Newcastle United FC were 2-0 winners at home to north-east rivals Middlesbrough FC on Monday night.
Goals from Shola Ameobi and Stephen Caldwell gave Newcastle United FC a 2-0 home victory against north-east rivals Middlesbrough FC tonight.
The win lifts the UEFA Champions League contenders one place above Middlesbrough in the Premiership table. Sir Bobby Robson's men are now eighth with 19 points and have a game in hand on their opponents.
After a series of near-misses and penalty appeals for both teams, Ameobi struck in the 19th minute. A lucky break inside the Middlesbrough penalty area left the ball at the England Under-21 forward's feet with just Mark Schwarzer to beat. Ameobi wasted no time and found the bottom right-hand corner.
Middlesbrough then dominated much of the play but could not create any clear-cut openings. Newcastle were in resilient mood in defence and always looked a threat on the break. They could have doubled their advantage on a couple of occasions before finally scoring their second, with Jermaine Jenas and Alan Shearer, hunting his 100th Premiership goal for Newcastle, denied.
Caldwell made the game safe in the 87th minute after Schwarzer failed to deal with a corner. The ball fell to centre-back Caldwell, playing his first game in 20 months, and he hooked the ball into the net. To make matters worse for Middlesbrough, defender Franck Quedrue was sent off for a second booking just before the final whistle, his second red card in two games.