make a nuisance of himself in the box, but Barton's ball does not find him.
    • 21' Lovenkrands cannot keep a rasping ball forward from Barton in play, but there wasn't much wrong with a splendid pass.
    • 20' Ameobi nearly through! Birmingham looked to have been caught napping but Carr wakes up just in time to strongly hold the striker off the ball and allow Foster to gather.
    • 19' Cheers from the home crowd as Larsson tries to link up with Bowyer and fails.
    • 18' That's the first meaningful chance we've seen in this encounter - the hosts trying to set the pace but struggling to impose themselves on the game.
    • 17' Shot from range from Barton! Long, low, and actually on replays going wide - but Foster felt obliged to save it and had to tip it around for a corner!
    • 16' Newcastle trying to break with pace - for the first time in the game Gutierrez and Jose Enrique combine, but the latter's delivery lets him down.
    • 15' Gutierrez gathers the cross on the far side and tries to send in a left-footed ball of his own. Not his best work - out for a goal kick.
    • 14' Barton does well to take the ball off Beausejour and propel his side forward with a long ball which finds its way to the breaking Lovenkrands. The Dane wins his side a corner.
    • 13' A hint of Birmingham's striking woes this season - They have failed to score more than two goals in each of their last 58 Premier League matches, since a 3-2 away win at Wigan in December 2009. This is the fourth-longest ever run by a Premier League club without scoring more than twice in consecutive matches after Sunderland (114), West Brom (67) and Nottingham Forest (65). (Infostrada)
    • 12' And having been played in, Jerome opts for glory, and makes an almighty mess of it. Poor shot and poor decision from the striker.
    • 11' Birmingham going backwards here - until a moment of brilliance from Ferguson to launch Jerome down the right.
    • 10' Wigan have a hugely important goal at Aston Villa - it lifts them out of the relegation zone for the moment. Keep up with all the scores and key incidents here.
    • 9' Not especially tidy from Birmingham - the Blues fail to deal with a Simpson cross and the ball very nearly loops up into the path of Ameobi.
    • 8' Coloccini tries the route one option and chips a ball forward to Ameobi - but it's well over the striker's head.
    • 7' Decent run from the Argentine winger - he's muscled out by two men in blue, but showed he is not afraid to take the defenders on.
    • 6' Poor ball from Fahey, floated in towards the centre circle and nobody picks it up. Newcastle get the ball and move left quickly to involve Gutierrez.
    • 5' Looks like a clash between Taylor and Jerome there, and the Birmingham man came off far worse. He got an elbow to the head, and looks very groggy getting back up. Will he be able to run it off?
    • 4' Corner for Birmingham - the ball comes to Beasejour who flicks in a useful cross from the left - it doesn't quite find its target but Newcastle clear cautiously.
    • 3' Not a lot to enjoy so far. Newcastle probing but Birmingham look well-organised.
    • 2' Newcastle on the ball in the early stages, but a ranging ball forward from Barton to Ameobi lurking on the left misses its mark.
    • 1' Away we go at St James' Park!
    • 15:00 Today's referee today is Chris Foy. He's about to get play underway.
    • 15:00 With Craig Gardner (7 PL goals) suspended and Nikola Zigic (5 PL goals) injured, the most prolific scorers in the Birmingham side are defender Liam Ridgewell and midfielder Sebastian Larsson who have scored four goals each. (Infostrada)
    • 14:59 A couple of landmarks to mention - Steven Taylor set to make his 150th league appearance today, while it's Roger Johnson of Birmingham's 350th league appearance.
    • 14:55 Hope for Birmingham - Newcastle have suffered from terrible form in May in the Premier League in recent times. They have taken just four points from their last 21 in May fixtures.
    • 14:50 Good omen for the Toon - Alan Pardew has won all three of his previous Premier League matches against Birmingham as a manager (Infostrada)
    • 14:45 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Newcastle United and Birmingham City have met 93 times in the league. Newcastle have won 39, Birmingham City 29 and 25 draws. In the Premier League, it's clear advantage Magpies. Newcastle have won six, Birmingham City one and there have been four draws. (Infostrada)
    • 14:40 Birmingham fans - we'll be talking to your boss Alex McLeish in the coming week - hope you got your questions in to him here. The Dugout
    • 14:35 For Birmingham there are two changes from the side who held Wolves to a 1-1 draw - Gardner serves his suspension and Fahey comes into the midfield, while veteran Kevin Phillips has to sit out in favour of Beausejour.
    • 14:30 So there's just one change made by Alan Pardew from the side which was beaten 3-0 at Anfield last weekend - and it's enforced - Steven Taylor comes in to replace Williamson in the Magpies defence.
    • 14:25 NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Ameobi - Subs: Harper, Ryan Taylor, Ranger, Ferguson, Donaldson, Tavernier, Kuqi /// BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Jiranek, Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, Bowyer, Beausejour, Jerome - Subs: Doyle, Phillips, Bentley, Derbyshire, Parnaby, Hleb, Davies
    • 14:20 The final table of the Championship is taking shape today. See who's going up and who's going down as it happens with our coverage of every game...
    • 14:15 LAST TIME OUT: Newcastle came away with a 2-0 victory at St Andrew's when the two sides met in the reverse fixture in February. Read the match report from that day.
    • 14:10 TEAM NEWS: For Newcastle, there'll be no Mike Williamson after the defender broke his arm this week in training. Hatem Ben Arfa had been hoping to play a part in the match but has not recovered fully from his broken leg. For Bimingham, there's no Craig Gardner (suspension) while Nikola Zigic (hip) joins a fairly long list of injured players.
    • 14:05 Just three games left of the season and Newcastle are looking safe with 41 points. A win for Birmingham today, though, and the Blues could cap a season of silverware with safety from the drop. Check out the league standings
    • 14:00 Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Eurosport Yahoo!'s LIVE text commentary from Newcastle United's game with Birmingham City at St James' Park.
  • Summary

