St. James' Park
Barclays Premier League
By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
At St. James' Park
Newcastle United 5 (Remy 44, 56, Gouffran 48, Cabaye 66, Cisse pen 80)
Stoke City 1 (Assaidi 29)
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+3mins: It's finished 5-1 to Newcastle and although Stoke had two men sent off, United were clinical and ruthless in the second half. Click here for the match report.
90mins: Haidara is applauded as he gets to his feet and the resulting corner is worked short before Ben Arfa finally has a shot but is off target. There will be three minutes of stoppage time.
89mins: Shawcross comes flying in on Haidara inside the box and the Stoke defender just seems to get to the ball before connecting with the Newcastle full-back, who will require treatment.
88mins: Remy picks the ball up 40 yards from goal and advances towards the box before letting fly, but his effort is deflected wide.
87mins: Ben Arfa once again makes the visiting defence look foolish as he gets to the byline and drills the ball across goal, but nobody can force home a sixth.
80mins - NEWCASTLE UNITED GOAL (5-1): After some discussion between Cabaye and Cisse, the latter is allowed to take the spot-kick and responds with a superb penalty to score his first league goal of the campaign.
79mins: Another Newcastle penalty - Ben Arfa toys with the Stoke defence before being clipped in the box by Pieters.
72mins: Both sides make their final substitutions; Marc Muniesa replaces N'Zonzi for Stoke while Papiss Cisse will get a run-out in place of Gouffran, who is given a standing ovation as he comes off.
71mins: Gouffran misses a sitter as Remy stands one up from the left only for the ex-Bordeaux man to completely miscue his header and send it well wide.
66mins - NEWCASTLE UNITED GOAL (4-1): A superb team goal from Newcastle United. Haidara plays the ball to Ameobi, who passes to Sissoko who in turns finds Gouffran and he rolls the ball to Cabaye, whose first time shot arcs beyond Sorensen. The numerical advantage has really told in this half but fair play to Alan Pardew and his players for the way they have made it count.
64mins: A Cabaye shot skids wide with Sorensen moving across his goal just in case.
61mins: Massadio Haidara replaces Santon in a straight swap at left-back.
59mins: Peter Crouch is replaced by Wilson Palacios, with Walters going up front for the Potters.
58mins: Ben Arfa dribbles past four men in the style of Peter Beardsley before striking the woodwork for the second time in three minutes - what a goal that would have been. Remy's follow-up is deflected over.
56mins - NEWCASTLE UNITED GOAL (3-1): The points should be safe now for United. Davide Santon gives Walters twisted blood on the left before crossing for Sissoko, whose header may have been going in anyway but Remy was on hand to make sure with his tenth of the campaign.
55mins: Now Ben Arfa receives a short corner from Cabaye on the right, cuts inside and hits a scorcher which crashes back off the far post.
52mins: Ben Arfa takes the resulting corner and Cabaye controls it before shooting on the half-volley from 22 yards but it's just wide.
51mins: A strike from Debuchy is deflected just wide as Newcastle look to wrap up the points in this festive fixture.
48mins - NEWCASTLE UNITED GOAL (2-1): Gouffran has now scored in five successive home games; Ben Arfa just keeps the ball in play before dinking the ball into the box and although Sorensen flaps it away, Gouffran is there to drill home from just inside the box.
47mins: A frustrated Adam hauls Sissoko to the ground and Cabaye's free kick goes just the wrong side of the angle of post and bar.
46mins: There are changes for both sides at the break. For Newcastle, Shola Ameobi replaces Vurnon Anita while Stoke sacrifice goalscorer Assaidi for defender Andy Wilkinson. United get the second half underway, kicking towards the Gallowgate.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+3mins: The half-time whistle blows and after a slow start this game has burst into life. Click here for a report.
45+2mins: Ben Arfa dribbles past two defenders on the right, but blazes over the bar.
45mins: There will be three minutes of stoppage time as Mathieu Debuchy is booked.
44mins - NEWCASTLE UNITED GOAL (1-1): But not anymore! Newcastle break swiftly as Atkinson misses what looks like a Williamson handball and Ben Arfa sprints upfield before playing a clever pass to Remy. His shot takes a deflection on its way in but it's his goal and he'll feel a lot better than he did a couple of minutes ago. In amongst everything, Steven N'Zonzi is booked for Stoke.
43mins: Another red card - and a Newcastle penalty! Marc Wilson pulls Remy back as he races onto Anita's pass and it's a straight red. But Remy's penalty is saved by Sorensen. The former Sunderland man goes the right way to push his spot-kick away and Stoke still lead.
40mins: This could be a game changer - Whelan is sent off. This time he comes from behind on Cabaye but it seems slightly harsh for that to result in a red card. Mark Hughes certainly isn't happy with the decision and is sent to the stands.
37mins: Newcastle still look unusually sloppy and Assaidi has the chance to shoot again from a similar position to his goal but this time Krul is right behind it.
34mins: Whelan is booked for a late tackle on Sissoko which threatens to spark a brawl before order is restore by Martin Atkinson.
29mins - STOKE CITY GOAL (0-1): Oussama Assaidi gives Stoke the lead and one has to say they probably just about deserve it. Getting to a loose ball first, he jinks into the box and then curls a magnificent effort over Krul, who is at full stretch but can't get anywhere near it as it flies into the far corner of the net.
28mins: Adam has been impressive for the away side and is again allowed too much time and space to strike a 25 yard left-footed effort which whistles just off target.
25mins: Cabaye sees the Stoke defence part in front of him and so hits a dipping shot from almost 30 yards which Sorensen - in for the injured Asmir Begovic - does well to turn around the post.
23mins: The atmosphere has been strangely flat so far today but, after the comical sight of pint-sized Vurnon Anita challenging the giant Crouch for a header raises chuckles, the home fans start roaring their players on and the noise levels increase dramatically.
20mins: A long pass from Ryan Shawcross is chested down by Crouch to Geoff Cameron, who rolls to the ball inside to Adam on the edge of the box. His piledriver flashes just wide with Krul beaten - a let-off for Newcastle.
12mins: With the visitors starting to crank up the pressure, a corner is half-cleared as far as Holland international Erik Pieters but his 35 yard strike flies into the Gallowgate end.
11mins: Charlie Adam slides a lovely bell through for Jonathan Walters, whose eyes light up as he bears down on goal only for Stoke-born Mike Williamson to appear from nowhere to steal the ball off his toe.
6mins: Now Yoan Gouffran chances his arm from range but the Frenchman - who has scored in each of his last four games at St. James' Park - fails to get much behind it.
4mins: Back in the side and eager to make an impact, Hatem Ben Arfa drifts out to the right to pick up the ball. He then cuts in and hits a powerful effort which flies just over the bar with Sorensen motionless.
2mins: Loic Remy comes deep to gain possession for United before laying the ball off for Moussa Sissoko. He runs at the Stoke defence and unleashes a shot from 20 yards which loops off a Potters defender and into the arms of Thomas Sorensen. Then at the other end, the ball sits up nicely for Peter Crouch to try his luck from range with a speculative effort but it was probably going wide, although Tim Krul catches it anyway to be sure.
1min: There's a festive feel around St. James' Park as the visitors take kick-off, attacking towards the Gallowgate end, but Newcastle know it's back down to business here against a Stoke side who are in decent form themselves and go into this match on the back of a four-game unbeaten run. They're in red and white stripes with white shorts while United are wearing black and white.
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
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