Ameobi keeps Magpies flying high
They came in their thousands to get their promotion party started at St James' Park and Shola Ameobi and Jose Enrique ensured Newcastle supporters left for home celebrating a victory which means their club are now destined for the Premier League.
In front of a 45,987-strong crowd, Ameobi and Enrique enabled the Championship leaders to plant a foot back in the top-flight and promotion could be secured for certain at Peterborough on Saturday with a 13-point gap now opened up over a Nottingham Forest side who represent the biggest threat to their upward mobility.
It was Newcastle who came closest to breaking the deadlock early on when Wayne Routledge curled a cross to the far post that eluded Wes Morgan and found Andy Carroll whose left-footed volley was expertly pushed aside by Lee Camp.
A resolute Forest defence was standing firm against a side who had scored 21 goals in their last five home games but when a gap appeared in the Newcastle back-four the unmarked Dexter Blackstock miscued a volley with the goal at his mercy following a cross by Nathan Tyson.
Substitute Ameobi showed how it should be done when he broke the deadlock in the 71st minute as a Forest counter-attack broke down.
Kevin Nolan picked out the striker who drilled an angled, left-footed drive past Camp from the edge of the penalty box.
Camp superbly denied Routledge, Nolan and Danny Guthrie before Enrique added the second after a one-two with Ameobi in stoppage-time.(© Daily Telegraph, London)