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By Neil Johnston

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  1. Post update

    Enjoyed it? Want to do it all over again on Tuesday? That's a date then! Catch you same time and same place for some Champions League action.

    Can Ashley Cole mark his return to English soil by helping Roma overcome Manchester City at the the Etihad? Will Jose Mourinho make a winning return to Portugal when Chelsea tackle Sporting Lisbon? Will Alan Pardew still be in a job?

    Cheers.

  2. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jack Blackburn: Coming fifth two years ago doesn't make up for the absolute dross that has followed. Relegation looms under Alan Pardew.

    Steve: David Moyes made one big mistake moving to Manchester United. Why would he make an even bigger one?

    Chris Corlett: Alan Pardew is the symptom, Mike Ashley is the cause of the rot!

  3. Manager reaction

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "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 balance of play. In terms of chances created we always looked a threat when we broke quickly with pace."

  4. Three in a row?

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    When was the last time Stoke won three Premier League matches in a row?

    Their next game is at Sunderland on 4 October before hosting Swansea after the international break on 19 October. They will fancy themselves in those two games after seeing off Newcastle.

  5. Coming up for the Magpies

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    What next for Alan Pardew and Newcastle? Well, the Magpies visit Swansea City on Saturday before the international break. Will Pardew still be in charge? They then host Leicester on 18 October before visiting Tottenham on 26 October.

  6. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Vinny Person: Is it the duty of football fans to stick by their manager and players? No, especially when the direction of the club is wrong.

    Liam Todd: Everyone is being critical about fans. But what do you expect when the soul has been gradually ripped from the club over two years?

    Andy Horton: I'm sure Mike Ashley has put a clause in Alan Pardew's contract to save him heaps of money if this situation ever arose.

  7. Manager reaction

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It leaves me in charge of the team until I'm told I'm not. 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's 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.

    "I'll probably speak to (Mike Ashley) tomorrow or the next day because this team needs to win games. We're losing games and I have to turn it around. There's criticism and mocking of some description and you've got to be strong and get on with it."

  8. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Former England captain Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "It seems that Alan Pardew still has the players, but does he still have the confidence of the owner? I guess we're about to find out if he's joking."

  9. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on Twitter: At the final whistle, Alan Pardew walked down the touchline and applauded the Newcastle fans, who responded with another volley of abuse. It might get forgotten amidst the Pardew focus but Stoke were good. Moses, Crouch etc. Hughes' counter-attacking tactics worked.

  10. Manager reaction

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew speaking to Sky Sports: "I think we'll have some serious conversations [with owner Mike Ashley] because he doesn't want to lose and neither to do I. I'm here to lead the team. I've never a really been in this situation before but I'm a football manager, that's what I do and will continue to do.

    "It's slight margins in the game but another defeat. We can't keep getting beat and we'll have to address that.

    "It's been our problem for most of the season, we've got to find a little bit more quality. Our delivery and method let us down. We did a bit more when we had width in the team and we might need to take a couple of changes to give us some thrust."

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
  11. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Graham Jack Thirkill: Just seen someone who looks a lot like David Moyes head towards the departure gate for a plane to Newcastle...

    Stephen Shaw: The guilty parties: Mike Ashley, the players and, sorry lads, the fans. Alan Pardew took you to fifth.

    Andrew Neill: I have extensive experience winning trophies with Newcastle on Football Manager. Well it's as good as we'll get if we sack Pardew.

  12. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Alan Pardew is not hiding behind the dressing room door. He's just emerged to conduct some television interviews.

  13. Player reaction

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Stoke winger Victor Moses speaking to Sky Sports: "We're delighted with the three points. It was a crucial game and we're pleased. I was surprised [not to be given a penalty]. I was going to take the ball past him. He hit my leg and I went down but the referee didn't give it.

    "This was a major game for us and getting the three points we can kick-start the season."

    Stoke City striker Victor Moses
  14. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator at the Britannia Stadium

    "Newcastle fans are still holding a banner with a caricature of Alan Pardew as Pinocchio and the word 'Hopeless'."

  15. Player reaction

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Stoke goal-scorer Peter Crouch speaking to Sky Sports: "We're back to winning ways and hopefully we can maintain that.

