Boro clip Magpies' wings
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Geremi has been criticised of late but he earned himself hero status on Teesside with his sixth goal of the season on 62 minutes to sink Newcastle.
A typically frenetic start was not a great football spectacle, and it took 25 minutes for a shot to be registered - with Alan Shearer`s free-kick flying high over the bar.
Boro settled the quicker and Michael Ricketts had a header saved, while Jonathan Woodgate and Aaron Hughes both denied Massimo Maccarone a shooting chance.
The start of the second-half saw Boro in the ascendancy and Geremi headed a perfect Franck Queudrue cross past Shay Given to give the home side a deserved lead shortly after the hour.
Stuart Parnaby wasted a golden opportunity to seal the game when he blasted over the bar, but Boro kept their first clean sheet since November 9 to claim the three points.
Newcastle came into the local derby on a nine-game unbeaten run but they were nowhere near their fluid best and were dominated by their near neighbours throughout.