• English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • St James' Park
  • Attendance: 50,180
  • Shola Ameobi, 81

live commentary

90 mins:That's full time. Newcastle take maximum points.

90 mins:Taarabt's free kick is collected by Krul.

90 mins:Ameobi is shown yellow for a dive.

90 mins:Rob Green saves from Ameobi. Ameobi has impressed since coming on.

90 mins:Five minutes of added time have been signaled.

89 mins:Perch is shown yellow by Kevin Friend.

87 mins:Marveaux looks to place his free kick into the bottom corner but the ball flies just wide.

86 mins:Clint Hill goes into the referee's notebook.

84 mins:Ferdinand wins the ball but then concedes a throw in.

81 mins:Marveaux slips in Ba who fires home into the bottom corner.

78 mins:Derry replaces Faurlin to complete all changes for both teams.

77 mins:Tiote is replaced by Sylvain Marveaux.

75 mins:Demba Ba sees his cross blocked after doing well to create space.

73 mins:Ba brings the ball down from Obertan's cross but QPR clear.

71 mins:Krul makes an easy save from Ba who's unable to get any power behind his header.

70 mins:Ba's curling free kick hits the wall.

69 mins:Ameobi is bundled over and Newcastle are awarded a free kick.

67 mins:Good work from Santon to get possession back for Newcastle.

65 mins:Ameobi heads wide for the Magpies.

64 mins:Demba Ba unleashes an effort that comes off a QPR player for a corner.

63 mins:QPR make another change, Hoilett replacing Cisse.

61 mins:Tiote is booked for a pull on Wright-Phillips.

60 mins:Obertan and Ameobi come on for Cisse and Gutierrez.

58 mins:Papiss Cisse heads over from Gutierrez's cross.

57 mins:Gabriel Obertan and Shola Ameobi are ready to come on.

54 mins:Granero is replaced by Wright-Phillips.

53 mins:Taarabt looks for a one-two with Cisse but the ball back is short.

52 mins:Tiote covers well and Fraulin can't get his shot away.

47 mins:Tim Krul is called into action to save from Djibril Cisse.

45 mins:Kevin Friend gets the second half underway.

45 mins:The referee blows for half time. That was a disappointing first half.

42 mins:Djibril Cisse's shot rolls towards Krul who makes an easy save.

41 mins:Ferdinand goes into the referee's notebook.

40 mins:Another free kick from Demba Ba. This one flies even higher.

38 mins:Demba Ba's free kick is high and not so handsome.

37 mins:Simpson's cross is headed away by Ferdinand.

36 mins:Demba Ba cuts inside but Ferdinand blocks his shot.

34 mins:So far this game is not one that'll go down long in the memory.

32 mins:Santon goes down the left but Nelsen heads away from his cross.

30 mins:Green punches away from Anita's cross.

27 mins:Anita looks to have picked up an injury.

26 mins:Djibril Cisse finds himself on defensive duties as he clears for QPR.

24 mins:Granero's free kick is too deep and goes out for a goalkick.

21 mins:There's no QPR player in the box to put away a decent cross by Taarabt.

20 mins:Perch gets a word from the referee for a challenge on Mackie.

18 mins:Newcastle haven't quite got going so far.

16 mins:Taarabt does well to get a shot away but it's a comfortable save for Krul.

15 mins:Newcastle clear away from Taarabt's centre.

13 mins:Taarabt looks to play a one-two with Faurlin but Newcastle come away with the ball.

11 mins:Coloccini slices his clearance from a Taarabt ball over the top.

8 mins:Gutierrez's low cross is put out by Nelsen.

6 mins:Papiss Cisse heads wide of the target.

4 mins:Simpson's tries a shot but it's a tame effort.

2 mins:Simpson looks to get a cross in but Faurlin puts it out at the expense of a corner.

Referee Mr Friend gets us underway.

Newcastle are unchanged from the side that went down to Champions Manchester City.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp makes three changes, Onuoha, Traore and Wright-Phillips.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • St James' Park
  • Attendance: 50,180
  • Shola Ameobi, 81

match report

Shola Ameobi netted a late winner as Newcastle's 1-0 victory halted QPR's recent revival under Harry Redknapp.

A first win of the season lifted the R's off the bottom last week, but struggling Newcastle were also in desperate need of three points and an 81st minute strike from substitute Ameobi rewarded their dogged display at a damp St James' Park.

The hosts went in search of an early opener, but Papiss Cisse could not direct his back-post header on goal and he then failed to find strike partner Demba Ba with a wayward cross.

Magpies winger Jonas Gutierrez was similarily wasteful when he overhit his centre from a promising position, while the R's gave a glimpse of their threat as Adel Taarabt's dangerous ball flew across the face.

Newcastle were offering little attacking menace, despite decent spells of possession, and QPR's resolute defender Ryan Nelsen easily dealt with any hopeful balls into the box.

Ba ballooned a free-kick hopelessly over the bar as the Magpies laboured on the increasingly sodden surface, but James Perch did raise the pulse of the home faithful with a shot narrowly wide.

Following a quiet first-half, R's striker Djibril Cisse nearly made his mark moments after the restart as Tim Krul pushed his low drive into the side-netting.

His namesake then went close at the other end as Papiss nodded over at the back post, while Vurnon Anita's dangerous low free-kick was pushed away by Rob Green.

The Magpies were mounting a sustained assault on goal, but substitute Ameobi made a mess of a header before Ba nodded weakly at Green.

Ameobi was far more assured shortly afterwards as he raced onto Perch's pass and curled an inch perfect shot into the far corner.

The R's back-line was almost breached again minutes later when a low drive from Sylvain Marveaux was pushed away by the sprawling Green.

Taarabt was handed the chance to give Rangers a last-gasp reprieve with a free-kick in a dangerous position, but his looping effort was held by Krul.

team line-up

1Tim Krul
3Davide Santon
6Michael Williamson
2Fabricio Coloccini
5Danny Simpson
24Cheik Tioté77
8Vurnon Anita
14James Perch
19Demba Ba
9Papiss Demba Cissé61
18Jonás Gutiérrez61


22Sylvain Marveaux77
28Sammy Ameobi
23Shola Ameobi61
20Gael Bigirimana
37Steve Harper
31Shane Ferguson
25Gabriel Obertan61


Kevin Friend

team line-up

1Robert Green
17Ryan Nelsen
5Anton Ferdinand
6Clint Hill
32Alejandro Faurlin79
40Stéphane Mbia
12Jamie Mackie
14Esteban Granero56
10Adel Taarabt
9Djibril Cissé64


15Nedum Onuoha
4Shaun Derry79
26Brian Murphy
23Junior Hoilett64
11Shaun Wright-Phillips56
2Samba Diakité
3Armand Traore


Kevin Friend

match stats

possession %5841
shots on target43
shots off target91
tackles won814