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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+6 Taarabt takes the free-kick but - despite getting it on target - it lacks pace and Krul claims. The whistle goes, and it's a precious win for Toon, who go 13th; QPR stay second bottom, only avoiding the 20th spot because of a late winner for Man City against Reading.
    • 90+5 QPR break and Mackie wins a free-kick on the edge of the box off the clumsy Williamson! A late chance for the Hoops? A few yards from the D, to the left...
    • 90+4 The free-kick is taken quickly as Amoebi is released, Nelsen sticks out a leg and Amoebi goes down! The ref blows but to book Amoebi for a dive!
    • 90+3 Foul by Nelsen on Ba just outside the box. Free-kick Toon.
    • 90+2 Amoebi again with a strong piece of forward play, turning and shooting but too close to Green.
    • 90' FIVE minutes added time being played.
    • 89' Perch is booked and he's not sure quite why. Free-kick from halfway is sent long, it takes a touch but Krul gathers.
    • 88' Marveaux does take it but his low drive flies millimetres wide! Good effort!
    • 87' Again Ba will take this, it's right on the edge of the box, dead centre... Marveaux asks to take it but Ba overrules. Players from both sides in a 10-man wall...
    • 86' Hill, who has been bailed out repeatedly by Nelsen, hauls Ba down on the edge of the box and is lucky not to give away a penalty and get sent off.
    • 85' Hill is booked after he recoveres from the knock.
    • 84' Marveaux leads another counter attack but Hill and Ba combine, the ref deciding Hill - who is injured - fouled him.
    • 82' QPR pile men forward now but they're prone at the back as Marveaux runs from his own half before forcing a decent low save from Green!
    • 81' GOAL NEWCASTLE! Finally a touch of class as Ameobi curls a fantastic left-foot finish past Green into the bottom right after cutting in from the right wing. Good pass by Santon, but a superb finish from the local hero.
    • 80' Mbia blocks as Simpson cuts in from the right to shoot low. Corner. Anita's initial ball is cleared but he does really well to put in a second, which wreaks havoc but Williamson misses his overhead kick and QPR clear.
    • 79' QPR SUB: Faurlin comes off for Derry, who will protect the defence.
    • 78' Mbia hoofs the ball clear after Ba fails to meet a Simpson long throw.
    • 77' NEWCASTLE SUB: Tiote makes way for winger Marveaux.
    • 76' Simpson wins and takes a throw on the right but the ref halts him as Toon want a final sub.
    • 75' Goalmouth scramble as Williamson hits the deck but Ba can't dig out a shot and QPR clear. Now Santon and Obertan combine but the latter's cross is easy for Green.
    • 74' QPR with a rare foray forward as Taarabt holds it up for a spell of possession. They look scared to move forward with any real intent though and it's all the way back with Hill. Poor.
    • 73' Good skill by Obertan to get into the box but he is forced to check his run before clipping a deflected cross into the six-yard box that Ba heads well wide.
    • 72' Nope, Ba appears to have a clause in his contract allowing him to take free-kicks. He will shoot from 25 yards, a touch to the right... Into the wall, behind for a corner.
    • 71' Ameobi wins another free-kick as he draws a foul from Hill on the right side of the D. Keep Ba away from this!
    • 70' Nice run by SWP and Hoilett but the through ball from SWP is ahead of the Canadian and Krul gathers.
    • 68' Santon finds Obertan, who glides into the left but his reverse pass for Ameobi is ahead of the striker.
    • 67' Anita with another corner that Green claims but almost drops - he holds on. Now Ameobi heads well wide after a nice cross from Anita!
    • 66' Green again called into action as another delivery from wide causes problems. Now Ba wins a corner as his shot is blocked.
    • 65' Better from Newcastle as they win a corner, Ba almost converting a cross from the right. Anita sends it near post and it almost sneaks in but again Green saving well!
    • 64' QPR SUB: Hoilett replaces Cisse.
    • 63' Booking for Tiote for a cynical block on Wright-Phillips, and he misses Boxing Day.
    • 62' GREAT SAVE GREEN! Anita's ball in causes all kinds of problems, not sure it got a touch but a fine stop by Green to bat it out!
    • 61' Ameobi's first act is to win a free-kick off Nelsen on the left. The home fans jeered the withdrawal of Cisse, but he has been woeful today.
    • 60' NEWCASTLE DOUBLE SUB: Obertan and Shola Ameobi to come on. Maybe they can bring something to this dire match. Jonas and Cisse off. Don't agree with the former change, but Cisse has been poor.
    • 59' Ba releases Jonas, who digs out a fantastic cross FOR CISSE FAR POST but he heads well over! He got away from Fabio but should have done better!
    • 58' Toon are preparing some changes as a throw-in is given back to QPR as they had knocked it out for treatment.
    • 57' SWP gets his first touch of the ball but he runs it out of play. At least he's having a go.
    • 56' QPR SUB: Wright-Phillips comes on for the visitors. Perhaps he can give them some width, and help create space for Taarabt.
