Steven Caldwell, out of the first-team for more than 20 months, netted his first ever Premiership goal as Newcastle earned their fourth successive victory with a slightly fortuitous 2-0 win over Middlesbrough.
Caldwell's goal three minutes from time, courtesy of a handling mistake from a corner kick by the previously superb Middlesbrough keeper Mark Schwarzer, supplemented Shola Ameobi's 20th minute opportunist effort and saw them go above Boro to eighth in the table. Boro had dominated large parts of the game but had their nightmare evening completed when French defender Frank Queuedrue was sent-off for the second successive game after receiving a second yellow card.
Schwarzer had been in top form for most of the match, denying Alan Shearer his 100th Premiership goal for Newcastle and producing other superb stops from Hugo Viana and Kieron Dyer. It was also a hectic night for recalled Republic of Ireland shot-stopper Shay Given, who was called into action on several occasions. He was relieved to see Massimo Maccarone's rasping right-footed shot from outside the box miss the target by just a few inches in the 55th minute. But earlier in the 15th minute the Donegal made sure a 25-yard Geremi effort was palmed away. He was fortunate though that the ball didn't subsequently fall to a Boro player.
None of the luck was running the visitors' way and their night was summed up when referee Graham Barber turned down two penalty appeals when Ugo Ehiogu and Maccarone both appeared to be fouled in the area.
Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland defender Andy O'Brien, named in Bobby Robson's squad earlier today following his recovery from a back muscle injury, did not start or even make the bench at St James' Park.
Filed by James Boylan.