Newcastle United’s Premier League status has finally been confirmed after they edged past QPR at Loftus Road. Goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran were enough for Alan Pardew’s side as they came from behind to record only their second away win of the season.

Ben Arfa’s equaliser came from a penalty after the Frenchman had his shirt pulled by Jose Bosingwa, while another shocking error from the Portuguese defender allowed Gouffran to roll home what proved to be the winner towards the end of the first half.

QPR had already converted a penalty of their own inside the first ten minutes though, when Loic Remy scored after Mathieu Debuchy had fouled Junior Hoilett. Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot also seen red late on to leave Newcastle to complete the job a man down.

But Bosingwa’s errors – for which he was roundly booed by his own fans – were enough for Newcastle and results elsewhere mean the Magpies move up to 13th in the league, mathematically safe from the drop.

With nerves at an all-time high, Newcastle conspired to hand themselves the worst possible start. Debuchy was the man at fault, as he left himself out of position after trying to sprint up the field and support Ben Arfa in attack.

From that mistake, Hoilett found space down the left wing and when he entered the box, the recovering Frenchmen needlessly tugged his shirt and referee Lee Probert signalled for the spot kick. Remy – who was minutes away from joining Newcastle before opting for Loftus Road in January – rolled it into the corner and gave the Magpies even more to do to keep the relegation zone at bay.

Newcastle settled soon after going behind though and Ben Arfa started to see more of the ball. A couple of promising runs almost created chances for the visitors and it was through him that Newcastle looked like getting back on terms.

Indeed, when Ben Arfa roamed infield and started to commit players, the breakthrough came. He’d already gone past Bosingwa before turning back and looking for a team mate, only for the defender to tug his shirt and Probert to once again point to the spot.

Ben Arfa stepped up and rifled an excellent penalty into the top corner to draw the sides level and restore belief in the travelling support that Newcastle would not roll over and were up for the fight.

The Geordies thought they’d taken the lead ten minutes later, as Debuchy’s excellent cross was headed home by Cisse, although the linesman flagged for offside and cut short Newcastle’s relief-filled celebrations.

QPR responded with arguably the best move of the first half, which resulted in Hoilett cutting inside and firing a shot which Elliot done well to save down low.

However, it was only a matter of time before the home side imploded.

Bosingwa was again at fault, as he misjudged a back pass to Rob Green and forced his keeper to dive in with Papiss Cisse. The goalkeeper got the better of the coming together but the rebound fell to Gouffran, who volleyed into the unguarded net.

With neither side looking likely to score again, it was no surprise that there was little else in terms of goal scoring chances.

The only talking point was ten minutes from time when Elliot tried to keep a hopeful through ball inside his area but was judged to have handled outside his box. Probert showed the Irish keeper his second yellow card (where he picked up his first, I still don’t know), and Steve Harper came off the bench for his penultimate appearance for his boyhood club.

Harper only had a dangerous effort from Andros Townsend to see over the bar before his side closed out the victory and earned themselves the points that save them from relegation and move them up to 13th in the table with only one game to go.

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  1. A brown

    Sack pardew now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. gasher

    New manager, and massive clear out of sub standard players please.

  3. toonnow

    All Parsnips excuses are worth nothing, he is the manager, in charge of tactics he is very proud of his ability in this, training, team selection etc. His training methods injure players, we do not know how to take corners all we can do is kick a ball really hard upfield but that is it, we have no other game plan. We do have players who are capable of much more than this.
    He has said for the final game against Arsenal he doesn't care if we lose 4-0 he has done his job and it must be a career highlight to have survived a second season as a manager ( is that a first for him? )
    Our priority should be to get a new manager who really understands tactics, training and team management then worry about new players.

  4. Peter Ripley

    I was wondering who he would replace Gouffron with as the super sub Ameobi was injured,and the choice of
    Obertan just confirms that he must get the sack.

  5. Peter Ripley

    The replacement of Gouffron with Ameobi/Obertan shows how clueless he is .


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