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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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