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Newcastle United 0-0 Stoke City: Goalless at St. James’ Park

There wasn’t much to like about the match between Newcastle and Stoke at St. James Park on Saturday, a 0-0 draw that will leave both sides frustrated.

Newcastle stays in 18th place, with 7 points, and is a point behind Bournemouth.

Stoke is 14th, with 13 points, and if you were forced to pick the better side, it’s not likely it would’ve been the Potters.

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Newcastle had the better of play to begin the match, with Ayoze Perez looking especially lively.

A pair of Stoke corners were dealt with, if barely, but Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot and a suspect defense.

Soon after, Jon Walters butchered a prime chance to put Mark Hughes’ Potters on top after the Irishman came wide open behind the Magpies’ defense but couldn’t get to Charlie Adam’s cross.

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Stoke had the better of the play in the second half, and the home side was on its heels. Fabricio Coloccini, fresh off his overturned red card, blocked a fresh shot for a corner.

Jack Butland made one of several big saves late with a tap over on Georginio Wijnaldum, but there really wasn’t much to this one once the second half took hold. Bore draw? A bit.

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