On this day (May 11) in 2009, Newcastle United boosted their survival hopes in the Premier League with a win over Middlesbrough. The Magpies came from behind to beat Boro 3-1 in front of more than 50,000 supporters at St James’ Park.
Newcastle got off to a bad start when Habib Beye bundled the ball into his own net in the third minute to give Boro an early lead. Steven Taylor then equalised for Alan Shearer’s side with a bullet header from a corner inside of ten minutes.
United didn’t take the lead until midway through the second half when Obafemi Martins coolly finished from close range after evading a challenge in the area.
Newcastle put the game to bed with minutes of normal time remaining when Peter Lovenkrands converted a cross from inside the area.
The win pulled the Magpies out of the relegation zone on goal difference, but they lost their last two games and failed to avoid the drop, finishing the season 18th, one point behind 17th-placed Hull City.