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Premiership: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle

Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen provide goals as Liverpool ease by Newcastle

Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen scored as Liverpool kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night.

With striker Daniel Sturridge unavailable following a knock against Blackburn last week, Sterling provided the opener in the ninth minute by skipping through the Newcastle defence and sending a curler into the top corner.

Liverpool controlled most of the game, but Newcastle did have two good chances in the first half.

Referee Lee Mason denied a major penalty shout when Ayoze Perez appeared to be tripped up in the box, and shortly afterward Simon Mignolet was called into action to make a diving save from an Ayoze header just before the break.

Joe Allen pounced on a loose ball in the 70th minute to double Liverpool’s advantage.

The points were sealed when Moussa Sissoko was sent off with a second yellow card in the 83rd minute for a dangerous tackle on Lucas Leiva that could have been given as a straight red.

Liverpool are four points back of Manchester City in fourth with six games to play.

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Premiership: Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd

Ashley Young fired Manchester United to a last-minute victory at Newcastle to maintain their charge for a top-four finish.

The game looked to be heading for a draw when Magpies keeper Tim Krul could only stab a hurried clearance straight to the wing-back, who steered the ball past him to secure a precious 1-0 Barclays Premier League win.

The Holland international had earlier cast himself in the role of hero after pulling off a stunning double-save to deny first Marouane Fellaini and then Young on a night when Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans became involved in an ugly spat which could yet have repercussions.

But having survived strong 10th-minute appeals for a penalty for Chris Smalling’s challenge on Emmanuel Riviere, the visitors extended their recent run to just two defeats in 22 games in all competitions with the victory they craved.

Wayne Rooney was once again asked to lead the line after his brace against Sunderland on Saturday, and he looked to be the man most likely to break the deadlock during a first half in which the visitors dominated possession.

With Ander Herrera and Fellaini, who was preferred to Radamel Falcao, using the space in the middle of the field to feed Antonio Valencia and Angel Di Maria down one wing and Marcos Rojo and Young down the other, the Magpies found themselves having to defend deep and in numbers for the greater part of the opening 45 minutes.

Di Maria failed to make the most of a first-minute half-chance after Mehdi Abeid had gifted the ball to Herrera in midfielder, and Louis van Gaal’s men might have paid had referee Anthony Taylor viewed Smalling’s 10th-minute challenge on striker Riviere inside the penalty area in the same way as the locals.

Television replays suggested Taylor had got it wrong, but Newcastle had little time to reflect upon their misfortune as United surged forward with Herrera slicing wide with 15 minutes gone.

But it was Rooney who passed up two glorious openings inside four minutes as he first shot wide from close range after Young had helped on Di Maria’s cross, and then allowed to ball to get away from him as he attempted to flick it around defender Mike Williamson.

Cisse smashed a left-foot shot from distance wide 10 minutes before the break, but then became involved in an angry exchange with Evans with television pictures suggesting both men had spit, although not necessarily at each other.

But the most significant goalmouth action came in the final minutes of the half with Krul turning away Fellaini’s firm header at one end before De Gea managed to block Riviere’s shot as he slipped after running on to Moussa Sissoko’s beautifully weighted through-ball.

Rojo had Krul looking anxiously towards his top corner within two minutes of the restart when he unleashed a swerving left-foot shot which flew just over the angle of bar and post.

However, it was De Gea who had to be at his best two minute later to repel Riviere’s stabbed effort after Fabricio Coloccini had headed on Ryan Taylor’s free-kick.

But Krul had to be at his best to prevent the visitors from taking a 54th-minute lead when he parried Fellaini’s shot on the turn after he had controlled Di Maria’s cross, and then recovered in time to block Young’s follow-up.

Di Maria departed four minutes later as Adnan Januzaj took his place, but it was the arrival of Jonas Gutierrez for the first time since October 2013 following his successful battle against testicular cancer which caused the bigger stir.

Newcastle should really have been ahead three minutes later when substitute Ayoze Perez broke from his own half and having drawn lone defender Evans, slipped Cisse in, but the 11-goal Senegal international scuffed his shot horribly wide to let De Gea off the hook.

Krul came to the rescue once against 15 minutes from time when he palmed away Rooney’s downward header from Young’s cross at the foot of his left post, but he was finally beaten at the death when he could only scuff Abeid’s ill-judged back-pass to Young, who fired into the empty net to win it.

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Premiership: Man City 5-0 Newcastle

Manchester City warmed up for Tuesday’s visit of Barcelona in style by crushing Newcastle 5-0 on a perfect day for the Barclays Premier League champions.

City led from the second minute as they cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to five points by demolishing the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium.

Top scorer Sergio Aguero opened the scoring with a penalty before Samir Nasri and the impressive Edin Dzeko added to the lead inside 21 minutes. David Silva made the scoreline even more lopsided with a rapid double early in the second half.

