MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle 5 Stoke 1

Loic Remy

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 5 (Remy 44, 56, Gouffran 48, Cabaye 66, Cisse 80)

Stoke City 1 (Assaidi 29)

 

 

There were two red cards, a missed penalty and six goals in this Christmas cracker at St. James' Park as Newcastle romped to a seventh victory in nine games.

 

Both sides had been in good form going into the match but United were below par for much of the first period and Stoke went ahead Oussama Assaidi's wonderful 29th minute effort.

 

However, the complexion of the game changed completely when Glenn Whelan was shown a second yellow card in the 40th minute and Potters boss Mark Hughes was then sent to the stand for his protests. And three minutes later, Marc Wilson was dismissed for pulling back Loic Remy as he raced onto Vurnon Anita's pass

 

Remy's spot-kick was saved by Thomas Sorensen but on the stroke of half-time the Frenchman had equalised as he swept home via a deflection to make it 1-1.

 

And in the second half, the Magpies made their numerical advantage count in style as Yoan Gouffran gave them the lead before Remy, Cabaye and Papiss Cisse added further goals.

 

Hatem Ben Arfa was back in the Magpies side and, after Moussa Sissoko and Peter Crouch had both seen efforts comfortably saved, the Frenchman unleashed a powerful strike in the fourth minute which went narrowly off target.

 

However, the visitors began to force the game and, after Mike Williamson denied Jonathan Walters with a superb challenge, Charlie Adam shot just wide from range.

 

Cabaye saw an effort turned behind by Sorensen before Adam came close again - then Assaidi struck.

 

He had another chance from a similar position soon afterwards but this time Krul saved, before Whelan - and Hughes - saw red. Wilson soon followed them down the tunnel, but Sorensen saved Remy's penalty.

 

However, the Frenchman bounced back by equalising just before the break.

 

And once Gouffran rifled home at the beginning of the second half, the result never looked in doubt.

 

Debuchy and Cabaye both came close before Ben Arfa struck the same post twice in the space of three minutes, first after cutting inside after picking up a short corner and then after dribbling, Peter Beardsley style, past four defenders.

 

In between, Remy had nodded home his tenth goal of the season after Sissoko met Davide Santon's cross, then Cabaye made it 4-1 with a superb team effort in the 66th minute.

 

He applied a stylish finishing touch to a flowing move and ten minutes from time, Cisse scored his first league goal of the campaign from the spot after Ben Arfa was fouled by Erik Pieters.

 

It was Newcastle's biggest win of a season which continues to get better and better.

 

 

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 (Yorkshire)

 

Bookings: Newcastle United - Debuchy (45); Stoke City - Whelan (34, 40), N'Zonzi (44)

 

Red cards: Newcastle United - none; Stoke City - Whelan (40), Wilson (42)

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