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Ricardo Fuller scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 4-0 Newcastle.The assist for the goal came from Jonathan Walters.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Rory Delap, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Joey Barton, Header from deep inside the area by Nile Ranger goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Kenwyne Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Fuller.
Jonathan Walters is caught offside. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Blocked by Rory Delap.
Dean Whitehead replaces Jermaine Pennant.
Danny Higginbotham challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
The referee penalises Ryan Shawcross for handball. Joey Barton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Jonathan Walters fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jermaine Pennant, save made by Steve Harper. Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Cheik Tiote takes the direct free kick.
Jermaine Pennant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
The official flags Jermaine Pennant offside. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Unfair challenge on Asmir Begovic by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Glenn Whelan handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Robert Huth fouled by Nile Ranger, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Blocked by Glenn Whelan.
Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Handball by Joey Barton. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
Sol Campbell leaves the field to be replaced by Jonas Gutierrez.
Shane Ferguson takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Walters. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Nile Ranger on for Peter Lovenkrands.
Danny Pugh is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Etherington.
Corner taken by Joey Barton played to the near post, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
Shot on goal by Rory Delap from just inside the area goes over the target.
The referee blows for offside. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Cheik Tiote. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Short corner worked by Jermaine Pennant.
Cheik Tiote challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Higginbotham grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Stoke 3-0 Newcastle.
The referee books Matthew Etherington for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Matthew Etherington results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from right wing, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
Shot from 18 yards from Joey Barton. Robert Huth gets a block in.
Jermaine Pennant finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-0 Newcastle.
Shola Ameobi challenges Asmir Begovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, save by Asmir Begovic.
Cheik Tiote receives a caution. Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Etherington. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin Nolan produces a cross, blocked by Robert Huth. Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Mike Williamson misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cheik Tiote.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Kenwyne Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Cheik Tiote takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joey Barton.
The ball is crossed by Glenn Whelan, save by Steve Harper.
Danny Higginbotham fouled by Joey Barton, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line played to the near post, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Jonathan Walters. Joey Barton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Jonathan Walters finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 1-0 Newcastle.Assist by Jermaine Pennant.
Corner taken by Joey Barton, Shot from close range by Kevin Nolan misses to the right of the target.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Shane Ferguson coming on for Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Handball by Danny Simpson. Free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
Ryan Shawcross fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Rory Delap results in a free kick. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Joey Barton. The ball is swung over by Joey Barton.
Joey Barton has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Rory Delap gets a block in.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line, Header by Marc Wilson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left wing, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
Foul by Rory Delap on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory Delap. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.
Kenwyne Jones is penalised for a handball. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Peter Lovenkrands is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Home form key for Stoke
Stoke boss Tony Pulis knows his side must make the most of their remaining home games if they are to avoid being dragged further into the Barclays Premier League relegation scrap.
Three defeats in their last four games have seen the Potters drop to within three points of the bottom three ahead of the clash with Newcastle at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke's home form has ensured they have kept their heads above water this season, with seven wins from 14 games compared to 11 defeats from 15 away.
The difference in their results in 2011 has been particularly stark - six wins and two draws at home and six defeats and two wins away.
Both those away victories came in the FA Cup, and Pulis admitted their run to the semi-finals has affected their league form.
He said: "We're unbeaten at home since the Fulham game just after Christmas so our home form hasn't been too bad. What we've done is played a lot of cup games in that period of time, and we've won those games.
"We'd have liked to have sprinkled it with a few results away from home but now we've got a run of home games, we've got more home games left than away games, and we have to make sure our home form is solid, as we have done over the last two and a half years.
"With five games at home, we've got to make sure we get points out of those games."
With a home clash against Chelsea and a trip to Tottenham to come immediately after the international break a decent result is imperative for Pulis' side.
He added: "We've got Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal to come so they're tough games, but you look at all the other teams and they've got tough games as well, which is brilliant for everybody."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has dismissed the constant stream of speculation surrounding the club to concentrate on the task of securing its Premier League status.
During his short spell on Tyneside to date, Pardew has quickly learnt the Magpies are rarely not a topic of conversation for one reason or another.
The last week alone has seen the club linked with a Indian takeover and a growing list of potential summer transfer targets with onlookers waiting to see just what owner Mike Ashley's intentions are.
Newcastle continue to insist the business is no longer for sale, and point to the investment they have made in securing the long-term futures of the likes of midfielder Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Nile Ranger in recent months as evidence of their strategy for lasting success.
Pardew and his scouting team, armed with what they hope will be the lion's share of the proceeds of Andy Carroll's #35million departure for Liverpool, have already started to identify the men they believe can take the club forward, and the manager is ignoring talk of a change of ownership.
