Stoke 1 Newcastle 0: Xherdan Shaqiri heaps more misery on Steve McClaren

After that, the first half failed to produce too many clear-cut chances, mainly because of the swirling wind which both teams struggled to get to grips with.

On one occasion, Elliot threw the ball out and it went straight out for a goal-kick at the other end – without anyone even intervening.

And it was the strong gusts which so nearly caught the visitors out when Elliot had to fly through the air backwards to claw an Erik Pieters cross out of the top corner of his net.

Ten minutes after the break, Stoke came close to breaking the deadlock when Jon Walters nodded the ball into the path of Ibrahim Afellay.

The Dutch midfielder took a punt with a dipping volley which only just cleared the crossbar.

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