Pemberton shot. 1-0
22 mins Wilson shot. 1-1
31 mins Forrester header. 1-0
Half time: Magpies 1 Potters 2
63 mins Anderson shot. 1-0
75 mins Allan penalty. 1-1
90+2 mins Longelo shot. 1-0
Full time: Magpies 4 Potters 2
United's second string ended their winless
league and cup run at the sixth time of asking on Monday - but had to
come from behind twice to do so.
The game started with heavy rain, a sodden pitch and a meagre crowd -
officially 98 (two more and we could have got a telegram from the Queen).
United started brightly but were shocked when Stoke took the lead with their
first meaningful attack of the game in the 11th minute. Tre Pemberton cut from
right to left on the edge of the penalty area before hitting a firm, low shot
past Magpies goalkeeper Jake Turner.
The hosts drew level after 22 minutes when Adam Wilson showed his pace down
the left flank before letting fly with a rocket shot that beat visiting
custodian Blondy Noukeu at his near post.
But Newcastle found themselves behind again just nine minutes later: Ryan
Corrigan's high looping ball to the far post finding William Forrester, whose
close-range header lacked pace but squeezed between Turner and his post.
Into the second half and with the rain stopping, the Magpies conjured up a
second equaliser on 63 minutes - this one a delightful effort by Elliot
Anderson after a precise inter-passing build-up.
At this stage the game could have gone either way but Newcastle took the lead
for the first time with 15 minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty.
Substitute Rosaire Longelo was clearly brought down by Corrigan as he dribbled
his way forward down the left in the area and Tom Allan confidently beat the
'keeper his subsequent spot kick.
Victory was still anything but secure as the game entered the allotted three
minutes stoppage time.
However the points were confirmed after Longelo's determined run from midfield
ended with him powering into the Stoke area and finding the net with a fine
The win was enough to lift United one place in Premier League 2 Division Two
Many thanks to AC (we were suffering watching the first team at Villa)