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Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Newcastle keeper Tim Krul watches Erik Pieters' effort go in

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.

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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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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 20Cameron
  • 3PietersBooked at 87mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12Wilson
  • 9OdemwingieSubstituted forWaltersat 87'minutes
  • 6Whelan
  • 25Crouch
  • 32IrelandSubstituted forAdamat 66'minutes
  • 10Arnautovic


  • 5Muniesa
  • 8Palacios
  • 16Adam
  • 19Walters
  • 23Guidetti
  • 28Wilkinson
  • 29Sørensen


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Krul
  • 8Anita
  • 36Dummett
  • 2ColocciniBooked at 75mins
  • 6Williamson
  • 27TaylorSubstituted forYanga-Mbiwaat 61'minutes
  • 15GoslingSubstituted forBen Arfaat 73'minutes
  • 24Tioté
  • 23Ameobi
  • 9CisséSubstituted forA Armstrongat 74'minutes
  • 11Gouffran


  • 10Ben Arfa
  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 18de Jong
  • 19Haidara
  • 20Bigirimana
  • 21Elliot
  • 43A Armstrong
Mike Jones

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamNewcastle
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 1, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Peter Odemwingie.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

3Man City31224584295570
7Man Utd331761056381857
11West Ham33107163744-737
12Crystal Palace33114182439-1537
14Aston Villa3397173549-1434
16West Brom33615124051-1133
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