Erik Pieters's fluke goal earned Stoke their fourth win in five league games at the expense of a lacklustre Newcastle.

The Dutch defender scored for the first time in the Premier League when his intended cross from the left drifted over the head of Tim Krul and found the goalkeeper's top left-hand corner.

Stoke also went close through Peter Crouch, whose shot came off a post.

Hughes pleased with his 'rock solid' side

Newcastle's Vurnon Anita headed over from three yards late in the game.

But a draw would have been unfair on the home side, who showed plenty of intent and conviction throughout, while the Magpies only threatened in the last five minutes.

Stoke's latest win at the Britannia Stadium - their fourth in succession - means they are now only three points behind the ninth-placed Magpies.

It was a different story when the teams met on Boxing Day, Newcastle's 5-1 victory against the nine-man Potters putting them sixth in the table and 12 points clear of their vanquished opponents.

But having since secured their Premier League future and seemingly fulfilled owner Mike Ashley's directive of finishing in the top 10, Newcastle have stalled.

Stoke are also safe, but manager Mark Hughes is not allowing his men to relax.

Pardew bemoans Stoke's 'fluke' winner

And they should have won this game by more than one goal; striker Crouch hit an upright from four yards, headed over from similar range and then had a diving header clasped easily by Krul.

Midfielder Steven N'Zonzi also went close when his goalbound shot was deflected over the bar by centre-back Fabricio Coloccini.

The Potters did, however, find a way through three minutes before the break, thanks to a large slice of fortune.

Pieters, who along with Marko Arnautovic caused Newcastle problems on the left, looked to find Crouch with a deep cross but instead saw his wind-assisted delivery float into the far corner.

Newcastle's best chance came in the final 10 minutes when Dutch midfielder Anita headed Shola Ameobi's cross over at the far post.

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters Booked
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson
  • 09 Odemwingie (Walters - 87' )
  • 06 Whelan
  • 25 Crouch
  • 32 Ireland (Adam - 66' )
  • 10 Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 05 Muniesa
  • 08 Palacios
  • 16 Adam
  • 19 Walters
  • 23 Guidetti
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 08 Anita
  • 36 Dummett
  • 02 Coloccini Booked
  • 06 Williamson
  • 27 Taylor (Yanga-Mbiwa - 61' )
  • 15 Gosling (Ben Arfa - 73' )
  • 24 Tioté
  • 23 Ameobi
  • 09 Cissé (Armstrong - 74' )
  • 11 Gouffran

Substitutes

  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 18 de Jong
  • 19 Haidara
  • 20 Bigirimana
  • 21 Elliot
  • 43 Armstrong
Ref: Mike Jones
Att: 27,400

Match Stats

Shots

10 13

On target

3 1

Corners

4 5

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 1, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +2:41

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

90:00 +1:53

Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United).

90:00 +1:53

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:25

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

90:00 +0:25

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:55

Attempt missed. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

88:01

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

87:58

Attempt blocked. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shola Ameobi.

87:47

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with a headed pass.

86:52 Booking

Booking Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:49

Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:49

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

86:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Peter Odemwingie.

85:22

Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

84:03

Attempt missed. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Shola Ameobi with a cross.

81:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

80:06

Delay in match Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) because of an injury.

78:02

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

77:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:25

Delay in match Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

76:12

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

76:12

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:31

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

74:30 Booking

Booking Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:22

Foul by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United).

74:22

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:42

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic following a fast break.

73:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Adam Armstrong replaces Papiss Demba Cissé.

72:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Dan Gosling.

72:30

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.

72:22

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.

68:30

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

68:30

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Stephen Ireland.

65:23

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

65:23

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:47

Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross tries a through ball, but Peter Odemwingie is caught offside.

62:15

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.

62:11

Attempt blocked. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

61:09

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

60:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replaces Steven Taylor.

60:16

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

60:16

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:03

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Geoff Cameron with a cross.

59:03

Offside, Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic tries a through ball, but Stephen Ireland is caught offside.

58:24

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:24

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

56:42

Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

55:12

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.

52:23

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

52:23

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:46

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

49:40

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:40

Foul by Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United).

48:12

Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Williamson with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

47:30

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

47:30

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:43

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:43

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 1, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 1, Newcastle United 0.

44:28

Attempt missed. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a fast break.

43:44

Attempt saved. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

43:06

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

43:06

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Newcastle United 0. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) left footed shot from long range on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

40:30

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

38:47

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

38:47

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:29

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

36:29

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:32

Hand ball by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

28:42

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

28:42

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:36

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a cross.

26:01

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

25:58

Attempt blocked. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

21:11

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Tim Krul.

18:15

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:15

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

18:09

Attempt blocked. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dummett.

17:12

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:12

Foul by Dan Gosling (Newcastle United).

16:43

Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.

15:43

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

15:43

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:08

Offside, Newcastle United. Dan Gosling tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

11:10

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Newcastle United) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Shola Ameobi with a headed pass.

9:03

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) hits the left post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

7:00

Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:00

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

6:06

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

6:06

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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