Newcastle Utd 5 Stoke City 1: Toon give Potters a Christmas stuffing

NET GAIN ... Newcastle's Loic Remy equalises.
NET GAIN ... Newcastle's Loic Remy equalises.

NEWCASTLE United gave nine-man Stoke City a Christmas stuffing at St James’s Park this afternoon.

Alan Pardew’s sixth-placed side came from behind to win 5-1 thanks to two goals from Loic Remy and strikes from Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse.

NO FURTHER ACTION ... Newcastle United's Loic Remy.

NO FURTHER ACTION ... Newcastle United's Loic Remy.

The win – the club’s seventh from its last nine games – keeps the pressure on the teams above them in the Premier League.

Newcastle manager Pardew said: “I thought the Stoke players conducted themselves brilliantly in the second half against our strike force and down to nine men.

“It was a shame for Stoke, because the two sending-offs were a major factor in us winning in the manner we did.”

Stoke led through Oussama Assaidi’s 29th-minute goal after a subdued opening from United.

The winger skipped into the box and unleashed a fierce shot past Tim Krul after Charlie Adam found him with a header.

The visitors deserved their lead, but the game turned on two dismissals late in the half.

Glenn Whelan, earlier booked for kicking the ball away after being penalised for a challenge on Moussa Sissoko, was shown a second yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson for a foul on Cabaye.

And Marc Wilson was sent off for bringing down a goal-bound Remy.

Remy took the resulting penalty, but it was saved by former Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

However, he netted a deflected goal before the break to put Newcastle back on level terms and end a five-game goal drought.

Gouffran put United ahead early in the second half with a low shot after chesting down a punched clearance from Sorensen.

And Remy made it 3-1 with a far-post header after a Davide Santon cross was headed to him by Sissoko.

Cabaye struck a superb fourth – the midfielder side-footed the ball past Sorensen from outside the box – and substitute Cisse completed the rout from the spot after Hatem Ben Arfa was felled by Erik Pieters.

With Sunderland having won at Goodison Park, Newcastle are just a point behind fifth-placed Everton ahead of Sunday’s home game against league leaders Arsenal.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon (Haidara, 61); Sissoko, Cabaye, Anita (Shola Ameobi, 46); Ben Arfa, Remy, Gouffran (Cisse, 72). Subs not used: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Obertan.

STOKE CITY: Sorensen, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi (Muniesa, 72), Whelan, Adam, Assaidi (Wilkinson, 46), Crouch (Palacios, 59). Subs not used: Butland, Jones, Arnautovic, Ireland.

Goals: Assaidi 29, Remy 45, 56, Gouffran 48, Cabaye 66, Cisse 80 (pen)

Bookings: Whelan 34, N’Zonzi 45, Debuchy 45

Sent off: Whelan 40, Wilson 43

Attendance: 51,655 (670 Stoke)

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds)

For reaction to this afternoon’s game, see tomorrow’s Gazette