Pennant took advantage of Harper's mistake earlier in the move
By Saj Chowdhury
Stoke maintained their unbeaten run at home in 2011 with a superb victory over Newcastle in an entertaining match.
The home side took the lead when Jon Walters headed in Jermaine Pennant's cross from the right.
They added a second a minute after the interval when Pennant capitalised on a earlier mistake by Newcastle keeper Steve Harper to sweep in.
Danny Higginbotham made it 3-0 with a 20-yard free-kick before Ricardo Fuller smashed in from 12 yards late on.
The result moves Stoke above Newcastle in the table and with matches against Chelsea, Tottenham and a FA Cup semi-final against Bolton on the horizon, this was a crucial win for the Potters.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have now picked up only one win in 10 matches.
Pulis pleased with 'fantastic' display
And should they fail to pick up points from games against Wolves, Aston Villa and Blackpool there may be a sense of deja vu among the Toon Army, who watched their team drop out of the Premier League two years ago.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew made sure his had done their homework on the threat from Rory Delap's throw-ins and they coped admirably.
But Stoke won the match as a result of fantastic wing play, with Pennant acting as the catalyst during many of his side's forays forward.
Stoke created the first chance of the match when Marc Wilson arrived late to head Pennant's corner a yard wide.
Newcastle had adopted a 3-5-2 formation but they were dealt a blow when Jose Enrique, who had just returned from injury, limped off with what appeared to be a recurrence of his hamstring problem.
Five minutes later, Stoke took the lead. Ryan Shawcross laid the ball to Pennant on the right and his cross was brilliantly glanced in by Walters.
Newcastle twice came close to equalising and were twice denied by Higginbotham.
The defender did not know much about the first, when Shola Ameobi's fierce shot struck his face but he was conscious to the second, a crucial interception of Kevin Nolan's low ball across the six-yard area.
Those chances gave the visitors belief they could get back into the match but those hopes were dealt a blow by Harper's mistake early into the second half.
The Newcastle number one failed to clear under pressure from Kenwyne Jones and the former Sunderland forward picked out Matthew Etherington on the left, whose delivery was guided past Harper by Pennant from about six yards out.
Pardew admits to 'sloppy' play
Newcastle were rattled and they succumbed to a third goal when Higginbotham arrowed in a fantastic free-kick from 20 yards, with Harper rooted to his spot.
The Magpies had come back from 4-0 down to draw against Arsenal this season and they were faced with producing another miracle.
But apart from some left-wing magic from Ferguson, which forced a save from Asmir Begovic, and a Joey Barton free-kick that was tipped over by the keeper, it never looked like they would repeat that feat.
And in the second minute of stoppage time, substitute Fuller completed a superb day in the Staffordshire sunshine for the home side when he scored a fourth with a low, angled drive.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis: "We are pleased, we knew it was going to be a tough game.
"On the back of what we did against West Ham there was a concern the players might not be focused and a little bit drained.
"We are doing things at this club that have not happened for 39 years. The players are not used to the pressure of playing in these competitions at the level we are dealing with now."
90:00+1:35 Jonathan Walters provided the assist for the goal.
90:00+1:35 GOAL - Ricardo Fuller:Stoke 4 - 0 Newcastle Goal scored by Ricardo Fuller from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 4-0 Newcastle.
88:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Rory Delap. The ball is crossed by Joey Barton, Nile Ranger
produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
87:05 Substitution Kenwyne Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Fuller.
85:47 Jonathan Walters is caught offside. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
85:14 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Rory Delap gets a block in.
79:58 Substitution Dean Whitehead comes on in place of Jermaine Pennant.
78:34 Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Danny Higginbotham results in a free kick. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
76:55 Ryan Shawcross is adjudged to have handled the ball. Joey Barton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Asmir
Begovic makes a brilliant save.