    • 87' JOHNSON CLEARS OFF THE LINE! It looks like Nile Ranger's run is going nowhere until suddenly he gets the ball into the middle where Ameobi lurks - and craftily he chips his shot goalbound - but Johnson gets back just in time to deny him!
    • 81' ROUTE ONE ALMOST PAYS OFF FOR BIRMINGHAM! Up long from Foster, out wide to Beausejour, and his cross should be safely dealt with by Krul, but the Newcastle man spills into Larsson's path - but his block/shot loops agonisingly over the bar!
    • 76' HOW DON'T NEWCASTLE SCORE?! Ranger cuts in from the right and strokes a shot which Foster once again does well to save, and then a desperate block prevents Ameobi from tucking away the follow up.
    • 74' NOLAN CLOSE! A training ground move almost pays off as Barton clips the ball to Nolan from the free-kick, and his header across goal is plucked by Foster at full stretch. Imaginative.
    • 66' GUTIERREZ CLOSE! Newcastle beginning to control the second half as perhaps Birmingham begin to tire. Gutierrez' mazy run is followed up by a good shot which deflects away from goal.
    • 54' BOWYER NEARLY THROUGH! Just like last time, it's something of a surprise, but he's in a very dangerous position and cannot quite get enough behind the shot to worry Krul.
    • 45' GOAL FOR BOWYER! Where did that come from? A lifeline for the Blues after a huge error from Coloccini whose missed header let Beausejour in - the Chilean should have scored himself once he had got past Krul, but Bowyer was on hand to drill past the despairing defenders.
    • 43' GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE! Taylor scores from the corner - he leaps well, aims at the far post out of Foster's reach, and although Larsson is waiting on the line to keep it out he cannot prevent it from rolling in. It's looking very bad indeed for the visitors.
    • 40' GUTIERREZ CLOSE! Great turn to open a little space, then the Argentine tries to place a shot into the far corner through a melee of defenders - just past the far post.
    • 36' GOAL! Ameobi takes a good one, low to the left. Foster guesses right, but it's still too well-placed for him to do anything about it.
    • 35' Ameobi with the penalty kick...
    • 34' Well, I say 'somehow' - I mean somehow illegally. Chris Foy has spotted Ridgewell use his arm to clear it away - perhaps twice. He's off, and Newcastle have a penalty!
    • 34' CARNAGE! Ameobi has a header saved off the line from the Barton corner, then Coloccini's shot is deflected on to the post - it comes back to Coloccini who floats a header up, and somehow it's cleared away.
    • 17' Shot from range from Barton! Long, low, and actually on replays going wide - but Foster felt obliged to save it and had to tip it around for a corner!
    • 14:25 NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Ameobi - Subs: Harper, Ryan Taylor, Ranger, Ferguson, Donaldson, Tavernier, Kuqi /// BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Jiranek, Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, Bowyer, Beausejour, Jerome - Subs: Doyle, Phillips, Bentley, Derbyshire, Parnaby, Hleb, Davies

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • T. Krul
      • D. Simpson
      • S. Taylor Goal
      • F. Coloccini
      • José Enrique
      • K. Nolan
      • C. Tioté Yellow Card
      • J. Barton
      • J. Gutiérrez
      • P. Løvenkrands Substitution Out (71′)
      • S. Ameobi Goal

      Subs

      • S. Harper
      • S. Kuqi
      • R. Donaldson
      • N. Ranger Substitution In71′
      • S. Ferguson
      • R. Taylor
      • J. Tavernier
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • M. Jiránek Yellow Card
      • R. Johnson
      • L. Ridgewell Red Card
      • B. Ferguson
      • L. Bowyer Goal Yellow Card
      • S. Larsson Yellow Card
      • K. Fahey Substitution Out (77′)
      • J. Beausejour
      • C. Jerome Yellow Card

      Subs

      • K. Phillips
      • D. Bentley
      • S. Parnaby
      • C. Doyle
      • M. Derbyshire Substitution In77′
      • C. Davies
      • A. Hleb
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