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Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United

By Graham ChaseBBC Sport
Peter Crouch
Crouch has now scored twice in the Premier League this season
  • Stoke win adds to pressure on Newcastle boss Pardew
  • Newcastle winless after six league games
  • Magpies have won five of 25 league games in 2014
  • Stoke record first home win of season

Peter Crouch's early header secured Stoke a first home Premier League win of the season and increased the pressure on Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

Crouch rose to meet a Victor Moses cross from the left in the 15th minute.

I will not quit - Newcastle's Pardew

Newcastle were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Moses was bundled over in the area by Yoan Gouffran.

Marko Arnautovic was denied by a post before Newcastle's Jack Colback thumped against the bar late on to leave the visitors second bottom of the table.

While Stoke move up to 11th, defeat leaves Newcastle, who have only five league wins since the turn of the year, on three points from their six matches this season and supporters once again took their frustration out on manager Pardew.

Papiss Cisse, who scored twice as Newcastle came from behind to draw 2-2 with Hull in their last Premier League match, was only fit enough for the bench and the visitors were reduced to long-range efforts in the first half.

Newcastle fans
Newcastle have only won five league games in 2014

Cisse was brought on at the interval but, other than Colback's late opportunity, there was little response from Newcastle as Pardew's side slipped to a third league defeat of the season.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's lawyers have said he was jokingexternal-link when he claimed that Pardew would be sacked if his team were defeated at the Britannia Stadium.

But the manner of this defeat, with Stoke always looking more incisive and Newcastle managing just one shot on target, will do little to reduce the negativity he will face ahead of Saturday's trip to Swansea.

The Potters took the lead with the first clear chance of the evening, when Moses made space on the left and crossed for Crouch, who climbed higher than Fabricio Coloccini to turn a header into the corner.

Bad start for the Magpies
Newcastle's three points from six games is their worst start to a season since 2003-04, when they finished fifth.
Pardew's side have 19 points from 26 matches since Boxing Day.

Shortly afterwards, Stoke should have been given a spot-kick when Moses went down under Gouffran's tackle in the area.

Newcastle had seen Coloccini volley over, before Moussa Sissoko just missed the top corner with a powerful drive from a wide position.

A minute before the interval, Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was finally worked when he turned away a drive from Darryl Janmaat.

Hughes 'frustrated' with referee

Soon after the break, the hosts almost doubled their lead when Muniesa's dangerous cross was headed away by Newcastle defender Mike Williamson and Potters substitute Arnautovic thumped a shot against the inside of the post.

Stoke's Charlie Adam also tested goalkeeper Tim Krul with a bending free-kick as the home side continued to enjoy the better of the match.

Krul pulled off a fine save to deny Moses after Janmaat hit his attempted clearance straight at Williamson.

Paul Dummett missed from 30 yards for the visitors, but Colback should have equalised when he collected a Gabriel Obertan cross and managed to hit the woodwork from four yards out.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"I wish Alan Pardew well. It's not easy, I've been in that situation. All you can do is work hard and he will be working with his staff to turn things around. They played well for him tonight and that will encourage him.

"We deserved the win on the balance of play. In terms of chances created we always looked a threat when we broke quickly with pace."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"There's a lot of pressure on me and that's reflected in the team a little bit but I've got to be strong and resilient.

"It [my future] is out of my hands. I'm a professional manager with a contract and I'll continue to lead the team to the best of my ability."

Victor Moses
Yoan Gouffran bundled Victor Moses over in the area shortly after Peter Crouch's goal
Marko Arnautovic
Newcastle have lost the last 25 Premier League games in which they have been trailing at half-time.
Alan Pardew
Newcastle have scored 19 goals in 25 Premier League games in 2014
Mike Ashley
Owner Mike Ashley's lawyers claimed he was joking when he said Pardew would be sacked if Newcastle lost



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 2Bardsley
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12Wilson
  • 5Muniesa
  • 6WhelanBooked at 64mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 18DioufSubstituted forArnautovicat 23'minutes
  • 16AdamSubstituted forIrelandat 61'minutes
  • 13MosesSubstituted forAssaidiat 82'minutes
  • 25Crouch


  • 3Pieters
  • 4Huth
  • 7Ireland
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 24Assaidi
  • 27Bojan
  • 29Sørensen


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 22Janmaat
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 36Dummett
  • 24Tioté
  • 14ColbackBooked at 41mins
  • 7Sissoko
  • 20CabellaSubstituted forAmeobiat 74'minutes
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forObertanat 68'minutes
  • 29RiviereSubstituted forCisséat 45'minutesBooked at 60mins


  • 8Anita
  • 9Cissé
  • 21Elliot
  • 25Obertan
  • 27Taylor
  • 28Ameobi
  • 32A Armstrong
Craig Pawson

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

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

  6. Post update

    Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

  10. Post update

    Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Colback.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

  15. Post update

    Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Jack Colback (Newcastle United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Gabriel Obertan with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Oussama Assaidi replaces Victor Moses.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 29th September 2014

As It Stood

3Man City6321127511
6Aston Villa631247-310
7Man Utd622211928
9Crystal Palace6222101008
10West Brom62227708
13West Ham6213101007
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