New signing Wilfried Bony did not get on the scoresheet after coming off the bench for the final 30 minutes but, even before kicking a ball, it seemed he had started paying back his B£25million fee.

His mere presence in the squad – finally available after the African Nations Cup – appeared to sharpen Dzeko, whose goal was his first since September.

The return of Yaya Toure, following his tournament success alongside Bony for Ivory Coast, could also not be understated as City gained complete control of the midfield area.

Toure is suspended as City return to Champions League action this week, but they could not go into a clash against Barcelona in better heart.

They needed just 20 seconds to assert their authority as Vurnon Anita gifted possession to Dzeko in the box and then clumsily brought the Bosnian down.

It was just the start of a highly impressive performance from Dzeko, although it was Aguero who tucked away the penalty for his 22nd goal of the season.

Newcastle initially responded well to the setback and Daryl Janmaat sent a fierce effort narrowly wide with Joe Hart apparently beaten.

But that was about as good as it got for Newcastle as City strode through the visitors’ defence to double their lead after 12 minutes.

Dzeko was the provider, cutting inside from the left and passing inside to Nasri, albeit with a slight deflection. Nasri took the ball in his stride and casually wrong-footed two defenders before scooping the ball into the roof of the net.

Dzeko continued to stretch the Newcastle defence and got the goal his early excellence deserved when a well-timed run behind the defence was spotted by Silva. The Spaniard picked him out with a superb crossfield pass and the Bosnian chested down before clipping home on the half-volley.

By now City were in complete control and they eased off the throttle to coast towards the interval.

Newcastle hardly made an impression and City might have had another before the break as Fernandinho struck a long-range shot straight at Tim Krul, after more good work from Dzeko.

The Magpies had a rare good chance early in the second half as Papiss Cisse met Moussa Sissoko’s fine chipped cross with a powerful volley that deflected off Vincent Kompany, but Hart was alert.

That was enough to stir City back into life and they further increased their lead with two Silva goals in the space of three minutes.

Aguero broke from deep to create the opening for the first, with Silva finishing by digging out Nasri’s pass inside and tucking home.

The Spaniard had another moments later, this time racing on to an Aguero knock-down from a Toure pass and rifling in from distance.

That quickfire double put the game beyond any doubt and Manuel Pellegrini, with Tuesday in mind, decided to take star duo Silva and Aguero off after an hour.

That meant a 30-minute run-out for Bony, and he might have had a debut goal but for a fine save from Krul after racing on to a Toure pass.

Dzeko also extended Krul and the goalkeeper kept out a well-struck free-kick from Aleksandar Kolarov as City, despite easing off in the latter stages, continued to dominate.

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Premiership: Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew earned a point in his first match against former club Newcastle as Fraizer Campbell’s goal secured a draw.

Palace had the better of the first half, with a headed goal from Campbell ruled out for offside.

Newcastle took the lead with their first shot on target, Papiss Cisse nodding in Daryl Janmaat’s cross.

But the hosts struck back through Campbell to deny the Magpies a second win under new boss John Carver.

The battling point continues the Eagles’ impressive run since Pardew took over – they have now taken 10 points from a possible 15.

They are 13th in the Premier League table, just two places behind Newcastle, having been eight positions beneath the Magpies when Pardew switched clubs.

Palace had lost eight of their previous 10 matches against Newcastle but Wilfried Zaha soon tested Tim Krul, before Joe Ledley flicked a header over the bar from Jason Puncheon’s free-kick.

Campbell replaced the injured Yaya Sanogo midway through the first half. The striker almost made an immediate impact, but his glancing header from Puncheon’s cross was correctly adjudged offside.

Newcastle then struck against the run of play as Janmaat skipped past Zaha and curled in a superb delivery for Cisse to head his 10th goal of the season.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini appeared to be struck by a coin thrown from the crowd as the visitors celebrated.

With his team staring at a second defeat in three Premier League matches, Pardew brought on Yannick Bolasie in place of Martin Kelly.

And the winger had an instant impact, delivering a superb cross from the right which Campbell slid in from three yards.

Palace continued to attack but Krul saved a point for the visitors with a brilliant sprawling save from Brede Hangeland’s goal-bound header.

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Premiership: Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

Late Peter Crouch strike earns Stoke draw at Newcastle

Stoke striker Peter Crouch came off the bench to snatch a draw at Newcastle with a dramatic late equaliser.

The Magpies looked to have won an instantly forgettable game when Jack Colback fired them into a 74th-minute lead.

However Crouch headed fellow substitute Geoff Cameron’s 90th-minute cross over keeper Tim Krul to claim a 1-1 draw on Tyneside and deny head coach John Carver back-to-back Barclays Premier League victories and leave Newcastle still awaiting as first home win of 2015.

