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  • Date:31 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:26,564
  • Walters - pen (74)
  • Ba (11) Ba (39)
    Ba - pen (80)

Live Commentary

95:03 +5.03

Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson.

94:44 +4.44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by James Perch. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.

92:32 +2.32

Effort from deep inside the area by Peter Crouch misses to the right of the target.

92:13 +2.13

Shot by Robert Huth. Blocked by Demba Ba.

90:43 +0.43

Dan Gosling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Guthrie.


Tim Krul fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.


Sammy Ameobi comes on in place of Leon Best.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenwyne Jones. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.


Leon Best challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.


Gabriel Obertan has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.


Assist by Leon Best.


Robert Huth gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Leon Best. Demba Ba scores a placed penalty. Stoke 1-3 Newcastle.


James Perch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan. Booking for James Perch for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Woodgate.


James Perch on for Yohan Cabaye.


The ball is crossed by Andy Wilkinson, save by Tim Krul.


The assist for the goal came from Peter Crouch.


Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Demba Ba. Penalty taken right-footed by Jonathan Walters and scored. Stoke 1-2 Newcastle.


Matthew Upson takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.


Foul by Jonathan Walters on Danny Simpson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Taylor.


Unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Demba Ba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.


Unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Leon Best results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.


Danny Simpson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kenwyne Jones replaces Matthew Etherington. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.


Leon Best challenges Andy Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.


Matthew Etherington delivers the ball.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Ryan Taylor. Tim Krul takes the free kick.


Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Matthew Upson produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.


Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, clearance by Danny Simpson.


Unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson by Leon Best results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Upson.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Yohan Cabaye on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.


The offside flag is raised against Peter Crouch. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.


Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, Close range headed effort by Peter Crouch goes wide of the left-hand upright.


Steven Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington from left channel, clearance by Steven Taylor.


Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.


Robert Huth challenges Demba Ba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Taylor has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Asmir Begovic.

49:38 +4.38

Effort from outside the area by Leon Best goes wide right of the goal.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Leon Best. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.


Jonathan Walters challenges Ryan Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Best. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.


Jermaine Pennant challenges Ryan Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.


Marc Wilson leaves the field to be replaced by Robert Huth. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Matthew Upson takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.


Leon Best produces a cross, A goal is scored by Demba Ba from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 0-2 Newcastle.Assist by Leon Best.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Yohan Cabaye. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.


The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant.


Matthew Etherington takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Tim Krul.


The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.


The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.


Jermaine Pennant takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Steven Taylor.


Glenn Whelan crosses the ball, save by Tim Krul.


Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, save made by Tim Krul.


Centre by Jermaine Pennant.


Unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson by Jonas Gutierrez results in a free kick. Andy Wilkinson takes the free kick.


Headed effort from inside the area by Matthew Upson misses to the right of the target.


Matthew Upson is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Shawcross.


Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington to the near post, Jonathan Walters has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.


Demba Ba scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 0-1 Newcastle.Assist by Gabriel Obertan.


Foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Andy Wilkinson, free kick awarded. Jonathan Woodgate restarts play with the free kick.


The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Danny Simpson.


Shot from outside the box by Ryan Taylor goes wide right of the target.


Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line.


Yohan Cabaye takes the inswinging corner, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Woodgate set to face Magpies Jonathan Woodgate could start against his former club Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League on Monday night after returning to the Stoke side for Wednesday's Carling Cup match with Liverpool. Woodgate played the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat having missed the previous three games with a calf injury, while Jermaine Pennant might also be involved having appeared as a second-half replacement against the Reds following a hamstring injury. Danny Higginbotham, out since April with a serious knee injury, is on the comeback trail and has turned out for the reserves but striker Mamady Sidibe is facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury. Stoke go into the 10th round of the season in ninth spot, seven points behind Newcastle. The Potters have suffered a couple of setbacks in their last two matches, losing 3-1 at Arsenal in the league last weekend before being knocked out of the Carling Cup fourth round by Liverpool on Wednesday. Kenwyne Jones gave Tony Pulis' men the lead in that match just before half-time, but Liverpool striker Luis Suarez netted twice in the second half to send his side through. However, that was Stoke's first home loss in nine home games in all competitions this season, and having previously managed to avoid defeat against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool - who they beat 1-0 in the league in September - at the Britannia, home supporters will be optimistic of getting a good result against Newcastle. Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic nevertheless remains wary of the threat posed by their opponents though, saying: "We have done pretty well this season, especially at home, and one or two people may expect us to win Monday's game. We will hopefully do that, but we are under no illusions as to how good a team Newcastle are. "They aren't a one-man team, they have players in every position who we need to keep an eye on. The lads they signed in the summer have gelled together very well, and without doubt this will be one of the toughest games of our season so far. "I think they have a very good squad and we know the quality that they have. It's obviously good for them that they are doing well, but we will be out there on Monday doing everything we can to make sure we come out on top." Stoke boss Pulis echoed the comments of his goalkeeper, saying: "It's going to be a tough game for us, they've got off to a really really good start. "I've watched a couple of games and they look settled, that's the big thing. If you actually look at the team, they haven't changed the team very much and I think that's helped them. They've got a good understanding as a group, they look a team, a good team." Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could include midfielder Cheik Tiote and defender Steven Taylor in his starting line-up. Taylor, who broke his nose in last weekend's 1-0 victory over Wigan, is the more likely to play, possibly with a mask, while Tiote is battling to recover from a knee injury. Pardew is determined not to let himself become fixated on Stoke's strengths. The Magpies lost the equivalent fixture 4-0 last season, a result Pardew believes can be partly put down to giving Stoke the psychological advantage. The Britannia Stadium is considered one of the toughest trips in the Premier League because of a combination of the Potters' physical prowess and their vocal fans. Pardew said: "Physically and mentally it's a test, and it's a test we failed last year, and I must take some blame for that defeat. "It was probably the only game that got away from us, and maybe I put too much emphasis on what Stoke did rather than hurting them, and I won't make that mistake again, but it's still very difficult to defend against and we need our warriors and we need people to stand up and concentrate."

