Loic-Remy

Bad refereeing decisions from Martin Atkinson handed Newcastle the 5-1 win over nine-man Stoke City at St James Park.

Goals from Loic Remy, Yohan Cabaye and Yoan Gouffran after the departures of Irish duo Marc Wilson and Glenn Whelan helped Newcastle to run riot on their home turf. Ossama Assaidi opened the scoring in the first half but this turned out to be just a consolation for the visitors.

Atkinson missed chances to book Newcastle players for a handball and diving before sending off two Stoke players for challenges that where not dismissible.

Mark Hughes made two changes to the team that won 2-1 against Aston Villa on Saturday with Thomas Sorenson in for the injured Asmir Begovic, this was a surprise late change as the Bosnian suffered a broken finger, and Charlie Adam came in for Marko Arnautovic after replacing him against Villa and going on to score the opening goal.

Alan Pardew made just one change following Newcastle’s 3-0 win over former Stoke manager Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace. Bringing in Hatem Ben Arfa for the first time since October in place of the suspended Cheick Tiote.

The first real chance dropped to the visitors when Jon Walters was found in space in the area but couldn’t get his shot away before Mohamed Sissoko hit a deflected shot straight into the arms of Sorenson.

Adam came close to scoring two goals in two games when Geoff Cameron found him in the area but his shot was wide of Tim Krul’s right hand post, the Scotland international then tried again from close range when his left foot strike flew over.

Stoke did break the dead lock a few minutes later when Assaidi went through three defenders and curled a right-footed shot into the top corner for his third of the season. But The Potters went down to ten men just before half time when Glenn Whelan received his second bookable offense after a tackle on Cabaye and Mark Hughes tried to protest his innocence and was sent to the stands for his appeals.

Things went from bad to worse for Stoke when they went down to nine when Marc Wilson pulled down Remy in the area and was given straight red, Sorenson saved the resulting penalty from Remy but the Frenchman came back to haunt Stoke when Ben Arfa found him on the break and he unleashed a shot which went underneath the Dane to level the game.

The Magpies took advantage of the extra men in the opening stages of the second half when Gouffran collected the ball from Sorenson’s poor clearance and shot low into the right hand post for his fifth in successive home games.

Remy secured the points for Newcastle a few minutes later with his second of the game, and tenth of the season when he headed home from close range.

Stoke realised that they now had to play for damage limitation and swapped Peter Crouch for Wilson Palacios as a way to defend the onslaught.

Cabaye put the game far beyond Stoke after a neat one two with Ben Arfa on the edge of the area, the Frenchman unleashed a shot beyond the posts from 20 yards to give Newcastle the 4-1 lead.

Atkinson awarded a penalty ten minutes from time for Eric Pieters foul on Ben Arfa and Cabaye gave the ball to Papiss Cisse and he sent Sorenson the wrong way to take Newcastle 5-1 in the lead.