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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 16,819) 2nd May 2010 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: D Deadman

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Newcastle United Newcastle

QPR 0

P Ramage (S/O 46)

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Newcastle 1

P Lovenkrands (71)

Toon celebrate ton after win

Toon celebrate title winning season with final day victory

Last Updated: 02/05/10 3:47pm

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Lovenkrands: United winner

Lovenkrands: United winner

Newcastle surpassed the 100-point barrier by beating QPR 1-0 to round their Championship title winning campaign in style.

The Magpies had already secured their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking by winning the division comfortably, however they were in no mood to relent as they disposed of Neil Warnock's side.

The Rs were always going to face a difficult task against the champions but their job was made all the more difficult when former United defender Peter Ramage saw red moments after the restart.

And Newcastle took advantage to canter to their 30th league win of the season when Peter Lovenkrands' tidy finish in the 71st minute ensured they waved goodbye to the Championship on a high.

Uninspiring affair

The first half was an uninspiring affair, with both sets of players in end-of-season mode on a slippy pitch which had to pass a morning inspection.

Newcastle's ex-Hoops winger Wayne Routledge tried to lift the tedium with a sharp turn and shot but his effort flew straight at home goalkeeper Radek Cerny.

At the other end, Akos Buzsaky blazed a decent chance high over the crossbar, before stand-in goalkeeper Tim Krul made a meal of holding onto Alejandro Faurlin's drive.

There was little else to get excited about until seconds before the interval when Jay Simpson raced onto Faurlin's fine long pass, but his touch let him down and Krul was able to gather.

The second half was just 15 seconds old when Ameobi charged past Ramage and was hauled down.

Deadman decided the defender was the last man and Ramage cut a disconsolate figure as he trudged off.

Breakthrough

The dismissal seemed to spark Rangers into life and they had the ball in the net in the 55th minute, but Tamas Priskin was marginally offside when he collected Simpson's pass and chipped Krul.

But it was the visitors who eventually made the breakthrough with a goal of Premier League quality.

Joey Barton's pass split the Rangers defence and Lovenkrands, who had been on the pitch for 17 minutes, beat the offside trap before lofting his finish over Cerny and into an empty net.

Simpson could have spoiled the party and hauled Rangers level when he scampered clear again, but Krul stayed big to block his shot and the Magpies held to end with a win.

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1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

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