Stoke v Newcastle – Don’t look back in anger
With plenty riding on tonight’s game, John Howell looks back on how Newcastle enjoyed previous Premier League visits to Stoke…
Newcastle visit Stoke for the seventh time in their Premier League history tonight, with fans expecting a positive response from Steve McClaren’s side following an 18 day break since losing 5-1 to Chelsea.
Sitting in 19th position, time is running out for the north east side with little over two months of the season remaining.
Stoke 1-1 Newcastle – 11th April 2009
Their first Premier League outing at The Britannia resulted in a late draw for The Magpies, with Andy Carroll’s 81st minute header rescuing what seemed to be a priceless point for Alan Shearer’s relegation threatened side, after defender Abdoulaye Faye gave Stoke the lead.
Following the game, Shearer said:
“It will go right to the wire and nerves will jangle but I believe in my players … players threw their bodies on the line, threw themselves into tackles and were prepared to get cut today.
“We’re going to need all of that, and a little bit more if we are to survive, but the fight is there.”
Of course Newcastle went on to suffer top flight relegation in May but on the day it was a battling performance from the lads in black & white and offered hope to the supporters travelling home.
The same fighting qualities will be needed this evening to achieve a similar or better result.
Stoke 4 – 0 Newcastle – 19th March 2011
On their return to the Premier League, Newcastle were thumped by the home side on a day to forget, with goals from Jon Walters, Jermaine Pennant, Danny Higginbotham and Ricardo Fuller wrapping up all three points with ease for Tony Pulis’ side. Visiting boss Alan Pardew described the display as “sloppy” from his side, which was probably not harsh enough given the scoreline.
Stoke 1 – 3 Newcastle – 31st Oct 2011
A second hat-trick of the season from Demba Ba saw Newcastle move into 3rd place as Pardew’s side ruined Stoke’s unbeaten home record and win at The Britannia for the first time in the Premier League.
The Toon had the best defensive record in the top tier at the time and a spirited performance from Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini negated all of the hosts’ set-piece threats.
Stoke 2 – 1 Newcastle – 28th November 2012
Late goals from Jon Walters (81) and Cameron Jerome (84) in the space of four minutes saw Papiss Cisse’s second half strike count for nothing as Newcastle threw away three points with just nine minutes to go.
It was the Toon’s fourth successive league defeat in a row, missing the influence of Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa through injury. The result left Pardew’s side in 14th place and another fight with relegation was about to ensue.
Stoke 1 – 0 Newcastle – 12th April 2014
More misery for The Mags as Erik Pieters’ fluke goal was enough for Mark Hughes’ boys to beat a lacklustre Newcastle side. Vurnon Anita headed over from three yards late in the game which would’ve been harsh on a positive Stoke performance.
By this point in the season Newcastle were already safe, but it was still a disappointing performance for the away fans to see.
Stoke 1 – 0 Newcastle – 29th September 2014
Another visit, another defeat , Peter Crouch’s 15th minute header gave stoke their first home win of the season and heaped the pressure on Alan Pardew, who was met with a sea of ‘SackPardew.com’ posters in the away end.
The result left Newcastle in 19th place with only three points from their opening six games. With just one shot on target the entire game it was a worrying time for The Toon, who went on to barely escape relegation on the final day of the season (under John Carver)….
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