    • 55' Taarabt does get hold of it but Cisse gives it away with a weak lay-off.
    • 53' Poor touch by Fedinand after a promising QPR move.
    • 52' This has fallen back into a dirge. QPR have to get Taarabt on the ball.
    • 50' Free-kick for Toon now but Anita's delivery is comfortable for Green, too high for Williamson.
    • 49' The corner is headed well over by Mbia and normal service resumes.
    • 48' Nice run and pass by Taarabt and the game breathes a touch as Cisse drills a low shot near post that Krul palms wide for a corner. Great skill by Taarabt, who beat four men.
    • 47' Ferdinand gets forward from right-back but he looks a touch confused up there and fails to put a cross in.
    • 46' The second half is underway as a long ball is sent straight into Rob Green's arms.
    • - STATS: Toon with 56% possession and 10 efforts on goal, none of which have been any good. QPR with a frankly unacceptable zero efforts on goal.
    • 45+2 Half-time and it's goalless. Turgid does not do it enough of a disservice.
    • 45+1 Comical shot from Tiote after the corner is cleared to him on the edge of the box. Worst effort of the day.
    • 45' Best effort of the half as a Santon hit from range is deflected just wide for a corner. Fine build-up play.
    • 44' Nelsen, again, clears Santon's low cross after a decent run down the left. A loose ball breaks off Anita to Perch, who tries a curler but well over.
    • 43' Ba almost gets on to a long ball - which is the preferred delivery of the hosts these days - but it's easy for Green.
    • 42' Yellow card for Anton Ferdinand after he chucks the ball into the crowd. Cue chants about Mackems, except he's a Londoner.
    • 41' The ref has a chat with several QPR players over dissent. The poor quality of this half means fans are happily hitting the bar early for half-time drinks.
    • 40' And this effort is even worse, practically lands in the Baltic. Jeers from both sets of fans.
    • 39' Another free-kick to Toon, on the left this time and Anita is again told to shove it by Ba.
    • 38' Ba has decided it's worth shooting, just short of 30 yards out dead centre... Ba does take but it's awful, high and wide.
    • 37' Now Mbia fouls Anita on the edge of the box, clean header but his arm caught the Dutchman's back. Anita will probably take this...
    • 36' Free-kick to Newcastle after Tiote is fouled and ironic cheers from the fans as they finally agree with the ref - who in my view has got all the decisions right.
    • 35' Cisse and Ba complete a one-two and Cisse is clean through but Fabio knew what was going on, getting across from left-back to slide in and clear!
    • 33' Default comment: "Ryan Nelsen with a superb block after X puts ball in from Y". This time it's a cross from Santon on the left.
    • 32' Good hold-up play by Ba to slide Jonas wide left, fine low ball but - you guessed it - Ryan Nelsen slides in to intercept with Cisse waiting to pounce.
    • 31' Unsurprisingly Anita is back on the pitch and will take this corner. Excellent ball that could sneak in but Green punches from under the bar. Poor clearance from Taarabt but Simpson's second ball in is easy for Green.
    • 30' Jeers for Anton as he mis-hits a clearance to touch. Jonas meanwhile wins a corner on the left.
    • 29' Anita limps off for treatment and play restarts with a throw. This time Jonas nutmegs Ferdinand, but Toon possibly paying the price for the previous simulation as the ref waves play on despite Jonas getting caught.
    • 28' Anita has stayed down and is pounding the turf with his fist. He turned his ankle while going down, Fabio didn't touch him though.
    • 28' The home fans roar as Anita goes down after flicking it past Fabio, who didn't touch him. A dive but the crowd don't know any better.
    • 27' Near-post delivery from Anita, good ball too, but Nelsen again with a defensive header to clear under pressure.
    • 26' Meanwhile, Taarabt is back defending to concede a corner on the Toon right. Anita again to put it in...
    • 26' Apologies for the stadium still being called "sports direct arena" at the top of this matchcast. It is St James' Park now.
    • 25' Nelsen is caught upfield after that free-kick and Toon could be in - but Anita commits a foul and the move is halted.
    • 24' The ref tells Taarabt to get up after he does down as an afterthought. Now Faurlin is tripped by Cisse.
    • 23' Another good intervention from Nelsen as he rises highest to nod it back to Green.
    • 22' Better from QPR as Taarabt finally gets on the ball. Throw on the left, Taarabt whips in a cross but no-one moved for it and it flashes across the face of goal and away!
    • 21' Clusmy block by Williamson on Taarabt after Mackie threaded it in for him - Mackie was also caught late by Perch.
    • 20' Cisse thinks he was fouled on the left but he was dithering and went down to easily.
    • 19' Anita puts in the corner but Perch can't make the header and it's cleared long to Krul.
    • 18' Santon wins a corner off Ferdinand. The Italian has been one of Toon's better players so far.
