Shear delight as Newcastle subs Martins & Lovenkrands sink Boro

Newcastle 3 – Middlesbrough 1 (Premier League, May 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Newcastle had the worst possible start to their Tyne-Tees derby with Boro, conceding inside three minutes. Alves played the ball into Tuncay in the box, the Turk turned brilliantly before Habib Beye eventually sent the ball into his own net. The Magpies hit back quickly, Steven Taylor (where was the marking?) rose unchallenged to head home a Guthrie corner. A match full of mistakes and few tackles then formed, with Boro arguably looking the more likely to score next. Up against it Shearer made his best tactical to-date, subbing Owen for Obafemi Martins in the 69th minute, and within 20 seconds the Nigerian managed to send St. James’ wild scoring off of Viduka’s knock-down. Five minutes from time Boro were put to bed, Nolan’s cross from the right found Peter Lovenkrands free in the six yard box and the Dane smashed home the third.