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By Phil Dawkes

2235: Right then folks, that's about your lot from me tonight. And what a night it has been. If you were out gathering sweets you've missed an absolute belter in which Newcastle have taken another major step towards proving their doubters very, very wrong. I'll just remind you to return here tomorrow for our Champions league live text which sees the return of the majestic Sam Lyon to the commentary chair. As for me, I'll see thee.

Full time
FULL-TIME Stoke 1-3 Newcastle
Alistair Magowan reports: "Demba Ba gives Stoke a glimpse of what they are missing but this fine win was as much down to more resolute defending as Newcastle move to third in the Premier League."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis, whose side remain 11th in the table following this defeat: "Their first two goals were poor goals. The lad's offside from the goalkeeper's kick for the first one but from that point onwards our defence was poor. We got the goal and we can step on it but it's a penalty that the referee gives them that kills the game. We had the ascendancy in lots of respects but it wasn't our night tonight and fair play to Newcastle. We have contributed to their three goals."

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From Kartikey, via text: "Yep, we're not complaining about Pardew. But guess what, we're glad we were wrong."

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EssienTafsiri on Twitter: "So.. does this make Newcastle title contenders?"

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't play the way we should have in the second half but we defended well and you don't get to 22 points without showing different sides to your game. All the big sides have been here and not won so that just shows how good Stoke are. They are a top team and will finish top 10."

2221: Did you know that Demba Ba is the first player ever to score a hat-trick in a Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium? You do now. And you can thank the team at Infostrada again for that one.

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henrywalmsley on Twitter: "How many Newcastle fans are complaining about Hughton being replaced by Pardew now?"

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jackhughes17 on Twitter: "In reference to my earlier tweet as to who will come out on top, Ba or Balotelli, it will be Ba, obviously."

2216: After such an entertaining night, which has set Newcastle fans into dream-land, there is nothing quite like another stat to put your beer down, quietly read and go, "oh really? wow". Here it is: Newcastle United join Everton (2008) and Arsenal (2010) as the only clubs to score three goals as the away team at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League. Cheers again to Infostrada for that.

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From Jamie (Spurs fan wanting to keep Redknapp), via text: "Erm...Alan Pardew for England manager anyone?"

Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez: "All the team worked hard, we had to defend really well. The pitch is small and Stoke are really good with set plays. We don't think about where we are, we are thinking game by game, all the games in the Premier League are tough. When we finish the league we will see where we are."

Newcastle's Demba Ba: "Stoke did not want to sign me. I am very happy to score a hat-trick today because this is a place where lots of teams struggle. The gaffer said at half-time that even if they score he knew we would score a third. We just kept doing our thing."

2209: A rival broadcaster, who just happen to be showing this game live, and whose name rhymes with "Why aye" have just given a joint man of the match to hat-trick hero Demba Ba and Jonas Gutierrez. That tells you just how much work the Argentine winger put into this game. He was outstanding.

2206: Another stat from Infostrada: Newcastle United are now unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League matches, their longest top flight run for more than 61 years, since a 14 match unbeaten streak between April and September 1950. Consider yourselves informed.

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From Matthew in Edinburgh, Hants, via text: "FOOTBALL Matthew, Edinburgh - Excellent performance by the Toon. Coming from a Gunner, am I the only one to whom Newcastle are endearing themselves week after week? Would certainly welcome Coloccini to North London!"

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Reni_Von_Skwid on Twitter: "Credit to Newcastle. They've beat us at our own game. This must be how frustrating it is to play US at The Brit!"

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MGreen_ on Twitter: "To win at Stoke in un-Ba-lievable"

2200: Today was by no means a disaster for Stoke but there will no doubt be some internal analysing after a defeat in which they were thoroughly outplayed. They're not used to losing at the Britannia, but even the most ardent Stoke fan will have to admit they deserved nothing more tonight.

2158: I said at the top of this commentary that this was a tough test for Newcastle. Alan Pardew's men took on the challenge and came out with flying colours. If you weren't already it's time to start taking these boys seriously. They are now up to third, a point behind second-placed Manchester United.

