Sport West Ham striker Andy Carroll looks on at Stamford Bridge

A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at Upton Park

Is Hughton the right man for the big league?

Newcastle's manager must adapt fast to survive in the top flight

Harper lays relegation pain to rest

'To bounce straight back is fantastic,' says Newcastle goalkeeper after promotion

Newcastle deserve promotion says Hughton

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has told his players they deserve to be back in the Barclays Premier League after watching them edge closer to the Coca-Cola Championship title.

Nolan kick-starts promotion party

Newcastle United 2 Sheffield United 1

Newcastle promoted back to Premier League

Newcastle sealed a return to the Premier League tonight after promotion rival Nottingham Forest failed to beat Cardiff, guaranteeing the Magpies a top two finish in the Championship.

Barton's joy as Newcastle close in on promotion

Peterborough 2 Newcastle United 3: Midfielder's goal on comeback means club can seal Premier League return today

Hard labour for Newcastle after Lovenkrands lift

Newcastle United 3 Preston North End 0

Newcastle hit top note after Carroll service

Newcastle United 4 Coventry City 1

Lovenkrands hat-trick sees off Plymouth's limp challenge

Newcastle United 3 Plymouth Argyle 0

Hughton sits tight on top of the table

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Newcastle United 2: Magpies' new lease of life means manager has no need to speculate in transfer window while Wednesday make do and mend to try to halt slide, writes Jeremy Cross

League round-up: Moore the merrier as Albion respond to Di Matteo rant

On a day when most of the top six sides in the Championship faced teams in the relegation dogfight, West Bromwich Albion seemed least affected by any Boxing Day lassitude, beating Peterborough United 2-0 at the Hawthorns to cut Newcastle United's lead to eight points. Posh started well but Albion took control in the second half, and just after the hour Luke Moore's left-footed shot and Ryan Bennett's header into his own net set up West Brom's win. Posh slip to the bottom of the pile.

Magpies find that Hassell is too much to handle

Barnsley 2 Newcastle United 2

Hughton tips Harper for England

Newcastle manager thinks goalkeeper's superb season makes him Capello candidate
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