Colback might not have been on the pitch to put the Magpies ahead had referee Kevin Friend issued a second caution for a 71st-minute foul on Victor Moses.

The goal briefly raised the spirits of a crowd of just 47,763 – the lowest at St James’ Park this season – but there were boos on the final whistle with Carver’s men having passed up an opportunity to climb into the top 10.

Newcastle ran out knowing a second successive victory would see them leapfrog Stoke with two points separating them in the table before kick-off, and there was little to choose between the sides during a tight opening 45 minutes.

The visitors, who employed Moses and Mame Biram Diouf as wide men in support of striker Jonathan Walters, enjoyed the greater share of possession before the break without creating clear-cut chances until deep into injury-time at the end of the half.

But the Magpies made more of their time on the ball as they attacked largely on the break through the pace of Ayoze Perez and the skill of Remy Cabella and Sammy Ameobi.

Walters fired across the face of goal after turning Mike Williamson with eight minutes gone, but it took a fine reaction save from Asmir Begovic to deny Cabella at the other end three minutes later.

Ameobi slid the ball out to Moussa Sissoko wide on the left and when he crossed to the near post, Cabella glanced a header towards goal, only to see Begovic throw out a hand to turn it past the post.

The Bosnian was quick off his line to prevent Sissoko from reaching Cabella’s 27th-minute return pass, but he was more comfortable in collecting Ameobi’s well-struck shot on the turn seconds later.

However, he was mightily relieved to see Perez’s shot fly inches past the far post two minutes before the break after he had been played in behind defender Marc Muniesa by Cabella.

For all their possession, Stoke, who had Moses, Stephen Ireland and Glenn Whelan booked before the break, did not force Krul into a save of note until the second minute of stoppage time, although it was a good one when it finally arrived as the Dutchman palmed away Diouf’s point-blank header after good play by Steven Nzonzi and Ireland.

The second half started in scrappy fashion with neither side able to exercise any real control, although the Magpies almost worked their way in with 53 minutes gone when Perez and Cabella combined only for the final ball to let them down.

If anything, a game of little genuine quality deteriorated further as the half wore on with neither side able to summon up the inspiration to turn it in their favour.

Carver made his move with 25 minutes remaining when he replaced defensive midfielder Vurnon Anita with striker Papiss Cisse.

Gabriel Obertan replaced Cabella as the game limped towards its conclusion and saw Cisse head his 73rd-minute cross well wide of the target, but redemption was close at hand.

The former Manchester United winger’s cross seconds later was laid off by Sissoko to Colback, who had been booked for a foul on Marc Muniesa before catching Moses late, and he fired home first time off the inside of the post to snatch victory.

Krul made smart saves from Phil Bardsley and Walters to preserve his clean sheet, but Obertan and Perez both passed up glorious opportunities to cement the win in a frenetic conclusion, and they were made to pay when Crouch rose at the far post to loop a header home despite the best efforts of Fabricio Coloccini on the line.

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Premiership: Newcastle United: John Carver to stay in charge until end of season

Newcastle United have announced John Carver will remain as head coach until the end of the season.

Alan Pardew’s former assistant, 50, will take charge of the team for the final 16 Premier League games.

The Newcastle board will seek a permanent successor in the summer.

“Having explored at some length the options available to us, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season,” read a club statement.

Pardew left to take charge of Crystal Palace earlier this month, with Newcastle since drawing one and losing three games under Carver.

“The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United,” the statement added.

“It is vitally important that we get the right individual.”

Carver said: “This is a proud day for me. I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this club means to this city and its people.

“I believe in my players and the staff I have around me. I am confident that we can deliver exciting, successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club.”

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Premiership: Newcastle 1-2 Southampton

Eljero Elia scored twice as Southampton beat Newcastle to move back above Manchester United into third place.

Dutch forward Elia got his first goal in England when he fired under Tim Krul after James Ward-Prowse’s pass.

Newcastle equalised when Saints defender Florin Gardos’s clearance hit Yoan Gouffran and spun into the net.

Elia made it 2-1 when his deflected drive beat Krul before Newcastle saw a late penalty appeal dismissed when Jose Fonte handled Emmanuel Riviere’s shot.

Elia moved to St Mary’s on loan from Werder Bremen at the start of January and helped Ronald Koeman’s team to victory over Manchester United on his debut.

That win gave Southampton the edge over United in the race for third place and they followed it up with a fourth consecutive away victory in all competitions.

Netherlands international Elia gave his new club an ideal start at St James’ Park by beating two of his compatriots to score his first Southampton goal.

Ward-Prowse’s threaded pass released Elia, who held off the challenge from Daryl Janmaat before firing the ball under goalkeeper Krul, who should have saved the shot.

