Newcastle United 1-1 Stoke City: Crouch strikes late to earn Potters a draw

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch scored late to rescue a point for the visitors, robbing new Newcastle manager John Carver of his first home win, reports BBC Sport.

The first-half between the two sides was largely uneventful, with both teams cancelling each other out. Clear-cut chances were at a premium in the opening 45 minutes of the game, with both sides seemingly content to take a share of the spoils.

After the break, it was Newcastle who provided more attacking threat. The Magpies continued to push for a winning goal, but couldn’t find a way through the stoic Stoke defence. The game looked to be headed for a goalless draw until Jack Colback popped up midway through the second-half with a first-timed finish that went in via the woodwork.

However, Stoke fought back in the dying minutes of the game, with substitute Peter Crouch making a telling contribution from the bench. It was a result neither side was too happy with, but Stoke were certainly the more relived side.

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