    "Victor Moses has been our main threat for the whole season. I know he'll get quality balls into the box and will be at his man nine times out of 10 and it was great delivery. The quality of the ball is always good and Victor has brought pace and directness."

    Stoke City striker Peter Crouch celebrates
  16. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Anthony Baum: I haven't seen Mike Ashley look so forlorn before.

    Aashish: Alan Pardew should count himself lucky if he gets the boot - the most entertaining part of the Newcastle performance was the kit.

  17. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    At least Newcastle are not bottom of the table. They remain 19th as they have scored more goals than Burnley.

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew walks off the pitch at full-time against Stoke
  18. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Brian Erber: I have prepared my CV and am sending it to Mr Ashley now.

    James Newcombe: Felt sorry for Pardew. Then I remembered he'd get an enormous pay off if IS sacked.

    Damo: The club is designed to stay in the Premier League. Nothing else. Pardew can't even do that.

  19. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "I would say that Mike Ashley is a very good poker player. He's just walked out and not given much away."

  20. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Is Mike Ashley about to wield the axe? The Magpies owner remains in his seat as the players slowly make their way off the pitch. He looks frustrated. Very frustrated.

  21. FULL-TIME

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    No! It's all over and Alan Pardew is not hanging about. The Newcastle boss is heading for the tunnel and applauds the Toon Army before vanishing from view. Magpies fans are holding 'sack Pardew' signs. Another banner reads 'We support our team - Pardew out'.

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew applauds the fans at the Stoke game
  22. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle carelessly lose possession on the edge of the Stoke area. Peter Crouch is happy to waste a few more seconds. Is there time for one last Magpies attack?

  23. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Mike Ashley does not look happy. In fact the Newcastle owner looks pretty angry.

  24. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    'Sacked in the morning, you're getting sacked in the morning' booms around the Britannia. Alan Pardew stands motionless on the touchline. Four minutes of added time.

  25. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's been a wonderful game with both teams going hell for leather. You can sense the nervousness from the Stoke supporters - they are dying for this first win at home."

    Stoke's Steven N'Zonzi is tackled by Newcastle defender Mike Williamson
  26. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Alan Pardew continues to urge his players forward but they won't get a better chance than the one Jack Colback has missed. Stoke are minutes away from a first home win. Newcastle are minutes away from another defeat.

    Newcastle United's Jack Colback after his four-yard miss
  27. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    It's all or nothing for Newcastle. That was a terrible miss by Colback.

    Jack Colback misses a sitter for Newcastle United
  28. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    How on earth did he miss that? Jack Colback is four yards out with the goal at his mercy but hammers the ball the bar. It follows a fine run and cross by substitute Gabriel Obertan.

    Alan Pardew cannot believe it. How costly will that prove to the Newcastle manager?

  29. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Newcastle are frustrated at what they perceive to be timewasting by Stoke.

    "There is another hand-written banner held up saying 'we support our team, Pardew out'. Some fans were saying before the game they would sacrifice the three points tonight if it forces the manager out of the club."

    Newcastle United fans hold anti-Pardew protest posters
  30. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Standing ovation for Victor Moses as he is replaced by Oussama Assaidi. Thoroughly deserved too.

  31. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Free-kick to Newcastle 35 yards from the Stoke goal. Almost every Potters player is behind the ball. Up steps Moussa Sissoko and slams it into the wall. What a waste!

  32. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Mike Ashley looks intense as he peers down from the stand. Newcastle and Alan Pardew are just over 10 minutes away from a 10th defeat in 14 league games.

  33. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jonathan Stevens: As a Newcastle fan I'm utterly embarrassed by our fans. Pardew deserves better than this for what he's previously achieved.

    Tom Warner: I don't know what Pardew said at half time but this has been a truly gutless second half performance.

    Craig Barker: When Obertan is the answer you are asking the wrong question.

  34. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Newcastle send on Sammy Ameobi for Remy Cabella. The Magpies need a goal. Quickly.

  35. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Alan Pardew looks on nervously. There's 15 minutes or so left. Is time running out for the Newcastle boss?

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
  36. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I don't think it was a penalty, I think Crouch went down softly. I think Krul only touched his jersey and there was no need for him to come out. Just stay in your net and be a goalkeeper."

  37. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    It's all kicking off! Peter Crouch wants a penalty after a clash with Mike Williamson but the referee is having none of it. Tim Krul rushes off his line to confront the Stoke striker as Potters fans scream for a spot-kick.

