Magpies close in on Premier return

Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands scored to earn Newcastle a 3-0 home win over Scunthorpe and a 12-point lead over Nottingham Forest in third.

Last Updated: 17/03/10 at 22:37 Post Comment

Carroll: Scored twice against Iron

Carroll: Scored twice against Iron

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Carroll struck 10 minutes into either half to take his tally for the season to 14, a figure Lovenkrands had reached earlier with his 22nd-minute effort, as relegation-threatened Scunthorpe wilted in the face of an onslaught at St James' Park.

The game might have been over by half-time but for Iron goalkeeper Joe Murphy, the crossbar and the offside flag which denied Kevin Nolan a 12th-minute header.

But the Magpies did more than enough to re-establish their four-point advantage over second-placed West Brom and leave themselves needing a maximum of 15 points from their remaining 10 games to clinch promotion.

Scunthorpe arrived on Tyneside as only one of four sides to beat Newcastle in the Championship this season, and that reverse on October 20 appeared to galvanise Chris Hughton's men, who had lost just one of the 22 league games they had contested since.

The Magpies, who had scored 18 goals in their previous four home games, went in front with 10 minutes gone when Carroll met Danny Guthrie's corner with a thumping header to claim his 13th goal of the season.

Nolan had the ball in the net once again two minutes later when he headed home Guthrie's rehearsed free-kick, only to see his effort ruled out for offside.

The Iron escaped once again with 16 minutes gone when Lovenkrands smashed the ball against the crossbar after Murphy had spilled Jose Enrique's cross, but the goalkeeper redeemed himself with a fine save from Carroll's powerfully-struck shot three minutes later.

However, Murphy was left cruelly exposed once again with 22 minutes gone when Wayne Routledge's defence-splitting pass put Lovenkrands in on goal and the Dane finished superbly to make it 2-0.

The goalkeeper pulled off a stunning point-blank stop to deny Lovenkrands a second five minutes later, and his goal continued to lead a charmed life as Scunthorpe somehow managed to get the to break without conceding again.

But Newcastle increased their lead in fine style with 55 minutes gone.

Fabricio Coloccini picked up possession deep inside his own half and fed Guthrie, whose ball over the top allowed Carroll to race away and chip a delicate shot over the advancing Murphy.

Steve Harper had to make a good save from Jonathan Forte seconds later and another from substitute Martyn Woolford with nine minutes remaining, and in the meantime Jonas Gutierrez had seen a 71st-minute strike disallowed for offside.

Murphy palmed away a well-struck effort from Gutierrez after and enterprising 87th-minute run from halfway, but the damage had been done long before.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Liverpool: Gerrard says Rodgers must take criticism on chin

Steven Gerrard says Brendan Rodgers has to take criticism on the chin when "people are trying to kill you".

Steven Gerrard: Raheem Sterling should sign deal and become Liverpool great

Raheem Sterling should commit his long-term future to Liverpool and become an Anfield great, according to Steven Gerrard.

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property