1 Sep 2009

Newcastle go top of Championship

6:44 pm on 1 September 2009

Newcastle United have scored their fourth win in five games to go top of the Championship, the second tier of English football.

Newcastle beat Leicester 1-nil in front of owner Mike Ashley, prospective buyer Barry Moat and would-be manager Alan Shearer on a night when a New York-based consortium claimed they were ready to open talks over a deal.

On the pitch, the home side triumphed despite injuries reducing caretaker boss Chris Hughton's options to virtually none - his seven substitutes did not have a league start between them.

Meanwhile 10-man Crystal Palace drew 1-all with Peterborough.