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Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United

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.

Stoke 1-0 Newcastle: Mark Hughes pleased with his 'rock solid' side

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Stoke 1-0 Newcastle: Mark 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.

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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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Line-ups

Stoke

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

Substitutes

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

Newcastle

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

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 1, Newcastle United 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United).

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

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

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

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

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

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

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Peter Odemwingie.

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.

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.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

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

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.

Booking

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

Foul by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United).

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

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.

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.

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

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Stephen Ireland.

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

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

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

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Liverpool3323555074
2Chelsea3322654172
3Man City3122455570
4Everton3319952266
5Arsenal3319771664
6Tottenham3418610060
7Man Utd33176101857
8Southampton3413912548
9Newcastle3414416-1446
10Stoke34111013-1043
11West Ham3310716-737
12Crystal Palace3311418-1537
13Hull3310617-636
14Aston Villa339717-1434
15Swansea338916-433
16West Brom3361512-1133
17Norwich348818-2732
18Fulham349322-4030
19Cardiff347819-3429
20Sunderland326719-2525
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