  38. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Christopher Matthews: It's nights like these when all managers secretly want to use a brolly but are unable to thanks to Steve McClaren...

    Bob Wetton: I've voluntarily watched Newcastle for the last 63 minutes. And to think, I make fun of my wife for watching Kim Kardashian.

    Mac Jerry: Let's just imagine what the scoreline could be if the Newcastle fans were actually in support of their manager. Ridiculous.

  39. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    How much does Victor Moses have left in the tank? He's run himself into the ground but still he continues to give the Newcastle defence all sorts of bother.

    Victor Moses
  40. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    And that's why Stephen Ireland is not starting league games for Stoke! The former Manchester City player spoons a presentable chance over the bar from 15 yards following another delightful move started by the impressive Victor Moses.

  41. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Comical Newcastle defending allows Victor Moses a chance to seal the points from close range but Tim Krul shows nerves of steel to save. The Magpies are just about hanging on.

  42. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Newcastle have started to get to the ball quicker and put more pressure on the Stoke back four. But can they keep up this high energy, because they have run a million miles in this game so far?"

    Stoke's Victor Moses holds off Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat
  43. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Alan Pardew sent Papiss Cisse on to get him a goal. Instead the Newcastle striker has picked up a yellow card for a clumsy foul on Charlie Adam. That's Adam's last involvement. He is replaced by former Newcastle loan signing Stephen Ireland.

    Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam
  44. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Out comes the invisible spray as Mike Williamson concedes a free-kick after a blatant foul prevents Steven Nzonzi powering into the Newcastle area. From the set-piece, Charlie Adam tests Tim Krul from 25 yards.

  45. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    'Sacked in the morning, you're getting sacked in the morning' rings out in Alan Pardew's direction. Not sure whether that's coming from Newcastle or Stoke fans!

  46. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liam York: I'm not saying Pardew has a good start to the season. But what do you expect when he has no support except the 'Hopeless' signs

    Joe Walkley: Newcastle still have the same manager that took them to fifth a few seasons back.. maybe it isn't the manager?

  47. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Stoke have scored, had a decent penalty shout turned down and hit the woodwork. And still Newcastle are not out of this.

  48. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    It's niggly and scrappy out there. Free-kicks are being conceded all over the pitch. Frustration creeping into Newcastle's play as Alan Pardew prowls the touchline barking orders.

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew directs from the touchline
  49. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think what Cisse will give Newcastle is he will make sure Stoke know they are in a game. He's physical and quick and Newcastle will be be able to concentrate their attacks through him."

  50. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Seeds: Messi may not be able to do it but Peter Crouch certainly can score on a rainy night in Stoke.

    Ben Johnson: Crouch scores yet another goal by pushing off a defender's shoulders. Always gets away with it because of his height.

  51. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    That should have been game over.

    Marko Arnautovic rattles a post with a first-time shot from 16 yards after the Newcastle defence fail to properly clear a free-kick. The Magpies survive.

  52. KICK-OFF

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    We're back under way. The rain continues to fall but can Papiss Cisse repeat his two-goal heroics against Hull last week?

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes stands on the touchline with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
  53. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tom Geoffrey: Don't be too hard on Newcastle, apparently Messi & Co couldn't hack at wet weeknight encounter at Stoke.

    Matthew Harris: Newcastle fans place word "HOPELESS" in giant letters in front of their team throughout match, are surprised when they lose.

    Michael Lee: Newcastle aren't actually looking that bad but still missing the final ball to the striker that we used to get from Cabaye

  54. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Here he is! Papiss Cisse is coming on for Newcastle at the start of the second half.

  55. Text us on 81111

    After Mike Ashley's reported comments about Alan Pardew's future, we're asking what is the worst thing your boss has said about you? Let us know on #bbcfootball on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only), or via the BBC Sport Facebook page and Google+ pages.

    Andy via text: "If you don't iron your shirt properly tomorrow then I'm going to have to let you go..." (in a job that didn't involve customers!).

    Chris McVeigh in Belfast via text: "You do know making the wrong pizzas on purpose and eating them is a sackable offence? I had no idea...."

  56. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse
  57. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Will we see Papiss Cisse at the start of the second half?

