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Saturday 22 November 2014 | St. James' Park | Referee: Chris Foy | Attendance 51,915

  • Moussa Sissoko (78)
1 - 0

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Stand-in captain Moussa Sissoko led by example for Newcastle United as he hit his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season to secure victory against Queens Park Rangers.

The France international - skippering the side in place of injured Fabricio Coloccini - played a clever one-two with Sammy Ameobi before slotting home a 78th-minute strike to give the Magpies a sixth straight win in all competitions and a fifth successive BPL victory for the first time since April 2012.

QPR had seemed on their way to a first away point of the season as they soaked up a lot of pressure from the home side before Sissoko struck to inflict the visitors' sixth consecutive defeat on the road.

The only disappointment for the home side was an injury suffered by Ryan Taylor, which forced him off in the first half on the day he was making his first top flight start for 32 months.

Another three points for Newcastle moves them up to fourth, while QPR slip back to the foot of the table thanks to Burnley's 2-1 win at Stoke City.

QPR goalkeeper Robert Green's poor clearance almost deflected off Jack Colback and in for Newcastle after six minutes in a keenly-contested opening period.

And Pardew, who brought in Taylor and Mike Williamson for injured pair Mehdi Abeid and Coloccini, saw his side continue to threaten with Remy Cabella having Newcastle's first shot on target, although it was saved by Green.

At the other end Charlie Austin muscled Paul Dummett off the ball and fired wide on a rare foray forward from QPR.

Taylor tested Green with two long-range strikes while Massadio Haidara's effort was blocked well by Richard Dunne.

However Taylor's involvement was then cruelly cut short as he limped off looking visibly upset having appearing to hurt his right knee.

Matters were almost made worse for Pardew when Dunne's looping header needed tipping over by Tim Krul shortly before the interval.

Newcastle began the second half in positive fashion, continuing to deliver dangerous crosses, although QPR were able to deal with the aerial threat well.

Joey Barton, making his return to St James' Park for the first time since leaving Newcastle in 2011, almost found Austin with a lofted ball before Redknapp saw close-season signing Sandro collide with team-mate Yun Suk-young.

The Brazilian also made his return to action recently following a long-term knee injury but, like Taylor, was forced off.

Pardew's injury concerns were heightened further when full-back Daryl Janmaat also had to be substituted late on, but skipper Sissoko ensured yet another win when he rounded off a slick team move.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I thought we were excellent. A lot of senior players were missing but today's players performed terrifically. We had some nice performances - I was really, really pleased.

"What you see as a manager you think 'this could be something' but then you have a run of disappointments and you start questioning your own eyes. Then we got the win and go on a run.

"But today is tinged with sadness with Ryan Taylor's injury and we are sweating on the scan."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "It looks like it was going to drift away to 0-0. The goal just came and we couldn't get back into it unfortunately. Maybe we weren't quite creative enough.

"It's going to be tight [down the bottom]. People were writing Burnley off two weeks ago then they get two wins and jump out of the relegation zone. There are going to be seven or eight teams involved."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Tim Krul 5.75 5.98
22. Daryl Janmaat 7.0 5.79
19. Massadio Haidara 6.5 4.07
36. Paul Dummett 5.0 5.65
6. Michael Williamson 7.0 4.63
7. Moussa Sissoko 9.0 6.02
14. Jack Colback 8.5 6.01
20. Rémy Cabella 8.0 6.1
28. Sammy Ameobi 7.5 5.98
4. Ryan Taylor 8.0 6.28
17. Ayoze Pérez 7.5 6.55
Substitutes All Fans BFR
9. Papiss Demba Cissé 7.0 6.88
15. Facundo Ferreyra 0.0 2.6
34. Remie Streete 0.0 0.0
32. Adam Armstrong 5.0 3.58
21. Robert Elliot 0.0 4.3
8. Vurnon Anita 0.0 4.47
11. Yoan Gouffran 0.0 4.83
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Robert Green 5.0 4.91
15. Nedum Onuoha 4.0 4.02
4. Steven Caulker 4.5 4.58
13. Yun Suk-Young 4.5 4.78
22. Richard Dunne 4.5 4.04
20. Karl Henry 4.0 4.48
30. Sandro 3.5 4.81
8. Joey Barton 8.0 4.0
10. Leroy Fer 4.0 5.17
25. Bobby Zamora 5.33 5.51
9. Charlie Austin 3.5 6.1
Substitutes All Fans BFR
14. Mauricio Isla 0.0 4.44
23. Junior Hoilett 7.0 4.68
17. Jordon Mutch 0.0 4.42
19. Niko Kranjcar 6.0 4.62
7. Matthew Phillips 0.0 3.91
12. Alex McCarthy 0.0 3.83
3. Armand Traore 0.0 4.57

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