Ayoze Perez-inspired Newcastle frustrated by Stoke

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Newcastle United moved above Sunderland in the Premier League table after drawing against Stoke City – but they were frustrated not to take all three points.

Steve McClaren's side were held to a goalless draw by Mark Hughes's side at St James's Park this afternoon.

Newcastle, inspired by Ayoze Perez, created a string of chances, but they couldn't find a way past the outstanding Jack Butland in the visiting goal.

The clean sheet was only the second of the season for United, now 17th in the table.

Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the post in an open and entertaining first half which also saw referee Roger East wave away a penalty claim from Perez, who took a tumble in the box after being challenged by two visiting players.

And Newcastle upped the pressure after the break.

Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez

Perez curled a shot just wide, and Georginio Wijnaldum had a free-kick tipped over the bar by Butland, who also saved from Moussa Sissoko with his legs.
Chancel Mbema headed wide from the resulting corner.

At the other end of the pitch, Rob Elliot did well to stop a close-range header from Jonathan Walters.

Butland pushed away a shot from Perez as the hour-mark approached.

McClaren replaced Cheick Tiote with Siem de Jong in the 71st minute, and Jamaal Lascelles replaced Daryl Janmaat late in the game.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic

But United – who take on fourth-from-bottom Bournemouth next weekend – couldn't conjure up a goal in a final few minutes which also saw Marko Arnautovic somehow avoid a second yellow card.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Newcastle team: Elliot; Janmaat (Lascelles, 83), Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Tiote (de Jong, 71), Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic. Subs not used: Woodman, Haidara, Gouffran, Thauvin, Cisse.

STOKE CITY: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Pieters; Adam, Whelan; Shaqiri (Crouch, 90), Bojan (Afellay, 60), Arnautovic (van Ginkel, 88); Walters. Subs not used: Haugaard, Ireland, Wilson, Biram Diouf.

Bookings: Wollscheid 63, Mitrovic 63, Arnautovic 83, Adam 90

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 47,139