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Newcastle 1 QPR 0   Saturday 22 November 3pm

Three results were needed to send Newcastle United into a Champions League qualifying place, Manchester City and Everton eventually struggled past Swansea and West Ham respectively, with Newcastle completing the job late on.

Captain for the day Moussa Sissoko banked the three points with a tremendous finish after a one-two with Sammy Ameobi.

Before that match winner, Sissoko had looked the most likely to open things up, a surging run and through ball to Ayoze Perez deserved better. However, Spanish striker just hesitated and allowed Rob Green to make an excellent save.

Other than that it was a hard fought encounter with plenty corners and graft but not enough creativity.

Remy Cabella had the stage but again disappointed, the French playmaker not in the game enough and when he did get the chances to influence the game he invariably over-elaborated.

On the other hand, I’m not the biggest fan of Mike Williamson but he came in today and QPR’s man of the moment Charlie Austin didn’t really get a look in.

United just about deserved to win and yet another clean sheet was key to that in a tight game.

Special mention for Ryan Taylor who limped from the pitch in obvious pain and beyond that, clearly heartbroken. I really hope that his situation isn’t what we all fear.

As for the team, now into a very mental fourth place and everything crossed that Arsenal and Manchester United now play out a draw.

A result which would would ensure a week of top four in the Premier League and a little dream for us all.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara, Colback, Ryan Taylor (Gouffran 33), Sissoko, Ameobi, Cabella (Cisse 67), Perez (Armstrong 89)

Unused Subs: Elliot, Anita, Ferreyra, Streete

Ref: Chris Foy

Crowd: 51,915

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