Erik Pieters' first ever goal for Stoke was enough to secure all three points for the Potters over Newcastle at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Mark Hughes made one change to the team that lost to Chelsea last weekend with Stephen Ireland coming in for Wilson Palacios whilst Alan Pardew welcomed Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Tim Krul back to the starting line-up after their 4-0 loss to Manchester United last time out.
Peter Crouch was given a glorious opportunity to put Stoke in front within the first 10 minutes when Marko Arnautovic’s pin-point cross picked him out but he headed against the post.
Newcastle responded with a chance of their own as Ameobi fed Dan Gosling but he fired well over from six-yards out.
The Magpies then had a penalty appeal waved away when Papiss Cisse was brought down by Geoff Cameron, before Arnautovic tried to set up Peter Odemwingie but misjudged the ball and missed it completely.
The hosts took the lead just before half-time when Pieters put in a cross to the far post for Crouch but the ball was caught in the wind and looped over Krul to give the Dutch international his first ever Premier League goal.
Newcastle replied through Cheick Tiote who unleashed a 30-yard shot at Asmir Begovic but the Bosnian got down easily to save.
Arnautovic tried to set up Crouch after beating his man on the left and finding the striker but again his efforts were in vain as his header was sent over the bar.
The Austrian could have doubled Stoke’s lead a few minutes later when he ran into the box and was urged to shoot but he could only roll it behind Crouch.
Charlie Adam then fired over from 30-yards out just minutes after he was subbed on for Stephen Ireland.
Newcastle tried to fight for a point in the closing stages through Vernon Anita - who was played in by Ameobi - but the Dutch International fired over from close range.
Fittingly, one of the men of the match today - Arnautovic - wrapped the game up with a speculative effort that went well wide.
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