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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 42,616) 28th November 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Haywood

Newcastle Newcastle United vs Swansea City Swansea

Newcastle 3

M Harewood (8, 28)
P Lovenkrands (21)

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Toon too good for Swans

Harewood and Lovenkrands on target

Last Updated: 28/11/09 5:41pm

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Lovenkrands: On target

Lovenkrands: On target

Newcastle maintained their place at the top of the Championship with a comfortable 3-0 win over Swansea at St James' Park.

A brace from Marlon Harewood sandwiched an effort from Peter Lovenkrands to see Newcastle to victory against a Swansea side who had not lost since September.

The Welshmen had not lost in 11 games as they headed to the North East, but they were already 3-0 down inside the opening half-hour.

Keeper Steve Harper had to pull off fine saves from Cedric van der Gun and Andrea Orlandi to preserve his clean sheet, and his replacement Tim Krul had to keep out Nathan Dyer's second half effort and an injury time piledriver from defender Angel Rangel as the visitors enjoyed long periods of possession.

But they were not as clinical as the Magpies and it was they who eased to victory in front of a crowd of 42,616 as manager Paulo Sousa's trip to the spiritual home of the late Sir Bobby Robson, who signed him during his spell at Sporting Lisbon, ended in disappointment.

Early lead

The home side were in front within eight minutes after Danny Guthrie played a corner out to skipper Alan Smith and he helped it into the middle.

Central defender Fabricio Coloccini flicked the ball on for Harewood to head firmly past stranded keeper Dorus de Vries.

Guthrie twice blocked Orlandi shots in quick succession after Harewood had impeded Harper as he tried to punch a Darren Pratley free-kick clear, and City responded admirably to the task of trying to force their way back into the game.

But it was 2-0 with 21 minutes gone when Jonas Gutierrez, not for the first time, skipped past full-back Rangel and this time delivered the perfect cross for Lovenkrands to head home.

Harewood got his second just seven minutes later with a deft near post header from Lovenkrands' cross, although it took a fine save from Harper to deny van der Gun on the half hour and a goal-line clearance from Enrique to keep out Nathan Dyer's shot seconds later.

Harper, who had to keep out a raking drive from Orlandi in injury time, failed to appear after the break and his place was taken by Krul.

The young Dutchman was protected by Steven Taylor's fine block within three minutes after the restart after Leon Britton had played Orlandi in.

Spanish midfielder Orlandi was proving a real handful, and it was he who played Dyer through with 55 minutes gone, forcing Krul to make a vital save with his legs.

Danny Simpson had to clear substitute David Cotterill's 63rd minute effort of the line with Taylor off the pitch for treatment, and the midfielder fired just wide three minutes later.

Magpies substitute Nile Ranger headed over from Lovenkrands' 80th minute cross, and for all Swansea's enterprise, they simply could not find a way past Krul and his defenders.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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