Newcastle Unlucky – But Still Lose 2-1 To Stoke

After Papiss Cisse has put Newcastle ahead a couple of minutes into the second half, it looked like Newcastle were going to break their losing streak at the Britannia Stadium,  but goals in the 81st and 85th minute from high balls into the Newcastle box, gave Stoke the win, and the nightmare at Newcastle continues, with just one point from the last five league games.

Papiss Cisse scoring Newcastle’s goal early in the second half

The first half of this game was fairly,  even although Stoke looked the more dangerous side, and Newcastle made the mistake early in the game of fouling Stoke players just outside the box, and both Santon and Perch were booked early on.

That’s James’ Perch’s 5th booking and means he will miss the home game against Wigan Athletic on Money night – just in case things were not bad enough.

When half time came Newcastle had done well to hold their own, even though Stoke had hit the bar when the ball rebounded off Mike Williamson onto the post.

But it was obvious that Newcastle were losing the central midfield battle,  although Tiote and Perch were doing their best to cope.

The after a couple of minutes into the second half, a Demba Ba shot was not held by goalkeeper Begovic, and Papiss Cisse was in there faster than any Stoke players, and he put the ball home, and that was only the second goal Stoke have conceded this season at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke increased the pressure after the goal,  but the Newcastle defense seemed fairly comfortable with Coloccini outstanding for Newcastle.

And with 10 minutes to go it was looking like Newcastle could get the win, but then two goals out of nothing via long balls into the box did Newcastle in, all within five minutes.

In the 80th minute Kenwyne Jones missed a great chance to level the scores, when he headed the ball straight at Krul, but within a minute Stoke were level, and it was another high cross into the box, and Walters glanced a good header into the far corner, leaving Krul helpless and it was 1-1.

And would you believe it, four minutes later Stoke were 2-1 up, and it was yet another long ball forward, that  was headed down by Jones and Jerome hit the ball home nicely for the winner.

Until those last 10 minutes, it looked like Newcastle would win this game, but like all teams lacking confidence. we found a way to somehow lose this game.

It’s four games lost on the trot now, and only one point from the last five games – and this is now a crisis for the Newcastle side – and I’m sorry to have to say that – but it’s true.

When was the last time we had only one point from 5 league games?

It’s going to be a very tough season for the lads from now on, since we seem to lack creativity in midfield, without our best players in there, and Yohan Cabaye is out until February, and he seems irreplaceable.

There will be a lot of concern at Newcastle United after this latest defeat – there’s no doubt at all about that – and the teams we have lost to do not include any of the top teams in the league.

And there’s no other players to come in either – so that’s why we think this is now a crisis for the team.

Teams:

Stoke City (4-5-1): Asmir Begovic; Ryan Shotton, Ryan Shawcross (c), Robert Huth, Geoff Cameron; Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Steven Nzonzi, Charlie Adam (Michael Kightly 68), Matthew Etherington (Cameron Jerome 68); Peter Crouch (Kenwyne Jones 40)
Subs not used : Thomas Sorensen, Matt Upson, Wilson Palacios

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Sammy Ameobi 87), Cheick Tiote, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse (Nile Ranger 87), Demba Ba
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux

Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Bookings: Stoke City – Adam (28), Cameron (58); Newcastle United – Santon (15), Perch (18)