90+5 mins: FULL-TIME Stoke 1-3 Newcastle

90+4 mins: The Britannia is emptying out rapidly now. That is apart from a small pocket of very vocal Newcastle fans, who are so utterly delighted that even when Sammy Ameobi miskicks horribly they still chant his name like he's just beaten every man on the pitch and found the top corner.

90+2 mins: It has not been Peter Crouch's night. He is in place to hit a cross from the right but mis-hits his effort well over the bar.

90 mins: It's not quite over yet. The fourth official shows a board with five minutes of injury time on it. Newcastle eat some of that up by replacing Danny Guthrie - who has performed well in place of Cheik Tiote - with Dan Gosling.

88 mins: Some handbags out in the Newcastle box as a free-kick is given for a foul on Tim Krul during a Rory Delap long throw. Robert Huth though takes the opportunity to have a little shove of Krul. Demba Ba is inevitably involved in the resulting player confrontation.

86 mins: Newcastle making another substitution and it's Leon Best coming off for Sammy Ameobi. The delirious Toon Army cheer Best off and chant Sammy onto the pitch.

Twitter
janniky on Twitter: "Mike Dean has given that penalty to Newcastle because the one he gave Stoke was soft to say the least, shocking refereeing"

Newcastle goal: Utterly unbelievable. The Stoke penalty seemed a soft one but this one is equally as soft as Robert Huth pushes Leon Best, who stumbles but doesn't fall. I'll give you one guess who takes the penalty (which isn't a tough one because I told you in the previous update). Needless to say, that man Ba tucks it away by sending Asmir Begovic the wrong way. Surely this is Newcastle's three points now.

80 mins: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-3 Newcastle (Demba Ba)

79 mins: PENALTY TO NEWCASTLE

77 mins: Newcastle bring on defender James Perch for Yohan Cabaye. A clear defensive move to stem the Stoke tide. Perch immediately goes into the book for a foul on Glenn Whelan.

76 mins: What a difference a goal makes. The Britannia is alive with noise now, which grows as Tim Krul almost misjudges a Stoke cross from the left. Newcastle will need to show plenty of character now. The next 14 minutes will teach us a lot about Alan Pardew's side.

Stoke goal: For better or worse it would seem you can't keep Demba Ba out of this game. His push on Peter Crouch following a melee in the box sees referee Mike Dean point to the spot. Jonathan Walters dispatches it with aplomb into the top corner of the net. Game on.

74 mins: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-2 Newcastle (Jonathan Walters)

73 mins: PENALTY TO STOKE

72 mins: The home fans' frustration is growing with every minute. They recognise that their team simply hasn't been at the races today against a side who have bettered them in every department. The travelling Toon Army seem pretty content though. I'd suggest basking is the word.

Twitter
jackhughes17 on Twitter: "When Man City play Newcastle it's going to be interesting to see who come out on top, Ba or Balotelli."

69 mins: A third and final substitution from Stoke and it is indicative of the situation they find themselves in and the way play has panned out. Big striker Kenwyne Jones replaces Matthew Etherington. Newcastle can expect even more aerial bombardment now.

67 mins: Another good chance for Stoke and again they waste it. For once Matthew Etherington has space to run into and his cross is a superb one that splits all the men in the box. Unfortunately it also splits the Stoke forwards, neither of whom can get near it. It simply isn't clicking in any way for Stoke.

65 mins: Jonas Gutierrez is primarily recognised for his attacking trickery but you have to applaud his defensive work so far during this game. His tracking back has given Jermaine Pennant absolutely nothing.

62 mins: Stoke are making a much better fist of it this half but they still can't find any penetration. Two Jermaine Pennant corners cause the standard chaos in the box but Peter Crouch heads the first over and Matthew Upson does likewise with the second.

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From Greg in Emsworth, Hants, via text: "So pulis made the pitch shorter? Thats obviously a good idea when you have two decent wingers, restrict their running room."

59 mins: Stoke appear to have found a variation on a familiar weapon. Rory Delap has taken to throwing his projectiles at foot level. It's not rocket science but it's effective. His latest rifles into the box, is stepped over by Jonathan Walters but lacks a Stoke touch with the goal begging. Newcastle survive with their two-goal lead intact.