    • 16' Jonas gets his cross wrong with Ba free. Hill was all over the place there.
    • 15' Santon with a cross aimed for Ba but again Nelsen intercepts with a fine defensive header. He's old but he's good. Must be a song in that.
    • 14' Santon is caught but play-on as Cisse finds space on the right - his deep cross is too deep for Ba.
    • 13' Jonas almost rakes a low ball through to Cisse but Nelsen is wise and clears.
    • 12' Now Ferdinand gets a boo for his ex-Sunderland days, but that makes more sense as he spent some time there.
    • 11' Finally QPR with some possession but Mbia's cross is cleared by Williamson.
    • 10' A long ball by Santon releases Cisse, and Hill inexplicably leaves it with the Senegal man possibly in here, but Green reads it well to claim.
    • 9' Anita to take the corner from the left, Williamson heading it back across goal but Hill manages to clear! Cisse is roundly booed as he races away down the left, but he fouls Santon and it's a free-kick to Newcastle.
    • 8' Nelsen has to hack it behind for a corner after Ba and Jonas combined down the left, the latter's low cross heading for Cisse.
    • 7' Great slide tackle by Fabio on Simpson, who was bounding down the right.
    • 6' The hosts have started the better though as a decent move sees Anita switch it to Jonas, whose deep cross finds Cisse but he was fouling Fabio and heads it wide anyway.
    • 5' All very scrappy to be honest as long balls fail to find their targets from either side.
    • 4' Simpson again gets forward but elects to shoot from range instead of pass to Cisse, blocked by Hill.
    • 3' Cisse gets a heavy dose of booing owing to his loan spell at Sunderland. Seems a bit fussy!
    • 3' Simpson wins a corner off Faurlin on the right wing for Toon. Swung to the penalty spot but headed away by Nelsen.
    • 2' Good counter by Toon as Cisse wins a throw on the right after QPR get back in numbers.
    • 1' The first half is underway at St James' Park!
    • 14:56 Today's ref is Kevin Friend, who has shown 53 yellows and 2 reds in 14 matches this season. Fairly standard and symtpomatic of the tendency of British reds to flash bookings but keep sendings-off to a minimum.
    • 14:55 However, Djibril Cisse has scored in three of his four Premier League appearances against Newcastle, who have lost 11 of their last 15 Premier League games in the month of December (W3 D1 L11). The Magpies have won just two of their 12 Premier League games (W2 D3 L7) since Alan Pardew was rewarded with a new eight-year contract at the club.
    • 14:50 Opta’s stats explain why Newcastle are clear faves today, despite their form being almost as bad as QPR’s. Toon have won four and lost none of the last six league matches against QPR, with Rangers failing to score in the last three. In the last 11 league meetings, there have been two draws and eight of the victories have been by a one-goal margin.
    • 14:45 The bookmakers have Newcastle at favourites, just short of evens. What is your prediction? Let me know on Twitter at Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 14:40 Harry Redknapp: "I think the chairman knows Nicolas (Anelka)'s people and that so has got a few details on what it would be. It depends, as I say, just how expensive the whole package comes to. If it is within reason, he is a player that could certainly improve your team. There is no doubt about it."
    • 14:35 Alan Pardew: : "I need a couple of players and if you think I am not asking for them, then you are seriously mistaken. I need a couple of players, I think, in this group, and maybe even three. Whether we can get them across the line on a financial front remains to be seen."
    • 14:30 QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar and right-back Jose Bosingwa both have back injuries, meaning Rob Green starts in goal and, despite having Nedum Onuoha available, Anton Ferdinand plays right-back. Midfielder Kieron Dyer also missing out through injury. Park Ji-sung (knee) is another player sidelined, while strikers Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) remain absent. Alejandro Faurlin starts in midfield ahead of Samba Diakite.
    • 14:25 For Toon, utility man James Perch starts after recovering from a neck problem. Hatem Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor (both hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye (groin) are out longer term, while Gabriel Obertan is on the bench after getting fit from toe surgery.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Tiote, Anita, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba; Subs: Harper, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi /// QPR: Green, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio, Mackie, Granero, Mbia, Faurlin, Taarabt, Cisse; Subs: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Onuoha, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Newcastle, who are in the midst of a dreadful run and lie 15th in the standings, and QPR, who are second bottom but got their first win of the season against Fulham last week. Kick off at 3pm.
  • Summary

