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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Ayoze PĂ©rez (73')

Newcastle grab crucial win to deepen Stoke City woes

The pressure on Stoke boss Mark Hughes increased as a second-half strike by Ayoze Perez gave Newcastle a 1-0 New Year's Day victory at the bet365 Stadium.

Perez scored in the 73rd minute to earn the Magpies -- whose goalkeeper Karl Darlow made two superb late saves to deny Mame Diouf -- a victory that takes them above Stoke in the Premier League table.

Newcastle's second win in 13 matches moves them up three places to 13th, and they are now four points clear of the relegation zone.

Stoke, who have won only two in 12, drop one place to 16th and remain two points clear of the drop zone.

Cries of "you're being sacked in the morning" were directed at Hughes after the goal, and there were boos from Stoke fans at the final whistle, when a "Hughes Out" banner was on display.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 27 +59 72
2 Manchester United 27 +32 56
3 Liverpool 27 +30 54
4 Chelsea 27 +26 53
5 Tottenham Hotspur 27 +28 52
6 Arsenal 27 +15 45
7 Burnley 27 -3 36
8 Leicester City 27 -1 35
9 Everton 27 -14 34
10 AFC Bournemouth 27 -10 31
11 Watford 27 -10 30
12 West Ham United 27 -12 30
13 Newcastle United 27 -11 28
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 -14 28
15 Crystal Palace 27 -17 27
16 Swansea City 27 -17 27
17 Huddersfield Town 27 -24 27
18 Southampton 27 -12 26
19 Stoke City 27 -26 25
20 West Bromwich Albion 27 -19 20

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