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.
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