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Season 2015-16
Stoke City (h) Premier League

In association 


Date: Saturday 31st October 2015, 3pm.

 St. James' Park

Conditions: barren


Newcastle United

Stoke City

0 - 0




Half time: Magpies 0 Potters 0

Full time: Magpies 0 Potters 0

We Said

Steve McClaren:

"Goalkeepers are there to win you points and that's what Jack Butland does.

"He did it for us a few times at Derby last year
(Butland made six appearances for the Rams during October and November 2014) - I remember very well - and he's done it again for Stoke today. I have seen him in other games.

"You need a top-class goalkeeper to get you points and Stoke have got one, and certainly England have.

"The key thing is, we look capable of winning games now. The first four, we didn't create any chances; now we are.

"We are playing good football, dominating opponents - the clean sheet was important - and in the cold light of day, anybody looking at that can see we are on the right lines.

"We are frustrated we didn’t win, but the performance, they have just carried on from last week. We dominated - it was important to get a clean sheet – played good football, created chances.

"As in all games, the first goal is always important and when we didn’t get it in the spells when we were on top, you could see we got a little frustrated.

“But credit to the players, for 95 (minutes), they kept going and had chances at the end, so I couldn’t fault them. (Fabricio) Coloccini said if we keep going this way, we will be okay.

"I think everybody can see that the team is growing, progressing and as I say, this is a long season and we finally look like a team which is together.”

About Rob Elliot limping off at the end:

"Credit to Robbie Elliot because he wasn’t going to play. He’s been injured all week (and) woke up in the morning very sore. I insisted on a fitness test just before the game, and surprisingly he said: ‘I want to start – I want to play.’

"I thought he was heroic and showed great character – that’s just what we need - I just told the lads in the dressing room: ‘That’s the kind of character we need’ and Robbie Elliot epitomises that.

"We probably don’t think (that Elliot will be okay to start at Bournemouth on Saturday). He winced early in the second-half and it’s an on-going problem that he’s had. But we’ll assess it and take it from there.

"We are certainly looking at the situation and seeing what we can do because that's three of our senior goalkeepers injured."

"If called upon we’ll soon find out (whether Freddie Woodman is ready to play in the Premier League) and you don’t know until you throw them in – and that’s with any player. We said the same about Kevin Mbabu and he came in and did the job - Freddie might have to too.”


They Said

Miserable Mark Hughes:

He made a couple of saves, but that's what he's paid to do. I didn't think Newcastle were peppering his goal, to be perfectly honest, but when we needed him in key moments in the game, that's when your goalkeeper has got to come to the fore, and he certainly did that.

"His best save was when Sissoko burst through - he spread himself really well - and then a couple of things he needed to do with a corner as well, which is pretty basic stuff for Jack and keepers of his quality. Yes, he had to make an impact and he has been able to do that.

They (Newcastle) have good players and talent within the group. They are quite open at times and, on another day, we might have picked them off. I think they’ll be fine, they have good players.

"It takes time to come together as a group, and they haven’t been together long - I’m sure they’ll get better.”

About Mitrovic:


"I don't mind that. It's part of the game, it's part of his make-up, it seems. I don't know the lad myself, but I was probably guilty of a few of those antics myself.

"I wouldn't be too hard on him because it would be the kettle calling the pot black."

“He is learning and he is becoming a fans’ favourite because he plays on the edge and when he goes over the edge, he might as well sit with me. But he has to keep the composure under control, which is something he has to learn against very experienced centre-backs.

“He has to learn. The Premier League is totally different to anything he has played in before, it is a few steps and he is adapting and learning; I think he is doing it very well.

“It was reckless at the beginning, he has learned from that and is not so reckless now but we don’t want him not to play on the edge because that is what we want him for.”

“There was a temptation to pull him off (after his booking) but an incident like that can also give you energy and impetus. I am always reluctant to pull strikers off because they are match-winners and they often say: ‘Gaffer, the last 10 minutes is my time and my opportunity might come.’

“I had to keep that in mind and it nearly worked. He has a difficult enough role; he is our main target man and his link up with (Ayoze) Perez is very good, as it is with Gini (Georginio Wijnaldum) and Moussa (Sissoko). He is a big focal point (for us).”

Punts - in association with

Sadly the 8/1 enhanced price offered by favourit on a home win proved to be a pipedream, but BETFRED's 4/1 odds on a draw at both half time and full time brought returns for some, as did their 8/1 on a scoreless draw.