He said: "We have dismissed that quite thoroughly, I don't expect that to raise its head again.
"Mike has made a commitment with these long-term contracts that he wants to see a plan going forward, and that's what we will try to carry out."
The first step in the process, of course, is ensuring the Magpies are still playing their football in the top flight next season, something which looked a racing certainty when a 2-0 victory at Birmingham on February 15 put them eight points clear of the drop zone.
However, a return of just one point from home clashes with Bolton and Everton has seen that gap reduced to just five points, and they head for Stoke knowing the fight is far from over.
Pardew said: "Unfortunately, we haven't got the cup to distract us - there are only four teams in the Premier League who have that left.
"We are in the same boat as everyone else and we have to concentrate now to see ourselves to a strong finish, and that's what we are going to try to do."
Newcastle's plans have been disrupted by an injury to key midfielder Joey Barton, whose absence against Bolton and Everton was conspicuous to say the least.
The 28-year-old has a chance of returning from a thigh strain at the Britannia Stadium, but Pardew will not risk him if he is not 100% fit.
Four of the best for Potters
Stoke scored four goals for the first time in a Barclays Premier League game as they crushed hapless Newcastle 4-0.
A week after securing a place in the FA Cup semi-finals, Tony Pulis' side cruised past the Tynesiders with a clinical display which moved them above their opponents and into the top half of the table.
Jon Walters opened the scoring after 28 minutes and the floodgates opened after the break with Jermaine Pennant, Danny Higginbotham and Ricardo Fuller completing the rout.
Newcastle have taken just one point from their last three games and may now start looking over their shoulders with only a four-point buffer separating them from the relegation zone.
It proved an unhappy return to the side for Sol Campbell, in for Steven Taylor in one of three changes to the team that lost to Everton.
Joey Barton was back after a thigh injury with Jonas Gutierrez stepping down while Shola Ameobi was preferred to Leon Best.
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic returned between the posts for Stoke with Thomas Sorensen back on the bench.
It was Newcastle who were the first to show with Ameobi turning quickly in the fifth minute and firing a shot into the body of Begovic.
Five minutes later Ameobi won a free-kick out on the left after he had been tripped by Marc Wilson.
Barton delivered the ball into the area but it was easily cleared to safety.
Stoke responded in the 12th minute and Wilson got clear of his marker only to head wide of the post from Pennant's corner.
Then Rory Delap launched a long throw into the area in the 17th minute and Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper took no chances, punching the ball clear.
It was an even game at this stage and Jose Enrique scampered forward for the visitors four minutes later but his delivery was poor and Ryan Shawcross cleared comfortably.
Enrique seemed to pick up a knock and was immediately replaced by Shane Ferguson.
Stoke took the lead in the 27th minute when Newcastle failed to deal with a cross from Pennant. Walters was the first to react and send a header over Harper for his eighth goal of the season.
However Newcastle made a spirited response and Barton fired a free-kick narrowly over the bar.
The visitors kept up the pressure and Kevin Nolan carved out a good opportunity moments later. His cross took a deflection and looped over Begovic but the keeper managed to get a hand to it and divert the ball away.
Nolan was then dazed following a challenge by Walters but soon recovered.
Newcastle were beginning to look dangerous as half-time approached and Ferguson got in a good header only for Begovic to be equal to it.
Stoke extended their lead just a minute into the second half thanks to a string of defensive errors by Newcastle.
Harper failed to clear properly and Matthew Etherington eventually swung a cross in from the left.
The ball took a deflection and Campbell back-headed it but only into the path of Pennant, who made no mistake.
Former England defender Campbell was left shaking his head in disbelief at making such a basic mistake.
Three minutes later Stoke made it 3-0 with Newcastle again all at sea at the back.
Higginbotham drove a free-kick straight through the wall and past Harper who was rooted to the spot.
Pardew by this point was out in his technical area with a look of bewilderment at how the game had suddenly unfolded.
Newcastle hit back and Ferguson skipped past two defenders in the 66th minute but saw his effort blocked by Begovic.
Campbell was then replaced in the 66th minute by Gutierrez as Newcastle tried to get some kind of hold on the game.
Newcastle were determined to save face and Barton whipped in a free kick after 78 minutes and Begovic did well to turn away at the post.
However Stoke were content to sit deep and let the visitors come onto them near the end of the game.
Stoke completed a convincing victory thanks to a fourth goal from substitute Fuller in stoppage time. Fuller got on the end of a pass from Walters to thump a shot beyond Harper.
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