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Hughton hopes for St James' party

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Newcastle manager Chris Hughton hopes his side can seal their return to the Premier League in front of their own fans after moving to the brink of promotion with a 3-2 win at Peterborough

The Magpies need only one more point from their six remaining Coca-Cola Championship fixtures to secure their place in the top flight after goals from Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi secured victory at London Road.

Hughton said: "We are so very close and hopefully we can finish the job off in front of our own fans at St James' Park on Easter Monday (when they face Sheffield United). That would be an excellent reward for the supporters who have backed us so fantastically all season."

He added: "You always want to wrap up promotion at the first available opportunity and while that didn't happen here, we know we are nearly there.

"We have shown all season that we have the character and resilience to come from behind and pick up results, and that is something we did again."

Hughton's side had fallen behind to a classy 11th-minute strike from Dominic Green, who coolly fired into an empty net after goalkeeper Steve Harper had charged out of his area only to collide with defender Fabio Coloccini.

Nolan was on hand to touch home from close range in first-half stoppage time after good work from Jose Enrique, before Barton sublimely curled home his first goal of the season with a 25-yard free-kick in the 48th minute.

Shola Ameobi's shot embarrassed Posh keeper Joe Lewis just before the hour before Liam Dickinson pulled one back for Posh.

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Peterborough United
Joey Barton
Dominic Green
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Kevin Nolan
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Championship
Steve Harper
Premier League
Newcastle United
Jose Enrique
Joe Lewis
Sheffield United
Shola Ameobi

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