Twitter
J_Blackbird on Twitter: "At this rate, the clash between City and Newcastle in a few weeks could end up being a clash between 1st and 2nd in the league. "

56 mins: A cheeky little stat for you that does not bode well for Stoke: the Potters have recovered to win just twice in 21 matches in which they have conceded the first goal in a Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. This was against Aston Villa in September 2010 and Sunderland in February this year. That from Infostrada.

53 mins: Stoke fashion a half-chance as Matthew Etherington's corner is headed over by Peter Crouch. It's not in danger of threatening the goal, but it's certainly something for Stoke to build on. They just need a concerted period of possession with which to build some pressure.

50 mins: Yet another example of this as Jermaine Pennant collects but has nowhere to run but a blind alley full of Newcastle defenders. They quickly pick the winger's pocket and are off.

50 mins: Yet another example of this as Jermaine Pennant collects but has nowhere to run but a blind alley full of Newcastle defenders. They quickly pick the winger's pocket and are off.

48 mins: Again Newcastle cope superbly with another Rory Delap long throw. Tim Krul commandingly leaves his line to punch clear of danger. They are smothering all of Stoke's usual modes of attack.

46 mins: Leon Best getting physical for Newcastle. He leaps with Matthew Upson and connects his elbow with the defenders face. It's an illegal move but it shows how much the visitors have been willing to mix it here. Usually that's the home side's job.

2105: The game is back under way and it's Stoke re-starting it.

2105: The Stoke players are the first to emerge from the tunnel. No doubt with a Pulis-inspired point to prove. Newcastle follow shortly after.

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From Tom in Newcastle, via text: "Mike Ashley deserves some credit as well. The guy's pumped millions into the club, been crucified on a weekly basis and received no acknowledgement when his side are currently sitting third."

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adsgunner on Twitter: "Funnily enough it's Halloween night and Ba is definitely haunting the Britannia. Two treats in the bag, How many tricks?"

2101: Tony Pulis has some serious re-thinking to do during this break. Stoke undoubtedly have the weaponry to hurt Newcastle but they're going to have to find away to get that into play. Peter Crouch has barely had a kick, Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington have occupied either flank but had little space to run into and the defence is making errors as a result of the pressure being put on them. Not much to sort out there then!

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janniky on Twitter: "It is very rare you see a team go to the Brittannia & quieten the crowd, Newcastle doing everything right."

2057: I am going to thoroughly doff my cap in Newcastle's direction for that half of football. As I said at the start, this is a truly tough place to come but they have navigated the challenge thus far. They've hunted in packs and drowned out the Stoke attacks while counter-attacking with pose and purpose. In Demba Ba they have a lethal forward on top form. They can also have a salute just for good measure.

Twitter
Joshings on Twitter: "Team spirit might be one of the most underrated qualities in football. The way Newcastle are playing shows its importance."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live summariser and Everton skipper Phil Neville: "Stoke have a big problem getting back into this because Newcastle are playing well and look good on the counter attack. Stoke are looking devoid of ideas at the moment."

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RickAllum on Twitter: "As a Spurs fan I am actually starting to get a bit worried about Newcastle."

Half time
Stoke 0-2 Newcastle
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"Newcastle have weathered Stoke's scary stuff from set-pieces and have caused their own frights on the counter attack. How Tony Pulis must wish he signed Demba Ba now."

50 mins: HALF-TIME Stoke 0-2 Newcastle

49 mins: Stoke really have been ruffled up by this Newcastle first-half display as Andy Wilkinson gifts possession to Leon Best. The striker's shot from 25 yards is wide, but it's another brief scare for the home side.

Twitter
Matt__Buck on Twitter: "Demba Ba has scored more than Balotelli, Suarez and Hernandez and is only 3 behind RVP, quietly prolific."

45 mins: We're going to have three minutes of injury time. That is likely to be stretched out though due to an injury to Ryan Taylor. The Newcastle defender is fine to continue though.

42 mins: Stoke now do make their substitution with Marc Wilson making way for Robert Huth.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Newcastle goal: It's a second Newcastle goal and of course it's that man Demba Ba who has scored it. An angled ball is launched into the box but the Stoke defensive header is misdirected straight to Leon Best to the right of the box. He attempts what appears to be a shot but what turns out to be a perfect cross for Ba to tap in with ease. Newcastle are in complete charge now and they fully deserve it.

