It was Papiss Cisse’s ninth goal of the season and his seventh in the Premier League that gave Newcastle a dramatic win this afternoon at St. Jame’s Park, after Newcastle were 1-0 down after Cheick Tiote stupidly conceded a penalty on 67 minutes, which Jonathan Walters converted.
Moussa Sissoko in overdrive this afternoon at St. James’ Park
It was a close game in the first half, with Newcastle doing all the pressing and the defense looking very solid, but we just couldn’t get that breakthrough goal, and at the half it was 0-0 after Yoan Gouffran had the best chance of the half but blasted over from just eight yards out.
Stoke had been mostly attacking down their right wing, presumably thinking that Davide Santon was a weak link, but Davide handled the pressure reasonably well.
In the second half Newcastle continued to press for the winner, but after a penalty appeal was turned down by referee Marinner, Newcastle found themselves a goal down after 67 minutes.
Cameron Jerome sent Walters into the box on the left-hand side, and then a simply ridiculous sliding challenge by Tiote, who went in with a wild tackle, got Stoke the penalty they wanted – and really Cheick is sometimes a liability with his wild tackling.
But Newcastle were only behind for five minutes as we got a free kick just outside the box, and it was that man Yohan Cabaye again who curled a beautiful free kick beyond Begovic’s reach to put Newcastle level. Another fantastic goals from the Newcastle captain when it mattered most.
Alan Pardew introduced Sylvain Marveaux for Cheick Tiote and Massadio Haidara for Davide Santon after 74 minutes in an attempt to put more pressure on Stoke.
And in front of over 50,000 fans Newcastle went all out for the winner, and after 87 minutes 18 year-old Adam Campbell made his Premier League debut, replacing Yoan Gouffran.
And would you believe it, two minutes into the four minutes of added time, with the crowd urging the lads on , a magnificent defense splitting pass from Sylvain Marveaux found Papiss Cisse clear in the box and he smashed the ball home for a really dramatic winner.
And that sent the Geordie fans crazy – not to mention some of us watching the game on TV in remote lands.
This was another good performance from Newcastle and 3 points is not more than we deserved – and although it was tough against a valiant Stoke side – the lads found a way to win, and it’s a massive three points for Newcastle and we go two places up the table – above Sunderland and Norwich City.
A great win today for Newcaste United.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 74); Cheick Tiote (Sylvain Marveaux 74), Yohan Cabaye (c); Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Adam Campbell 87); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan
Stoke City (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Andy Wilkinson; Ryan Shotton, Glen Whelan, Steven Nzonzi, Jonathan Walters; Cameron Jerome (Dean Whitehead 88), Peter Crouch (Kenwyne Jones 84)
Subs not used: Thomas Sorensen, Charlie Adam, Michael Kightly, Brek Shea, Michael Owen
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Bookings: Newcastle – Cisse (64); Stoke – Wilson (64)
Attendance: 50,703 (610 Stoke)
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