Magpies Demolish 9 Man Stoke City 5-1

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 3rd goal - and his seocnd

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

24 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1


    Ruddy…you cannot lay it all down on Benny. You are talking about a team where most players have been very inconsistent and the manager as well.

    …I have said it before Benny plays well when the team plays well (of course there have been exceptions) and bad when the team doesn’t take responsibility!

    I stick by that assumption 😀

    I would have no worry about playing Benny against Arsenal – as long as the team step up like today – when that happens the opposition don’t know how to mark Benny because he has options; he can either take ‘em on or setup his team mates and they will score!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Both red were after the book – that is how it is!

    Should have been yet one or two penalties and another red for Stoke!

    There are no degree – it’s either a penalty or not!

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Drop Santon for the Arsenal game Walcott will rip him apart and bring Mbiwa and Tiote back in at the expense of the motm Ben Ten !

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    A draw between the bindippers and Citeh would be ideal for us right?

  • Twatter

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Think the second one that gave us the penalty was definitely a red, but not so sure for the first. The benefit of the doubt should have been given there.

    Happy we’ve got 5 goals today to seal off this important win despite it coming in quite peculiar circumstances – wasn’t as engaging to watch after the 2 reds, but this will do wonders for our inferior goal difference.

    HOWAY THE LADS. Man of the match either Debuchy or Ben Arfa.

  • 89Norcal

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope Haidara is ok.

    Our diagonal balls were really poor in the first half. Plus the tactics looked off with Remy standing up trying to be physical with the defenders. Don’t think Pardew had to switch it up THAT much due to Tiote’s absence.

  • WorJordi

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Blaydon
    I agree . I reckon Walcott will rip Santon a new one and Haidara should be given a chance.
    Benny was immense today and should start against Arsenal.
    I reckon we could give them a game IF our lot are up for it

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon again did not impress me. No wonder Haidara is coming on for him. That said, Haidara could have crossed the ball a bit better into the box, but I see him as a more accomplished defender than Santon.

    HBA as I mentioned before needs to know when to power a shot and when to place it. He could have had a hat-trick today.

    Remy again very clever turn and play to win us the pen. He should have done better with his pen but a good save none the less.

    Cabaye’s intelligent play got their player sent off and scored a beauty, his overall lay was very goods also.

    MOTM- has to be between HBA and Cabaye, I gave it to Cabaye in the end as HBA was little wasteful in great positions to score.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9

    The first was a yellow and since it was his second then it’s a red!

  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Liverpool play Man City then Chelsea away.

    I am not expecting anything against Arsenal, but, if we get 3 points from our next 2 games, and Liverpool lose those 2 games – we would be on equal points with Liverpool.

    That would be an interesting position to be in, with a transfer window approaching.

  • Spoof

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #11

    jesper at 4

    I would say no, we will never finish ahead of City, we are 1 of another 18 who can say that, but Liverpool are capable of slipping up, keep them as close to us as possible for me, I will be happier with a City win, another thing, as much as I hate to say this, thankyou Sunderland, you have done us a real good turn.

  • Constanstine

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I still think the best team would be the one without Ben Arfa. If Ben Arfa is to start at Sunday, then Sissoko will again be shove into the middle and replacing Anita. Today’s shit opening was largely due to Sissoko playing as center MF.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Some of you guys are an absolute joke. Slagging the team off rotten in the first half and then making out that it was a tremendous performance in the second.

    Fantastic result, great run for us, but beating 9 man Stoke at home is hardly deserving of that much praise.

    Definitely an exciting time to be a Newcastle fan and we’re looking better and better for the top 8.


    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Tbf the first one should of been a warning but hey it happens…not often in our favour though

    Sod stoke they are muck

  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Tam for the Arses:


    Tuning into Man City v ‘pool now, should be an entertaining affair!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #16

    I highly doubt we’ll finish top two so hopefully City will hammer them.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17

    First off cracking result in the end.

    But we seem to be getting carried away a bit. Even before today Stoke had one of the worst records for goals conceded away from home. We managed 4 in 45 minutes which sounds good, but taking into account their 9 men, isn’t anything that special. They are a very average side to start with.

    In the first 45 we were second best. Outplayed, out passed and out fought. Once they had a player dismissed the complexion changed.

    The saying goes you can only beat what is in front of you, and we did that comfortably, but the only part of the game worth looking at and analysing in terms of what we did well and what we did badly is the opening 40-45, which really doesn’t make us look good.

    HBA looked great when they were down to 9, he is great at running at players and with all that extra space the game was made for him. Unlucky not to score.

    Still, I agree with Blaydon on the changes for Arsenal Tiote in for HBA and Mbiwa for Santon.

  • Ciaran

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #18

    The 1st penalty was harsh in my view. Whelan had a cheeky nip for his 2nd yellow but I think the ref could have let it slide.

    He balanced that up with terrible decisions against us in the 2nd half but by then his soft decisions had won us the game.

    As for Benny, I wouldn’t be overly concerned if he started against Arsenal, I just think a higher standard needs to be demanded from him if we are to get the best from him on a consistent basis.

  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #19

    The biggest miss in the 1st half was Shola, just gives us a presence in attack and allows us to gain territory and sustain pressure, he is usually the leader too, giving the talks in the huddles, which was left to Willo today, that been said, I don’t think he suits the Gooners match.

  • toonking

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #20


    I agree santon will get ripped apart by Walcott and should theirfore be dropped but it won’t make that much a difference if we then decide to play HBA.

    HBA is just not able to get into the main team.

    cabaye is the main player between the CDM and the strikers

    goufran is in really good form at the minute

    sissoko and debuchy were both forming such a great partnership.

    tiote is such an important part of the CDM.

  • blew

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Pardew was benevolent bringing
    on Ameobi and Cisse to level the
    playing numbers – 9 against 9. But
    we had the referee on our side.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #22

    We need to replace Shola in January. He offer far too little. If we had say Gomis for example he could hold the ball up just as well as Ameobi but be a goal threat also, something Strolla is not. We can’t keep on carrying him through matches.

    If Remy gets injured we’re fcuked so we need a striker in the January window asap.

    Glad to see Cisse score but he needs to up his game a bit more to be the player he was when he signed. First stay onside and then the goals will follow.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #23

    I would prefer that Ben Arfa does not play against Arsenal.

    Arsenal will outclass us, that is a given… if Ben Arfa does not play, then he cannot be blamed for it.

    I would prefer we start harnessing Ben Arfa; rather than throw him in at the deep end against Arsenal, followed by making him the scape goat by claiming the team operates better without him. That scenario leaves him sat on the bench, out in the cold for the next 5/6 games.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Dec 27, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #24

    @ Constantine #12. You are spot on, mate, that the main reason for our poor showing early on was because Sissoko is shit playing in the middle of the park.

    However, I don’t blame that on Ben Arfa’s inclusion in the lineup pushing him inside. Rather, AP should be playing Benny through the middle, and Sissoko MUST stay out wide right!

    Sissoko-Ben Arfa-Gouffran


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