  58. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    half-time stats

    Plenty of shots from Newcastle. No end product...so far.

  59. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jono Healy: Alan Pardew logic = leave the striker on the bench who has scored goals and has confidence from the last match.

    Gary Timms: I have no sympathy for Stoke regards the penalty. Shawcross gives two or three away every corner, let alone game.

    Nic Wirtz: What degree of sympathy for Pardew? Have you watched Newcastle for the past two plus seasons Neil?

    Fortunately not Nic. That's me told...

  60. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a disastrous start for Newcastle but they are still in the game because they have quality up front. They have to stop Victor Moses because he is the key player in the game."

    Stoke City striker Victor Moses holds off Newcastle defender Mike Williamson
  61. HALF-TIME

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Alan Pardew looks glum as he makes his way to the Newcastle dressing room. His team have it all to do if they are to avoid a 10th Premier League defeat in 14 matches. Sack Pardew signs are hoisted into the air by many Magpies fans as the players make their way off the pitch.

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew wipes the rain off his face
  62. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    It's end to end stuff as half time approaches. Moments after Asmir Begovic's save, Stoke power forward and substitute Marko Arnautovic's goal-bound shot cannons off Paul Dummett who is stood on the edge of the six yard area.

  63. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    He's been quiet most of the half but Asmir Begovic denies Daryl Janmaat an equaliser with a super low full-stretch stop to keep out the Newcastle defender's shot.

  64. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    The pace of Victor Moses again causes problems and Jack Colback is forced to bring the Stoke man down, resulting in a yellow card. Alan Pardew is going to have to deliver one heck of a half-time speech!

  65. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "This first half has flown by. If Newcastle were to concede a second they would drop below Burnley and to the bottom of the Premier League, which wouldn't look good for Pardew."

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew at the Stoke game
  66. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Stoke are so dangerous on the counter with Victor Moses causing all sorts of problems with his pace. Newcastle simply don't know how to deal with the former Chelsea man.

  67. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Vital headed clearance by Newcastle defender Mike Williamson just as Steven Nzonzi is about to pull the trigger from close range. Stoke are hungry for a second goal before the interval.

  68. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    And still Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic is yet to make a serious save.

  69. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "The crowd have been riled by seeing Mark Hughes spilling over with frustration and there is a feisty atmosphere here today."

  70. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    It is hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for Alan Pardew. He is out on the sidelines questioning fourth official Andre Marriner as the rain continues to belt down. The Newcastle boss is absolutely drenched!

  71. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "When Newcastle get into good positions in the Stoke half they have got to be a bit more patient and not force it."

    Newcastle United striker Yoan Gouffran outruns Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf
  72. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    What is Mike Ashley thinking? The Magpies owner, who is sat in the main stand dressed in white shirt and club tie with top button undone, is giving little away. He's probably breathing a sigh of relief after a blatant Stoke penalty was turned down.

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley watches the Stoke match
  73. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle have actually responded well to falling behind.

    A quick break allows Moussa Sissoko to arrow a shot just beyond Asmir Begovic's left-hand post before Daryl Janmaat gets a shot away but it's well blocked by Ryan Shawcross.

  74. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    This is already turning into a bruising contest and Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf is forced off early with an injury. That paves the way for Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic to make an earlier than expected entrance.

  75. PENALTY APPEAL

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    How was that not a penalty?

    Mark Hughes comes tearing out of his seat as referee Craig Pawson waves play on as Victor Moses is clearly barged to the ground inside the Newcastle penalty area by Yoan Gouffran.

    A stroke of fortune for the Toon.

  76. Text us on 81111

    Alistair via text: Never mind sacking Pardew, we need to get rid of whoever designed that kit.

  77. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Stoke are playing with lots of confidence. This is the new-style Stoke - they like to keep possession of the ball."

  78. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    One attack, one goal. That was too easy for Stoke. Newcastle should have done much better defensively. The Britannia is rocking and pressure is well and truly on the visitors.

    Stoke striker Peter Crouch celebrates his goal against Newcastle
  79. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "The Newcastle fans are holding up their banners and they have two words: sack Pardew. That's the message from the Newcastle fans."

