Stoke City 1 Newcastle 0

Stoke v Newcastle

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the Britannia Stadium



Stoke City 1 (Crouch 15)

Newcastle United 0



Newcastle United are still without a victory in the Barclays Premier League this season, after suffering a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Monday night.


Peter Crouch's first half header was enough to seal all three points for the Potters, and although United created a number of good chances to equalise they were unable to break down a stubborn home rearguard.


Crouch guided home Victor Moses' centre on 15 minutes to edge the hosts in front, but Fabricio Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat all threatened an equaliser before the break.


An end-to-end contest saw Marko Arnautovic strike the post for Stoke after the restart, while Jack Colback suffered the same fate from close range late on with United's final - and best - chance of a leveller.


The result means Newcastle remain on three points from their opening six top flight fixtures of the 2014/15 campaign.


Following a cautious start from both teams in difficult conditions, United fashioned the first opening of the evening on 14 minutes.


Remy Cabella skipped past a couple of challenges down the right before the ball was eventually worked to Riviere inside the area, who lashed over the top from a tight angle.


Stoke's response was immediate and clinical, as they raced straight down the other end to break the deadlock.


Moses received the ball wide on the left, cut inside and curled an inch-perfect cross onto the forehead of Crouch, who rose high above Coloccini to guide a header into the top corner - the Potters' first home goal in the league this season.


Coloccini almost drew Newcastle level within a couple of minutes, taking Cabella's clever corner on his chest 20 yards out but firing the resulting volley narrowly over the top.


Sissoko also went close with a rising drive having stepped inside from the left and aimed for the far top corner, while at the other end Crouch shanked an effort well wide under pressure from Paul Dummett.


With half-time approaching, the Magpies pressed hard for an equaliser, with Dummett seeing a strike deflected over the top for one of a number of corners they forced.


And Janmaat went even closer, pulling the trigger from distance only to be denied by an outstanding save by Asmir Begovic who, at full stretch, tipped the ball round the post.


And the hosts remained resolute to go into the break with their one-goal advantage in tact.


Alan Pardew introduced Papiss Cisse at half-time in place of Riviere, but it was Stoke who almost netted again within three minutes of the restart.


Mike Williamson's excellent defensive header was siezed upon by Arnautovic, and the first half substitute drilled a low drive against the foot of the post with Tim Krul static.


Krul plucked Charlie Adam's 25-yard free-kick out of the top corner, before he was forced to make an excellent point-blank stop from Moses after a defensive mix-up gifted the Chelsea loanee a shooting opportunity inside the six-yard box.


Gabriel Obertan and Sammy Ameobi were also called upon from the bench as Pardew attempted to improve United's attacking threat.


And Obertan almost created an unlikely equaliser for the visitors in the 82nd minute. His run down the right flank was followed by a cross into the feet of Colback.


Despite being challenged by Ryan Shawcross, the ball fell kindly to the feet of the summer signing but he could only fire against the crossbar from five yards when the ball should have ended up in the back of the net.


And that was the Magpies' final chance of the evening, as referee Craig Pawson brought to a close a frustrating evening in the Potteries.



Stoke City (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begovic; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Marc Muniesa; Glenn Whelan, Steven Nzonzi; Mame Biram Diouf (Marko Arnautovic 23), Charlie Adam (Stephen Ireland 60), Victor Moses (Oussama Assaidi 82); Peter Crouch


Subs not used: Thomas Sorensen, Erik Pieters, Robert Huth, Bojan



Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella (Sammy Ameobi 74), Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 68); Emmanuel Riviere (Papiss Cisse 46)


Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong



Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)


Bookings: Stoke - Bardsley (64); Newcastle - Colback (41), Cisse (60)



Attendance: 26,332 (1,751 Newcastle)

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