Carroll double closes in on promotion for Newcastle
Newcastle United 3 Scunthorpe United 0
Thursday 18 March 2010
Joe Murphy's was perhaps the most well-earned pint of Guinness on St Patrick's Day, but the Irish goalkeeper's restorative post-match tipple came after he had nevertheless been beaten on three occasions by a Newcastle United side who last night took another significant step towards ensuring their Premier League exile is confined to a single season.
Andy Carroll claimed his second goal of the contest with a deft chip to beat the over-employed Murphy 10 minutes after the re-start, and the only surprise was that a sixth consecutive home victory – for the first time since 2004 – was not accompanied by a more handsome margin of victory.
The failure to embellish their dominance thanks to a stunning display from Murphy will be tempered by increasing their advantage on Nottingham Forest to a dozen points. Billy Davies' third-placed side visit here on Monday week, by which time Newcastle's elevation will be in sight, with a maximum of five victories required in their remaining 10 games. "We've worked hard to put ourselves into a wonderful position," admitted Chris Hughton, their manager.
Scunthorpe humbled Newcastle at Glanford Park in October, a watershed moment in the Championship leaders' season as they have lost just once in 23 league games since. There was little chance of a repeat as the visitors succumbed to a fifth consecutive away defeat to leave them in the bottom three and, like Newcastle, likely to exit this division after a single season, albeit in the opposite direction.
Two goals in the opening quarter turned a contest into a procession, Carroll rising unmarked to head home Danny Guthrie's 10th minute corner, before, 12 minutes later, Peter Lovenkrands ran onto a Wayne Routledge pass to slide in his 12th goal in 11 games. Murphy's over-time kept things respectable.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Harper; Simpson, Coloccini, Hall, Enrique (Kadar, 75); Routledge, Nolan, Guthrie, Gutierrez; Carroll (Best, 75), Lovenkrands (Ranger, 82).
Substitutes not used: Krul (gk), Taylor, Pancrate, Butt.
Scunthorpe United (4-5-1): Murphy; A Wright, Raynes, Jones, Williams; Thompson, O'Connor (Togwell, 56), J Wright (Woolford, 72), McCann, Forte; Hayes (McDermott, 55).
Substitutes not used: Lillis (gk), Milne, Woolford, Canavan.
Referee: P Crossley (Kent).
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Emirates was the easy option for Mesut Ozil. He needs a leader - and Arsenal don't have them
Gareth Bale reveals the two things he hates about Real Madrid: 'Getting nutmegged and Spanish spiders'
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao
Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his dance moves, including the moonwalk
Terminally-ill Club Brugge fan Lorenzo Schoonbaert delays euthanasia appointment to see his beloved football club 'win one last time'
- 1 Autism 'caused by genetics', study suggests
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Why you should never make assumptions about people with autism
- 4 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'