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Lovenkrands stars in Magpies win

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Hat-trick hero Peter Lovenkrands fired Newcastle into the FA Cup fourth round as the Magpies extended their unbeaten run to 13 games with a 3-0 win over Plymouth.

The former Denmark international made the most of two fine first-half deliveries from winger Jonas Gutierrez and then converted Kevin Nolan's 72nd-minute cross to book his side a trip to Coca-Cola Championship promotion rivals West Brom six days after the two sides meet in the league at St James' Park.

However, even Newcastle, who have been attracting crowds significantly in excess of 40,000 this season, could only muster an attendance of 15,805 for their third-round replay.

Newcastle forced their way in front with 10 minutes gone when Andy Carroll and Lovenkrands combined on halfway to find Gutierrez, and when the Argentinian slid the ball into the Dane's intelligent run, he produced a deft left-foot finish to beat keeper Romain Larrieu.

Carroll acrobatically hooked a 15th-minute Fabrice Pancrate cross on to the roof of Larrieu's net, and then three minutes later headed wide at the far post from Ryan Taylor's free-kick.

At the other end, first Carl Fletcher and then Luke Summerfield took aim from distance in quick succession, but although both hit the target, keeper Tim Krul was untroubled.

Carroll fired wastefully over from Gutierrez's lay-off 11 minutes before the break and was unfortunate not to connect with Lovenkrands' cross four minutes later after the striker and Gutierrez had combined once again.

But the former Rangers frontman helped himself for a second time with five minutes of the half remaining when he headed the South American's cross firmly home despite Larrieu's best efforts.

Krul had his first shot of any note to save eight minutes after the break when Summerfield tested him from distance, but defender Kari Arnason had to get in a vital block to deny the rampaging Enrique three minutes later.

Gutierrez flashed a stinging 61st-minute shot just wide of the far post after Pancrate, Lovenkrands and Carroll had combined to set him up, but the third goal arrived with 18 minutes remaining. Carroll headed the ball down to Nolan, who in turn fed Lovenkrands to volley home his third.

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