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Newcastle   1 - 2   Stoke

Kenwyne Jones
Powerful Jones proved a talismanic figure for Stoke as the second half unfolded

By Chris Whyatt

Plucky Stoke grabbed an unlikely away win thanks to James Perch's unlucky late own goal in a match that finally sprang into life at St James' Park.

Kevin Nolan's penalty put Newcastle ahead after a rash Robert Huth error.

But the visitors radically improved in the second half as Kenwyne Jones finally headed home after hitting the woodwork twice in rapid succession.

With both sides pressing for a late winner, Stoke's got the break when youngster Perch accidentally nodded in.

In truth, Newcastle - who came into the match off the back of stunning away wins at Everton and Chelsea - will consider themselves unfortunate to lose, but Tony Pulis' Stoke team were rewarded for adopting a far more ambitious attacking policy after the break.

Pulis disappointed with Newcastle play acting

Their first away points of the season looked unthinkable in a first 45 minutes when neither set of players charged forth in search of a swashbuckling victory, although the hosts clearly had control.

Newcastle's new signing Hatem Ben Arfa strutted about the pitch with the confidence befitting of a man who scored a stunning winner on his debut last weekend, while Joey Barton did at least attempt some probing passes.

But their team-mates were not quite on the same wavelength.

Wayne Routledge had a decent opportunity to bring the ball down in the box and get a shot off, but his touch was not sharp enough.

With a strangely subdued Stoke sitting back, Chris Hughton's Newcastle won a series of free-kicks in threatening areas.

And although former Marseille winger Ben Arfa was wayward, Nolan's positioning took the eye as he stood behind the wall facing away from his team-mate while staring down the goalkeeper as he waiting hungrily to pounce on any potential rebound.

At the other end, stranded on his own up front, former Sunderland striker Jones was roundly booed every time he touched the ball and struggled initially to exert any influence.

And with a dearth of chances strangling the contest, it took a glaring Stoke mistake to break the deadlock.

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With Thomas Sorenson set to easily collect Jose Enrique's deep 40th-minute cross, Huth felled the statuesque Newcastle forward Andy Carroll with an unceremonious body-check which had referee Michael Jones pointing to the spot without hesitation.

Nolan got his reward for the diligence he had showcased and sent Sorenson, another former Sunderland star, the wrong way without fuss.

The visitors may have been given their own penalty just before the break but referee Jones was unmoved when Barton barged into the back of Matthew Etherington as he shaped to shoot, the left-footer declining to fall to the floor.

Pulis wasted no time in going for broke just after half-time, bringing the ineffective midfielder Salif Diao off for forward Ricardo Fuller and sending Rory Delap on for Glenn Whelan.

And the move paid off as - completely reinvigorated and with a refreshed attitude - they strung some snappy passes together to carve out a decent chance for Ryan Shawcross, who headed wide in the 53rd minute when he might have done better.

From a standing jump, Jones showed his captain how to connect better on the hour mark as he legally shoved Fabricio Coloccini aside to crack a header against the post after Jon Walters' headed knock-on.

Jones was then unlucky to crash another header against the crossbar following Dean Whitehead's expert free-kick.

Set-piece errors costly - Hughton

But the Trinidad & Tobago striker was finally celebrating a crucial equaliser in the 67th minute when Huth, atoning for his earlier error, cleverly headed back across goal to leave Stoke's club-record £8m signing with the simple task of nodding in unmarked from six yards.

Sorensen then saved Carroll's determined 70th-minute volley at the second attempt under pressure from Nolan as the home fans roared on their team after the almost-silent slumbers of the first half.

But the cruel twist in the tale came five minutes from time when Perch put a header past Premier League debutant Tim Krul to condemn his side to their second straight home defeat.


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton: "We were up against a hard-running, very physical side in Stoke who certainly put themselves about.

"We knew this was going to be a tough season and we knew it is a season where we are probably going to lose more games than we win.

"I am realistic enough to know where we are at this moment."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis: "For all Newcastle's play in the first half, apart from the penalty, I don't think they made [goalkeeper] Thomas Sorensen do a lot.

"Having said that, there was no excuse for the way we played. But I thought we were better in the second half.

"I was really disappointed when one of the Newcastle players went down and, I think, simulated an injury. Three passes later, he jumped up and was running around as if nothing had happened."

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 1-2 Stoke FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Nolan (pen) 43
  • Jones 67
  • Perch (og) 85

