Nervy Newcastle squeeze past the Baggies to earn Kinnear his first three points; Rams eat up the Canaries

Newcastle 2 – West Brom 1 (Premier League, October 28, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Ryan Donk felled Shola Ameobi in the box and Joey Barton marked his return to St. James’ Park by netting the resulting spot kick. It got better for the Toon just before the break, Habib Beye crossed in from the right and Obafemi Martins headed home number two. The Baggies brought on Ishmael Miller at the break, and the striker pulled a goal back in the 65th minute after collecting a fine through-ball from Rob Koren. Thereafter it was far from a vintage performance from the Magpies, but they held on the move up to 15th in the table.

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Derby 3 – Norwich 1 (Championship, October 28, 2008) Goals by Paul Green and Rob Hulse had fired the Rams 2-up inside 29 minutes. John Kennedy’s 64th minute header revived Norwich’s hopes but they were soon extinguished when Kazmierczak hit a third for Paul Jewell’s side 10 minutes from time.

Birmingham 3 – Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Championship, October 25, 2008) O’Connor headed the home side in front after 11 minutes, only to see Etienne Esajas equalise three minutes later from a quick free-kick. But Birmingham regained the lead a minute later through O’Connor before Kevin Phillips added the third.