Newcastle gave their hopes of a top four finish a massive impetus as they trounced Stoke at home by a three goal margin. The in-form Magpies dominated most of the game and broke the deadlock after just 14 minutes, courtesy of Yohan Cabaye, who headed from close range after Papiss Cisseâ€™s header had hit the bar and fallen kindly to him. Just four minutes later Cisse doubled the tally and Cabaye put the result beyond doubt 12 minutes after the restart with his second of the game from just outside the box. Stoke had no answer to Newcastleâ€™s slick passing and the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Cisse ran circles around their defence.
The result sees the Magpies temporarily climb to 4th in the table, with Tottenham still to play QPR in the late kick off. However, Alan Pardewâ€™s men have opened up a 4 point gap over Chelsea, who were earlier held to a draw by Arsenal, and will move down to 5th spot ahead of the Blues if Tottenham secure a win against the Hoops. Stoke on the other hand remain in 14th place, with 42 points.