Written by: @GrantMilesFF
Newcastle secured an emphatic 5-1 victory against the nine men of Stoke City at St James’s Park. Referee Martin Atkinson certainly had a major influence on this game as the match turned as proceedings approached half-time.
Stoke City had started the brighter taking a 1-0 lead through Assaidi, but then Glenn Whelan received his marching orders when he was given a second yellow card on 40 minutes. At this point the tide turned and Marc Wilson saw red on 43 minutes for taking down Loic Remy resulting in a penalty.
Mark Hughes was also sent to the stands for his reaction to the second sending off. Thomas Sorensen saved the spot kick, but Stoke were instantly vulnerable at this stage.
Newcastle attacked just a minute later as Ben Arfa put Loic Remy through to equalise to make the score level at the break. Then Gouffran gave the Magpies the lead on 56 minutes and the home side never looked back.
Remy added a third to put the game beyond doubt before Cabaye and substitute Papiss Cisse added the finishing touches to an accomplished display from the home side. Hatem Ben Arfa put in a positive display for Newcastle in his return to the starting line up and a dazzling display left him picking up the man of the match award.