Newcastle United 1 - 0 Queens Park Rangers

Match info: Premier League at St James' Park, Newcastle

Date: 22/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: K Friend Att: 50,180

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Shola Ameobi 81



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  • Ameobi was the game-changer there. He made a big impact after coming on as a second-half substitute and marked his 350th appearance for the club with a fine goal.

  • All over at St James' Park. Newcastle 1 QPR 0. Harry Redknapp loses for the first time as Rangers boss, while Newcastle claim a vital victory ahead of a very difficult-looking Christmas period.

  • Taarabt hits the target but Tim Krul is behind it.

  • Late free-kick for QPR 25 yards out. Step up Taarabt...

  • Ameobi booked for diving under a challenge from Nelson.

  • Ameobi robs Mbia midway into the QPR and tries his luck from distance, but his shot is straight at Green.

  • Into injury time now and Newcastle are on the ball. No sign of a late equaliser for QPR.

  • Time running out for QPR, who have offered virtually nothing in this game. Other than a five-minute period at the start of the second half, they have showed hardly any urgency.

  • Newcastle's James Perch picks up a yellow card.

  • Yet another free-kick in a dangerous position for Newcastle, and this time Marveaux whistles a low left-footed from 20 yards narrowly wide.

  • Hill is booked for his troubles.

  • Newcastle look to break again, with Marveaux about to play Ba through on goal, but Clint Hill wipes out the Senegal striker and saves QPR's bacon.

  • Chance for Newcastle to double their lead on the counter-attack but Marveaux sees a left-footed, 20-yard shot pushed around the post by Green.

  • Wonderful finish from Ameobi, who was fed deep in the right channel by Perch, stepped inside past the diving Taarabt and curled a left-footed shot into the far corner.

  • GOAL: Shola Ameobi breaks the deadlock to give Newcastle a 1-0 lead.

  • Another change for QPR now as Shaun Derry comes on for Alejandro Faurlin.

  • Final change for Newcastle as Sylvain Marveaux replaces Tiote.

  • Obertan once again makes space on the left to swing in a cross, but it was too close to the goalkeeper and the opportunity is wasted.

  • Chance for Ba as Obertan creates space to cross from the left, but the ball was deflected up in the air and Ba couldn't get enough power on his close-range header to trouble Green. All Newcastle now.

  • Ba stands over yet another free-kick for Newcastle, and this time he finds the wall. He's not had the best day from dead-ball situations.


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