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Newcastle United 5-1 Stoke City

Loic Remy scored twice as Newcastle emphatically defeated nine-man Stoke for their seventh win in nine games.

Oussama Assaidi put Stoke ahead but they then had Glenn Whelan sent off for a second yellow, before Marc Wilson saw red for fouling Remy in the area.

Remy's penalty was saved, but he soon equalised with a deflected finish.

Yoan Gouffran drove in a second, before Remy's header, Yohan Cabaye's curled effort and Papiss Cisse's penalty finished off the comfortable victory.

It was Newcastle's biggest win of the season and boosted their hopes of earning a European spot this season as they closed the gap on fifth-placed Everton to one point.

Having briefly found themselves nearer the bottom half of the table early in the season, Newcastle have improved considerably with the help of the club's French contingent.

Midfielder Cabaye, defender Mathieu Debuchy and forward Gouffran have been particularly impressive.

But it was another Frenchman who shone in this fixture as Hatem Ben Arfa - starting in place of the suspended Cheick Tiote - proved a constant menace.

The midfielder's flair and invention troubled the Stoke defence from the outset and the former Marseille man produced the home side's first real chance when he curled an effort just wide.

Charlie Adam, employed in an advanced midfield role, was finding plenty of space for Stoke as they grew into the game and he twice hit long-range strikes narrowly off target.

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Newcastle in great shape - Pardew

Adam provided the assist for Stoke's opener midway through the first half, laying the ball into the path of Assaidi, who curled a shot into the top corner.

Stoke's joy was short lived as a dramatic couple of minutes just before half-time turned the game on its head.

Whelan was shown his second yellow for a needless foul on Cabaye, a decision that evidently angered manager Mark Hughes, who was sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson for expressing his frustration.

It got even worse for Hughes and Stoke moments later as Vurnon Anita fed a pass for Remy and the striker was brought down inside the area by Wilson.

Atkinson pointed to the spot, before sending Wilson off.

Remy's spot-kick was saved by Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen - in the side for the injured Asmir Begovic - but he made amends with Newcastle's next attack, equalising with a deflected shot.

Newcastle then took the lead three minutes into the second half.

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Ref Atkinson was poor - Hughes

Ben Arfa's cross was headed into the air and Sorensen meekly punched the ball straight to Gouffran, whose low shot crept in.

The two-man deficit for Stoke was telling as the visitors found themselves largely entrenched inside their own area, inviting Newcastle to push forward.

The hosts took full advantage as Remy nodded in after Moussa Sissoko headed on Davide Santon's cross.

Cabaye then curled in to extend Newcastle's lead.

But there was time for a fifth when Erik Pieters was adjudged to have fouled Ben Arfa in the area and substitute Cisse scored from the spot for his first league goal of the season.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"I thought the Stoke players conducted themselves brilliantly in the second half - against our strike force and down to nine men. It was a shame for Stoke because the two sending-offs were a major factor in us winning in the manner we did.

"Arsenal [Newcastle's next opponents] are top of the league. That is deserved, they have been the best team in this first half of the season, but we are in great shape, our place will be rocking and rolling and Arsenal know it won't be easy to turn us over."

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:

"It went wrong when the referee got involved. I thought the initial sending off was very, very harsh. The second you would argue is a correct decision - denying a goal scoring opportunity - we would argue against that.

"There were a lot of decisions that left a lot to be desired to be honest. We totally controlled the game up to the first sending off in my view. Unfortunately referees can make decisions that can change the course of a game."

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Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 26DebuchyBooked at 45mins
  • 3SantonSubstituted forHaidaraat 61'minutes
  • 7Sissoko
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 10Ben Arfa
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forAmeobiat 45'minutes
  • 14Remy
  • 4Cabaye
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forCisséat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cissé
  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 23Ameobi
  • 25Obertan
  • 27Taylor

Stoke

  • 29Sørensen
  • 20Cameron
  • 3Pieters
  • 6WhelanBooked at 40mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12WilsonBooked at 43mins
  • 19Walters
  • 15N'ZonziBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMuniesaat 72'minutes
  • 25CrouchSubstituted forPalaciosat 59'minutes
  • 16Adam
  • 24AssaidiSubstituted forWilkinsonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 8Palacios
  • 9Jones
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 22Butland
  • 28Wilkinson
  • 32Ireland
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
51,665

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home27
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 5, Stoke City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 5, Stoke City 1.
Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shola Ameobi.
Attempt missed. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Shola Ameobi following a corner.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) because of an injury.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Massadio Haidara.
Attempt blocked. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 5, Stoke City 1. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
Penalty Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Erik Pieters (Stoke City) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Papiss Demba Cissé replaces Yoan Gouffran.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Muniesa replaces Steven N'Zonzi.
Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).
Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Loïc Remy with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 4, Stoke City 1. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy.
Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Massadio Haidara replaces Davide Santon.
Foul by Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United).
Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Wilson Palacios replaces Peter Crouch.
Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).
Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.
Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.
Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United).
Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 3, Stoke City 1. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.
Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Davide Santon with a cross.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye following a corner.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa following a corner.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Charlie Adam.
Attempt blocked. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 2, Stoke City 1. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Newcastle United 1, Stoke City 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Andy Wilkinson replaces Oussama Assaidi.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Shola Ameobi replaces Vurnon Anita.

Half Time

First Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Stoke City 1.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United).
Attempt missed. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.
Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Erik Pieters following a set piece situation.

Booking

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).

Booking

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 1, Stoke City 1. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa.
Penalty saved! Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal1812331839
2Man City1812243238
3Chelsea1811431537
4Liverpool1811342236
5Everton189721234
6Newcastle181035633
7Man Utd18945931
8Tottenham18945-531
9Southampton18765727
10Stoke18567-821
11Swansea18558-120
12Hull18558-720
13Aston Villa18549-719
14Norwich18549-1519
15West Brom18387-517
16Cardiff18459-1517
17Crystal Palace185112-1516
18Fulham185112-1616
19West Ham183510-1014
20Sunderland183411-1713
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