Stoke 0-1 Newcastle: Magpies fend off second-half rush from hosts
Newcastle picked up a crucial 1-0 road victory on Monday at the bet365 Stadium against Stoke City, bringing the Magpies up to 13th place in the Premier League.
Ayoze Perez was the hero for the Magpies in the attacking third, after finishing off Jacob Murphy’s low cross. Perez did well to get a right foot to the bouncing ball, and smashed it past Jack Butland.
Meanwhile, Karl Darlow’s brilliance in net helped preserve the Newcastle lead on the road despite a massive amount of pressure from Stoke’s attack in the second half.
The Magpies were the far superior side in the opening half, with Christian Atsu providing a great deal of pressure early and often against goalkeeper Butland and Stoke.
Atsu’s best chance came in the 14th minute, when he broke free down the right side before forcing a brilliant save by Butland with his legs.
At the half hour mark, Ciaran Clark had a wonderful opportunity to break the deadlock after Ayoze Perez flicked on the initial corner kick, however, Clark put the close-range effort over the crossbar.
The second half surely flipped more in favor of the hosts though as Stoke began to test goalkeeper Darlow on a more regular basis.
Maxim Choupo-Moting nearly gave Darlow a fit six minutes into the second stanza, but the keeper did well close down the attacker and made the subsequent save.
Kurt Zouma had a legitimate header that trickled just wide off of a free kick in the 68th minute, which kept Stoke off the scoresheet.