12 May 2009

Shearer subs keep Newcastle afloat for now

4:18 pm on 12 May 2009

Alan Shearer experienced his first victory as Newcastle United's manager when precious goals from Steven Taylor and substitues Obafemi Martins and Peter Lovenkrands ensured a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough in a St James' Park relegation battle.

The goals could be worth more than $100 million to Newcastle, who would lose a big portion of their income if they drop out of the Premier League.

With two games remaining against Fulham and Aston Villa, they are still far from safe, but they are out of the bottom three after a game Shearer described as the most important of his Newcastle career.

But northeast neighbours Middlesbrough must now accept they are heading for the Championship after losing a game where they took the lead and wasted several other chances.