Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United

3 Mar

Newcastle United remain in the bottom three after slumping to a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at a blustery Britannia Stadium.

Match Reports: Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle UnitedMatch Reports: Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United

It appeared as though a poor-quality encounter was going to end goalless until Xherdan Shaqiri smashed home the winner for Mark Hughes’ side with only ten minutes remaining.

The Potters edged a grim match while Newcastle played as though a point was the height of their expectations.

However, the visitors created the first clear-cut opening of the match only for former Swansea City and Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to see his low shot saved by Jack Butland.

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot then did brilliantly to claw Erik Pieters’ deep cross away, before punching Shaqiri’s follow-up ball clear.

When Marko Arnautovic found Shaqiri in the box, the Switzerland international lashed in a left-footed drive that Elliot did well to keep out.

Arnautovic and Shaqiri continued to look dangerous after the interval as the Potters pressed for the opening goal while Newcastle tried to catch their opponents out on the counter-attack.

Shaqiri finally broke the deadlock when he powered a 25-yard dipping effort past the stranded Elliot but deep into stoppage time Butland was forced to make an outstanding save to deny Newcastle substitute Seydou Doumbia.

With the last kick of the match Arnautovic almost doubled Stoke’s lead only to see his superb volley smash against the bar with Elliot beaten.


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