Nigel Adkins' new side Reading FC played host to his former team Southampton FC at the Madejski Stadium. The Saints beat the Royals 2 - 0.
Reading boss Brian McDermott admitted Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was the man he tried to sign before the transfer window shut.
Reading arrived on Tyneside as one of only four sides with a worse record than the Magpies so this was a crucial game for both sides.
Reading have a £20million future England goalkeeper in Alex McCarthy, according to team-mate Jem Karacan.
The Royals have endured a disappointing season back in the Barclays Premier League, with the form of their 23-year-old goalkeeper one of the few things to shout about.
McCarthy was outstanding again in Saturday's 4-2 win at Fulham and has been linked with a summer move to both clubs - something that does not surprise midfielder Karacan.
"He's amazing - unbelievable," he said of the goalkeeper, who is also reportedly interesting Newcastle.
Asked how much he is worth, Karacan added: "Around 15 to £20million? You see how much young English players go for, there are some crazy sums out there.
"I don't see why he shouldn't be in that bracket. It would definitely take a lot of money to get him away from Reading - that's how our club works."
Reading and QPR have both been relegated from the Barclays Premier League after their goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium today.
The Royals face Rangers with both clubs knowing defeat would mean they will become the first team to be relegated to the Championship.Other permutations could even see the victors relegated but Adkins has remained positive throughout his brief tenure and reckons his players are raring to go.
Despite the seemingly impossible task of keeping Reading in the top flight, Adkins will not be tempted to watch other games over the course of the weekend in the hope results go their way.
The former Southampton boss replaced Brian McDermott at Reading on March 26 and has seen his new side take just one point from his opening four fixtures in charge.
Reading look almost certain to be relegated after losing 2 - 1 at Norwich. With four games to go they remain rooted to the botton spot, ten points from safety. Southampton though took another step towards safety with a goalless drawer at Swansea. They are now eight points above the drop zone.
Reading's former manager Brian McDermott hasn't been out of the game for long - this afternoon he was appointed manager of Leeds United on a three year deal.
The 52-year-old left his position with the Royals last month.