Southampton’s previous win at St James’ Park came in 1997, when Matt Le Tissier was on the scoresheet.

Fonte went close to doubling the visitors’ lead but headed over from Ward-Prowse’s swirling free-kick from the right.

Newcastle’s John Carver is yet to win a match since taking over as caretaker manager after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace on 3 January.

Carver, 50, is a lifelong Newcastle supporter and celebrated on the touchline as the home team equalised thanks to a slice of luck.

Gardos slid to meet Remy Cabella’s through-ball but the Southampton defender’s clearance hit Gouffran’s knee and the ball spun into the unguarded net. It was the Frenchman’s first goal in 13 months.

The goal lifted Newcastle and they came close to taking the lead when Cabella’s fine chipped pass found Ayoze Perez but the 21-year-old Spaniard’s half-volley drifted narrowly wide of Fraser Forster’s left-hand post.

Gouffran glanced a header wide from 10 yards after Massadio Haidara’s cross and, less than a minute later, Newcastle were behind again.

Substitute Long flicked the ball on for Elia and his low shot beat Krul with the help of a ricochet off Janmaat.

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett headed wide from Jack Colback’s corner as the hosts struggled to regain their rhythm.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle came close to his first goal since December when he headed against the bar from Nathaniel Clyne.

Newcastle were denied a late chance to equalise when a shot from substitute Riviere hit Fonte’s arm in the area but referee Robert Madley chose not to award a penalty.

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Premiership: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Chelsea overcame Newcastle to record a 10th straight home league win and move two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko hit the post early on as the Blues struggled.

But a quickly-taken corner afforded Oscar space to score from eight yards and Chelsea then took control.

Diego Costa rounded off a wonderful team move with a low strike as Jose Mourinho’s side took advantage of City’s 1-1 draw at Everton.

The manner of Costa’s 15th league goal of the season contrasted with much of Chelsea’s afternoon, as such a flowing move seemed beyond them for much of the day.

Eden Hazard’s clipped cross, collected and flicked in one movement by Oscar for the on-rushing Costa was exquisite and buried low into the bottom corner by the striker.

Chelsea had drawn at Southampton and lost at Tottenham in league games prior to this meeting and though they were not at their best, built on a fifth straight home clean sheet to maintain their 100% home league record and now no longer rely on goal difference to top the table.

Newcastle, one of only two sides to beat Chelsea in the league this season, sought a first league double over the Blues in 28 years, and will rue missed chances in the opening period.

Caretaker boss John Carver has now overseen a draw with Burnley, an FA Cup exit and this defeat at Chelsea in his three games in charge, form unlikely to prove sufficient to fulfil his hopes of landing the job full-time.

His selection was boosted by the return from injury of goalkeeper Tim Krul, but it was Remy Cabella, making only his 10th league start, who impressed early on.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech – in for Thibaut Courtois who is nursing a finger injury – denied the Frenchman from 18 yards with a low diving save, but he was beaten when Sissoko’s thumping shot from the edge of the box smashed against the post.

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Premiership: Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse banned after accepting FA charge

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse will serve a three-match ban after accepting a charge of violent conduct from the FA.

Cisse elbowed Everton defender Seamus Coleman during Sunday’s 3-2 league win over the Toffees.

He will miss Thursday’s visit of Burnley, Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Leicester and the Premier League game at Chelsea on 10 January.

The 29-year-old is his side’s top scorer with nine goals.

He netted for the fifth time in six Premier League games as Newcastle ended a four-game losing run on Sunday.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said Cisse was lucky not to have been sent off for the incident, which was not seen by match officials at the time, describing it as “unacceptable”.

“You don’t want to see that on a football pitch, that shouldn’t be allowed,” he said.

“Two players fighting for their position at a dead-ball situation and you end up deciding to take the law into your own hands by elbowing a fellow professional.

“It’s unacceptable and that should have been a red card.”

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Premiership: Newcastle duo take change as Pardew set to leave

John Carver and Steve Stone are set to be in charge for Newcastle’s next two matches with Alan Pardew poised to become Crystal Palace’s new manager.

The two clubs have agreed compensation for Pardew to succeed Neil Warnock, who was sacked on Saturday.

Pardew did not take training on Tuesday and assistant manager Carver and first team coach Stone have stepped in.

They will oversee Thursday’s Premier League home game against Burnley and Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Leicester.

Pardew is set to leave the Magpies, who are ninth, for 18th-placed Palace.

“Crystal Palace have offered compensation at a level whereby Alan has now been permitted to speak to them,” said a Newcastle statement on Monday night.

Pardew, 53, has been Newcastle manager since December 2010 and is currently the fourth longest-serving manager in English football, after Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, Exeter City’s Paul Tisdale and Karl Robinson of MK Dons.

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