39 mins: GOALFLASH Stoke 0-2 Newcastle (Demba Ba)

39 mins: You can see why the Newcastle defence has conceded just six league goals all season. A Stoke free-kick is chipped into the box towards Jermaine Pennant but before the winger can think about his next move he is muscled out by Newcastle defenders.

Twitter
The GreenHour on Twitter: "I recall Tony Pulis calling Demba Ba a a 'massive risk' for his a dodgy knee. A risk perhaps, but only to Stoke's home record."

37 mins: Prior to that Etherington chance, Stoke were plotting another substitution with Robert Huth stripped of his tracksuit and ready for action. They appear to have shelved that for now though, as Huth makes his way back into the dugout.

36 mins: Stoke threaten and again the genesis of it is from a Rory Delap throw. His launch from the left is cleared but only as far as Matthew Etherington, who strikes goalwards. Tim Krul is well-placed to dive to his left and pluck the ball from the air though.

34 mins: There really is nothing like scoring against a team you were once on the verge of joining to provoke ire amongst their support. Demba Ba getting plenty of stick everytime he goes near the ball. It's doing nothing to ruffle the striker's feathers so far though.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live summariser and Everton skipper Phil Neville: "If Stoke win a corner, Newcastle are leaving two up the pitch to give them the opportunity of a counter attack. Newcastle are looking solid in defence too."

30 mins: Newcastle keeper Tim Krul with a rare error and it almost costs him dearly. Glenn Whelan's cross is deep and the catch looked comfortable but Krul spills and the ball bounces just yards past the far post. Luckily for Krul and his team, the resulting corner comes to nothing and it remains 1-0 to the visitors.


Twitter
Eat_My_Words on Twitter: "If Newcastle win there can be no more talk of luck/easy fixtures. Just a talented, dedicated side with the most loyal of fans."

27 mins: Barring the odd melee they have created in the box from long throws, Stoke have offered little so far. To be fair though, Newcastle are working very hard to prevent them doing so. Alan Pardew's men fighting fire with fire. Not literally, that's the worst thing you could fight fire with. Apart from petrol or some other accelerant.

25 mins: And again Newcastle threaten. A long ball from Yohan Cabaye nearly puts Demba Ba in down the middle, but Asmir Begovic is off his line quickly and clears with his feet outside the box. Newcastle looking very good for the lead.

22 mins: Rory Delap into the action with a long throw from the right and he finds the head of Matthew Upson, who can only find a harmless spot behind the Newcastle goal.

Twitter
Karlarella on Twitter: "At what point can we declare that Newcastle are going for Arsenal's 49 game unbeaten run record?"

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live summariser and Everton skipper Phil Neville: "Gabriel Obertan has been a constant threat down the right for Newcastle and that was a great cross for Demba Ba, who was once on his way to Stoke before he went to West Ham."

18 mins: It's bad news for Shawcross all-round as he departs the field. He appeared to be injured before the incident with Ba, but that slip seems to have confirmed he is in no position to carry on. He is replaced by Matthew Upson - a decent back-up by anyone's standards.

17 mins: Newcastle are almost in again and it's that man Ba, capitalising on a slip from Ryan Shawcross. The striker's touch is a tad heavy though and Asmir Begovic is out to smother.

15 mins: That's Ba's sixth goal of the season. He is already looking like a great signing for Alan Pardew. He and his side have started really well here and Stoke will have to be very mindful of how dangerous the visitors are on the break.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Newcastle goal: From nowhere, Newcastle grab the opener. Gabriel Obertan is unleashed down the right and he produces a superb cross to find the unmarked Demba Ba, who plants his header past Asmir Begovic. Touchpaper, lit.

12 mins: GOALFLASH Stoke 0-1 Newcastle (Demba Ba)

Twitter
Joshings on Twitter: "Either Guthrie has makeup on or he's done something dodgy to his eyebrows. Big boots to fill tonight, has to do the Tiote job."

7 mins: Not the most lively of starts at the Britannia. Both teams just settling into their stride, wary of giving anything vital early on.

6 mins: In case you're wondering the Stoke pitch is smaller for this match because Tony Pulis feels it suits his team's style of play better (make of that what you will) and the Premier League do not operate as strict rules on pitch size as Uefa do for the Europa League.

