Newcastle were much the better side this afternoon at St. James Park and were 2-0 up against a hapless stoke side after only 18 minutes.
Yohan Cabaye got the first goal after magic again form Ben Arfa on the left wing where he magically got in a cross that Cisse headed against the cross-bar and Yohan Cabaye headed the ball home.
It was Yohan again on 18 minutes – he had a great game today – who put a superb through pass to Cisse, who was just too quick for the Stoke defense, and had the ball in the back of the net in a jiffy for his 11th goal in 10 appearances for the Magpies.
In the second half Newcastle took their foot off the accelerator just a little bit, but Yohan still got his second goal of the the game and his 5th of the season, when he rifled the ball home from the left hand edge of the penalty box to make it 3-0.
And it could have ben even more than that – with the Newcastle side completely dominant – and now the lads move up to 4th place in the league table.
But that’s six league wins on the trot for Newcastle, for the first time for around 18 years – when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers – it’s just unbelievable.
And five clean sheets in that run too.
We are now 3 points above Tottenham and 4 points above Chelsea who could only draw 0-0 at the Emirates earlier today. We are 3 points behind Arsenal but have a game in hand – at Chelsea on May 2nd.
Tottenham now play at QPR in 30 minutes.
Newcastle looked a very good side this afternoon and fully deserved their convincing win.
Here’s the game as we saw it:
Stoke had the first chance of the match early on when Peter Crouch headed the ball down to Jonathan Walters, but he put the ball over the bar – and that was a warning to Newcastle and Walters should really have done better.
The first goal after 14 minutes and it was again some magic from Ben Arfa on the left wing.
The Frenchman had the ball on the left with presumably nowhere to go, but then he somehow got past Wilson along the touchline, and floated a beautiful cross over to Cisse.
Cisse headed the ball well but it hit the cross-bar but Yohan Cabaye was there to head the ball home and it was 1-0 to the Magpies.
Wonderful work from Ben Arfa made this goal out of nothing.
And just four minutes later Yohan Cabaye was again involved as he put a great through ball for Papiss Cisse to run onto.
Papiss was just too fast for the Stoke defense and he swept the ball with his left foot first time – and easily beat the onrushing goalkeeper.
Another great opportunist goal from Cisse and Newcastle were 2-0 up.
After 32 minutes Andy Wilkinson had to go off injured and former Sunderland player Dean Whitehead came on.
After 36 minutes Ben Arfa tied Wilson Palacious in knots with his skill and the former Tottenham man grabbed Ben Arfa with both hands, but then helped the mercurial Frenchman to his feet in a sporting gesture – but he still got a yellow card.
Then a good cross ball by Yohan Cabaye, who was having a good game for Newcastle was just missed by a sliding Demba Ba.
Santon then went into the box in the indie left position and had a decent shot but Begovic saved low to his right.
Cheick Tiote went down injured just before half time after he was strongly tackled but he was able to carry on after two added minutes for stoppage time the half time whistle blew.
Newcastle had controlled the game after the first 10 minutes and were worth their 2-0 lead at the half, but we also remember last season, when we were 1-0 up in the same fixture and Stoke came out 2-1 winners.
Stoke cannot be any worse in the second half and we would look for an improvement from the Stoke side.
On the restart a good right wing cross by Ben Arfa found Demba Ba who brought the ball down but his shot was blocked by the goalkeeper- it was a good chance missed by the Senegal striker and he probably should have just headed the ball first time..
Cisse that had the ball in the abck of the net after the goalkeeper had only blocked the ball but he was ruled offside, and then after 56 minutes a goal out of the blue from Yohan Cabaye – his second of the game as he hammered the ball in form the left hand edge of the penalty box and Newcastle were 3-0 up.
Cabaye was having a good game with two goals and he set up Papiss Cisse’s goal and on 62 minutes Cabaye was taken off to great applause from the newcatsel fans – what aplyert this lad has been for Newcastle this season.
James Perch came on for a run-out, probably just to tighten up the game for the Magpies, and we know James has been in good form this year.
And after 69 minutes Shola Ameobi came on for Papiss Cisse and both players got good applause from the Newcastle crowd.
Newcastle seemed to be happy with their 3-0 lead and were consolidating a bit at the back – but we need the goals to improve our poor goal difference compared to the other sides we are challenging at the top of the league table.
On 82 minutes Walters was put through but again he fired over the bar and should have rally done better.
Dan Gosling then came on for Danny Simpson after 83 minutes, and we think these are the first minutes Danny had missed in the Premier League all season.
On 86 minutes a wonderful long range shot was brilliantly put over the bar by goalkeeper Begovic, which prevented Cheick’s second goal for the club – we all know all about that first one against Arsenal.
Then two minutes later Begovic again saved from Tiote, who seemed determined to score.
The final whistle went with Newcastle in control of this game and they looked a good side today and since Arsenal and Chelsea could only draw 0-0 in the earlier game we have now made up 5 points in the last two games on Arsenal.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
Stoke Stoke City (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic; Andy Wilkinson, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson; Ryan Shotton, Glenn Whelan, Wilson Palacios, Matthew Etherington; Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Matthew Upson, Dean Whitehead, Jermaine Pennant, Cameron Jerome, Ricardo Fuller, Kenwyne Jones