English Premiership

Stoke strenghten their hand

2014-04-12 19:28
Stoke City (Getty Images)

Stoke-on-Trent - Stoke City took another step towards a first ever top-10 Premier League finish after winning 1-0 at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.

A freak goal by Erik Pieters settled the game in the 42nd minute, with the Dutch left-back's wind-assisted cross floating over visiting goalkeeper Tim Krul and into the net.

Pieters's effort enabled Stoke to return to winning ways after a 3-0 loss at Chelsea and tightened their grip on 10th place, with West Ham United and Crystal Palace now six points below them, albeit with games in hand.

Newcastle are three points above Mark Hughes's side in ninth place, but they have now lost four consecutive matches, conceding 12 goals without reply.

Krul returned for Newcastle after a knee injury and found himself lining up behind an unfamiliar three-man defence at the Britannia Stadium.

The visitors had armed themselves to counter Stoke's aerial threat, but Peter Crouch managed to elude all three centre-backs in the early stages, only to put his close-range header against the post.

Moments later it was Newcastle's chance to miss a sitter, with Dan Gosling shinning the ball over the crossbar from Shola Ameobi's knock-down.

The chances dried up momentarily, but three minutes before half-time Stoke went ahead when Pieters's mishit cross from the left drifted over the unfortunate Krul and in off the far post.

Crouch threatened to extend Stoke's lead early in the second period when he headed over from a Marko Arnautovic cross, before Ryan Shawcross had to produce a superb block to thwart Mike Williamson at the other end.

Stoke substitute Charlie Adam, sporting a protective face mask after breaking his nose, might have made the game safe for Hughes's side, but he could only curl wide when picked out by the excellent Arnautovic.

Newcastle threatened to snatch a point at the death, but Vurnon Anita could only head over from Ameobi's spiked cross.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
16 August 2014
Manchester United v Swansea City, Old Trafford 13:45
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, Boleyn Ground 16:00
Stoke City v Aston Villa, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Leicester City v Everton, King Power Stadium 16:00
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City, Loftus Road Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland, The Hawthorns 16:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 18:30
17 August 2014
Liverpool v Southampton, Anfield 14:30
Newcastle United v Manchester City, St. James' Park 17:00
18 August 2014
Burnley v Chelsea, Turf Moor 21:00
Vote

How will Manchester United fare in next season's English Premiership under Louis van Gaal?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.