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Toon Top Premier Form Chart

Written by Newcastle Utd

Four wins in five means Keegan's Magpies are top flight team of the moment

By Craig Hope

HAVING dropped just two points during their last five matches, Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United now sit proudly atop the Premier League form chart.

It has been a stunning upturn in fortunes for the Magpies after a previous run of three months without victory had seen them dragged into a relegation scrap at the foot of the table.

But any talk of demotion is now a thing of the past with KK instead setting his sights on leapfrogging Carling Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur and next weekend's opponents West Ham.

Only title-chasing Chelsea have matched the Geordie in their previous five, but Avram Grant's Blues have to settle for second-place because of their inferior goal difference.

Here's how the form table looks (last five Premier League matches)

Newcastle United 13 (points)
Chelsea 13
Manchester United 11
Liverpool 10
Aston Villa 9
Sunderland 9
Arsenal 7
Portsmouth 7
Man City 7
Bolton 7
Tottenham Hotspur 6
Blackburn Rovers 6
Everton 5
Middlesbrough 5
Wigan Athletic 5
West Ham 4
Fulham 4
Birmingham City 4
Reading 4
Derby County 1

And here's a little reminder of how we picked up those points ...

Michael Owen scores against Fulham

Fulham (H) 2-0 ... Mark Viduka fires first-half opener before Michael Owen adds a second after the break

Newcastle United Celebrate

Spurs (A) 4-1 ... Trailing to a Darren Bent header, Nicky Butt levels the score right on the stroke half-time before Geremi, Owen and Oba Martins complete the rout after the interval

Oba Martins scores v Reading

Reading (H) 3-0 ... United's three-pronged attack of Viduka, Owen and Martins each get their name on the scoresheet as Steve Coppell's Royals are swept aside at St.James' Park

Newcastle United v Portsmouth

Portsmouth (A) 0-0 ... A well-earned draw on the South Coast with skipper Owen coming within inches of grabbing a second-half winner

Michael Owen scores v Sunderland

Sunderland (H) 2-0 ... Magic Michael makes it six goals in six games with a memorable brace against the Black Cats

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