Saturday analysis: Relegation concertina squeezing out Sunderland and Norwich

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Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

On paper the least interesting of Saturday's games, although Stoke will be delighted that their fourth successive home win – and their ninth overall, a total surpassed only by the top five – takes them to within five points of eighth-placed Southampton. With a six-point cushion to West Ham in 11th, Stoke look set fair for their highest finish since Harold Wilson was Prime Minister.
For the 78th successive time, Newcastle failed to come back from a half-time deficit. They stepped it up – 8 of their 13 shots and 215 of their 389 completed passes came after the break – but without really threatening: only 36 of those completed passes were in Stoke's defensive third, and all 8 of the Toon's second-half attempts were inaccurate.