Newcastle Utd 5 Stoke City 1: Toon give Potters a Christmas stuffing

NET GAIN ... Newcastle's Loic Remy equalises.

NET GAIN ... Newcastle's Loic Remy equalises.

NEWCASTLE United gave nine-man Stoke City a Christmas stuffing at St James’s Park this afternoon.

Alan Pardew’s sixth-placed side came from behind to win 5-1 thanks to two goals from Loic Remy and strikes from Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse.

The win – the club’s seventh from its last nine games – keeps the pressure on the teams above them in the Premier League.

Newcastle manager Pardew said: “I thought the Stoke players conducted themselves brilliantly in the second half against our strike force and down to nine men.

“It was a shame for Stoke, because the two sending-offs were a major factor in us winning in the manner we did.”

Stoke led through Oussama Assaidi’s 29th-minute goal after a subdued opening from United.

The winger skipped into the box and unleashed a fierce shot past Tim Krul after Charlie Adam found him with a header.

The visitors deserved their lead, but the game turned on two dismissals late in the half.

Glenn Whelan, earlier booked for kicking the ball away after being penalised for a challenge on Moussa Sissoko, was shown a second yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson for a foul on Cabaye.

And Marc Wilson was sent off for bringing down a goal-bound Remy.

Remy took the resulting penalty, but it was saved by former Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

However, he netted a deflected goal before the break to put Newcastle back on level terms and end a five-game goal drought.

Gouffran put United ahead early in the second half with a low shot after chesting down a punched clearance from Sorensen.

And Remy made it 3-1 with a far-post header after a Davide Santon cross was headed to him by Sissoko.

Cabaye struck a superb fourth – the midfielder side-footed the ball past Sorensen from outside the box – and substitute Cisse completed the rout from the spot after Hatem Ben Arfa was felled by Erik Pieters.

With Sunderland having won at Goodison Park, Newcastle are just a point behind fifth-placed Everton ahead of Sunday’s home game against league leaders Arsenal.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon (Haidara, 61); Sissoko, Cabaye, Anita (Shola Ameobi, 46); Ben Arfa, Remy, Gouffran (Cisse, 72). Subs not used: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Obertan.

STOKE CITY: Sorensen, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi (Muniesa, 72), Whelan, Adam, Assaidi (Wilkinson, 46), Crouch (Palacios, 59). Subs not used: Butland, Jones, Arnautovic, Ireland.

Goals: Assaidi 29, Remy 45, 56, Gouffran 48, Cabaye 66, Cisse 80 (pen)

Bookings: Whelan 34, N’Zonzi 45, Debuchy 45

Sent off: Whelan 40, Wilson 43

Attendance: 51,655 (670 Stoke)

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds)

For reaction to this afternoon’s game, see tomorrow’s Gazette




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