Sunday 25 March 2018

Ameobi keeps Magpies flying high

Newcastle United 2 Nottingham Forest 0 Rob Stewart

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)

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