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Summary

  1. Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez back after missing win at Swansea
  2. Magpies looking for a third successive league win
  3. Stoke unbeaten in past three league games
  4. Get involved using #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    That's it! Three wins on the bounce for Rafa Benitez's side and, albeit maybe briefly, they're inside the Premier League's top four.

  2. CLOSE!

    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    So close! What a chance for Mame Biram Diouf, who hangs in the air to meet a delightful delivery from the left but can only guide it wide.

    Mame Biram Diouf
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    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    As you might expect, it's all Stoke inside these closing minutes.

    Newcastle are thumping everything as far clear as they can. And who blames them... they're heading for the Premier League top four at the minute.

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    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    It's tense at St James'. Mark Hughes is all arms as the hosts win a pressure-relieving free-kick.

    He might well be buoyed by the news there will be four minutes added time.

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    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    Massive chance for Erix Maxim Choupo-Moting.

    A hopeful ball forward drops to the striker inside the Newcastle box but he blazes way over on the half volley.

    Newcastle fans breathe a sigh of relief.

    Erix Maxim Choupo-Moting
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    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    Here comes Peter Crouch. Stoke's weapon of choice in these situations.

    Newcastle prepare for an uncomfortable final few minutes.

    Crouch's first impact? To give away a free-kick. Pressure off, for now.

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    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    Less than 10 minutes to go then. What can Stoke conjure up to get back in this one?

    Chancel Mbemba opts to use his hand... that's not allowed. A free-kick in a dangerous position for Xherdan Shaqiri is the result.

    He blasts way, way over the crossbar.

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    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    In among all the madness, Jonjo Shelvey is on for Newcastle and so is Dwight Gayle.

    Joselu gets a rest. A decent shift from the front man, minus a goal.

    Joselu
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    Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    Newcastle are in the top four as it stands...

    Let that sink in, Magpies fans.

    At the moment they've got something defending to do, though. Joselu heads a corner clear, but Stoke are upping the pressure.

  10. GOAL - Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    Jamaal Lascelles (68 mins)

    Well, it doesn't matter... Newcastle think they should have had a penalty, but moments later they're in front through Jamaal Lascelles.

    The skipper rises highest to meet Matt Ritchie's corner and head past Jack Butland.

    Jamaal Lascelles
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    Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

    Penalty? Surely! Newcastle fans are up in arms as Christian Atsu scampers forward beyond the Stoke defence and is brought down by Kurt Zouma inside the box.

    Did he get the ball? Maybe, on second glance, he just shaded it. I'm not so sure.

    Either a great tackle or a huge let off for the visitors.

    Christian Atsu
  12. No such thing as a dull goal...

    Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

    Opta Joe
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    Wale Ibraheem: Newcastle can only blame tthemselves, if they somehow drop point here today. Enough chances to kill the game!

    David Ljunggren: Get Joselu off now please Rafa. We are going to regret all these missed chances.

    Chelsea Warrior: Newcastle are 4th? 4th? Let that sink in.

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    Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

    Great save from Rob Elliot!

    It's Stoke who are on top now, and Mame Biram Diouf meets a corner unmarked to head goalwards, only to see Elliot stick out a strong palm.

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

    It's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting off, Ramadan Sobhi on for the Potters.

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    Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

    Acrobatics from Joselu. He climbs into the St James' Park sky to scissor kick a looping cross towards goal.

    It falls to Ayoze Perez, who pokes home but was standing in an offside position.

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    Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

    Danny Mills

    Ex-Man City and England defender on Football Focus

    It's an outstanding finish from Shaqiri. That's the sort of thing he can do but we haven't seen it often enough.

    Stoke want more of that kind of quality.

    Xherdan Shaqiri
  18. GOAL - Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

    Xherdan Shaqiri (56 mins)

    Xherdan Shaqiri doesn't score simple goals!

    He's been relatively ineffective so far today, but give the Swiss a yard of space on the edge of the box and he'll punish you.

    Shaqiri opens up his body, looks towards the bottom corner and then guides the ball right there with his left foot. Lovely finish.

    Xherdan Shaqiri
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    Newcastle 1-0 Stoke

    Joselu, for all his missed chances today, has battled well against a big, powerful Stoke back three.

    The former Spain youth international forces Bruno Martins Indi to concede a corner and the Potters just about deal with it, via the top of Jack Butland's crossbar.

    The Magpies almost got lucky there, the ball dropping out of the sun.