Adam Le Fondre came off the bench to dump Newcastle deep into relegation trouble as Reading staged another famous fightback in a 2-1 win.
The substitute struck twice inside six second-half minutes as the Magpies imploded having dominated the opening 45 minutes.
Alan Pardew's men would have been out of sight by half-time had it not been for the heroics of keeper Adam Federici, but led only 1-0 courtesy of the returning Yohan Cabaye's superb 35th-minute free-kick. But they wilted alarmingly after the break to lose a game they simply had to win in front of a disgruntled crowd of 49,411.
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