Magpies lead at half time with Nolan penalty

Magpies lead at half time with Nolan penalty

Newcastle 1 Stoke 0

Kevin Nolan fired Newcastle ahead from the penalty spot as Stoke’s stubborn resistance was finally broken.

The Magpies’ skipper converted from 12 yards to give his side a deserved lead two minutes before the break after Robert Huth had barged Andy Carroll.

They had made all the running without creating too many clear-cut chances, but the visitors offered little in reply during the opening 45 minutes.

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