    • 88' Marveaux does take it but his low drive flies millimetres wide! Good effort!
    • 82' QPR pile men forward now but they're prone at the back as Marveaux runs from his own half before forcing a decent low save from Green!
    • 81' GOAL NEWCASTLE! Finally a touch of class as Ameobi curls a fantastic left-foot finish past Green into the bottom right after cutting in from the right wing. Good pass by Santon, but a superb finish from the local hero.
    • 67' Anita with another corner that Green claims but almost drops - he holds on. Now Ameobi heads well wide after a nice cross from Anita!
    • 65' Better from Newcastle as they win a corner, Ba almost converting a cross from the right. Anita sends it near post and it almost sneaks in but again Green saving well!
    • 62' GREAT SAVE GREEN! Anita's ball in causes all kinds of problems, not sure it got a touch but a fine stop by Green to bat it out!
    • 59' Ba releases Jonas, who digs out a fantastic cross FOR CISSE FAR POST but he heads well over! He got away from Fabio but should have done better!
    • 48' Nice run and pass by Taarabt and the game breathes a touch as Cisse drills a low shot near post that Krul palms wide for a corner. Great skill by Taarabt, who beat four men.
    • 45' Best effort of the half as a Santon hit from range is deflected just wide for a corner. Fine build-up play.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Tiote, Anita, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba; Subs: Harper, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi /// QPR: Green, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio, Mackie, Granero, Mbia, Faurlin, Taarabt, Cisse; Subs: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Onuoha, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett
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  1. yep 4-1 Joseph ....demba, cisse ameobi and Krul . ­ Spudlugs with a late one for man u .

