Moussa Sissoko’s 78th minute goal finally put dangerous Newcastle past stingy Robert Green, as QPR relented at the end of a 1-0 match at St. James Park.
The win temporarily puts Newcastle into fourth in the Premier League after spending the first two months of the season in the relegation zone, where QPR remains. The Magpies have won five straight in the Premier League.
Newcastle had a series of chances pushed out for corners in the 18th minute, including a great save by Robert Green on a bullet from Ryan Taylor.
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Taylor almost scored again after Ayoze Perez turned the QPR box inside out before slipping to Remy Cabella, who spotted Taylor at the spot. But the midfielder, making his first start in nearly three years after knee trouble, was denied by Green.
And then, heartbreak. Taylor crumpled to a heap just outside his own 18. He was tended to for several minutes before walking off, in tears but on his own power. His return to the NUFC Starting XI lasted all of 34 minutes.
993 – Ryan Taylor’s last Premier League start came 993 days ago (04/03/2012 v Sunderland). Return.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 22, 2014
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The second half again opened up in Newcastle’s favor, with a long spell of play in QPR’s end (and in their 18). Charlie Austin had a chance for the R’s at the other end, but Tim Krul scooped up a low shot.
The introduction of Niko Krancjar for an injured Sandro dramatically shifted QPR’s fortunes, as they took hold of the chances in the middle of the second half. Joey Barton put in a strong shift for the R’s, but they couldn’t find an in-form Austin often enough.
But Newcastle came back to finally beat Green when Sammy Ameobi touched a neat pass to Sissoko, who turned and fired home.
Newcastle United:Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; R.Taylor (Gouffran, 34′), Sissoko, Colback; Cabella (Cisse, 68′), Perez (Armstrong, 90′), Ameobi.
Goal: Sissoko (78′)
Queens Park Rangers: Green; Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Suk-Young; Sandro (Kranjcar, 61′), Henry (Hoilett, 82′), Barton, Fer; Austin, Zamora