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DERBY .. . . .2 NEWCASTLE . .. . . .3; ALL THE ACTION FROM THE PREMIERSHIP.

NEWCASTLE reclaimed fourth place in the table yesterday thanks to a last-gasp winner from Lomana Lua Lua.

His strike completed a remarkable fightback from Bobby Robson's men who had been two goals down with 17 minutes to play.

But they fought back superbly and Lua Lua's goal has surely condemned Derby to the Nationwide League.

Derby manager John Gregory caused a pre-match surprise by leaving Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli on the bench.

His omission will no doubt fuel speculation that Ravanelli will leave Pride Park in the summer if the club are relegated.

Derby opened the scoring in the 46th minute when Morris, who had been impressive in the first half, got on the end of a pass from Branko Strupar and raced down the line.

He delivered a low cross to the back post, where Malcolm Christie side-footed a shot beyond Given.

After Shearer had a shot cleared off the line, Derby grabbed a second when Morris fired in a 12-yard volley off the post.

Shearer had a goal ruled out for offside and was then substituted after he was involved in a clash of heads with Rob Lee, both players having to go off.

But Newcastle stunned Derby by pulling level with two goals in two minutes as Robert scored in the 73rd minute with a superb 35-yard free kick with Dyer adding the second, after being released by Solano.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 14, 2002
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