    A tense Alan Pardew on the Newcastle bench at Stoke
  80. GOAL

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle - Peter Crouch

    Peter Crouch uses his height to outjump Fabricio Coloccini and head Victor Moses's cross over the line from eight-yards. Alan Pardew immediately jumps from his seat in the dug-out and barks instructions from the sidelines. In the background Newcastle fans hold up Pardew out signs.

    Peter Crouch puts Stoke 1-0 up against Newcastle
  81. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matt Blazey: The new Newcastle away kit makes them all look like massive mint humbugs.

    Ethan Robinson: You've got to feel for Papiss Cisse. He scores two goals, saving Newcastle and Pardew, then gets benched?

    Fahad Khan: That Newcastle away kit is bound to give some supporters proper nightmares.

  82. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    Cracking atmosphere under the floodlights at the Britannia. It's a full house and both sets of supporters are in full voice.

  83. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    Must do better....

    Newcastle win a free-kick about 30 yards from Stoke's goal but Jack Colback's set-piece doesn't even clear the first man.

  84. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    Adam's back on his feet. But the Scot is still hobbling. In addition Peter Crouch has also been on the receiving end of an early bruising challenge. Newcastle are taking no prisoners.

    Stoke striker Peter Crouch is upended against Newcastle
  85. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    Big trouble for Stoke. Charlie Adam, who was involved in a heavy challenge with Remy Cabella, is down again receiving treatment. Adam's no softie. It must be serious.

  86. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "When you come to Stoke you've got to expect a fast start from the team. I used to hate coming to Stoke - it was always cold, wet and windy and they were difficult to play against."

  87. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    First real attempt at goal goes the home side's way but it's wayward from Steven Nzonzi from distance. Both sets of players already look drenched! You get the feeling the greasy conditions are going to play a big part.

  88. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "We've reached that time of year - this is the last Premier League game of September and you don't want to be bottom of the league table. Premier League bosses do get switched over at an alarming rate. Alan Pardew is a threatened species."

    Alan Pardew
  89. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    First sounds of 'Delilah' ring out from Stoke fans. Newcastle are wearing green and blue shirts and green shorts! First meaty challenge leaves Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam hobbling.

  90. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rian Hoskins: I will be interested to see how Muniesa does. He has impressed in cup competitions, particularly from an attacking perspective.

    Sean: The law of probability or the intervention of a rogue asteroid are probably Newcastle's only hope.

    Alan Stewart: The same formation and team which has really done nothing for us yet. Pardew, why?

  91. KICK-OFF

    Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    It's all systems go at a wet, wet, wet Britannia Stadium. Both teams very much in need of three points.

    Premier League bottom six
  92. Post update

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    And here come the players. Many 'Sack Pardew' signs being held up at the Newcastle end. Alan Pardew, now dressed in anorak, looks relaxed as he takes his place in the dug-out with Mike Ashley peering down from the main stand.

    Newcastle fans
    Mike Ashley
  93. Five minutes to kick-off

    The players are in the tunnel. Lots of handshakes and back slapping as Lose Yourself by Eminem thunders out of the speakers. We're almost ready for the off.

  94. Post update

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Every time I have come here as a player the atmosphere has always been fantastic. This is a big game, particularly for Stoke, because a win will take them a few steps up the table."

  95. A wet Monday night in Stoke

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Matthew Bevis on Twitter: Perfect weather conditions in Stoke for a foreign import to prove their worth here.

  96. Post update

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    New Order's Blue Monday is booming out around the Britannia as kick-off approaches. I don't know about blue, but it is a very wet Monday in the Potteries.

  97. Stay strong Jonas

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    A banner in support of Newcastle player Jonas Gutierrez

    Newcastle United on Twitter: Lovely touch by Stoke City, who have a tribute to Jonas Gutierrez on pages four and five of tonight's official match programme.

    Magpies midfielder Jonas, 31, revealed earlier this month that he is is being treated for testicular cancer.

  98. Toon army

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Another impressive turnout from Newcastle fans despite their team's troubles. Around 3,500 have made the journey to the Potteries. Most are dressed in the famous black and white stripes and there even a few smiles on display in the away end. But will they be returning to Tyneside happy?

  99. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    After Mike Ashley's reported comments about Alan Pardew's future, we're asking what is the worst thing your boss has said about you? Let us know on #bbcfootball on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only), or via the BBC Sport Facebook page and Google+ pages.

