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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 52,162) 21st April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Marriner

Newcastle Newcastle United vs Stoke City Stoke

Newcastle 3

Y Cabaye (14, 57)
P Cisse (18)

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Stoke 0

Magpies make it six in a row

Cabaye and Cisse help Newcastle to punish Potters

Last Updated: 21/04/12 7:11pm

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Newcastle saw off Stoke 3-0 to pick up a sixth straight Premier League success and keep themselves very much in the hunt for a top-four finish.

Man of the match: Yohan Cabaye. Scored two and made the other, you cannot ask for much more than that. Goal of the match: Cabaye's second saw him collect the ball on the edge of the box and send a curling effort past the flailing arms of Asmir Begovic. Save of the match: Begovic's late stop to deny Cheick Tiote was out of the top drawer, as he tipped a stinging 25-yard drive over the crossbar. Moment of the match: Newcastle had the game won from the moment they opened the scoring, with Stoke unable to offer a response. Talking point: Can Newcastle cling on to a UEFA Champions League place? Where will Stoke finish the season?

Two goals from Yohan Cabaye and another from the prolific Papiss Cisse helped the Magpies to a convincing success on Saturday, with the contest all but sewn up before 20 minutes had been played.

Alan Pardew's side looked like a team full of confidence in the opening exchanges and it came as no surprise when they broke the deadlock.

With just 14 minutes on the clock, Hatem Ben Arfa escaped down the left and hung up an inviting cross for Cisse to power goalwards.

His effort cannoned back off the face of the crossbar, but Cabaye was on hand to nod home the rebound.

The Frenchman was then at the centre of Newcastle's second four minutes later, as he slid a perfectly-weighted pass into the path of Cisse to roll past Asmir Begovic.

A star showing from Cabaye was then completed on 57 minutes when he sent a curling effort from the edge of the box arching into the bottom corner.

Stroll

Newcastle ran out knowing victory would take them into fourth place, for a few hours at least, but perhaps more importantly, give them a healthy advantage over sixth-placed Chelsea.

The return of Cheick Tiote provided added steel in the midfield, but what promised to be a battle developed into something of a stroll.

Stoke started brightly and they might have gone ahead with just 10 minutes gone.

England striker Peter Crouch, who had got little change out of his early duels with Mike Williamson, climbed high above the defender to head down Marc Wilson's long ball, but Jonathan Walters volleyed high over the top.

But the game changed within four minutes as Pardew's men flexed their muscles to go ahead.

More precisely, they showcased the individual talent of Frenchman Ben Arfa who, having spent most of his time until that point wide on the right, turned up on the left to bamboozle Wilson and chip an inviting cross to the far post.

Cisse's eyes lit up as he powered a header back across keeper Begovic and waited for the net to bulge, but his disappointment at seeing the ball come back off the crossbar was short-lived as Cabaye stooped to convert the rebound.

Roles were reversed four minutes later as Stoke were carved wide open by the brilliance of the former Lille midfielder.

Cabaye collected Jonas Gutierrez's pass in the middle of the field and, having spotted Cisse's run, slid an inch-perfect ball into his path for the Senegal international to dispatch it left-footed past the helpless Begovic.

Combative

The Frenchman's individual display was a joy to behold as he ran the game in front of the combative Tiote with Stoke threateningly sporadically from set-pieces, but without forcing keeper Tim Krul to make a save.

It seemed only a matter of time before Newcastle added to their lead, and it took a smart diving save by Begovic to deny full-back Davide Santon after he ran on to another Cabaye pass.

Pardew will no doubt have warned his troops to be prepared for a backlash in the wake of opposite number Tony Pulis' half-time team talk, but they might have extended their lead within seconds of the restart.

Ben Arfa slipped effortlessly past Matthew Etherington on the right before floating another teasing cross to the far post, where leading scorer Demba Ba, without a goal since 5th February, chose to chest it down rather than head directly at goal and saw Begovic make a vital block.

Ba and Cisse were proving too hot for Stoke to handle, and they combined to good effect once again with eight minutes of the half played for the latter to find the back of the net from close range after Begovic had spilled the former's shot, although from an offside position.

But they had to wait just four minutes longer for the third goal to arrive when, after Ben Arfa and Ba had probed at the visitors' defence to little real effect, Cabaye took charge to curl an unstoppable shot across Begovic and into the bottom corner.

Pardew decided Cabaye's work was done four minutes later when he replaced him with James Perch to a standing ovation from an appreciative crowd.

The newcomer distinguished himself within seconds when he hurled himself into the path of Crouch's goal-bound shot.

Newcastle were in rampant mood and Ba forced another save from Begovic before skipper Fabricio Coloccini headed wide.

Begovic had to pull off fine saves to deny Tiote twice within the final four minutes and spare his side further punishment.

Newcastle UnitedTeam StatisticsStoke City
3Goals0
21st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target0
5Shots off Target6
3Blocked Shots2
4Corners5
9Fouls10
2Offsides2
0Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
82.7Passing Success77.8
21Tackles23
71.4Tackles Success69.6
58.1Possession41.9
37.7Territorial Advantage62.3
527Total Passes365
8Total Crosses23
154Lost Balls157
63Recoveries53
67.21st Half Poss.32.8
48.72nd Half Poss.51.3

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