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The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is crossed by Marc Wilson, clearance by Cheick Tiote.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dan Gosling on Dean Whitehead. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
Corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line to the near post.
Jonathan Walters sends in a cross, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
Corner taken left-footed by Hatem Ben Arfa, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Cheick Tiote takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa, clearance by Jonathan Walters.
Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Strike comes in from Demba Ba from the free kick, blocked by Glenn Whelan.
The referee blows for offside against Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Dan Gosling comes on in place of Danny Simpson.
Shot from inside the area by Jonathan Walters clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa by Ryan Shotton results in a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Centre by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Cheick Tiote.
The ball is delivered by Marc Wilson, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Shotton sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Glenn Whelan. Robert Huth shoots direct from the free kick.
Shola Ameobi replaces Papiss Cisse.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Davide Santon makes a clearance.
Ryan Shotton sends in a cross, Cheick Tiote manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Fabricio Coloccini misses to the left of the goal.
Shot from 20 yards from Demba Ba. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Demba Ba takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Direct free kick taken by Cheick Tiote.
Jonathan Walters produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is sent over by Dean Whitehead.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance by Papiss Cisse.
James Perch comes on in place of Yohan Cabaye. Corner from the right by-line taken by Glenn Whelan, Shot by Peter Crouch. Blocked by Danny Simpson.
The ball is delivered by Marc Wilson, clearance made by Davide Santon.
Yohan Cabaye gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 3-0 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Demba Ba.
Demba Ba produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Ryan Shotton. (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Cameron Jerome coming on for Wilson Palacios. Free kick crossed left-footed by Yohan Cabaye, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
Papiss Cisse is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
The offside flag is raised against Papiss Cisse. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Shotton, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba. Booking for Ryan Shawcross for unsporting behaviour. Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Marc Wilson, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Cheick Tiote results in a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, Davide Santon makes a clearance.
Hatem Ben Arfa crosses the ball, Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Yohan Cabaye. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
Davide Santon takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Matthew Etherington takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Yohan Cabaye sends in a cross.
Foul by Wilson Palacios on Hatem Ben Arfa, free kick awarded. Wilson Palacios goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Mike Williamson.
Ryan Shotton crosses the ball, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
Foul by Mike Williamson on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Robert Huth restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Shawcross challenges Demba Ba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.
Papiss Cisse is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Dean Whitehead comes on in place of Andy Wilkinson.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Ryan Shotton results in a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Yohan Cabaye has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken left-footed by Hatem Ben Arfa to the near post, Wilson Palacios manages to make a clearance.
Danny Simpson crosses the ball, clearance made by Robert Huth.
The ball is sent over by Marc Wilson, clearance by Cheick Tiote.
Jonas Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Ryan Shotton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Shot from just outside the box by Glenn Whelan misses to the left of the target.
Papiss Cisse challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Fabricio Coloccini. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Papiss Cisse from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 Stoke.Assist by Yohan Cabaye.
Hatem Ben Arfa crosses the ball, Papiss Cisse takes a shot.
Yohan Cabaye finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Newcastle 1-0 Stoke.Papiss Cisse provided the assist for the goal.
Shot from deep inside the area by Jonathan Walters clears the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Matthew Etherington produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Effort on goal by Demba Ba from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Pardew: We could surpass Robson years
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew firmly believes qualifying for the Champions League this season would eclipse even Sir Bobby Robson's feat.
Robson dragged the Magpies from 11th place at the end of the 2000/01 campaign into fourth place 12 months later and, having safely negotiated a way past Bosnian outfit FK Zeljeznicar in the qualifiers, guided them into the second group stage of the competition.
That proved to be the club's last flirtation with Europe's elite after they lost on penalties to Partizan Belgrade in the final qualifying round the following season, having finished third. However, with five games remaining this time around, Pardew's unlikely lads are level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham and could yet rub shoulders with the big boys once again.
Robson, of course, was able to call upon the likes of Alan Shearer, Shay Given, Rob Lee and Gary Speed as he strode towards the Champions League. It is a measure of how far the Magpies have come in recent times that two years ago this week, they were celebrating lifting the Championship title having earlier secured their return to the top flight following a hugely embarrassing relegation.
For that reason, Pardew, whose side face Stoke on Saturday, is confident a top-four repeat 11 years on would be even more remarkable. He said: "You are going from a different set of circumstances there, with all due respect to Sir Bobby Robson. He had some fantastic players and players who were Premier League icons.
"We've got a lot of new players who are making a little niche for themselves. It's a different kind of scenario. I am not under-estimating that achievement but if we get in there, it would be astonishing."
Pardew has been handed a series of fitness boosts ahead of the clash.
Defender James Perch (thigh) and midfielders Cheick Tiote (hamstring), Danny Guthrie (calf) and Gabriel Obertan (ankle) are all back in training, as are striker Leon Best (knee) and midfielder Sylvain Marveaux (groin).
Pardew has only Steven Taylor (Achilles) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) still on the sidelines for a potentially thrilling run-in.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis insists he has no regrets about not signing Demba Ba.
Ba had been set to join the Potters from German side Hoffenheim in January 2011 but failed a medical and the deal fell through. He subsequently secured a transfer to West Ham later that month and while he could not prevent the Hammers from being relegated, the Senegal forward made quite an impression, scoring seven goals in 12 Barclays Premier League appearances.
A move to Newcastle followed in the summer and Ba has continued to demonstrate his potency by netting 16 times - including a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Stoke in October - for the Magpies this term.
Although the goals have dried up of late for the 26-year-old, with his international colleague, January recruit Papiss Cisse, emerging as the Tyneside outfit's new star striker, overall it seems Ba was a gamble worth taking.
But asked if he had any regrets about failing to capture the frontman, Pulis said: "No, not at all.
"We have a medical team here who made a decision and they are fantastic - you only have to see the number of times we get various people on the pitch and what we get out of our players. They don't need any backing up. They thought there was a problem there - fine, we'll get on with it."
Winger Jermaine Pennant is a doubt as he has been suffering with a virus and will be assessed ahead of the trip.
Defender Andy Wilkinson is available again having recovered from a groin injury, while midfielder Salif Diao and forward Mamady Sidibe (both knee) remain sidelined.
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