Cameron Jerome came off the bench to score a late winner as Stoke came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium and ensure the Magpies' miserable winless Premier League streak continues.
Stoke shaded the first half but Newcastle pounced early in the second, with Papiss Cisse stroking in after Asmir Begovic spilled Demba Ba’s long-range effort.
But Tony Pulis sent on Jerome midway through the second half, and it proved an inspired change as the striker created the equaliser with a lovely cross for Jonathan Walters to head home.
Jerome completed a remarkable comeback six minutes from time, tucking in from Kenwyne Jones’s knock down.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has now guided Newcastle to just one win in nine since signing an eight-year deal at the club. The Magpies have suffered a dramatic loss of form and were looking to reverse the slide against a Stoke side who have found some form of late.
But Newcastle were under the cosh straight away as Stoke played the better, more incisive football, with Matthew Etherington and Walters causing problems on the wings.
And after a series of half chances, Stoke almost took the lead in the 15th minute when Etherington’s free-kick ricocheted off Mike Williamson from Danny Simpson’s attempted clearance and came back off the base of the Newcastle post.
The visitors looked desperately short of ideas and, while Davide Santon enjoyed a lively display down the left, strikers Ba and Cisse looked horribly isolated.
Stoke, on the other hand, played direct but snappy football and Steven N’Zonzi’s lovely ball created a chance for Glenn Whelan, who lashed a ferocious volley just wide. But Stoke were dealt a blow just before the break, with Peter Crouch forced off with a facial injury after an accidental clash with Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini.
The second half exploded into life moments after the restart, with Newcastle taking a lead their scarcely deserved. Cheick Tiote dispossessed Whelan and found Ba, whose stinging long-range effort was spilled by Begovic to Cisse, who tapped in.
The goal forced Stoke to attack the Magpies but they only started to create clear-cut chances after Pulis’s inspired double introduction of Michael Kightly and Jerome. The pair added a directness and presence and Stoke could have led when Walters’s rasping drive was palmed away by Krul.
Begovic pulled off a string of good saves to keep Stoke in the game after his earlier mistake, and those saves proved crucial as Stoke finally equalised. Jinking past Jonas Gutierrez on the right, Jerome’s lovely cross from the right found Walters, who only had to guide his header into the far corner.
But there was no chance that Stoke would settle for a point and, with Newcastle still on the ropes, Jerome turned scorer, tucking in neatly after Jones picked him out with the perfect knock-down.
The result sees Stoke rise to ninth, with Newcastle languishing in 14th.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Cameron Jerome - Stoke City: Assisted the equaliser and scored the winner during his 22 minute cameo. Changed the game.
STOKE: Begovic 7, Shotton 7, Huth 7, Shawcross 7, Cameron 6, N'Zonzi 7, Whelan 6, Walters 7, Etherington 7, Adam 6, Crouch 6. Subs: Jones 6, Kightly 7, Jerome 8.
NEWCASTLE: Krul 6, Simpson 6, Coloccini 7, Williamson 6, Santon 7, Perch 7, Tiote 5, Anita 6, Gutierrez 5, Cisse 6, Ba 6. Subs: Ranger N/A, S Ameobi N/A.
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