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Newcastle United 0-0 Stoke City

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Jack Butland tips a Jamaal Lascelles header over his crossbar
Jack Butland tips a Jamaal Lascelles header over his crossbar

Stoke keeper Jack Butland produced a number of key saves to help his side earn a point at Newcastle.

The Magpies went close when a first-half header from striker Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the post before Butland scrambled the ball clear.

Moussa Sissoko twice went close with well-struck shots only for Butland to save impressively each time.

However, Stoke's keeper saved his best until late on when he tipped a Jamaal Lascelles header over the crossbar.

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How good was Butland?

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren had a wry expression on his face when he went over to shake hands with Butland after the final whistle.

McClaren's side were denied only a second Premier League win of the season following a superb display from the England international.

Butland frustrated Newcastle - McClaren

Butland has prospered as first choice in the Stoke goal since the summer departure of Asmir Begovic to Chelsea and only enhanced his growing reputation at St James' Park.

He was the hero in his side's midweek penalty shoot-out win against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup and continued that impressive form to keep Newcastle at bay.

"It was a hard-fought, quite fortunate point," he said. "We were a bit sluggish. Maybe we felt a bit of the pace from midweek but the lads dug in.

"It's nice to get a few clean sheets now and contribute to getting some points. We are still managing to get points when we are not at our best."

Newcastle bounce back from derby defeat

McClaren insisted his team were improving, despite last week's derby defeat by Sunderland, and there were signs of the progress he had talked about in the game against Stoke.

His side secured only their second clean sheet of the season, with keeper Rob Elliot's main save coming when he kept out a Jon Walters header.

The Magpies also created plenty of chances, with Butland also keeping out an Ayoze Perez shot and Georginio Wijnaldum free-kick.

"The English goalkeeper situation is looking healthy," said McClaren. "Four great saves from Jack denied us a win and got Stoke a point. He was unbelievable and the difference between us and three points."

Aleksandar Mitrovic (left) watches as his header comes back off the post
Aleksandar Mitrovic (left) watches as his header comes back off the post

A concern for McClaren will be Mitrovic, who had two yellow cards and a red before this game.

The Serb got involved in tangles with Stoke defenders Ryan Shawcross and Philipp Wollscheid - picking up a booking for his clash with the latter. McClaren faces the task of channelling Mitrovic's fiery temper in the right way.

Man of the match - Jack Butland

Jack Butland
Current England number one Joe Hart will have some serious competition if Jack Butland continues his current form

Reaction:

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren: "We dominated the game and created chances but could not tuck one away. We were frustrated.

"We are building, growing and progressing - the last five games - we are getting there.

"There were lost of positives and the only disappointment is not getting the three points.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We were a bit frustrated in the first half. We had plenty of possession around their area but didn't look like we wanted to shoot.

Hughes happy with away point

"Their keeper made a great save from Jon Walters.

"As the away team you are going to give away a couple of chances and when we did, Jack Butland saved."

The stats you need to know

  • Newcastle have had 36 shots in their last two Premier League games, but have failed to score in either.
  • The Magpies ended a run of seven Premier League games without a clean sheet.
  • Butland made six saves in a Premier League game for the third time this season.
  • Butland has made the most saves this top-flight campaign overall (46).

What next?

Newcastle, who are third from bottom prior to Sunday's games, have an away match at Bournemouth in the top flight next Saturday, while 14th-placed Stoke host Chelsea.

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Elliot
  • 22JanmaatSubstituted forLascellesat 83'minutes
  • 18Mbemba
  • 2Coloccini
  • 3Dummett
  • 7Sissoko
  • 8Anita
  • 24TiotéSubstituted forde Jongat 71'minutes
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 45MitrovicBooked at 63mins
  • 17Pérez

Substitutes

  • 9Cissé
  • 10de Jong
  • 11Gouffran
  • 15Lascelles
  • 19Haidara
  • 20Thauvin
  • 41Woodman

Stoke

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 8Johnson
  • 17Shawcross
  • 26WollscheidBooked at 63mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 16AdamBooked at 90mins
  • 6Whelan
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forCrouchat 90'minutes
  • 27BojanSubstituted forAfellayat 60'minutes
  • 10ArnautovicBooked at 82minsSubstituted forVan Ginkelat 89'minutes
  • 19Walters

Substitutes

  • 7Ireland
  • 12Wilson
  • 14Afellay
  • 15Van Ginkel
  • 18Diouf
  • 25Crouch
  • 29Haugaard
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
47,139

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Stoke City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

  5. Booking

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Siem de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

  10. Post update

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Marco Van Ginkel replaces Marko Arnautovic.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jack Butland.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City118122691725
2Arsenal118122181325
3Leicester116412319422
4Man Utd11632158721
5West Ham116232215720
6Tottenham10451168817
7Liverpool114521212017
8Crystal Palace115151211116
9Watford114431010016
10Southampton103521613314
11West Brom114251014-414
12Everton103431313013
13Swansea113441215-313
14Stoke11344912-313
15Chelsea113261622-611
16Norwich112361523-89
17Bournemouth102261222-108
18Newcastle111461222-107
19Sunderland101361119-86
20Aston Villa10118917-84
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