Birmingham City 0 - 2 Newcastle
Jonas Gutierrez inspired Newcastle to their first win in six matches at the expense of Birmingham at St Andrew's. The Argentine winger set up both goals, with the first coming in the second minute when Peter Lovenkrands stole in at the near post to poke in. Leon Best added a second after the break when he headed in Gutierrez's left-wing cross from close range. Birmingham's Nikola Zigic forced a good low save from Steve Harper who was also alert to Roger Johnson's header. The result moves Newcastle up from 10th to ninth but more importantly for Alan Pardew's men it puts them within striking range of a possible European spot. For Birmingham, the defeat leaves them on the the fringes of the drop-zone and with a Carling Cup final date at the end of the month, they could do with going into that day without having to worry about a relegation dogfight.