Premier League round-up: Ireland denies first Toon win

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Shola Ameobi 44
Robinho(pen) 14
Richard Dunne(o.g) 63
Stephen Ireland 86

Stephen Ireland scored a late equaliser for Manchester City to rescue a dramatic 2-2 draw against 10-man Newcastle at St James' Park.

City were awarded a controversial penalty when Robinho burst into the box and looked to have got the better of Habib Beye, but the Senegal defender slid in to poke the ball away.

However, referee Rob Styles, who gave a shocking penalty decision at Manchester United last month, pointed to the spot and then sent off Beye after only 14 minutes.

Robinho calmly converted spot-kick to give the visitors the early lead.

But Joe Kinnear seems to have injected some confidence St James’ Park and the home side managed to drag themselves back into the game.

A minute before half-time, Newcastle back on level terms as Shola Ameobi capitalised on a poor clearance from Richard Dunne to score his first goal for two years.

Then, on 63 minutes, the Magpies took the lead for the first time when Dunne somehow smashed the ball into his own net from a Geremi corner.

Toon keeper Shay Given pulled off a sensational save from Ireland’s 20-yard volley in the 84th minute, but he could not prevent Ireland's effort two minutes later as the midfielder equalised from close range to claim a point.

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