Potters on Tyne - last ten:

2015/16 drew 0-0
2014/15 drew 1-1 Colback
2013/14 won 5-1 Remy 2, Gouffran, Cabaye, Cisse(pen)
2012/13 won 2-1 Cabaye, Cisse
2011/12 won 3-0 Cabaye 2, Cisse
2010/11 lost 1-2 Nolan
2008/09 drew 2-2 Owen 2
2007/08 won 4-1 Owen, Cacapa, Milner, Duff (FAC)
1989/90 won 3-0 Kristensen 2, Quinn
1984/85 won 2-1 Waddle, Anderson

Total record against Stoke:
  P W D L F A
SJP 40 27 9 4 96 33
VG/BS 39 8 10 21 33 61
League 79 35 19 25 129 94
SJP(TM) 1 1 0 0 2 1
VG(TM) 1 0 0 1 0 1
SJP(FA) 4 4 0 0 11 4
VG/BS 3 1 2 0 5 3
SJP(LC) 1 1 0 0 3 0
VG 1 1 0 0 4 0
Cup/TM 11 8 2 1 25 9
Tot 90 43 21 26 154 103

The occasion of their 409th home game in the Premier League saw the Magpies register their 100th home draw in that competition. That's two more than the number of losses, while wins at SJP currently stand at 211. This is our 22nd season since joining the PL. 

Steve McClaren's side recorded only their second clean sheet of the season in eleven games (thirteen including the League Cup), with another scoreless draw at Old Trafford back in August the only other successful shutout.

Rob Elliot achieved a first full clean sheet* in the top flight in eight attempts and his first ever at Gallowgate at the seventh time of asking.    

* He had kept Chelsea at bay at Gallowgate for the opening 45 minutes in December 2014 when injury prevented him from continuing.




Jack Butland, helped his side leave Tyneside with a point and a clean sheet on another frustrating day at Gallowgate. The England international made a series of noteworthy stops but Moussa Sissoko in particular will rue a couple of missed chances, while Aleksandar Mitrovic headed against a post.

In front of a hushed St. James' Park, Ayoze Perez was also twice denied while Jamaal Lascelles almost made the breakthrough late on after coming on to replace Daryl Janmaat, only for in-form Butland to tip his header over the Leazes End bar.

Fellow defender Chancel Mbemba had earlier headed narrowly wide soon after another Sissoko effort was blocked while Georginio Wijnaldum's 25-yard free-kick was pushed over the bar on what was one of those days for the black and whites.

Mitrovic and Stoke's thuggish centre-half pairing of Ryan Shawcross and Phillipp Wollscheid continued a running battle throughout the game but thankfully our man managed to collect only a booking after some continued provocation.

However, the Serbian's reaction to being nudged in the face by Wollscheid was frankly embarrassing, indulging in some very amateur dramatics when falling to the ground in a manner akin to the absent Steve Taylor. 

Rookie goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was on standby for a Premier League debut as Rob Elliot faced a pre-game fitness test, but the Ireland international completed 90 minutes and pulled off one notable stop from a Jon Walters header (although his international squad mate handily blazed another couple of half-chances wildly wide). 

Elliot looked in obvious pain throughout the afternoon though, visibly wincing when kicking the ball and resulting Woodman warm up at one point in the closing stages as a precaution. The echoes of last season when Elliot succumbed to injury after replacing the crocked Tim Krul and Jak Alnwick then ended up between the posts are obvious - with the added bewilderment of another senior 'keeper in the shape of Karl Darlow also currently sidelined. That takes some doing.    

Aiming for their fourth successive 1-0 away win in all competitions, the Potters seldom looked like scoring and were second best to United, but to the frustration of coach Steve McClaren, his side failed to make the vital breakthrough for the second game in succession.

It's certainly evident that the black and whites have improved their general play and are putting in more coherent performances with less long balls - although being more slightly more stylish alone doesn't have a positive effect on the league table.

The bugbears of sloppy passes, cheaply surrendering possession and providing wildly variable crosses on the rare occasions we got down the flanks remain - with Siem De Jong's second half appearance from the bench hardly boosting our sometimes pedestrian forward play.

If nothing else though, those who turned out to watch their team appreciated the efforts to turn one point into three and the final whistle brought applause rather than abuse from home followers.

The point took United above the mackems - who were leathered 6-2 at Everton on Sunday - into 18th but a win would have moved us out of the bottom three.

Bournemouth's 0-2 loss at Southampton on Sunday mercifully stopped the Cherries from extending their single point advantage over us, but our maiden top flight visit there on Saturday remains an absolute must-win. Rock bottom Villa's Monday night loss at Spurs meanwhile was also a boost, ahead of their new managerial arrival and possible upturn.

Quite who will be in goal though remains to be seen, amid claims that Elliot's likely addition to an injured list that already includes Darlow and Krul may result in an emergency loan arrival at Gallowgate. It's never dull round here - it's just the good stuff that's still in short supply.


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