By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Newcastle United 2 (Cabaye 72, Cisse 90)
Stoke City 1 (Walters 67pen)
Papiss Cisse struck an injury-time winner to earn Newcastle United all three points as they came from behind to record a 2-1 Premier League victory over Stoke City at St. James' Park on Sunday.
The Senegalese scoring sensation diverted home an outstanding pass from substitute Sylvain Marveaux as the game entered added-on time.
And it was no more than the Magpies deserved, having dominated proceedings for large spells.
It looked as though United would be settling for a share of the spoils after Yohan Cabaye's brilliant free-kick cancelled out a Jonathan Walters penalty. But the unmarked Cisse drilled home from close range to extend their unbeaten home record.
Peter Crouch had the game's first shot inside three minutes, although his chest control and volley from 20-yards was never going to trouble Rob Elliot, who comfortably smothered the low strike.
Ryan Shotton also sent a tame effort on target from the edge of the area, while at the other end Moussa Sissoko was afforded time and space to drive forward from midfield but blazed high and wide.
On a freezing cold Tyneside afternoon, United were warming to the task and captain Cabaye was only a couple of yards away when he let fly from distance on 16 minutes, the same applying for Gutierrez soon after, who tried to curl home as Stoke failed to clear their lines from a corner.
All the chances were coming from range and left-back Santon was next to try his luck, having cut in from the flank and ridden a couple of challenges. However, the Italian international's shot was straight at Potters keeper Asmir Begovic.
It took 37 minutes for either side to fashion an opening from inside the box and it fell the way of Gouffran.
From wide on the left, Cabaye drifted a pass over the top of the visiting defence and into the path of Gouffran around eight yards out. However, under pressure from Andy Wilkinson, the January arrival from Bordeaux could only poke over the bar.
United had a penalty shout turned down early in the second period. Chasing a ball down the right, Moussa Sissoko reached it just ahead of Begovic, clipping the ball past the goalkeeper and then tumbling under his challenge.
However, referee Andre Marriner waved away the Magpies' appeals, much to the anger of manager Alan Pardew.
In the 67th minute though the boot was on the other foot as Stoke were awarded a spot-kick by Mr Marriner.
Cameron Jerome released Walters into the box on the left-hand side and he was upended by Tiote's clumsy sliding challenge. Walters dusted himself down to drill the resulting penalty home, sending Elliot the wrong way.
Newcastle were only behind for a matter of five minutes, as Cabaye dragged them level.
Awarded a free-kick for a foul on Sissoko right on the edge of the area, the stand-in skipper curled a brilliant free-kick past the helpless Begovic and off the underside of the bar.
Soon, another league debutant entered the fray, in the shape of 18-year-old striker Adam Campbell, and the replacements more than made their mark as Newcastle snatched a late winner.
Marveaux spotted a gap in the Potters' defence which no-one else had seen and threaded an inch-perfect pass into the path of Cisse.
The front man - completely unmarked - had time to take a touch before making no mistake with a clinical finish to send St. James' Park wild and secure maximum points on home soil yet again.
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
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)