Newcastle United 6 Barnsley 1: Penalty leaves Robins fuming

BARNSLEY manager Mark Robins defended goalkeeper Luke Steele after he had been sent off for tripping Peter Lovenkrands as he rounded him with 42 minutes gone.

Robins insisted there had been no contact although referee Grant Hegley clearly did not agree. Robins said: "The disappointment was the sending-off, because that was the pivotal moment. It's dubious whether there was any contact made, but I am told by the referee now that the rule is that it's a trip or an attempt to trip in the penalty area, so I don't know.

"The goalkeeper tells me he didn't make any contact and Peter Lovenkrands confirmed that after the game. He never touched him, but he had to go down."

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With substitute goalkeeper David Preece standing between him and his 11th goal of the season, Lovenkrands calmly converted the penalty, and then made it 2-0 with a deft header three minutes after the restart.

Midfielder Danny Guthrie added a third with a deflected long-range effort after 50 minutes and then claimed his second 19 minutes later with a free-kick which eluded Preece as he anticipated Andy Carroll – who tried to claim it anyway – getting a touch in front of him.

Jonas Gutierrez had blasted home off the underside of the bar and Kevin Nolan made it 6-0 with 19 minutes remaining.

Substitute Daniel Bogdanovic pulled one back seven minutes from time but the leaders might have won even more handsomely.

Newcastle United: Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique (Kadar 33), Pancrate, Guthrie, Nolan (Ryan Taylor 73), Gutierrez, Carroll (Best 72), Lovenkrands. Unused substitutes: Krul, Hall, Butt, Ranger.

Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Foster, Shotton, Dickinson, Teixeira, Colace, Doyle, Hallfredsson (Macken 63), De Silva (Preece 42), Gray (Bogdanovic 63). Unused substitutes: Moore, Hume, Potter, Hammill.

Referee: G Hegley (Hertfordshire).

Man of the match: Jonas Gutierrez.

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