    From JohnnyGurkha, on Sun 23 Dec 15:37
  2. Man u dont stand a chance in hell .......weve got our­ dancing shoes on again ! Europe watch out !

    From JohnnyGurkha, on Sun 23 Dec 15:33
  3. Gherkin, "no stoppin them now",try telling­ Messrs Rooney,Van Persie that !! About 4-1 i reckon !

    From Joseph, on Sun 23 Dec 10:25
  4. Good to the toon back on top again.... eh joseph ? No­ stoppin them now . Big win against man u next ­ ......cant wait ! Haway the lads­ .......................

    From JohnnyGurkha, on Sun 23 Dec 1:02
  5. Hard fought game, thought the Toon gave QPR too much­ respect. But enjoyed the beer after the match, 3 points­ is 3 points and a clean sheet. Some hard games coming­ up now. Lots of filth on here tonight, still I can`t­ blame them, their own team is worse than shyte.

    From Gallowgate, on Sat 22 Dec 18:15
  6. Told you Mag girls it was nailed on !!! Played shyte­ and still won ,never mind ,nice crisp 10 note for­ Joseph, courtesy of Mr. Ameobi, the striker who often­ rescues the Toon yet gets lambasted by the thick­ Geordies !!! Thanks Shola !!

    From Joseph, on Sat 22 Dec 17:32
  7. HAHAHA, QPR, I bet i know what's on your Christmas­ list,"A WIN",well you won't see too many­ of them with Redknapp in charge,I just love watching­ him twitch when you lose,so much for­ "Harry's" magic,when will you wake up to­ what a waster he is?,He will take you down,"Merry­ Christmas".

    From Mally, on Sat 22 Dec 17:08
  8. bye bye QPR.

    From delazzuro, on Sat 22 Dec 17:05
  9. Do Yahoo not know Toon play at St James's?

    From Bob P, on Sat 22 Dec 16:57
  10. ..94 mins played and Newcastle nod-off. QPR put in a­ screaming kick-in from Kruls goal line.

    From MrT, on Sat 22 Dec 16:53
  11. Why waste 64 minutes of Cisse? C'mon 'Arry­ start working some magic. Another one for the taking­ lost. Oh well, sh8t happens...again

    From Rob, on Sat 22 Dec 16:53
  12. Sunderland so close, yet, so far.

    From Rich W, on Sat 22 Dec 16:47
  13. go toons, go ! down with Crying Park Rengers.­ Jooooooohn Teerrryyyyyy, Jooohn Teerryyyyyyyyyy­ oooOOOOooo

    From Jose, on Sat 22 Dec 16:44
  14. QPR are going down to where they belong with that piece­ of muck Ferdinande shame Rio isn't with them

    From Sadoldgit, on Sat 22 Dec 16:44
  15. pathetic display from QPR I have no idea what they are­ doing giving the ball away with every touch and who is­ going to score for us because Newcastle are taking over­ .At least give us a shot or 2 at goal because its like­ watching paint dry right now

    From Born to Run, on Sat 22 Dec 16:30
  16. ..sounds like one team can't, the other one­ won't. Shocking!

    From MrT, on Sat 22 Dec 16:23
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    fak nyukastl dey sheet

    From Ousman Al-Jihad, on Sat 22 Dec 16:14
  18. Another #$%$ display at least all the players will­ enjoy xmas and not worry about money.I bet Taylor and­ Pardew will say the lads have put in another good­ shift.They wouldnt know what a hard/good shift was.

    From GARY, on Sat 22 Dec 16:10
  19. Pardew Out Now Before It's Too Late!!!

    From Nathan, on Sat 22 Dec 16:07
  20. Newcastle the better team by miles. QPR have shown they­ can defend! Still 0 v 0 and if newcastle can find no­ end product then QPR can nick this!

    From stewart, on Sat 22 Dec 16:03
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