Twitter
NeilFishwick on Twitter: "Stoke should have the strength and, believe us or not, skill to defeat a strong Newcastle side tonight."

2 mins: Newcastle force a couple of early corners. The first comes to little, other than to create the second, while the second is initially cleared and fired back in and wide from Ryan Taylor.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live summariser and Everton skipper Phil Neville: "This is like an old-fashioned Premier League game tonight with four wingers and a tough test for the full-backs."

2000: And we are under way, courtesy of a whole kick-off from Newcastle.

Twitter
jonnyb_01 on Twitter: "Newcastle are United and it shows. 4th spot but real test tonight, can see Stoke taking the points. 2-1 at Fortress Britannia."

1957: The teams are making their way out onto the pitch. We're moments away from kick-off. And what's this? A face mask for Steven Taylor. A lesser man would make a Halloween-style gag. Not me though. I'm above it. And working on a bah humbug attitude ahead of Christmas.

1955: It's a veritable Toon-fest over on #bbcfootball at the moment. In true Delia fashion, come on Stoke fans, where are you? Get your Twitter fingers working.

Twitter
GabrielInch on Twitter: "Genuinely think tonight's match is our hardest test so far. Would take a point away at Britannia any day"

STOKE v NEWCASTLE (2000 BST)
Alistair Magowan reports: "Stoke manager Tony Pulis says he will monitor his players' condition ahead of three games in seven days, including a Europa League trip to Tel Aviv. 'We've got a difficult week,' Pulis said. 'For the game to be put back to Monday is disappointing.' Newcastle boss Alan Pardew believes the club's fans can help maintain his side's unbeaten run. 'I think there's a trust from the terraces in what we're doing,' he said."

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From Stef, via text: "Nailed on 2-2 tonight, get your house on it. Just one game over the weekend in all divisions finished twosies, these two will share the spoils."

1951: There was a slight blip for Newcastle last night when striker Nile Ranger was charged with being drunk and disorderly following a night out with friends in the city. The club have so far decided not to comment on the story, so for safety's sake neither will I.

1950: Off-field harmony is not a phrase one would often have attributed to Newcastle in recent years, particularly in the aftermath of their relegation two seasons ago. However, it can be no coincidence that a recent period of comparative stability at the club has resulted in impressive on-field form. United skipper Steven Taylor certainly agrees with this view. (Times link - subscription required).

Twitter
VanSmit14 on Twitter: "I'd have all Stoke's subs in the starting lineup ... maybe that's why I'm not a Premier League Manager? Still think toon by one"

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paul_flattery on Twitter: "I can't be the only Liverpool fan bemused at Newcastle's success after two of their best players were sold -- and to us!!!"

1946: Speaking of mileage, Stoke are going to be racking up a fair bit of it in the next six days. On Wednesday they undergo a six-hour, 7000-mile round journey to Israel for their Europa League tie with Maccabi Tel-Aviv before then making the trip to Bolton on Sunday. You're three key words on the issue: Pulis, angry, understatement.

1940: A change to the line-ups listed below. It is Sammy Ameobi amongst the Newcastle substitutes and not his brother Shola, who is injured.

Twitter
Roomey18 on Twitter: "Whatever anyone says about Alan Pardew, he's done a class job. He's bought well. Draw with Tottenham is impressive"

1940: Tonight sees Stoke's Jonathan Woodgate facing his old side. Newcastle are just one in a long line of clubs - a group Stoke are hoping they don't join - ruing the fact they couldn't keep the supremely talented Woodgate fit. The 31-year-old may not be quite the man the Newcastle fans knew seven years ago, but as Indiana Jones once said, it's not the years honey, it's the mileage.

STOKE v NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS
Alistair Magowan reports:
"Both sides make four alterations to the teams which lost in the Carling Cup last week. Stoke bring back Jermaine Pennant with Peter Crouch starting up front alongside Jonathan Walters. While for Newcastle, Danny Guthrie continues in midfield with Leon Best in attack and Taylors Steven and Ryan back in defence."

Twitter
EssienTafsiri on Twitter: "Tim Krul has been the hero for Newcastle this season, without him they wouldn't be in the top four."