Formation:442Manager: Tony Pulis


Formation: 442Manager: Alan Pardew


  • Asmir Begovic
  • Andy Wilkinson
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Jonathan Woodgate
  • Marc Wilson
  • Jermaine Pennant
  • Rory Delap
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Matthew Etherington
  • Jonathan Walters
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Thomas Sorensen
  • Robert Huth
  • Kenwyne Jones
  • Dean Whitehead
  • Matthew Upson
  • Cameron Jerome
  • Wilson Palacios



Match Report

Ba fires hat-trick for high-flying Magpies Newcastle striker Demba Ba gave Stoke a taste of what they missed out on with a hat-trick as the Magpies won 3-1 to move within a point of second-placed Manchester United. The Senegal international would have been a Potters player in January as he had already agreed a move from Hoffenheim before the club pulled the plug on the move after he failed their medical. Ba always rejected the suggestion he was not fit and subsequently joined West Ham before making his way to St James' Park in the summer after their relegation. The 26-year-old arrived at the Britannia Stadium with a point to prove and he certainly did that as the visitors registered their first league victory at Stoke since 1985 and inflicted only the hosts' second home defeat in 2011. Ba struck twice in the first half to give his side a comfortable lead and although Jonathan Walters pulled one back with from the spot with 15 minutes remaining Newcastle restored their two-goal cushion with a penalty of their own. It took Ba's tally to eight goals in his last five Barclays Premier League matches and extended his side's unbeaten start to the season as they moved up to third. But for all Ba's predatory instincts in front of goal credit has to go to manager Alan Pardew for getting the game plan right. Key to combating Stoke's strengths is cutting off their delivery at source and Ba was the first line of defence in that respect as he was detailed to get straight on to goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and prevent him kicking out early. There also was plenty of hard work done out out wide, especially on Newcastle's left, with winger Jonas Gutierrez spending more time doubling up with Ryan Taylor on Jermaine Pennant than he did attacking. When it came to defending set-pieces striker Leon Best was employed to good effect at the back to combat their opponents' aerial power while Gabriel Obertan occupied a high, wide position to ensure there was always an attacking outlet. That provided the platform for Ba to do what he does best at the other end and Newcastle's 12th-minute opener would not have looked out of place in the Stoke coaching manual. Goalkeeper Tim Krul's kick was headed on by Best to Obertan, who found space behind left-back Marc Wilson. The Frenchman's inviting cross into the six-yard area picked out Ba who expertly twisted his body to head the ball back inside the near post. Stoke's first defensive reshuffle came when captain Ryan Shawcross had to be replaced by Matthew Upson and had it not been for Begovic charging out of his area Ba would have taken advantage of the reorganisation as he raced to reach Yohan Cabaye's pass. Krul almost gifted the home side an equaliser when he dropped Andy Wilkinson's high cross and the ball fortuitously rolled behind rather than across his goalline but he made up for it with a diving catch to hang on to Matt Etherington's left-foot volley from outside the penalty area. And that allowed the Magpies to double their lead five minutes before the interval when Upson could only help Fabricio Coloccini's lofted pass on to Best on the right of the penalty area and he crossed low for Ba to tap in. Problems continued to mount for Stoke as Robert Huth had to come on for the injured Wilson before the half-time whistle provided the Potters with some respite. The home side improved after the break with Huth going close with a header but Newcastle, who have conceded seven goals in 10 league matches, defended well. With still no sign of a breakthrough Kenwyne Jones replaced Etherington for the last quarter and within five minutes Stoke pulled one back. Upson's goalbound effort was headed away by Coloccini but Ba fouled Peter Crouch in the ensuing scramble and Walters fired home the penalty. But barely had the recovery begun then it was ended as referee Mike Dean penalised Huth for a push on Best and Ba drilled home from the spot.

Form Guide

  • Stoke
  • VS
  • Newcastle

Last Meetings

  • Stoke
  • 4 - 0
  • Newcastle
  • 19/03/2011
  • Newcastle
  • 1 - 2
  • Stoke
  • 26/09/2010
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 1
  • Newcastle
  • 11/04/2009
  • Newcastle
  • 2 - 2
  • Stoke
  • 06/12/2008
  • Stoke
  • 0 - 1
  • Newcastle
  • 04/05/1985
  • Newcastle
  • 2 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 01/12/1984

Top Scorers


  • P Crouch 2
  • R Delap 1
  • J Walters 1
  • K Jones 1
  • R Shotton 1


  • D Ba 5
  • L Best 3
  • S Ameobi 1
  • R Taylor 1
  • JM Gutierrez 1
  • Y Cabaye 1



    • Total goals 18
    • Goals per game 7
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 23
    • Goals per game 12
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins