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Instant Reaction: Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

Newcastle decides to just give Stoke a point, because why not?

It was fun right after he scored. Then it wasn't.
It was fun right after he scored. Then it wasn't.
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Newcastle had their chances to finish off Stoke City, but elected instead to play lackadaisical on both ends of the pitch to give away two points on Sunday.

Newcastle had staked themselves a lead with Jack Colback's 74th minute goal. The goal was set up by a rare moment of brilliance from NUFC. With crisp passes and good vision, the ball worked it's way into the middle of the box. There, Moussa Sissoko teed the ball up perfectly for Colback, who made no mistake.

After that, Newcastle had two chances to salt the game away. A three on two break went wasted when Gabriel Obertan was indecisive with the ball. Ayoze Perez also saw a chance go wanting, which left the door open just a crack.

That was when Newcastle did the unthinkable. With the ball in the attacking half, the Magpies elected to do back passes. With the ball now in front of Tim Krul, instead of say, the opposite corner flag, Newcastle turned the ball over and Peter Crouch scored to equalize in the 90th minute.

It was a disappointing result, when all three points were all but assured. But, this match sort of sums up Newcastle's season.