    Michael Blighe: 'What, more holidays?' My old boss's reaction when I booked my first week off in about eight months. In good humour, of course.

    Nero: "Dress for the job you want not the job you've got, so I presume you want to be unemployed for a living?"

    Oluaw Dickson: "If you don't get your act together I'm afraid I'll have to replace you."

  100. Post update

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "We have just seen Mike Ashley arrive and he signed a few autographs - but they were for Stoke fans, not Newcastle fans."

  101. Ashley's grand entrance

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Mike Ashley is in the building! The Newcastle owner has just turned up in a chauffeur-driven people carrier and was shielded from the rain in his short walk to the main reception by a Stoke official using a club umbrella. Ashley, who is wearing his trademark white shirt and black trousers, signs autographs on his way into the building. One fan shouts: 'Are you signing a cheque?' Ashley looks up and smiles.

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley
  102. Manager's view

    Stoke v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew speaking to Sky Sports: "We've got options. Papiss Cisse needs fitness but in the last period of the game, the last 30 minutes, he can feature and hopefully get us some goals.

    "Prior to Southampton we deserved more than we got and played reasonably well. Southampton was nowhere near good enough but we've shown resilience. You have to be battle hard and you have to dig deep and fight. A win today puts us in a position where we're not far behind the bigger teams. It's an important night.

    "A win would settle a lot of things down. We can't determine what happens off the pitch but a win gives you good confidence. If we can see the best from our players then we can win this game."

  103. LINE-UPS

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    Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Muniesa, Whelan, Nzonzi, Diouf, Adam, Moses, Crouch. Subs: Pieters, Huth, Ireland, Arnautovic, Assaidi, Bojan, Sorensen.

    Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere. Subs: Anita, Cisse, Elliot, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Ameobi, Armstrong.

    Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

  104. Post update

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    Former England captain Gary Lineker on Twitter: Marvellous is a perfectly delightful film, beautifully acted and wonderfully directed by Julian Farino. We could all do with a bit of Neil.

  105. Marvellous

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    Neil Baldwin

    There is a special guest at the Britannia Stadium in the shape of Neil Baldwin, Stoke's former kit man and the star of the fact-based drama Marvellous which was shown on BBC Two last week.

    Marvellous tells the inspirational story of Neil's rise to fame - in spite of a life struggling with learning difficulties.

    The Stoke-based Sentinel newspaper reports that a campaign calling for Neil to be given a knighthood has been launched - attracting more than 1,000 Facebook likes in just 24 hours.

    Marvellous is still available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

    Alan Pardew on BBC Radio 5 live: "I was born battle hardened - that comes natural to me. It's tough because you want the fans to be behind you and they are questioning everything I do."

  107. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    After Mike Ashley's reported comments about Alan Pardew's future, we're asking what is the worst thing your boss has said about you? Let us know on #bbcfootball on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only), or via the BBC Sport Facebook page and Google+ pages.

    James Wiswould: "The inside of your car is a disgrace. This tells me a lot about how you run a store".

    Aliu John: My boss once told me in 2006, that the cash due to me weekly was better used in opening a fish farm.. I almost fainted!

  108. Here comes the rain...

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    Weather flash: It's absolutely tipping it down at the Britannia as the players warm up on the pitch. Meanwhile, Alan Pardew is dressed in a smart black suit and white shirt. He looks sombre.

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    Stoke City striker Peter Crouch
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    Rory McDermott: Am I wrong or do Newcastle have an unbelievably bad record when playing on Monday in the Premier League? Pardew needs a miracle.

    Leon Bacarese: A win for the Toon and they are level on points with Everton and a point behind Liverpool, interesting stuff.

  111. Quinn slams 'childish' Ashley

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    The Newcastle-based Chronicle newspaper

    Strong words from former Newcastle striker Micky Quinn on Magpies owner Mike Ashley in Monday's Evening Chronicle. Quinn, who played for the club between 1989-1992, accuses Ashley of making them a laughing stock following claims he told a journalist that Pardew will be 'gone' if they lose at Stoke.

    "In some ways Mike comes across as being childish," writes Quinn. "Certainly, when he was sitting with the fans and wearing a Newcastle shirt and drinking pints it had that boyish element to it. He's never really had the respect of the fans since Kevin Keegan left the club.

