Toon stride clear after Boro triumph

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2009 3:31

Harewood’s 16th-minute strike and Ameobi’s 59th-minute header on Sunday were enough to see off derby rivals Middlesbrough, who now trail the Magpies by 20 points after winning just one of their nine games since Gareth Southgate was sacked.

However, the Teessiders left St James’ Park feeling hard done by in front of a crowd of 49,644 – a record for a Championship fixture – after their appeals for a push in the run-up to Harewood’s goal and their claims for a first-half penalty went unanswered by referee Kevin Friend.

In a relatively even contest, the home side took their chances, while the visitors once again lacked the cutting edge to get anything from the game.

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