Newcastle got the job done tonight in front of a home crowd of 45,987, and the crucial goal that put Newcastle ahead came from Shola Ameobi, who broke the deadlock on 71 minutes with his 9th goal of the season.
It was a tough game as expected, and the first half was played a frenetic pace and at half time the scores were level at 0-0.
On 12 minutes Andy Carroll had a decent chance for the Magpies. The lively Wayne Routledge sent in a floated ball to the far post, and the 21 year-old striker peeled away form his marker and hit a first time volley on goal.
But Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp was equal to it at his near post and manges to divert the ball for a corner – a good save by the goalkeeper.
Newcastle almost got a goal just before half time when there was a goalmouth scramble after Gutierrez had put the ball into the middle.
Carroll nodded the ball on and the ball hit Lovenkrands just two yards out, and although it looked like Camp got the ball, he let it go but managed to retrieve the ball in a frantic goalmouth melee.
Newcastle pressed for the first goal but the half-time whistle came and it was still 0-0.
On 49 minutes Carroll, who had taken a knock earlier, was replaced by Shola Ameobi, and this was Shola’s first appearance since January, and it seems all the lads are now fit at just the right time.
And would you believe it, Newcastle went ahead on 71 minutes and it was than man Ameobi who got the vital break-through goal.
Shola got a ball in low to him from the enterprising Kevin Nolan, and the Geordie lad spun around and smashed home a wonderful left-footed strike, the ball hitting the inside of the post on its way in.
A great goal from the Newcastle local lad and a chorus of the Blaydon Races boomed out from the Newcastle supporters.
And then as the game was being played out Newcastle got a second in the first minute of added time and it was Jose Enrique who hit his very first goal for the Tyneside club.
From a corner Ameobi set Jose Enrique free with a clever back heel to the Spaniard, who then burst into the area, beat one man, and fired a right-footed shot through the arms of goalkeeper Lee Camp.
Yes, it was his right foot and soon Enrique was jumped on by his Newcastle team-mates because that guaranteed what was an important and fantastic win for Newcastle United tonight.
Enrique was booked for removing his shirt – what a spoil-sport that referee was.
The final whistle rang out to roars from the Newcastle United faithful, as Newcastle get their 20th clean sheet in 39 games, their 24th win to put them on 83 points, and promotion looks certain.