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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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