1932: Not at all, sir. I've been genuinely impressed by Newcastle this season and they fully deserve to be where they are. But even the most ardent Newcastle fan has to admit this is a tough match. Arguably, due to a number of factors, this is their toughest test so far.

Twitter
fivepasthall on Twitter: "This #nufc team revels in adversity, and it appears Phil Dawkes is yet another pundit convinced a meltdown is imminent."

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MarnieQX on Twitter: "Normally I'd say Newcastle would get a hiding at the Brittania but such is their belief just now I can see them getting a draw."

1925: As you can see from the Stoke line-up below, Stoke have opted for Peter Crouch over Kenwyne Jones in attack. A subtle alteration in the make-up of the Potters front-line as Crouch brings a tad more subtlety than the powerhouse that is Jones.

Stoke v Newcastle line-ups
Stoke:
Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Jerome, Palacios.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Best, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Ben Arfa, Perch, Gosling, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

STOKE v NEWCASTLE (2000 BST)
Alistair Magowan reports: "Goals galore on the weekend but recent evidence would suggest it might not be the same case at the Britannia this evening. Newcastle hold the meanest defence in the Premier League while Stoke have only conceded one goal at home this season. Still, predictions are worthless this term aren't they? The Magpies can go third if they win."

Twitter
mkasztelewicz on Twitter: "I reckon Newcastle's unbeaten run will end today, Stoke at the Britannia will be too good for Tiote-less Magpies"

Twitter
CP90_ on Twitter: "Will be interesting to see how Newcastle's rock solid defence (so far) handles a strong, fast and powerful Stoke side"

1919: I realise we may have lost a few followers tonight to the lure of dressing like a vampire (black cape and pointy teeth, not sparkly in the sun and moody like Twilight) in order to acquire sweets, but I'm sure you staunch live text lot can make up for that by expressing yourself even more, through words in the medium of Tweet and text. You can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or text in via 81111 (UK).

1916: Heading into tonight's fixture, the Potters have lost just one of their last 13 top-flight games in front of their own fans. Plus, their defence at home is as water-tight as an otter's wallet with them having conceded just five goals in their last 10 home games, keeping a clean-sheet in five of those.

1910: Tonight though represents a serious test of the Toon's unbeaten league run. Reputations and records count for little at the Britannia, where Stoke have built themselves a fortress few teams leave with any spoils, apart from maybe a copy of that photo they take just before kick-off with the mascots and some bloke in a big hippo outfit. This includes Newcastle last year, who left the Potteries with no points, a goal difference four worse off and a harsh lesson having being taught to them. Namely, defend better.

1907: BREAKING TEAM NEWS - Cheik Tiote does not play for Newcastle due to a knee injury. Danny Guthrie replaces him in midfield.

1905: A potentially mischievous commentator could point out that Newcastle have had a comparatively favourable start to the season with regards to the opponents they have faced. A fairer and cliched one, though, would counter by suggesting you can only beat what is put in front of you, and United have done just that. Except for Arsenal, QPR, Aston Villa and Tottenham. They drew against them.

1900: Let's see, that's one, two... oh it doesn't matter, you're all lying. Beyond the wildest hopes of some of the more optimistic members of the Toon Army, no one saw this coming. I think it would be fair to say Alan Pardew's men have been the surprise story of this season so far, unless you count Mark Lawrenson's recent promise to grow back his moustache.

1855: Right, raise your hand if you predicted pre-season that Newcastle would be unbeaten in the Premier League and happily occupying one of the Champions League places come Halloween?



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31 Oct 2011 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 31 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 10 28 28
2 Man Utd 10 15 23
3 Newcastle 10 8 22
4 Chelsea 10 8 19
5 Tottenham 9 4 19
6 Liverpool 10 4 18
7 Arsenal 10 -1 16
8 Norwich 10 -1 13
9 Aston Villa 10 0 12
10 Swansea 10 -3 12
11 Stoke 10 -6 12
12 QPR 10 -9 12
13 West Brom 10 -4 11
14 Sunderland 10 2 10
15 Fulham 10 1 10
16 Everton 9 -3 10
17 Wolves 10 -8 8
18 Blackburn 10 -10 6
19 Bolton 10 -14 6
20 Wigan 10 -11 5

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