Newcastle

Substitutes

Stoke

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 41,915
NEWCASTLE
STOKE

Possession

  • Newcastle 53%
  • Stoke 47%

Attempts on target

  • Newcastle 7
  • Stoke 2

Attempts off target

  • Newcastle 4
  • Stoke 6

Corners

  • Newcastle 3
  • Stoke 5

Fouls

  • Newcastle 8
  • Stoke 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:10 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+5:10 Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Danny Collins.
  • 90:00+4:55 James Perch takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
  • 90:00+4:21 The ball is swung over by Eidur Gudjohnsen, clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 90:00+3:52 Short corner taken by Matthew Etherington.
  • 90:00+1:27 Andrew Carroll challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 90:00+0:33 Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Kevin Nolan produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 89:56 Shot from just outside the area by Kenwyne Jones goes over the bar.
  • 89:08 Shot from just outside the box by Sanchez Jose Enrique goes over the crossbar.
  • 88:39 Effort on goal by Jonas Gutierrez from 20 yards. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
  • 86:45 Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Matthew Etherington. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 84:10 Assist by Matthew Etherington.
  • 84:10 GOAL - James PerchNewcastle 1 - 2 Stoke James Perch heads into his own net. Newcastle 1-2 Stoke.
  • 83:49 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington played to the near post.
  • 80:52 The ball is sent over by Joey Barton.
  • 80:10 Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Eidur Gudjohnsen results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
  • 79:43 Shola Ameobi produces a cross, clearance made by Danny Collins.
  • 78:51 Andrew Carroll crosses the ball, clearance made by Rory Delap.
  • 78:28 Centre by Joey Barton, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
  • 77:42 The ball is crossed by Joey Barton, clearance made by Jonathan Walters.
  • 77:16 Joey Barton decides to take a short corner.
  • 77:03 The ball is delivered by Kenwyne Jones, Tim Krul makes a save.
  • 76:32 Shot by James Perch. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 75:55 Wayne Routledge produces a cross, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 73:16 Substitution Shola Ameobi replaces Cheik Tiote.
  • 73:10 The ball is swung over by Joey Barton.
  • 70:34 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Dean Whitehead.
  • Correction - 70:21 Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Routledge. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
  • 69:36 The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, Shot by Andrew Carroll. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 66:50 Robert Huth provided the assist for the goal.
  • 66:50 GOAL - Kenwyne JonesNewcastle 1 - 1 Stoke Kenwyne Jones finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Newcastle 1-1 Stoke.
  • 63:44 Matthew Etherington sends in a cross,
  • 63:44 Substitution Ricardo Fuller goes off and Eidur Gudjohnsen comes on.
  • 63:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 62:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Cheik Tiote. Centre by Dean Whitehead, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot.
  • 61:09 Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:09 Substitution Jonas Gutierrez is brought on as a substitute for Hatem Ben Arfa.
  • 61:09 Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Ricardo Fuller results in a free kick.
  • 58:57 Shot from close range by Ricardo Fuller misses to the left of the goal.
  • 58:39 The ball is crossed by Dean Whitehead, Headed effort from inside the area by Kenwyne Jones strikes the post.
  • 58:20 The ball is delivered by Danny Collins, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:49 The official flags Hatem Ben Arfa offside. Free kick taken by Andy Wilkinson.
  • 56:01 Substitution Glenn Whelan goes off and Rory Delap comes on.
  • 54:50 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joey Barton.
  • 52:40 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Header from close in by Ryan Shawcross misses to the left of the goal.
  • 50:30 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan.
  • 48:49 Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:49 Substitution Ricardo Fuller on for Salif Diao.
  • 48:49 The referee blows for offside against Wayne Routledge.
  • 48:33 Wayne Routledge sends in a cross, clearance made by Andy Wilkinson.
  • 46:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Cheik Tiote. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 46:00 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:00 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:11 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 44:16 Dean Whitehead produces a cross, save by Tim Krul.
  • 44:04 Andy Wilkinson sends in a cross, clearance made by Joey Barton.
  • 42:06 Assist by Andrew Carroll.
  • 42:06 GOAL - Kevin NolanNewcastle 1 - 0 Stoke Kevin Nolan scores a placed penalty. Newcastle 1-0 Stoke.
  • 40:59 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, Andrew Carroll fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 40:15 Unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:34 The ball is crossed by Andrew Carroll, Unfair challenge on Danny Collins by Kevin Nolan results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:31 Effort from 18 yards by Hatem Ben Arfa. Salif Diao gets a block in.
  • 38:02 The ball is sent over by Wayne Routledge, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 37:36 Salif Diao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:58 The referee penalises Robert Huth for handball. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Hatem Ben Arfa.
  • 33:27 The ball is crossed by Joey Barton, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
  • 31:49 Foul by Glenn Whelan on Kevin Nolan, free kick awarded. Joey Barton has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 31:35 The ball is sent over by Joey Barton, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Dean Whitehead. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:31 Dean Whitehead crosses the ball.
  • 29:09 Foul by Andrew Carroll on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
  • 24:07 Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 23:50 The ball is crossed by Hatem Ben Arfa, Danny Collins makes a clearance.
  • 19:56 Booking Salif Diao receives a caution.
  • 19:41 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross.
  • 19:02 Jonathan Walters produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
  • 17:22 Mike Williamson fouled by Salif Diao, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Hatem Ben Arfa from the free kick.
  • 16:41 The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge, clearance by Robert Huth.
  • 15:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on Cheik Tiote. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 14:57 Glenn Whelan takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Tim Krul makes a save.
  • 14:50 A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, Cheik Tiote manages to make a clearance.
  • 13:54 Andrew Carroll challenges Salif Diao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:44 The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 13:39 Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 10:49 Jonathan Walters challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:58 Joey Barton takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
  • 6:36 The ball is delivered by James Perch, clearance made by Salif Diao.
  • 5:14 Hatem Ben Arfa produces a cross, clearance by Danny Collins.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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26 Sep 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

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

see also
Stoke face wait on Fuller injury
26 Sep 10 |  Stoke
Set-piece errors costly - Hughton
26 Sep 10 |  Newcastle
Premier League as it happened
26 Sep 10 |  Football
Chelsea 3-4 Newcastle
22 Sep 10 |  League Cup
Stoke 2-0 Fulham
21 Sep 10 |  League Cup



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