75:02 Jonathan Walters fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Pennant fires a strike on goal direct from the
free kick, save by Steve Harper. Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Shola Ameobi. Cheik Tiote takes the direct
74:44 Nile Ranger takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
74:27 Joey Barton fouled by Jermaine Pennant, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
73:25 Jermaine Pennant is ruled offside. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
72:42 Asmir Begovic fouled by Fabricio Coloccini, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
72:11 The referee penalises Glenn Whelan for handball. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
70:00 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
69:03 Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Nile Ranger results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
67:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Robert Huth. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
67:05 Joey Barton takes a shot. Blocked by Glenn Whelan.
66:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Fabricio Coloccini. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
65:41 The referee gives a free kick against Joey Barton for handball. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.
65:23 Substitution Sol Campbell goes off and Jonas Gutierrez comes on.
64:31 Shane Ferguson takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
61:14 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
60:28 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Nile Ranger coming on for Peter Lovenkrands.
59:21 Substitution Danny Pugh on for Matthew Etherington.
55:33 Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
53:20 Effort on goal by Rory Delap from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
51:28 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Lovenkrands. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
50:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Cheik Tiote. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
49:52 Jermaine Pennant decides to take the corner short.
48:53 GOAL - Danny Higginbotham:Stoke 3 - 0 Newcastle Danny Higginbotham scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box high into the middle of the goal. Stoke
47:43 Kenwyne Jones fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick.
45:53 GOAL - Jermaine Pennant:Stoke 2 - 0 Newcastle Jermaine Pennant fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-0 Newcastle.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:00+2:46 The first half comes to an end.
45:00+2:02 Matthew Etherington challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by
Joey Barton from right wing, clearance made by Glenn Whelan.
45:00+2:02 Booking The referee shows Matthew Etherington a yellow card.
45:00+1:36 Shot by Joey Barton from 18 yards. Blocked by Robert Huth.
45:00+0:24 Shola Ameobi challenges Asmir Begovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
44:45 Corner from the left by-line taken by Joey Barton, save by Asmir Begovic.
41:58 Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
41:58 Booking Booking for Cheik Tiote for unsporting behaviour.
40:43 Matthew Etherington is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
39:25 Centre by Kevin Nolan, Robert Huth gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joey Barton, Close range
header by Mike Williamson misses to the right of the goal.
38:20 Cheik Tiote fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Cheik Tiote takes the free kick.
37:30 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
37:04 Cheik Tiote fouled by Kenwyne Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cheik Tiote.
36:04 Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton.
35:01 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, clearance made by Marc Wilson. Cheik Tiote has an effort
at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Rory Delap.
34:42 The ball is sent over by Glenn Whelan, save by Steve Harper.
33:49 Joey Barton concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Higginbotham. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
31:20 Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant to the near post, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
29:08 Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Strike comes in from Joey Barton from the
27:54 The assist for the goal came from Jermaine Pennant.
27:54 GOAL - Jonathan Walters:Stoke 1 - 0 Newcastle Jonathan Walters finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Stoke 1-0 Newcastle.
25:26 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Close range effort by Kevin Nolan misses to the right of the goal.
22:39 Substitution Shane Ferguson on for Sanchez Jose Enrique.
21:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Kevin Nolan. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
20:32 Handball decision goes against Danny Simpson. Direct free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
18:07 Ryan Shawcross fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
17:23 Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
13:34 Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line. The ball is crossed by Joey Barton.
13:01 Shot from 25 yards from Joey Barton. Rory Delap gets a block in.
11:11 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Header by Marc Wilson from deep inside the penalty area misses
to the left of the target.
9:16 Shola Ameobi fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton from left wing,
clearance made by Glenn Whelan.
7:50 Cheik Tiote fouled by Rory Delap, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
7:02 Foul by Cheik Tiote on Rory Delap, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
6:20 Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Shola Ameobi. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
4:43 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
4:01 Handball decision goes against Kenwyne Jones. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
2:09 The referee blows for offside. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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