    "His decisions and lack of communication are making him so unpopular. He makes some terrible decisions. Who is advising him?"

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    Former Everton defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On the pressure Alan Pardew is under: "I've been involved with England when Kevin Keegan was under mass pressure and it does become like a do-or-die situation "

  113. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Injured Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie: "Hopefully today we'll get our first home win of the PL season. Looking forward to watching it and wish all the boys a great game!

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    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane

    MOTD2 Extra

    "There is a lot of negative feeling around Newcastle. Even if they win two or three games Alan Pardew is going to be one defeat away from coming under renewed pressure."

    Newcastle fans hold up a 'Sack Pardew' poster at the Stoke game
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    Stoke City's former Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa on Twitter: See you at 20:00 at the Britannia Stadium Potters! We'll work together to get a victory tonight.

  116. Post update

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    Mark Hughes makes one change to the Stoke team that drew 2-2 at QPR in their last Premier League match with Marc Muniesa, who scored both goals in the 2-1 Capital One Cup win at Sunderland, replacing Erik Pieters at left-back.

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew names the same side that came from behind to draw 2-2 with Hull in their last league game. That means Papiss Cisse is on the bench despite scoring both goals against Hull after climbing off the substitutes bench.

  117. Premier League roller coaster

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    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes must be delighted all the attention has been on Newcastle and Alan Pardew in the build-up to this game. After all, his Stoke side have hardly set the Premier League on fire themselves.

    Indeed, they have won just one of their opening five games this term and start 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

    A big Potters win will change all that, however, and could result in Hughes's side rocketing up the table to seventh! As Irish crooner Ronan Keating once sang, life is a roller coaster. Especially if you're a Premier League boss.

  118. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    After Mike Ashley reportedly told a journalist that Alan Pardew will be gone if Newcastle lose to Stoke, what is the worst thing your boss has said to you? Keep it clean and amusing!

    Let us know on #bbcfootball on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only), or via the BBC Sport Facebook page and Google+ pages.

  119. Toon in to radio coverage

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Build-up to the game is starting now on BBC Radio 5 live followed by full commentary from 20:00 BST with Conor McNamara, who is joined by former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville.

    Just click on the 'Live coverage' tab above to listen.

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    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "It says a lot about the Premier League these days that the main talking point ahead of this game is centred upon comments uttered outside a London pub. Many Newcastle fans have been vocal with their "Pardew Out" campaign.

    "It's difficult to tell how much Mike Ashley is swayed by public opinion. The owner has never seemed overly concerned with winning any popularity contests on Tyneside. Obviously what Newcastle cannot afford is relegation from the top flight. The strategy of attracting promising, yet affordable, players to St James' Park will suffer without the enticement of the bright lights of the Premier League."

  121. It was just banter...

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    i back page

    Mike Ashley rarely does interviews but, leaning against the wall of The Golden Lion in Soho's Dean Street, the billionaire businessman is spotted by a journalist from the Independent who introduces himself to the Newcastle owner.

    Ashley allegedly goes on to say that if the Tyneside outfit are beaten by Stoke then Alan Pardew will pay with his job. The next day Ashley's lawyers go into overdrive to try to repair the damage. It is claimed his remarks were a "joke".

    I'm sure Pardew saw the funny side!

  122. Seven year itch

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    The date is 21 October 2007. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley gives an interview to the now defunct News of the World where he explains why he has bought the club. "I want to have fun and win some trophies," he says.

    Fast forward seven years and it has not quite panned out like that. Which might perhaps explain the events that unfolded outside a London pub last week.

  123. Time running out for Pardew?

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    Next to bottom in the Premier League table. Five top-flight wins in the whole of 2014. One victory and nine defeats in the last 13 league games. No league away win for the Toon Army to celebrate for almost seven months.

    The statistics make painful reading for all at Newcastle United. Now even Alan Pardew's boss appears to be losing patience.

  124. Post update

    They said he was a dead man walking after following up a shocking end to 2013-14 with a bad start to the current campaign. He's still standing.

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

    They said he sounded like a broken man. He's still fighting.

    Hull City's David Meyler (left) confronts Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew

    They labelled his team clueless. He's still the boss.

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

    He's survived a fresh wave of fan protests, but can Alan Pardew survive a late September night in Stoke?

    Newcastle United fans