This game was decided in a few minutes before half time, as referee Martin Atkinson sent off two Stoke City players – one was Glenn Whelan after 39 minutes, who picked up his second yellow card, and then center-back Marc Wilson impeded Loic Remy when Loic was in on goal on 43 minutes, and Marc got a straight red card – and a penalty – but Loic missed the penalty when he hit his shot almost straight at the goalkeeper.
Loic Remy scoring his second and Newcastle’s third goal
And we have to say that both decisions were very harsh by the referee but as it turns out Atkinson handed the game to Newcastle, who dominated a 9 man Stoke side in the second half, and scored four goals to make it an impressive 5-1 win and our goal difference has shot up to +6.
Newcastle had looked sluggish and seemed to miss the energy of Cheick Tiote in midfield in the first half, and it was Stoke who had the chances and it was Oussama Assaidi who hit a wonderful goal after 29 minutes o put Stoke ahead, and after the goal Newcastle came to life and then the two Stoke players were sent off.
But then after 44 minutes as Newcastle were dominating it was Remy who made up for his poor penalty as he swept the ball home to put Newcastle level – and that was an important goal just before half time.
Half time came and Newcastle had not played well until the two decisions by referee Martin Atkinson but now Newcastle had a wonderful chance to win this game, but even playing against only 9 men they will need to pick it up against a gutsy Stoke City side.
Newcastle needed to raise their game in the second half and Alan pardew brought on Shola Ameobi for Anita, as Newcastle had to go all out for the win.
And they showed a lot more energy than they did in the first 45 minutes, and kept the game wide and take advantage of the fact that Martin Atkinson has surprisingly sent off two Stoke City players, and both in all honesty seemed very harsh.
Newcastle went ahead after 48 minutes when a good run by Ben Arfa on the right wing (Ben Arfa looked great today), and Sorensen could only weakly punch the ball away and it was Yoan Gouffran who slammed the ball home for his 7th goal of the season.
After 55 minutes Ben Arfa strolled in from the right wing and hit a tremendous shot that came back off the far post – a brilliant shot fro the mercurial Frenchman, who looked full of confidence today and showed off all his skills – this lad is certainly an entertainer.
After 56 minutes a good cross from Santon was headed forward by Sissoko and Loic Remy rammed the ball in at the far post and it was 3–1 as Newcastle were mauling 9 man Stoke City.
And after 66 minutes Yohan Cabaye scored a great team goal for Newcastle as after some good inter-change play by Newcastle, Debuchy squared the ball to Yohan who again hit it first time into the back of the net and it was 4-1 and Newcastle were doing their goal difference a world of good.
After 79 minutes Newcastle went 5-1 ahead and it was from a penalty after former target Martin Pieters brought down Ben Arfa in the box, and this time it was Papiss Cisse, who put the ball beautifully into the top left hand corner of Sorensen’s goal for his first PL goal of the season – good for him.
And that’s how it ended up and it was Newcastle’s biggest win since we trounced Sunderland 5-1 in 2010 – but they had 11 men.
But there will be some criticism of referee Atkinson who in a short three minute spell gifted the game to Newcastle.
But we’ll take it and that’s our 7th win in 9 games – and 22 points from the last possible 27 points – and now Arsenal come to St. James Park on Sunday.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 61); Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Shola Ameobi 46), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Papiss Cisse 72), Hatem Ben Arfa; Loic Remy
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan
Stoke City (4-5-1): Thomas Sorensen; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Eric Pieters; Jonathan Walters, Steven N’Zonzi (Marc Muniesa 72), Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Oussama Assaidi (Andy Wilkinson 46); Peter Crouch (Wilson Palacios 59)
Subs not used: Jack Butland, Kenwyne Jones, Marko Arnautovic, Stephen Ireland
Referee: Martin Atkinson